Traveling exhibitions organized by the Museum of Russian Icons are available for loan to cultural organizations. Please contact Registrar, Laura Garrity-Arquitt for information on scheduling and fees, and for complete object lists, by calling 978.598.5000 x116 or by emailing lgarrity(at)museumofrussianicons.org.
Mother of God Three-Handed, c. 1890
WINDOWS TO HEAVEN: TREASURES FROM THE MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS
This traveling exhibition features more than 60 Icons and artifacts from the collection of the Museum of Russian Icons dating from the 8th Century Byzantine Empire, through the history of Russian Iconography, to the present. These icons include St. Nicholas and St. George, Old Testament scenes, pictorial themes centered on the life of Jesus, and images of the Mother of God. Materials include digital interpretive material, educational materials (docent guides, ideas for in-gallery activities), and hi-res images of a selection of the pieces. Click here for a printable flyer.
TOYS, TRINKETS, & TREASURES
Share our collection of up to 300 nesting dolls from Russia (USSR), Poland, Japan, Ukraine, and other countries with your visitors. The exhibit explores the history of these marvelous toys and how they fit in with the recent history of Russia as well as international trade and cultural influence. It includes digital interpretive material, educational materials (docent guides, ideas for in-gallery activities, etc.), and hi-res images of a selection of pieces. Click here for a printable flyer.
RUSHNYKY: SACRED UKRAINIAN TEXTILES
This exhibition of 160 Rushnyky and related artifacts celebrates and explores Ukrainian culture through one of its most ancient and valued traditions. These ornately embroidered woven textiles function at the core of life-cycle ceremonies and rituals of many Ukrainian people. Capturing the cultural and ancestral memory of the region, the textiles play an important role during major ritual events, such as christenings, funerals, and especially weddings. Icons hung in homes are usually draped with a rushnyk; and they are often used during certain seasonal and religious holidays. Click here for a printable flyer and object list.
CORNCOBS TO COSMONAUTS: REDEFINING THE HOLIDAYS IN THE SOVIET ERA
Following the Russian Revolution in 1917, the anti-religion Bolsheviks discouraged Christmas and New Year celebrations in the U.S.S.R. since the gift giving and extravagance that accompanied the holidays came to symbolize the greed and excess of the aristocracy and bourgeois classes. The tradition of celebrating Novy God (New Year) re-appeared in 1935 as a secular holiday that would symbolize Soviet children’s prosperity and happiness.
This exhibition of more than 150 Soviet-era ornaments, together with holiday toys, books, and cards showcase a variety of non-religious objects that were important to both the average Russian citizen and the Soviet state. These include folk heroes and cartoon characters, funny clowns and chubby babies, state emblems and objects that celebrate the productivity of farms and factories. Click here for a printable flyer.