When: June 1, 3:00 pm
Where: All Saints' Episcopal Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI
All Saints’ Episcopal Cathedral in Milwaukee, WI, is sponsoring a two-month run of Icons in Transformation, a stunning international art show by acclaimed abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska. The show has toured in European and British cathedrals, as well as in cathedrals and churches in the United States, earning rave reviews. It will be at All Saints’ from April 12 through June 9, 2013.
Ludmila, an expatriate Russian now living in Sweden, has been deeply influenced by traditional Eastern Orthodox icons. Mike Phillips, a previous host from Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, described her work as “highly original, in-your-face abstract art with a deeply spiritual feel.”
Over a hundred pieces of Pawlowska's work will be displayed at several locations within All Saints’, including the nave, narthex, corridors, and library. In addition, a collection of traditional icons created by contemporary artists from Vassilevsky Monastery in Russia is also part of the exhibit.
All Saints' Cathedral is also hosting a series of lectures in late spring and early summer featuring UW-Madison and CREECA professors.
When: June 14-August 31
Where: Ebling Library's Third Floor Galleries, 750 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53705
Sponsor: UW Health Art Department
Ebling Library and the UW Health Art Department presents: After Chernobyl, the images of photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart. Along with the evocative photos of people, buildings, animals and the denuded and recovering landscape, Michael offers a cohesive narrative, consisting of a single description on each photo panel, chronicling life in post nuclear accident Chernobyl.
Forster Rothbart spent two years in Chernobyl interviewing and photographing the residents of the area. His photos evoke a strong connection between photographer and subject, whether inanimate or human. In contrast to the provocative promotional image, the majority of the photographs instill a sense of forward movement, of honoring the past (Chernobyl’s accident was in 1986) and then profiling the capable, problematic existence in Chenobyl and the surrounding towns, cities and villages.
As Forster Rothbart suggests: “Dolls lay scattered on a classroom floor of the Solntsye kindergarten in Pripyat, the abandoned city one mile from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. A closed Soviet city with population 49,360, Pripyat was built to house workers at Chernobyl. Today Pripyat is an eerie ghost town. Any valuables have long-since been stolen, but the toys remain. In the days following the Chernobyl accident, families were evacuated and told they could return in 3 days. Some have never returned, yet still mourn their paradise lost. When strangers think of Chernobyl, this is what they imagine: dusty, abandoned dolls. And yes, they are here. You’ve seen them. Now let’s move on.”
And move on, he does. The installation itself evokes an airy, curtain like aesthetic, the over-sized photo panels moving slightly on their hinges, their stark white margins making the images of engineers, farmers, street scenes, bees, and children pop from their background; the evocative text lending another poignant, reverential, informational air. As a visitor has already commented, “Really, people still live there?! I had no idea…” Forster Rothbart’s exhibit is about tenacity, hope, technology, nature, love, the invisibility of radiation, the vagaries of science and the inhabitant's devotion to homeland.
From his last panel in the show: “Most outsiders think Chernobyl is a place of danger and despair, and so that is what they photograph. For me, however, Chernobyl tells a story about endurance and hope. I created this exhibit because I want the world to know what I know: the people of Chernobyl are not victims, mutants and orphans. They are simply people living their lives, with their own joys and sorrow, hopes and fears. Like you. Like me.”
Formerly at UW, Michael now makes his home in New York. He is working on a number of projects including a documentary on children’s summer camps and chronicling the effects of the tsunami and earthquake on the nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. For some background, visit Michael’s web site.
After Chernobyl opened on June 14 and goes until August 31st, 2013. The installation hangs in Ebling’s 3rd floor galleries, just up the stairs in the 3rd floor landing, and all along the group study room on the south side of the 3rd floor.
Also come see the complementary historical exhibit, Fallout: The Mixed Blessing of Radiation & the Public Health, in Ebling’s 3rd floor Historical Reading Room until the end of August. The exhibits are open when Ebling is open.
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 11:15 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 5:45 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:15 PM
Questions about either exhibit? Contact Micaela, firstname.lastname@example.org
All images of Chernobyl, copyright of Michael Forster Rothbart
When: June 14, 8:00 pm
Where: The Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI
Cost: General Admission, $15; Students, $10
About the concert and performers:
Hear, see, and read about TÜKRÖS:
The TÜKRÖS Folk Music Ensemble was founded in 1986 and today is one of Hungary’s most respected revival folk bands. The ensemble collects folk music from remote villages of Hungary, Slovakia, and Transylvania (in Romania), as well as from archival recordings, and presents it in an authentic form. Their performance is a mirror back to times when traditional folk music was an integral part of village daily life. (“TÜKRÖS” means “the ones who mirror”). TÜKRÖS CDs have been very popular, especially their disc of folk music from Szatmár county in northeast Hungary, which became a landmark release. They are a regular band at FONÓ, a popular folk music café in Budapest. In addition to performing, the band members are dedicated to teaching folk music in schools and organizing an annual folk music camp in Hungary.
The virtuosity of the musicians is highlighted by their ability to improvise, as is common among jazz musicians. Rousing dance melodies and somber ballads are never performed the same way twice. Since Hungarians live along side many ethnic groups both inside and outside of Hungary proper, it is common to recognize Romanian, Slovak, German, Jewish, and especially Gypsy melodies and rhythms within the ensemble’s repertoire. Many of these songs and dances were also the inspiration for great classical compositions by composers such as Brahms and Bartok.
TÜKRÖS members are professional musicians with decades of performing experience. The band has toured throughout Europe, Australia, and North America including a 2002 performance in Madison. The ensemble members include: Attila Halmos, violin – became attracted to folk music at an early age through the activities of his father who was an ethnomusicologist; Gergely Koncz, violin - one of Hungary’s most talented folk violinists; Péter Árendás, brácsa [viola] – a key figure in the collection of folk music for FONÓ Records and the music director of the BUDAPEST Folk Ensemble; Endre Liber, brácsa and cimbalom – a prominent musician in the Budapest folk music scene with many years of experience; and András Lelkes, bőgő [double bass] – a talented musician with experience in folk music as well as jazz.
Norbert Busai and Zsuzsanna Busai, two much loved folk-dancers and teachers will complete the list of performers, making the evening an unforgettable experience.
Welcomed by WORT 89.9 FM, Listener-Sponsored Community Radio in Madison, Wisconsin (wortfm.org)
When: June 18, 4:00pm
Where: 2270 Grainger Hall, 965 University Ave, Madison, WI
Sponsor: The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute
About the Speaker: Uli Schamiloglu received his B.A. from Columbia College in Middle East Languages and Cultures and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University in History. He is a professor in UW- Madison's Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia.
Dr. Schamiloglu taught as a lecturer and assistant professor in the Department of Uralic & Altaic Studies (now the Department of Central Eurasian Studies) at Indiana University-Bloomington from 1983-89. He joined the department of Slavic Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 and, beginning in 1996, was instrumental in the development of the new Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia. Dr. Schamiloglu has been chair of the Central Asian Studies Program since 2002 and director of the Center for Middle East Studies since 2006.
When: June 22, 12:00-9:00pm
Where: Shelter #1, Token Creek County Park, 6200 US Hwy 51, DeForest, WI 53532
Sponsor: The Russian Educational Association (REA)
Ivan Kupala Day is a centuries-old Slavic tradition. It is held at Midsummer, the longest day of the year, also known as the Summer Solstice. Festival participants will enjoy traditional food and beverages, concerts, folk music, games, crafts, and a bonfire. For more information, visit the festival’s website!
When: June 25, 4:00pm
Where: 2270 Grainger Hall, 965 University Ave, Madison, WI
Sponsor: The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute
About the lecture: A major characteristic of Kazakh nomadic civilization is that even under difficult climatic conditions, people kept in harmony with nature, and created economic symbiosis between urban and rural environments. However, the extinction of this nomadic culture occurred due to conquest by the Russian Empire, the proletarian revolution, the Soviet agricultural policy and orders that led to the Great Famine of the 1930’s, World War II and the development of virgin lands. It is important to preserve and understand all components of Kazakhstan’s past nomadic life, as its spiritual values are an integral part of worldwide history.
Photographs and drawings are part of the visual anthropology that provides information about little-known aspects of the lives of peoples. This presentation will focus on the preservation of Kazakhstan’s nomadic heritage and why it is important.
The Kazakh people are among only a few nations with a Nomad past in Central Asia. Kazakh nomadic history has a lot in common with that of Native Americans. Many Native Americans and Kazakhs have been trying to restore important facets of their history after decades of oppression in their societies. It will be interesting to share how we, in Kazakhstan, are trying to preserve our history through the publication of historical documents; protection of our natural resources; revitalization of the Kazakh language, ancient customs and traditions; and educational measures for teaching our new generation.
About the speaker: Dr. Saule Satayeva completed her PhD in 2010 in Historiography, Source Studies and Historical Research Techniques: “The documents of the Central state archive of cinema photo documents of Kazakhstan as a source on study of the Kazakhstan’s History (1941-1945)” at the Oriental Studies Institute of the Science and Education Ministry of Kazakhstan. Her current position is Vice Director of Kazakhstan’s Central State Archive of Cinema and Photography. Through her study of archival documents in the U.S., her hope is to preserve their heritage, and help create academic exchanges and joint research projects between our countries.