The Yaroslavl State Historical and Architectural Museum

Yaroslavl, located a five-hour train ride from Moscow, is often considered to be the capital of the “Golden Ring” – a collection of towns whose prominence in Russian history can be traced back to the rise of Moscow or before. It is the only city in Russia other than Saint Petersburg to have its entire […]

Ararat Brandy Factory in Yerevan, Armenia: Travel for PCON

Ararat Brandy Factory: A Little Bit of Brandy and a Whole Lot of History Yerevan, Armenia (Excursion included in the Policy and Conflict Program, Fall 2017) Cost of Souvenir Brandy: 7,170-16,730 Armenian Dram ($15-$35 depending on quality of brandy)   During our one-week stay in Armenia, my group had a special excursion to the Ararat […]

Nukas Museum in Uzbekistan: Lysenko, Savitsky, and Preserving the Soviet Avant-Garde

Forty years ago, near the dusty shores of the retreating Aral Sea, Communist Party officials visited the Museum of Igor Savitsky. Savitsky, affectionately called “Junkman” by his friends and associates, was an artist. Under the nose of State officials (and sometimes with their funds), he amassed a collection of over eighty thousand banned Russian avant-garde […]

Museum of Russian Poetry in Rockville, Md.

The Museum of Russian Poetry, located in Rockville, MD., just outside of Washington, DC, holds an impressive collection of Russian and Soviet literary artifacts. This small, private museum The small, niche space is packed from wall to wall with artifacts celebrating Silver Age masters like Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva, Osip Mandelshtam, Anna Akhmatova and Nikolai […]

Gallery Russia in Scottsdale, AZ

The catalyst for what is now Gallery Russia in Scottsdale, Ariz., came at a pivotal time in 1992. Father and son co-owners Scott and Paul Eubanks say that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Westerners were more curious than ever to learn about their Cold War rival — creating an opportunity to explore that […]

Grutas Park and the Fate of Soviet Statuary in Lithuania

Located on the banks of its namesake pond in the scenic town of Druskininkai, approximately fifty miles from Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, Grutas Park has become something of a joke to both Lithuanians and foreigners. Since the park’s opening on April 1st, 2001, visitors have had the opportunity to revisit the era of the Soviet Union […]

From Russia With Art in Cambridge, MA

The From Russia With Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts opened in August of 2010. Though it has recently closed its physical doors, it maintains an internet presence and plans to feature moving exhibitions. The museum in this way continues on much as before,  selling and building knowledge of contemporary Russian-American art. The museum proprietors, Jerry […]

The Museum of Russian Art in Jersey City, NJ

The Museum of Russian Art in Jersey City, NJ has a deep historical connection to the Nonconformist movement in Russian art, and it has recently begun to embrace contemporary movements. It reopened in November of 2010 after a period of extensive restructuring. New artists have been added to its repertoire, including Elena Sarni, Leonid Lerman, […]

The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA

The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 by Gordon B. Lankton, industrialist and co-founder of the plastics company Nypro. Lankton’s collection houses over 500 icons and artifacts, which makes it the largest icon collection in North America. It’s also one of the largest private collections of its kind outside of Russia, with icons […]

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