Dr. Norton T. Dodge and Joy Ford Austin, Executive Director of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC
Photo by Alexey Tolchinsky

Lecture by Mikhail Kugach at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Lecture by Mikhail Kugach at the American University


Education and Community Outreach Program:

The Global Arts Network started its mission with a focus on bringing art from Russia and the former Soviet republics to the United States.  In 2007, we organized two exhibitions in Washington, DC of works by the Belarusian artist Konstantin Kachan.  One was at the Belarusian Embassy and the other was at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Reagan Building. We also played a key role in the organization of the Slavic Culture Festival at the McLean Community Center in McLean, Virginia.

Past events included:
- "From Soviet Nonconformism to Gorbachev's Freedom of Art in the Time of Glasnost and Perestroika", November 20, 2008

Global Arts Network had four different educational and community outreach programs presented in association with the exhibition Kugach, Kugach, and Kugach - Three Generations of Russian Artists, held at the American University Museum's Katzen Art Center January 26 - March 15, 2009. Funded by a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington DC to promote intercultural understanding and raise public awareness of how all countries are interdependent and to illuminate DC as a center for the arts.

Mikhail Kugach and Ivan Kugach lectured at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts on Monday, February 2, 2009 Mikhail Kugach lectured at the American University Museum, February 4, 2009 Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Student Visit to the Exhibition at the American University Museum on Friday, February 6, 2009 John Wurdeman lectured at the American University Museum, March 15, 2009

Mikhail Kugach is an important Russian artist and scholar who practices and lectures together with Ivan Kugach, also an artist and educator. Mr. John Wurdeman - scholar/historian of the Russian Realism School contributed slides on artwork at American University's Katzen Center, available on DVD.

All of these scholars focused on the history of the time period - pre-World War II and post-World War II, and the subsequent generations with an historic focus on pre-and-post World War II subject matter, and what was considered appropriate art work by the government and issues of "freedom of expression." The lectures were fully attended and well-received.

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