Detail from Noon, Natalia Korobova, 1970.

ONGOING EXHIBIT: Collection of Jurii Maniichuk & Rose Brady; Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 E. 79th St & 5th Ave., New York, NY.

This exhibit on the fourth floor of the Ukrainian Institute of America’s historic 19th century townhouse at 2 E. 79th St. and 5th Ave showcases several of the largest and most beautiful works from the Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady collection of Ukrainian realist and socialist realist paintings of the 1950s-1980s. Two rooms on the Institute’s fourth floor hold a dozen museum-quality paintings by leading artists based in Ukraine in the Soviet era. The works include Mikhailo Khmelko’s Motherland Greets a Hero (1961, oil on canvas. 201 x 464 cm.), depicting the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin; Anatoli Nasedkin’s Land. (1982, oil on canvas. 200 x 180 cm.), an iconic image of peasants, and Vladimir Kuznetsov’s Before the Shift, (1960, oil on canvas. 200 x 290 cm.), an image of tractor factory workers dancing and talking before their work shift. The Ukrainian Institute of America’s exhibits are open from Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6 pm (www.ukrainianinstitute.org)