The Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, Branch 12 in Cleveland, Ohio will honor the bard of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko, in the month celebrating his birth and commemorating his death. Discover the art and poetry of this gifted visionary poet, thinker, and accomplished painter. Born into serfdom, he experienced firsthand the neglect and brutality of the repressive regime under the Russian tsar. Despite being exiled and ostracized, his life came to symbolize a universal will for human freedom. Shevchenko’s prophetic poetic images have direct relevance to the events occurring in territorial-occupied Ukraine today. His work resonates with the current national struggle of Ukrainians to sever themselves from the vestiges of Russian imperial hegemony.
Drawing on the compelling imagery of Shevchenko’s drawings and paintings, complemented by Shevchenko’s lyrical verse, art historian and Emerita Professor Myroslava M. Mudrak of The Ohio State University-a specialist in Russian and Ukrainian avant-garde art of the 1910s and 1920s—will reveal aspects of Shevchenko’s rich genius that are rarely explored through a presentation entitled:
“Taras Shevchenko: Painter, Poet, Voice of the People”.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Cuyahoga County Library Parma Branch, Conference Room A/B
6996 Powers Blvd., Parma, Ohio 44129