Top: Nikolai Roerikh (1974-1947), costume design for Le Sacre du Printemps (1910-1913) by I. Stravinsky, Le Champs Elysse Theatre. Bottom: Georgiy Yakulov (1884-1928), stage design for Cola Di Rienzi by R. Wagner, 1923. All images are courtesy of the Russian American Cultural Center.
On a recent trip down 57th Street, in New York, I stumbled upon another exhibition commemorating Serge Diaghilev. While it has since closed, the exhibition titled “Homage to Diaghilev’s Enduring Legacy Rediscovered Gems of the 20th Century,” curated by Dr. Regina Khidekel, was on view at the Ana Tzarev gallery. This exhibition was different from the other Diaghilev related shows because it focused on lesser known artists that have been influenced by Diaghilev and his collaborators. An informative and nicely illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition. This show was a great find for me because it introduced me to artists that I have never heard of but who were very talented and I am looking forward to familiarizing myself with their bodies of work. Dr. Khidekel is also the Founder of the Russian American Culture Center. The RACC hosts various salons, educational programs, art exhibitions, and provides assistance to emerging artists. For more information on the artists featured in the exhibition and on the foundation visit the Russian American Culture Center’s website.
Alexander Tishler (1898-1980), costume design for Mediterranean Sea is Whirring (1951) by O. Feltsman, Leningrad Theater of Musical Comedy. All images courtesy of Russian American Cultural Center.