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Performance and Power from Kabuki to Go Go

Just eight years after establishing a powerful military regime that would last 26 decades, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu became so disturbed by a troupe of itinerate actors that he expelled them from his Suruga military base.  The group performed in a popular new style known as “kabuki.” To critical observers such as Ieyasu and his coterie of military strong-men, kabuki dancing consisted of women of ill-repute showing themselves off to potential customers.  While an overly simplistic characterization, early kabuki performance seemed to many to be primarily about sell

Мистецтво нової України: проблеми й перспективи мистецького розвитку у ХХІ столітті

Київський офіс Інституту Кеннана і Програма імені Фулбрайта в Україні спільно організували науковий семінар «Мистецтво нової України: проблеми й перспективи мистецького розвитку у ХХІ столітті». Науковці, митці і журналісти обговорили особливості формування сучасного українського мистецтва під впливом процесів глобалізації і периферізації, постмодерних змін суспільної свідомості, державної культурної політики.

Kennan Institute Marks 40th Anniversary at 2014 Davis Dinner

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Eugene K. Lawson, Chairman and CEO of Lawson International, Inc., and Paul Rodzianko, Chairman of the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA), were presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award at the Kennan Institute’s Davis Dinner. The event commemorated the Wilson Center’s 40th anniversary.

Kennan Institute Launches Solzhenitsyn Initiative

WASHINGTON — The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute has launched the Solzhenitsyn Initiative to translate major works by Nobel Laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2007) for the first time into English.

Solzhenitsyn, best known in the West as the author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, wrote a number of other books, including a history of the Russian Revolution and his autobiography of his years in exile in the United States, that have been translated into other languages, but not into English.

EuroMaidan Art

From the very first days of the revolution in November 2013, Natalia Moussienko started to take photos of art in Kyiv and collect samples of artistic expressions and creativity. The original topic was “Art and the City Project,” but unfortunately it took a tragic turn and became “Art on the Barricades.” During the three months of the Maidan, Dr. Moussienko regularly documented a multitude of artistic expressions, and she has now compiled them for publication.

Exhibition of Original American Print and Photography Collections

WASHINGTON – The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) is pleased to announce an exhibition of its Original Print and Photography Collections will be displayed at the Woodrow Wilson Center from May 5 through August 15, 2014. The works will be presented on the fourth and fifth floors where they will be accessible to the public. The exhibition is generously being supported by Christie’s. 

Мистецтво у революції свідомості

Коли в 1756 р. французький просвітник Оноре Габріель Мірабо ввів до наукового словника слово поняття «цивілізація», він мав на увазі  засноване на засадах розуму та справедливості суспільство. Пізніше німецький філософ Освальд Шпенглер песимістично розглядав цивілізацію як «закостеніння» органічного життя культури, її розпад та перетворення праці на механічну роботу, яка виключає творчість.

Art in the Revolution of Consciousness

When in 1756 French enlightener Honoré Gabriel Mirabeau introduced the notion of «civilization» into academic vocabulary, he meant the society based on the principles of intelligence and justice. Later German philosopher Oswald Spengler pessimistically viewed civilization as “numbing” of culture’s organic life, its collapse, as well as conversion of labor into mechanical work devoid of creativity.

Women and Youth in Modern Iran: A Film Festival

Search for Common Ground and the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center present

Women and Youth in Modern Iran: A Film Festival

Please join us for a two-day screening of a selection of Iranian films highlighting the present day realities of women and youth in Iran. Each day concludes with a panel discussion with experts on Iranian cinema. These films display the complexities and the various aspects of Iranian culture from a religious, traditional, and legal point of view. 

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