Common Ground

Solidarity with Ukraine: Part II

Dissident Artists in Conversation, featuring Matvey Levenstein, Taras Lewyckyj, Phong H. Bui, and Lisa Yuskavage


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artists Matvey Levenstein and Taras Lewyckyj join Phong H. Bui and Lisa Yuskavage for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Neeli Cherkovski.

In this talk

As part of an ongoing series of conversations in solidarity with Ukraine, you can watch Part I here.

Matvey Levenstein

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Born in 1960 in Moscow, U.S.S.R., Matvey Levenstein lives and works in New York City and Orient, NY. His delicate and exquisitely rendered paintings explore themes of history and representation. Levenstein teaches at the School of Visual Art, New York, NY. He is included in the recent publication Landscape Painting Now by Todd Bradway. Levenstein has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, honors and residencies, including the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Rome (2003); the Penny McCall Foundation Award, New York (2002); the Katherine J. Horwitch Grant, Jewish Foundation (1985-1987); and many more.

Taras Lewyckyj

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As artistic director of Philadelphia’s Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Taras Lewyckyj oversees performances that combine Ukrainian and American dance aesthetics, culled from folkloric traditions and contemporary styles. In his recent Center-funded project, Lewyckyj recovered, restaged, and documented lost works of acclaimed Ukrainian dance artist Anatoly Kryvochyzha. The finished film of this project by Henry Nevison includes interviews with folk art specialists Anthony Shay and Toni Shapiro-Phim.

Lisa Yuskavage

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For more than thirty years, Lisa Yuskavage’s highly original approach to figurative painting has challenged conventional understandings of the genre. She has been represented by David Zwirner since 2005. Yuskavage’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2000) and many others. The 2018 two-part exhibition at David Zwirner marked her sixth gallery solo show. In 2020, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Aspen Art Museum co-organized a solo presentation of the artist’s work, Wilderness. Yuskavage’s work is held at the Art Institute of Chicago; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and many other renowned institutions around the world. Yuskavage lives and works in New York.

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
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Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Neeli Cherkovski reading.

Neeli Cherkovski

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Living in San Francisco since 1974, Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including Animal (1996), Leaning Against Time (2005), From the Canyon Outward (2009), and The Crow and I (2015). He is the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets, Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman. Cherkovski also wrote biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski, as well as the critical memoir Whitman’s Wild Children (1988). His papers are held at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Cherkovski received the 2017 Jack Mueller Poetry Prize awarded at the Jack Mueller Festival in Fruita, Colorado.

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