Autonomy Lost and Regained: The Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolia of Kyiv, 1633-2019


The tense relationship between Kyiv and Moscow has certainly been in the headlines in recent years. However, this is nothing new: the two capitals have had a fraught relationship for centuries. This exhibition by the Ukrainian History and Education Center explores how that relationship played out in the sphere of religion, specifically with respect to the Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolia of Kyiv, and how those events related to the surrounding cultural and geopolitical forces.

When we began plans for this exhibition, we were expecting to have a typical installation of museum and archival objects with explanatory text in a gallery, along with a supplemental online component for those folks in our constituency who live too far away from New Jersey to visit us in person.

Then came COVID-19...

Given that even the possibility of an in-person opening in May 2021 was uncertain, we decided to stand our planned design process on its head: we began developing this online exhibition first, and then went on to create a physical installation of objects based on that.

The in-person exhibition opened in May 2021 and will remain up through June 2022.

We thank the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for a generous grant that made this exhibition possible, as well as all of our exhibition sponsors.

Michael Andrec (Project director, UHEC)
Nicholas Denysenko (Contributing scholar, Valparaiso University)
Zenon Wasyliw (Contributing scholar, Ithaca College)
Justin Houser (Design and text creation assistance)
Natalia Honcharenko (Director, UHEC)
Oksana Pasakas (Collections management and physical exhibition installation, UHEC)


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