Regina Khidekel, Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Regina Khidekel is a renowned art historian and curator both in the United States and in Russia. Dr. Khidekel received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts and has a high level of professional experience as an art critic, curator, and expert on Russian 20th century art. In 1990, she assumed the position of Art Director of the Diaghilev Art Center (1990), which was the first unofficial art organization in St. Petersburg after perestroika, and in 1998 she founded the Russian American Cultural Center in New York.
In the United States since 1993, she has already made her mark on the NYC art scene. Dr. Khidekel's professional career has also been well established through her publications of numerous articles in ARTNews, museum and gallery catalogs, press and TV in New York.
She guided the conceptual framework and curatorial choices for exhibitions and contributed to the catalogs and books such as Lyubov Popova (1994), Lazar Khidekel: Suprematism and Architecture (1995), Sterligov Group: Paintings from Russia (1995), Russian Avant-garde: Work-in-Progress in Russian Constructivist Roots: Present Concerns, Maryland University (1997), Traditionalist Rebels: Nonconformist Art in Leningrad in Forbidden Art (1998), Lev Mezsberg (1999), Tamar Hirschl, Malevich's Circle (2000), A Life of Colors, QCC Art Gallery, NY/CUNY (2001), Surviving Suprematism (2004), Family Album. Artists from St. Petersburg (2006), Anna Rochegova (2006), Homage to Diaghilev's Enduring Legacy (2009), Trajectory of Suprematism, Proun Gallery, Moscow Biennale, 2011, Floating Worlds and Future Cities. Lazar Khidekel, Suprematism and Russian Avant-garde, 2013.
Dr. Khidekel's book "It's the Real Thing", Soviet & Post-Soviet Sots Art & American Pop Art was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1998 in conjunction with the exhibition at Weisman Art Museum, and became a bestseller and a substantial contribution to the field of the Russian American comparative studies.
Dr. Khidekel participated in the International Symposium with her paper, A creation of a New Visual World at Yale University (1997); Russian Avant-garde - Work in Progress at Maryland College Park University; Nonconformist Soviet Art at Fairfield University, CT; Malevich and Vitebsk (1919-1922) at The Judah Magnes Museum, CA (2004); Visual Power of Suprematism at Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2010 -2011); The Last Futurist Panel - Target Margin's Lab at The Bushwick Starr; Russian Art in the USA: 1990-2010 at St. Petersburg State University, 2012; Fate of Artists in Soviet Russia at Hunter College and Harriman Institute Of Columbia University, 2012-2013, and at the Symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Floating Worlds and Future Cities. Lazar Khidekel, Suprematism and Russian Avant-garde, at the YIVO Institute, 2013.
Dr. Khidekel has lectured on art history and the Russian avant-garde at Columbia University, Bryn Mawr, Parsons School of American Design, and Cooper-Hewitt Masters Program.
In addition, Dr. Khidekel has curated a number of highly acclaimed exhibits focused on comparative studies on Russian and American art. Through this focus, Dr. Khidekel became aware of the necessity to found an organization, which would aim to integrate Russian-speaking and American communities, as well as participating artists and audiences. Thus, she started the Russian American Cultural Center (RACC) in 1998, and since then has been promoting art exhibits, literature and performance events, concerts, film screenings and festivals, and intellectual forums, including a series of international exchange programs such as Russian Émigré Films Series and Israeli Russian Film Festival.
Regina Khidekel was featured in the documentary In America - The Russian Story (International Channel, 2003), NYTimes, ARTNews, Daily News, Art Papers, The New York Sun, New York Post, etc.
Dr. Regina Khidekel was awarded the Sign of Honor by Roszarubezhcente from the Russian Center of International Science and Cultural Collaboration at the Russian Federation's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This honor recognizes her dedication and contribution to Russian-American cultural affairs.
News Mentions and Features
The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, The Daily News, The New York Post, ARTNews, The Jewish Press, The Jewish Week, Paper Magazine, Capital Prospective, Downtown Express, Forward, Cultural Guide for Downtown, Time Out, NY Contemporary Art Galleries Guide, Voices of Lower Manhattan, Novoye Russkoye Slovo, Russian Life, International Channel, SBC, RTVI, RTN, Voice of America, Who is Who, etc.
Member of the Russian Union of Artists
International Art Critic Association
Russian American Civic Association (Board of Directors)
International Immigrant Foundation (Board of Directors)
Lazar Khidekel Society, President
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