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ANCESTRAL VOICES: Exhibition of Ukrainian Traditional Clothing

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ANCESTRAL VOICES: Exhibition of Ukrainian Traditional Clothing

Sunday, April 23, 2023 to Friday, June 30, 2023, Exhibition Opening: April 23, 2023, 2:30 - 5:30 PM

Shevchenko Museum, 1604 Bloor Street West Toronto ON M6P 1A7

On Sunday, April 23, 2023, the Shevchenko Museum, at 1604 Bloor Street West in Toronto, will present ANCESTRAL VOICES, an exhibition of Ukrainian traditional clothing from the collections of the Taras Shevchenko Museum and Red, Black & White, and historic photos from the Ivan Honchar Museum National Center of Folk Culture, Kyiv, Ukraine.

From earliest times and throughout its existence, traditional national clothing of the Ukrainian people has served not only everyday practical needs but spiritual ones, as well. One of the most attractive forms of decorative art, it reflects social status, economic-cultural activity, aesthetic tastes, and attachment to a particular national or ethnic group. Evolving over the centuries, it has absorbed and assimilated the influence of various geographical, historical, social and cultural factors to establish its own colourful and vibrant tradition.

Most of the exceptional garments in the exhibition are over 100 years old and were made by hand in Ukraine or by Ukrainian immigrant women in Canada. While the clothing represents a regional cross-section of Ukraine, each individual piece reflects particular features of the maker’s native village.

The clothing display is complemented by a collection of photographs from the historical, ethnographic and art album “UKRAINE AND UKRAINIANS” from the Ivan Honchar Museum (Kyiv, Ukraine).

The ANCESTRAL VOICES opening will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 pm on Sunday, April 23, in the Shevchenko Museum at 1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto. It will run until June 30, 2023. Gallery hours are Monday - Wednesday, Friday, 10 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 12 - 7 pm, and weekends by appointment.

The Shevchenko Museum greatly appreciates the support of Olzhych Foundation and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Ontario Branch).

Shevchenko Museum

1604 Bloor Street West

Toronto ON M6P 1A7

T: 416-534-8662



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