New York - Where the Energy Manifests Beauty
These powerful images of iron megastractures are reminiscent of the industrial revolution, illustrating a unique history of a city that is distinct from the old world perception of beauty that we see in traditional urban ensembles and classical proportionsan aesthetic familiar to the Russians among us.
However, sharp compositional techniques and shortcomings remind us of constructivist photography which makes these images play both sidespost-industrial brutalism and the Russian avant-garde tradition. Energy is the ultimate manifestation of New Yorks unique beauty, and these sometimes monstrous structures sharply delineate the differences between this city and the rest of the world.
Alexander Movshovich was born in Moscow in 1955 into a family of medical doctors. Following the family tradition, he graduated from Moscow Medical School in 1978 and soon earned his Ph.D. Since 1991, he has lived in the U.S., pursuing a career as a scientist and physician. In his own words, he was able to realize his fascination with images only a few years ago. Since his passion burst into photography, he has never left [his] camera at home. The extraordinary progress Alexander Movshovich made in photography over such a short time is very promising for the artist, for whom the past is a memory and the future is a dream.
This exhibit is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Russian American Cultural Center and the Harriman Institute. We aim to create a mosaic of historical and artistic events related to the Russian artistic and cultural landscapes, as well as to enhance the development of Russian American culture in the U.S.
Exhibit Opening: Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm