NATHANIEL SULLIVAN / While The Nation Went Bankrupt
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 6PM
PERFORMANCE STARTS AT 6:30PM
On September 15 2008, Lehman Brothers, a 158 year old investment bank filed for bankruptcy. In the following weeks, the largest American banks were bailed out, and a new era in finance began. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, was poised to benefit the most. What is a powerful white man to do once risk had been socialized yet profit remained private? Little is known about what went on in the corner offices of the banks, in the backrooms of the Federal Reserve and behind the closed doors of the mansions of the 0.01%. Until now.
While The Nation Went Bankrupt tells the story of the financial crisis through the fictional love letters of Jamie Dimon. The performance is in part an alternative and more libidinal history of our current financial crisis, and an exploration of the metaphoric creep of the neoliberal ideology into all areas of life. Not quite fiction and not quite satire, the letters are a cry in the dark from an insular world that brought us all to the brink of financial, physical and moral ruin.
JOHN V. MAČIUIKA LECTURE
RESONANT PATTERNS: The Art of Kazys Varnelis in the Context of Bauhaus Modernism
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 6.30PM
Organized by: Gintarė Bukauskas, Lithuanian-American Community
We are pleased to invite you to the lecture, Resonant Patterns: The Art of Kazys Varnelis in the Context of Bauhaus Modernism presented by John V. Mačiuika.
This year we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Kazys Varnelis.
In May we celebrated with a museum curator of Kazys’ home museum, Gabriele Paškevičiūte and the painter’s son, Kazys Varnelis Jr. A slideshow of the painter’s life, his creative works and his collection of art were presented later in the evening.
In early July the Lithuanian National Art Gallery opened with the exhibit Optika ir Strukturos (Optics and Structure) dedicated to Kazys Varnelis’ work and followed by a lecture by professor John Mačiuika, Resonant Patterns: The Art of Kazys Varnelis in the Context of Bauhaus Modernism.
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John V. Mačiuika specializes in the history of modern architecture and design. He teaches courses in the history of art, architecture, urbanism, the decorative arts, and design at the City University of New York’s Baruch College and at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research interests include the relationship between architecture and cultural identity; shifting narratives of the “modern” over time in architecture and design; the sociology of the design professions; and the cultural politics of architecture in particular national settings. Professor Maciuika is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (2015), a Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2002) and the recipient of a generous residential fellowship from the DAAD/German Academic Exchange Service. He delivered an earlier version of this lecture in Vilnius at the National Gallery of Modern Art in July 2017.
More information about Kazys Varnelis you can find in following links:
lituanus.org / lnm.lt / muziejai.lt / FB
READING & DISCUSSION WITH JULIJA ŠUKYS, AUTHOR OF SIBERIAN EXILE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 4
Reading will start promptly at 6:30pm
Julija Šukys (PhD, U Toronto) is the author of three books, most recently Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning and Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė. Epistolophilia won the 2013 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature. Her essays have appeared in the Tusculum Review, Queen’s Quarterly, Passages North, and elsewhere.
Šukys will read from her 2017 book Siberian Exile and discuss the process of research, discovery, and writing that led to its publication. Her text weaves together the two narratives: the story of Ona, noble exile and innocent victim, and that of Anthony, accused war criminal. It examines the stories that communities tell themselves and considers what happens when the stories we’ve been told all our lives suddenly and irrevocably change, and how forgiveness or grace operate across generations and across the barriers of life and death.
When Julija Šukys was a child, her paternal grandfather, Anthony, rarely smiled, and her grandmother, Ona, spoke only in her native Lithuanian. But they still taught Šukys her family’s story: that of a proud people forced from their homeland when the soldiers came. In mid-June 1941, three Red Army soldiers arrested Ona, forced her onto a cattle car, and sent her east to Siberia, where she spent seventeen years separated from her children and husband, working on a collective farm. The family story maintained that it was all a mistake. Anthony, whose name was on Stalin’s list of enemies of the people, was accused of being a known and decorated anti-Bolshevik and Lithuanian nationalist.
Some seventy years after these events, Šukys sat down to write about her grandparents and their survival of a twenty-five-year forced separation and subsequent reunion. Piecing the story together from letters, oral histories, audio recordings, and KGB documents, her research soon revealed a Holocaust-era secret—a family connection to the killing of seven hundred Jews in a small Lithuanian border town. According to KGB documents, the man in charge when those massacres took place was Anthony, Ona’s husband.