- August 11, 2018, 6–9 p.m.
Documentary Film Premiere: The First LionsFeaturing: Oleh Kowerko, Alexandra Kochman, and Lialia Kuchma
1543 West Division St, Chicago, Illinois 60642
The First Lions uncovers the history of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art’s founding in 1971 in Chicago and the Institute's early years. Exploring the stories of Ukrainian-American artists working in modern and contemporary art methods in post-WWII Chicago, The First Lions follows the handful of founding members still living and utilizes archival photographs, films, and documents. The film serves as a time capsule for the oral histories of the aging founders, as well as a catalyst for new conversations and research on Ukrainian-American art in Chicago.
The First Lions is co-directed by Erin Babbin and Michael Sullivan of On The Real Film. This film is produced in conjunction with the exhibition LIONS: Founding Years of UIMA in Chicago, co-curated by Stanislav Grezdo and Robin Dluzen at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago.