Apr 30th 2020

UIMA and On The Real Film are thrilled to co-host a virtual screening of The First Lions: Founding the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art! The film will be live-streamed on Facebook, April 30th at 7pm.

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 of Ukrainian-American art in Chicago.

Check out the trailer and learn more about the film here: https://www.thefirstlions.com

The First Lions is co-directed by Erin Babbin and Michael Sullivan of On The Real Film.

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