This exhibition tells the story of the long path from the extraordinary flowering of the Kyivan Church under Petro Mohyla and his successors in the middle of the 17th century, through the incorporation of the Kyiv Metropolia into the Moscow Patriarchate, and finally to the struggles for the renewal of local autonomy during the 20th and 21st centuries. It also explores the centuries-long fraught relationship between Kyiv and Moscow, how that relationship played out in the sphere of religion, and how those events related to the surrounding cultural and geopolitical forces.
Autonomy Lost and Regained illustrates this through liturgical textiles and other religious objects from the 17th to the 19th centuries, as well as artifacts, documents, and photographs from the 1910s to 2019.
The exhibition can be viewed both online and in-person through Spring 2022 at the Ukrainian History and Education Center in Somerset, NJ. The gallery is typically accessible on weekdays 9am-5pm, but we recommend emailing us at info@UkrHEC.org to arrange an appointment.
The online exhibition can be viewed at https://scalar.ukrhec.org/autonomy-lost-regained.
This exhibition was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.