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Jaroslava Lialia Kuchma: Tapestries

Jaroslava Lialia Kuchma: Tapestries.  Kuchma’s two large tapestries are connected to her Ukrainian Identity, as well as larger global histories of sovereignty and migration. ZJB celebrates her late husband Zenon Babij and his journey as a child from Europe to Chicago in 1950. The bold, electric lines and colors reflect his outgoing, mutli-lingual personality. Zhuravel, a Ukrainian nickname for the crane, is a symbol of hope and longing for home. Both are recent gifts from the artist.

Jaroslava Lialia Kuchma was born in Ukraine in 1943 and immigrated with her family to the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago in the 1950s. Kuchma is a weaver, photographer, and calligrapher who is active with the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. 

Jaroslava Lialia Kuchma: Tapestries is on view in our 2nd floor art gallery through the spring of 2024. Read more about Kuchma's work on our blog