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Czech Scientists and Their Inventions Exhibit at the NCSML- 2/1/2020 to 4/11/2020


Please plan to attend the Czech Scientists and Their Inventions Exhibit
at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library!

February 1- April 11, 2020
Skala Bartizal Library

This exhibition is one of the successful projects of the Open Sciences Program of the Czech Academy of Sciences, based in Prague. Composed of caricatures of leading Czech scientists and their famous discovering by illustrator and director Premek Ponahly, this exhibit presents historical and contemporary scientists via a humorous and hyperbolic depiction.

Sponsored by Western Fraternal Life

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Also coming to NCSML soon is another exhibit:

From Feb. 27 - June 14, 2020
at the Smith Gallery
The Heritage Caretakers of Moravia will tell the story of the incredible women who wear and use folk art practices in their daily life. The exhibition is presented through the eyes of Czech-American artist, Sonya Darrow, who worked with the women in south Moravia in order to preserve cultural heritage for future generations, and to use their stories to inspire Czech settlements in the USA. The exhibit also explores the current state of the folk art movement to keep the ‘everyday’ folk dress (všední kroj) along with the working folk dress (pracovní kroj) from disappearing, and to discuss the topic of sustainable folk art practices.

The exhibition is in connection with the book “Víchernice” created by Jihomoravská komunitní nadace (Moravia, CZ) with photography by Líba Taylor. So, what does víchernice mean? It used to describe a woman who proudly cares about her looks, but who is also industrious and a hard worker. Allegedly, the word víchera is an expression for rural pride. And as we know now, these women have a good reason to be proud; they kept the heritage of their ancestors alive for us.

Also Sponsored by: Western Fraternal Life