American culture

Fifteen U.S. soldiers represented the Illinois National Guard and United States Army Europe in the annual Multinational Soldiers March from Warsaw to Czestochowa on August 3-14 2010.  The 300-kilometer march is an annual event sponsored by the Polish Land Forces, which celebrates the Polish victory over Sweden in the 17th century.  According to local belief, the icon of the Black Madonna at Czestochowa is credited with turning back the Swedes.

The Illinois National Guard is comprised of approximately 10,000 Army National Guard members and approximately 3200 Air National Guard members.  Since 1993, the Illinois National Guard and Polish Armed Forces have participated in a partnership program that provides for the sharing of ideas between two nations.
Poland utilizes U.S. support to help transform and modernize the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.  It receives the most U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) assistance in the region, and is the sixth largest FMF recipient in the world. To date, this includes over $285 million in direct FMF grants and more than $3.9 billion in FMF loans.  Additionally, Poland has received more than $31 million dollars under the Combined Education Training Program (CETP), which includes the International Military Education Training (IMET) Program, Military to Military (M2M) Program, the State Partnership Program (SPP) and Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP).

U.S. television and cinema promote images of Americans that are … well … wrong! Pop Culture versus Real America will contrast those pop culture images with profiles of real Americans in every walk of life.  Think American lawyers live like those we watch on Boston Legal? Or police chiefs all live like those we watch on CSI?  Read on…

The works of five American artists will be presented among 130 entries from the 51 countries represented in the 13th International Triennial of Tapestry taking place in Łódź in May 2010. Camille J. Cook, President of the Illinois-based organization Friends of Fiber Art International , has once again been invited to serve as an advisor to the Triennial.
The international jury will award the Grand Prix,  two silver medals, three bronze medals,  honorary mentions, and the Best First Appearance prize (of the Akapi Foundation).  The curators of the museum will award their own Medal.  Jury members include: Włodzimierz Cygan, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Łódź, Poland; Kyoko Kumai, Professor, Nagaoka Institute of Art Design, Japan; Androna Linartas, President, Mexican Association of Artists Weavers, Mexico; Velta Raudzepa, Deputy Director, Museum of Decorative Arts, Riga, Latvia; Lauren Whitley, Curator, Department of Textile Art and Fashion, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; and Norbert Zawisza, Director, Central Museum of Textiles, Łódź, Poland.
The 13th International Triennial of Tapestry will hold its opening ceremony and announce the results of the competition on Monday, 10th May 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Ambassador Feinstein is pleased to be one of the Honorary Patrons of the Triennial.
For the list of exhibitions to accompany the Triennial, click here.

Roni Horn at the exhibition opening at the Center of Contemporary Art in Warsaw

An exhibition of the works of Roni Horn, a distinguished American female artist, opened on April 29 at 18:00 at the Center for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.  The exhibition presents a series of her most recent works, including You  are the Weather  (1994-1995), Cabinet of (2001), Bird &nbs p;(2008) and  a.k.a. (2008/2009).  To see the photo gallery from the exhibit opening click here.

A series of educational events and curatorial tours will accompany the show. The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw and the Trust for Mutual Understanding are among the sponsors of the exhibition.

Roni Horn received the CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts, several NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She has had one-person exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Dia Center for the Arts,  New York;  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Tate Modern, London (2009). Her group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial (1991, 2004); Documenta (1992); and Venice Biennale (1997) among others.

March is Women’s History Month, and today, March 08, we are celebrating International Women’s Day.  International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. 

This publication takes an inspiring  look at Women of Influence throughout U.S. history.

Do you have a role model within these pages?

Join us tonight for the second film screening of Black History Month.  The screening will take place at CSW’s kino.lab (ul. Jazdów 2) at 20:30.  We will be watching In the Heat of the Night, directed by Norman Jewison in 1967. 

In the Heat of the Night stars Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier, and won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 


                                                 Throughout February, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw joins America in celebrating Black History Month. We will honor the struggle and triumphs of millions of American citizens over the most devastating obstacles, as well as their contributions to the nation’s cultural and political life.

To kick off this celebration, the Embassy is partnering with the CSW Zamek Ujazdowski’s KINO.Lab and the Afryka Inaczej Foundation in a series of film presentations, which showcase African Americans in Cinema from 1920 to the present.   The series will open on February 12 with the presentation of one of the icons of American cinema – the Oscar winning actor and director Sidney Poitier.  The presentations will continue through March, when we will feature the films of Oscar Devereaux Micheaux, widely regarded as the first African-American feature filmmaker.  All showings will take place at CSW’s Kino.Lab (ul. Jazdów 2).

Join us on Friday, February 12

20:30  Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light.  Lee Grant, director; USA, 2000 (documentary on Sidney Poitier)
21:30 The Defiant Ones; Stanley Kramer, director; USA, 1958

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