The Detroit News previews today the exhibit opening at the U-M art museum tomorrow – “The Romanovs Collect: European Art from the Hermitage” – in an article “U-M unveils marvels of St. Petersburg.” From the article:
“… Ann Arbor city officials have responded to the festivities by declaring October as St. Petersburg month. They plan to alert the public by hanging across-the-street banners on Main and State streets. All of which makes you wonder what prompted such an over-the-top celebration in middle America for a Russian city half a world away.
“U-M has strong ties with St. Petersburg because of our Russian studies program,” says Marysia Ostafin of the university’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, which initiated the birthday party.
“Our faculty members work closely with their institutions. And Russian scholars are coming here to teach courses for our St. Petersburg theme semester. Why? Because we want to hook undergraduate students into a love for Russia.” …