Armenian Museum of America

Armenian Museum of America Located in Watertown (Boston). Sharing Armenian history and culture with the world since 1971!
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Today’s concert is an uplifting 20-minute performance by the Children's Choir, Folk Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of ...
12/03/2023

Today’s concert is an uplifting 20-minute performance by the Children's Choir, Folk Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of the Stepan Jrbashyan Music School.

Stepan Jrbashyan Music School provides an outstanding education for Armenia’s most talented young musicians. This concert showcases three ensembles that demonstrate a range of musical ability and stylistic range. The choir is directed by Mamikon Andreasyan, the chamber orchestra by Arman Grigoryan, and the folk instrument orchestra by Levon Tevanyan. Recorded and produced in Armenia by Daniel Ayriyan.

Our Bi-Monthly Concert Series is free thanks to a generous grant from the Dadourian Foundation.

The Stepan Jrbashyan Music School provides an outstanding education for Armenia’s most talented young musicians. This concert showcases three ensembles that ...

We're excited about the response to our 2nd annual Members Reception & Christmas Gallery Stroll on Dec. 7. More than 125...
12/02/2023

We're excited about the response to our 2nd annual Members Reception & Christmas Gallery Stroll on Dec. 7. More than 125 people have already signed up via Eventbrite to attend! THIS EVENT IS COMPLIMENTARY FOR CURRENT MEMBERS. Here's what to expect:

🎄 Networking, wine & hors d’oeuvres
🎄 History (browse our Art, Culture, Eternity exhibit)
🎄 Art (meet Ara Oshagan who will be here in the gallery)
🎄 Armenian & Christmas music by Levon Hovsepian
🎄 Fundraising for Artsakh (we're donating 100% of proceeds from the purchase of the new line of Michael Aram ornaments)

If you are not a member, now is a great time to renew or join and then RSVP for this highly anticipated annual event in the community: www.armenianmuseum.org/membership

When the ethnic cleansing and cultural erasure of Armenians began again in 2020, we redoubled our commitment by presenti...
11/30/2023

When the ethnic cleansing and cultural erasure of Armenians began again in 2020, we redoubled our commitment by presenting even more in our galleries and online. Our galleries and our digital content are both educational and thought-provoking.

People are responding positively to our exhibitions that highlight our history, Artsakh and human rights, and our artistic and spiritual contribution to world civilization. Our role in the community is more important now than ever. READ MORE AND SUPPORT OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DRIVE: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/news/were-sharing-armenias-history-amp-culture-with-the-world

Image caption: This image depicting the Nativity Scene, shepherds and the Magi is from a priceless Hymnal in our collection completed in the year 1488. Our illuminated manuscripts, including this one, are currently being restored by experts from the Matenadaran as part of Bank of America’s 2023 Art Conservation Project.

In this video, Collections Curator Gary Lind-Sinanian shows us the oldest non-religious textile in our collection which ...
11/29/2023

In this video, Collections Curator Gary Lind-Sinanian shows us the oldest non-religious textile in our collection which is a silk scarf that was presented as a wedding gift in the late 1700's.

The “Treasures from Our Collection” series shares items from our collection that are not on display. It is sponsored by a generous donation from Michele Kolligian, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

In this video Collections Curator Gary Lind-Sinanian shows us the oldest secular piece in our collection which is a silk scarf that was given as a wedding gi...

This month’s Sound Archive turns to another canonical figure. Yetvart “Edward” Bogosian's music is often mentioned in re...
11/28/2023

This month’s Sound Archive turns to another canonical figure. Yetvart “Edward” Bogosian's music is often mentioned in reference to the modern Armenian American music known as Kef. But artists like Bogosian predate this classification. Yetvart was raised in a theatrical world. His father was a professional actor, and before the age of 20, Yetvart was performing in the Armenian theaters of Constantinople. Yetvart came to America in the aftermath of the Genocide, settling in New York and performing throughout the Northeast. By 1923, he established his own theater company, staging plays with a focus on comedies.

Bogosian carved a path as a recording artist into the 1940s by adapting the energy of his live performance. Bogosian’s humor was informed by the harsh social and political realities of his time. We hear Bogosian’s version of “Le Po Le Le,” which he updates with a modern ensemble and driving force to the music, foreshadowing the aesthetics of the Kef genre. He alters the lyrics to create a wild and flirtatious song. Through his theatrical roots, satirical bite, and showmanship, Bogosian’s recordings and performances resonated with people. He captured their attention and gave voice to the difficult and tragic experiences of his generation.

Born: 1900, Rodosto, TurkeyDied: January 5, 1977, Queens, NYActive years recording: 1927-1975Label Association: Pharos Records, Metropolitan Records, Balkan Records

100% of proceeds from the purchase of the new line of Michael Aram ornaments in our Gift Shop will go towards humanitari...
11/24/2023

100% of proceeds from the purchase of the new line of Michael Aram ornaments in our Gift Shop will go towards humanitarian relief for the Armenians of Artsakh: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/shop?category=Michael+Aram+Ornaments+for+Artsakh

The ornaments will make their debut at our Members Reception & Christmas Gallery Stroll on Dec. 7, and we are offering an advance sale via our website.

Save the stress of shopping in the stores this Holiday Season and buy online at our Gift Shop for Cyber Monday! We’re stocked up on the latest merchandise from Armenian vendors with products made by hand in Armenia, the latest coffee-table books, and branded merchandise from the Museum including stylish reusable tote bags, blank notebooks, and coffee mugs.

Our galleries and Gift Shop in Watertown Square (Boston) are open Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm and online 24/7.

As we celebrate this traditional American holiday of giving thanks, the Board of Trustees and our Museum Team wish you a...
11/22/2023

As we celebrate this traditional American holiday of giving thanks, the Board of Trustees and our Museum Team wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Thank you for supporting our Mission to share Armenia's history and culture with the world.

The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day but will be open Friday through Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

The Board of Trustees cordially invites you to our 2nd annual Members Reception & Christmas Gallery Stroll. Please join ...
11/18/2023

The Board of Trustees cordially invites you to our 2nd annual Members Reception & Christmas Gallery Stroll. Please join us Dec. 7 from 5:00 to 8:00 to enjoy the festivities of the holiday season.

Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and sweets will be served. COMPLIMENTARY FOR CURRENT MEMBERS.

100% of proceeds from the purchase of the new line of Michael Aram ornaments in our Gift Shop will go towards humanitarian relief for the Armenians of Artsakh.

RSVP via Eventbrite (there's also a link to join or renew here): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/members-reception-and-christmas-gallery-stroll-tickets-744307201877

11/15/2023

Join us for our next Online Concert featuring the Stepan Jrbashyan Choir & Folk Orchestra on Dec. 3 at 1:00 EST.

The Stepan Jrbashyan Music School provides an outstanding education for Armenia’s most talented young musicians. This concert will showcase three ensembles that demonstrate a range of musical ability and stylistic range. The choir will be directed by Mamikon Andreasyan, the chamber orchestra by Arman Grigoryan, and the folk orchestra by Levon Tevanyan.

Our Bi-Monthly Concert Series is free thanks to a generous grant from the Dadourian Foundation. The concert will be posted here on Facebook and on our website and YouTube channel.

Special thanks to everyone that attended "Early Recordings of Armenian Classics by Ara Dinkjian," in our Adele and Haig ...
11/14/2023

Special thanks to everyone that attended "Early Recordings of Armenian Classics by Ara Dinkjian," in our Adele and Haig Der Manuelian Galleries. Composer, instrumentalist and collector Ara Dinkjian played more than a dozen recordings digitized from his collection, one of the largest in the world, of Armenian 78 rpm records. "These are the voices of our ancestors," he told the crowd of more than 125 people. This event is part of our Sound Archive series supported by the SJS Charitable Trust. 📸: Raffi Der Simonian

Ara will be delivering this talk in various communities in the coming months, including New York on Dec. 3, so it was not recorded. We hope you will see the presentation or help to organize it in your city in the coming months!

In honor of our servicemen and women on Veterans Day, today we are sharing a film by director Tom Spera and co-producer ...
11/11/2023

In honor of our servicemen and women on Veterans Day, today we are sharing a film by director Tom Spera and co-producer Roger Hagopian.

This documentary captures the warm reflections of men and women whose commitment and sacrifice characterize their generation. They were young Armenian-Americans whose own families had fled genocide. They answered the call of our nation to sacrifice their lives to fight against the perpetrators of tyranny and a new genocide.

It began as a simple idea: To honor a handful of surviving World War IIveterans on the 60th anniversary of the end of the war by recording someof their perso...

Minas Avetisian (1928-1975) painted and illustrated in a style that was revolutionary for his time. He reshaped the pall...
11/06/2023

Minas Avetisian (1928-1975) painted and illustrated in a style that was revolutionary for his time. He reshaped the pallet of colors and style that were typical of Armenian artists at the time. Minas chose bold lines and primary colors to evoke deep emotion. These two works were gifted to our collection by Dr. and Mrs. Nishan and Mary Goudsouzian. Mary is a long-time Trustee of the Armenian Museum of America.

The “Treasures from Our Collection” video series is intended to share items from our collection that are not on display. It is sponsored by a generous donation from Michele Kolligian, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

Minas Avetisyan (1928- 1975) painted and illustrated in a style that was revolutionary to his time. Born in the village of Jajur, Armenia, Minas reshaped the...

The Armenian Museum of America will present Early Recordings of Armenian Classics by Ara Dinkjian, Musician & Composer o...
11/04/2023

The Armenian Museum of America will present Early Recordings of Armenian Classics by Ara Dinkjian, Musician & Composer on Nov. 9 at 7 pm. Ara will share restored recordings of Armenian music made over 100 years ago! Here's the link to RSVP.

Musician and composer Ara Dinkjian presents a lecture on the Early Recordings of Armenian Classics (details below).

Artist GP Vahan has posted a new podcast about Ara Oshagan, whose exhibition "Disrupted, Borders" is on display in our c...
11/03/2023

Artist GP Vahan has posted a new podcast about Ara Oshagan, whose exhibition "Disrupted, Borders" is on display in our contemporary galleries through Dec. 30.

The interview reflects on many themes in the show including diasporan identity and culture in Beirut, Los Angeles and Artsakh where the images were shot for this installation.

Our galleries in Boston (Watertown) are open Thursday through Sunday from 12-6.

My guest for this episode is Ara Oshagan. Ara is a diasporic multi-disciplinary artist, curator, and cultural worker, whose practice explores collective and ...

We believe in the power of partnerships. On Sunday we hosted participants of the Hamazkayin Cultural Retreat. The progra...
11/02/2023

We believe in the power of partnerships. On Sunday we hosted participants of the Hamazkayin Cultural Retreat. The program directed by Dr. Khatchig Mouradian brought together 25 Armenian university students and young professionals for an exploration of music, photography, and literature, as well as discussion on Artsakh and the future of the Armenian nation. All of the students were given complimentary museum memberships, courtesy of the Richard Melik Simonian Trust.

We've added a few more progress photos to our album for Bank of America's Art Conservation Project at the Museum. Manusc...
11/01/2023

We've added a few more progress photos to our album for Bank of America's Art Conservation Project at the Museum. Manuscript restorer Taguhi Tshenteretshyan has joined the team here from the Matenadaran to continue the work.

The Art Conservation Project supports the restoration of 21 illuminated manuscripts in our collection. The work began in September and the cleaning and restoration of these precious rare books is underway.

The Armenian Museum of America is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra Benefit Conce...
10/30/2023

The Armenian Museum of America is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra Benefit Concert in Boston on Nov. 21 at Symphony Hall. Tickets to benefit relief efforts for the displaced people of Artsakh: https://www.bso.org/events/armenian-philharmonic-2023

Imagine a place where you can explore a museum and have lunch at a local café. See artists at work in their studio, or s...
10/29/2023

Imagine a place where you can explore a museum and have lunch at a local café. See artists at work in their studio, or stop and listen to a jazz trio. All this in a compact, walkable neighborhood. That’s the idea behind Massachusetts Cultural Districts.

We're hosting the next public meeting of the proposed Watertown Square Cultural District in our 3rd floor contemporary galleries on Nov. 1 at 6 pm. The City of Watertown is seeking feedback about what will make a Cultural District effective for Watertown. Click here to RSVP: https://watertownbusinesscoalition.com/events-3/ #!event/2023/11/1/second-watertown-square-cultural-district-public-meeting

Our latest contemporary exhibition "Ara Oshagan: Disrupted, Borders" in our Adele and Haig Der Manuelian Galleries is no...
10/28/2023

Our latest contemporary exhibition "Ara Oshagan: Disrupted, Borders" in our Adele and Haig Der Manuelian Galleries is now extended through Dec. 30!

Don't miss this show of photography, collage, and installation from Los Angeles, Beirut, and Shushi. Our three floors of gallery space in Watertown (Boston) are open Thursday through Sunday from 12-6.

Berj Chekijian takes us on a virtual tour of objects and artifacts that were generously donated to our collection by the...
10/26/2023

Berj Chekijian takes us on a virtual tour of objects and artifacts that were generously donated to our collection by the late Paul and Vicki Bedoukian and Robert and Gail Bedoukian. Robert is a Trustee of the Museum. These contributions are a part of a collection that exemplifies the richness of our culture as well as the importance of preserving Armenia's history and art and sharing it with the world.

The “Treasures from Our Collection" video series is supported by a leadership donation from Michele M. Kolligian, who is the President of the Board of Trustees. Michele not only sponsors this program, but she had the wonderful insight to use the power of video to share our incredible collection with the world.

In this special featured video, Berj Chekijian, our Director of Finance and Building Operations, takes us on a virtual journey demonstrating the significance...

NBC Radio of San Francisco produced a captivating 20-minute segment about Armenia in 1945, on the sidelines of the UN me...
10/24/2023

NBC Radio of San Francisco produced a captivating 20-minute segment about Armenia in 1945, on the sidelines of the UN meeting of 50 Allied nations. It highlights the Armenian National Chorus and advocacy in pursuit of the Armenian Question led by celebrity chef George Mardikian and attorney Souren Saroyan of the Armenian National Committee.

We're releasing this rare recording digitized from our collection, along with a superbly told historical writeup by Harout Arakelian.

NBC Radio of San Francisco: Voice of Armenia Original airdate: June 24, 1945Producers: NBC Radio Producer Ethel Bell & ANC Chairman Souren SaroyanVoices: Lou Tobin (narrator), George Mardikian (speech), Souren Saroyan (speech), Armenian National Chorus with Nevarthe Jivelekian (choral director)

Group tours continue. This weekend we hosted tours for two dozen visitors from Boston University’s Armenian Club and Bra...
10/23/2023

Group tours continue. This weekend we hosted tours for two dozen visitors from Boston University’s Armenian Club and Brandeis University’s senior learning group.

The Armenian students were given complimentary memberships to the Museum and our new branded reusable bags, thanks to a grant from the Richard Melik Simonian Charitable Trust.

Good news! Our latest contemporary exhibition "Ara Oshagan: Disrupted, Borders" in our Adele and Haig Der Manuelian Gall...
10/19/2023

Good news! Our latest contemporary exhibition "Ara Oshagan: Disrupted, Borders" in our Adele and Haig Der Manuelian Galleries is now extended through Dec. 30.

Don't miss this show of photography, collage, and installation from Los Angeles, Beirut, and Shushi. Our three floors of gallery space in Watertown (Boston) are open Thursday through Sunday from 12-6.

WATERTOWN— A new exhibit of photographs at the Armenian Museum of America tries to weave together the different strands of Armenian communities around the world. The exhibit, “Ara Oshagan: Disrupted, Borders,” opened on June 7 and will continue through October 29. The disparate corners of the ...

Special thanks to all who attended our listening event with Ian Nagoski of Canary Records. He wove a captivating tale of...
10/18/2023

Special thanks to all who attended our listening event with Ian Nagoski of Canary Records. He wove a captivating tale of soprano Zabelle Panosian who was born in Bardizag and emigrated to Boston in 1907.

This event was part of our "Sound Archive" series sponsored by the SJS Charitable Trust. Our next in-person listening event is Early Recordings of Armenian Classics by Ara Dinkjian, Musician & Composer on Nov. 9 at 7:00 pm.

Special thanks to all who attended our listening event with Ian Nagoski of Canary Records. He wove a captivating tale of soprano Zabelle Panosian who was bor...

Membership supports our Mission to share Armenia’s history and culture with the world. In our galleries you can view the...
10/16/2023

Membership supports our Mission to share Armenia’s history and culture with the world. In our galleries you can view the NFL Artsakh Cleats and Ara Oshagan’s larger-than-life Shushi Portraits, while our online exhibition dedicated to the Armenian heritage of Artsakh includes 50 artifacts that are safeguarded in museums around the world. Click here to read the latest letter from our Executive Director and become a member.

Dear Friend, Greetings from the Armenian Museum of America. During this challenging time, we stand with Armenia in the face of ongoing aggression. Our thoughts are with the people of Artsakh. We must take action to support Armenia and Artsakh and sometimes that starts by learning more. We are&

Streaming now is our 17th Online Concert with the Katil Band. Katil has reignited Armenia's passion for indie-folk. Let ...
10/15/2023

Streaming now is our 17th Online Concert with the Katil Band. Katil has reignited Armenia's passion for indie-folk. Let Katil take you on a musical journey showcasing Armenia's musical heritage.

Recorded and produced in Armenia last summer by Daniel Ayriyan. Our Bi-Monthly Hybrid Concert Series is free thanks to a generous grant from the Dadourian Foundation.

Streaming now is our 17th Online Concert with the Katil Band, one of Armenia’s standout bands. Named "Water-drop" in English, Katil has reignited Armenia's I...

We're making a major capital investment in our building, by installing a new roof this month! Yesterday, MassDevelopment...
10/14/2023

We're making a major capital investment in our building, by installing a new roof this month! Yesterday, MassDevelopment and Mass Cultural Council, two state agencies that jointly administer the Cultural Facilities Fund, announced 28 new grants including $146,000 for this project. Thank you!

“Through the Cultural Facilities Fund, our Administration is proud to support facilities that are the foundation for Massachusetts’ thriving arts and culture sector,” said Governor Maura Healey. “We we thank the awardees for their efforts to maintain and restore the spaces that mean so much to our state.”

Read more: https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/new-3-14m-public-investment-made-into-28-cultural-facilities/

"What will happen to historic churches, monuments, and other cultural symbols throughout Artsakh following the tumultuou...
10/13/2023

"What will happen to historic churches, monuments, and other cultural symbols throughout Artsakh following the tumultuous and traumatic departure of over 100,000 Armenians? It's essential to understand the stakes of this kind of cultural erasure: These monuments and stones testify to the generations of Armenians who worshipped and cared about them." - Dr. Christina Maranci, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University and one of our esteemed Academic Advisors

'If history is any indication, ethnic cleansing tends to be followed by all kinds of cultural destruction.'

In this video we highlight incredibly detailed works of master tailor Krikor Shirikjian. He created most of these delica...
10/12/2023

In this video we highlight incredibly detailed works of master tailor Krikor Shirikjian. He created most of these delicate designs with the "couching technique" which makes use of two threads at a time. His unique style is displayed on shoes, clothing and other textiles.

The “Treasures from Our Collection” video series is intended to share items from our collection that are not on display. It is sponsored by a generous donation from Michele Kolligian, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

In this video we highlight incredibly detailed works of master tailor Krikor Shirikjian. He created most of these delicate designs with the "couching techniq...

Reminder: Mark your calendar for Katil Live: Experience Armenia's Indie-Folk Revival, a free online concert on Oct. 15. ...
10/11/2023

Reminder: Mark your calendar for Katil Live: Experience Armenia's Indie-Folk Revival, a free online concert on Oct. 15. Recorded and produced in Armenia last summer by Daniel Ayriyan.

Our Bi-Monthly Concert Series is free thanks to a generous grant from the Dadourian Foundation. The concert will be posted here on Facebook and on our website and YouTube channel.

Check out this sneak peek preview of the Katil Band. Our 17th online concert will go live on Sunday, October 15!Immerse yourself in a virtual concert with Ka...

Watertown's eyes are on Artsakh. We're honored that artists Niloufar Keyhani and Amir Tabatabaei included the "We Are Ou...
10/08/2023

Watertown's eyes are on Artsakh. We're honored that artists Niloufar Keyhani and Amir Tabatabaei included the "We Are Our Mountains" sculpture along the top of their new mural in Watertown Square. This iconic monument of the Armenian heritage of Artsakh is carved in volcanic tuff.

It is located in the capital city of Stepanakert which was occupied by Azerbaijan's military on September 29. We are witnessing the first time in history that Armenians have been depopulated from Artsakah in a military campaign that is widely recognized as a continuation of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.

We are concerned about the fate of the statue and the dozens of other sites that were left behind including medieval monasteries, homes, businesses, and cemeteries. We know some of the churches are already being converted to mosques since the war was restarted in 2020. We share the dream of Amir and Niloufar that we will see peace in this region and around the world.

Many of our members and visitors ask the Museum for updates on the Artsakh crisis that has intensified in recent weeks. ...
10/06/2023

Many of our members and visitors ask the Museum for updates on the Artsakh crisis that has intensified in recent weeks. Therefore, we decided to share this new article from the Los Angeles Times.

Author Mashinka Firunts Hakopian is an associate professor of technology and social justice at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, and Shushan Karapetian is director of the USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies.

Azerbaijan's talking points about the assault on the Artsakh republic are not credible. It's vital to recognize what's really happening in the South Caucuses.

Special thanks to all who attended our listening event with Ian Nagoski of Canary Records. He wove a captivating tale of...
10/04/2023

Special thanks to all who attended our listening event with Ian Nagoski of Canary Records. He wove a captivating tale of soprano Zabelle Panosian who was born in Bardizag and emigrated to Boston in 1907.

We especially enjoyed the audio tracks he shared, some of which took hundreds of hours of restoration to improve the sound. Stay tuned for our next Sound Archive event, which are sponsored by the SJS Charitable Trust.

Photographs by Daniel Ayriyan.

Admission to the museum is FREE for everyone though Oct. 8, thanks to the Alan K. & Isabelle DerKazarian Foundation. You...
10/03/2023

Admission to the museum is FREE for everyone though Oct. 8, thanks to the Alan K. & Isabelle DerKazarian Foundation. You'll see artifacts dating back more than 3,000 years, illuminated manuscripts, the NFL Artsakh Cleats and a contemporary exhibit/installation that includes Ara Oshagan's larger-than-life "Shushi Portraits."

Our galleries in Watertown (Boston) are open Thursday through Sunday from 12-6.

Mark your calendar for Katil Live: Experience Armenia's Indie-Folk Revival, a free online concert on Oct. 15. KATIL blos...
10/02/2023

Mark your calendar for Katil Live: Experience Armenia's Indie-Folk Revival, a free online concert on Oct. 15. KATIL blossomed in Yerevan in 2017, reigniting Armenian Indie-folk music passion among the youth.

This concert was recorded and produced in Armenia last summer by Daniel Ayriyan. Our Bi-Monthly Concert Series is free thanks to a generous grant from the Dadourian Foundation. The concert will be posted here on Facebook and on our website and YouTube channel.

Check out this sneak peek preview of the Katil Band. Our 17th online concert will go live on Sunday, October 15!Immerse yourself in a virtual concert with Ka...

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