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Young Friends Event: Vodka Talk and Tasting


The Young Friends of the HMF invite you to hear Patricia Herlihy speak about her new book, Vodka: A Global History, with a reception to follow.

6:30 PM Talk by Patricia Herlihy
7:30- 8:30 PM Reception

Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art
652 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012 
(Between Bleecker and Bond Streets)

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Vodka has been the staple drink in Slavic lands for at least six hundred years and some would claim inextricably bound to its culture. So why has North America embraced this fascinating and versatile drink? Why has vodka gone global? The ways in which vodka distillers package and pitch their product, and the corresponding ways by which consumers define themselves through their choice of brands, reveal as much about vodka as it does our own world. However vodka is drunk, whether straight, infused, flavored or mixed, the history of vodka is a story of an old spirit that has become the perfect postmodern drink.

Patricia Herlihy, Professor Emeritus of History, Brown University, is a specialist in Russian and Ukrainian history. She is the author of The Alcoholic Empire: Vodka and Politics in Late Imperial Russia (Oxford University Press) and Odessa: A History, 1794-1914 (Harvard University Press).

Alexandre Gertsman is a dealer of contemporary Russian art in New York, currently exhibiting
RUSSIAN ‘AMAZONS’ at his gallery. He represents well-known and established Russian-born artists and develops new, young, emerging artists. Mr. Gertsman has curated more than 40 traveling major museum exhibitions of Russian art throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia.

Please visit the Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art homepage to learn more.

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