Inna Bodner (1968-2011)

sophia rommaInternationally acclaimed Scenic/Set Designer
Honorary Visiting Professor at OFTF (2009-2011)

Professor Inna Bodner (scenic/set designer) was born in Kiev, Ukraine. Since 1993, Inna had been residing and working in New York. Ms. Bodner’s personal art exhibitions had been exhibited in New York, London, Jerusalem, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev. Her paintings and drawings can be found in numerous gallery collections throughout the United States and Europe. Having successfully worked with various art mediums, Ms. Bodner had enormous experience as a critically acclaimed artist in the areas of graphic design, painting, video, and theater scenic/set design. Professor Bodner was a long-time colleague and creative collaborator of Dr. Sophia Romma, in the theatre. She was the scenic and set designer for the Negro Ensemble Company’s Production of “With Aaron’s Arms Around Me” at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2007 and of Cherry Lane’s Production of “The Past Is Still Ahead” with which Ms. Bodner and Dr. Romma toured at the Mayakovski Academic Art Theatre in Moscow, the Pushkin House and Oxford University. Inna's prolific life in theatre and in art continually basks in a most fruitful collaboration with playwright, S. Romma, as Dr. Romma’s plays thrive at The Midtown International Theatre Festival, touring Seoul, South Korea and the UK, featuring Professor Bodner’s unique and multifaceted set and scenic design. A great loss to the art and theater world, Ms. Bodner passed away unexpectedly in August of 2011, from breast cancer at the age of 43. She had 350 artworks in private collection in Ukraine at the time of her death, including 200 works on paper.

Inna, you will always be remembered!

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sophia rommaUKRAINIAN GUARDIANS OF
FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE

Artworks by Inna Bodner

An exhibition which explores and confronts the relationship between ethereal existential existence and the veiled chaos of everyday life, as mortals grapple with mortality. While the focus is on the artifice of nature, her works depart from the overtly adorned surfaces of nature and human habitat, revealing the presence of social and non-conformist anxiety ever-present in the constellation of modernity, which the artist has attempted to romanticize by utilizing the poetry of her dancing brush on canvas. Inna’s elaborate set/scenic designs are presented in various theatre posters from theatrical productions in collaboration with Sophia Romma.

“An immense loss to the art and theatre world, Professor Bodner passed away unexpectedly in August of 2011, from breast cancer, at the tender age of forty-three. She had 350 artworks (oil on canvas) in private collection in Ukraine at the time of her death, including 200 works on paper. Donations will be accepted to help preserve Ms. Bodner’s creative legacy with proceeds given to breast cancer research. The public will be invited to leave written comments in a memorial book to be presented to Inna’s parents at the closing of the exhibition with a copy preserved with her collection.”
(Heidi E. Russell Fine Art Photographer ~ Creative Collaborator and Curator ~ Publisher - International Women Artists' Salon, Founder)

Professor Inna Bodner (scenic/set designer) was born in Kiev, Ukraine. Since 1993, Inna had been residing and working in New York. Ms. Bodner’s personal art exhibitions have been exhibited in some of the most prestigious galleries in New York, London, Jerusalem, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev. Her paintings and drawings can be found in numerous gallery collections throughout the United States and in Eastern and Western Europe. Having successfully worked with various eclectic art mediums, Professor Bodner had enormous experience as a critically acclaimed artist in the complex and challenging terrain of graphic design, painting, video, and theater scenic/set design. In the ebbing theatre sphere, Inna found her artistic soul-mate in working steadfastly with long-time colleague and creative collaborator, Dr. Sophia Romma. They had worked in perfect harmony, complimenting each other’s thought-provoking ideas, occasionally treading on thin ice by presenting politically controversial theatrical pieces in an effort to crack open previously gated avenues for women in the theatre arts. Professor Bodner was an award-winning scenic and set designer for the Negro Ensemble Company’s Production of The Mire at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2010 and of Cherry Lane’s Production of The Past Is Still Ahead in 2007, with which Ms. Bodner and Dr. Romma toured internationally at the Mayakovski Academic Art Theatre in Moscow (2007), the Pushkin House (2009) and Oxford University (2009), the Millennium Theatre in Brooklyn, NY (2009) and at the JCC in Manhattan (2008). Inna's prolific artistry and lofty, provocative theatrical set designs continue to bask posthumously in a most fruitful collaboration with playwright, S. Romma, as Sophia’s plays consistently feature Inna’s evocative, soul-bearing scenic designs which to this day thrive at The Midtown International Theatre Festival, appearing in the limelight of The O’Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation’s productions of Ms. Romma’s Carte Blanche (at the Midtown International March Madness Theatre Festival in 2015). Ms. Romma has toured Seoul, South Korea and the UK, featuring Professor Bodner’s unique and multifaceted set and scenic design which she had created specifically for The Past Is Still Ahead: A portrait of the exiled yet Russian Feminist Poetess, Marina Tsvetaeva. A great loss to the art and theater world, Ms. Bodner passed away unexpectedly in August of 2011, from breast cancer at the age of 43. She had 350 artworks in private collection in Ukraine at the time of her death, including 200 works on paper. Professor Bodner served as Professor of The Art of Western Civilization at The O’Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation and at Moscow University Touro.

sophia rommaThe exhibition shall open on February 1st and run until February 29th at the 13th Street Repertory Company, 50 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Reception
Friday, February 19th, 2016
at 7:15 PM.


Ukrainian cuisine and Uzbek delights along with champagne will be served, courtesy of Underground Voices of Theatre and The O’Neill Film and Theatrical Foundation. A Brief presentation will ensue by Sophia Romma and Heidi Russell.

You are invited to peruse Inna’s oeuvre at
http://bodner.sitetokeep.com/fine-art/paintings-new

For more information or for a personal viewing kindly contact: Heidi Russell at heidi.womenartsalon@gmail.com