New York City's largest mural features Gurian Horseman
14 June, 2019
New York City's largest mural features Gurian Horseman
The largest mural in New York City was unveiled last year. The mural covers the wall of City-As-School, a public high school located at 16 Clarkson Street between Hudson Street and Seventh Avenue South in the West Village of Manhattan. The 20,000-square foot mix of colors reflects 5 immigrants who entered the US a century ago. The author of the project is the Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra who engaged students in the work.

Irakli Makharadze, a researcher from Georgia recognized
Mshvidobadze, a famous Gurian horseman among the 5 immigrants. Guria is a region in the western part of Georgia. The researcher has been studying the history of Gurian horsemen over the last 20 years in the US. According to Makharadze, Gurian horsemen were extremely impressed with the Western World and the US.

Their first visit to Europe took place in 1892 when they arrived in England. The American showman Buffalo Bill was looking for horsemen all over the world. His representatives selected only Gurian horsemen within the Russian empire. In 1893, the horsemen visited the US. They used to participate in different horse races. As Americans found it hard to pronounce Georgian names, Gurian horsemen were given made-up names.

Most historical sources identify Gurian horsemen with Russian Cossacks. With the help of Irakli Makharadze, the title Russian Cossacks have been replaced by Georgian horsemen in a number of museums in the US and will gradually be replaced in every source.
mshvidobadze_gurian_horseman
Gurians were forbidden to enter Western World after the Soviet Union was established. Bolsheviks either imprisoned or exiled newly arrived Gurian horsemen. In order to save themselves and their families, Gurians burnt letters and photos. Consequently, numerous photos of Gurians got lost.

Source: Amerikiskhma

Related stores:

Gurian men performing polyphonic song while distilling Georgian Chacha

Georgia’s Guria Region - “The land of the restless”

First snow has fallen in Guria Region

How perfect khachapuri is made in Guria
Print
Other Stories
Kavkaz Jazz Festival presents: 22nd and 23rd of November, Tbilisi Music Forum and Showcase.
It is the first year for Tbilisi Music Forum and Showcase. Main goal of the event is development of music industry in Georgia and South Caucasus region.
Sam Raan Spa-Center named Best Spa in Europe
The Sam Raan Spa-Center has been named the Best Spa in Europe at the annual Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards 2019 and won the following nominations:
Region’s Largest Startup Event to be Held in Tbilisi
On November 8-10, 2019, regional Startup Grind event will be held in Tbilisi.
Georgian royal family introduces new wine brand "Prince Ioane Bagrationi"
Member of the Georgian royal family Prince Ioane Bagrationi introduced the society new wine brand named after him - "Prince Ioane Bagrationi".
Georgia Celebrates Day of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral today

The day of Mtskheta city and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is celebrated on 14 October in Georgia.

Georgian Wine Festival 2019 to be held on October 12 on the Shardeni street
Those who are interested and want to know more about Georgian wine can attend Georgian Wine Festival 2019 on October 12 on the Shardeni street. Event starts at 12 pm and lasts till 7 pm.
UNESCO names Tbilisi as Capital of World Book 2021
UNESCO has named Tbilisi as the Capital of the World Book 2021.
Robot Mzia’s preparation for First global – she plays basketball and does pull ups
After the famous robot Vano, Robot Mzia is preparing for the international competition “First Global.”
What comes after Frankfurt? Paris!
The year following the appearance as guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair is known as a difficult one. What are the strategies of Georgian publishers for 2019?
Georgia has its first photography museum
With the Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum (TPMM) Georgia has its first institution entirely dedicated to the contemporary image in its different forms – photography, new media, and video.
„The eighth life“ has arrived home
More than 100'000 Germans have already read it, the Dutch and Polish as well. But it was only last May that Nino Haratischwili's “The eighth life for Brilka” was translated for Georgian readers.
“We will fight for Georgian literature”
One year after Georgia’s well received appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the organizational mastermind, Medea Metreveli, lost her job. Now she's coming up with a new project.
Los Angeles Times about Khatia Buniatishvili – “A genuine musical personality”
Los Angeles Times has recently reviewed the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebration at the Hollywood Bowl marking Gustavo Dudamel’s 10 years with the orchestra.
Important facts about Georgian painter Elene Akhvlediani
Elene Akhvlediani was one of the first recognized female painters in Georgia.
Georgian soprano to perform in a play directed by Woody Allen
Georgian soprano Tsisana Giorgadze will perform in a play directed by Woody Allen.
Georgian Cinematographer Becomes a Member of Motion Picture Academy
Giorgi Shvelidze, Georgian cinematographer has been selected as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Georgian Shilda winery announced winner of  the EU Sustainable Energy Award for Eastern Partnership
The European Union has announced the winner of the EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern partnership at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 18 June.
15 years of creating opportunity for journalists - BP and British Council in Georgia offer English Language Courses for members of the Georgian Media
BP initiated media development program has trained more than 400 representatives on print, broadcast and online media in English language in Georgia.
What Georgian Pirosmani and Spanish Picasso have in common
Niko Pirosmani was a Georgian primitivist painter.
Three songs to know more about Georgian music
Georgia boasts about its rich traditional music.
Georgian – shop for tourists
The largest book shop in Georgia ,,Biblusi’’ has opened the first shop specially designated to the needs and interests of tourists and named it ,,Georgian’’.
SAVE THE DATE! At the 4th Tourism and Hospitality Conference within  Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards
On June 18, the 4th Tourism and Hospitality Conference within Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards will take place at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi.
Conference dedicated to the State Language held in Georgia
"On the 31st of May, in Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, a conference "State Language for Integration and Development of Human Capital in Georgia" was held."
Anita Rachvelishvili among 10 performers of the Met Opera
Anita Rachvelishvili, a Georgian mezzo-soprano, was recently named among Top 10 Performances By Singers From The Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-19 Season.
Georgian Wine and Gastronomy in Japan
The second exhibition of the project “Georgia – Homeland of Wine” took place in Terrada Warehouse, Japan.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
05.12.2019
06.12.2019
USD
1
USD
2.9573
2.9573
EUR
1
EUR
3.2746
3.2796
GBP
1
GBP
3.8572
3.8826
RUB
100
RUB
4.6197
4.6333