A Red Kaddish Walking Tour – The Russian Revolution on The LES

Conceptual artist and scholar Yevgeniy Fiks - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for thelodownny.com

Post-Soviet conceptual artist, Yevgeniy Fiks (featured last year in our series, My LES) is bringing a special walking tour and performance piece to the Museum at Eldridge this Sunday at 2:00pm. “Red Kaddish Walking Tour” will traverse the neighborhood, exploring the history of the Russian Revolutionary immigrants who came to the LES in the 1880’s.

Local sites of historic “Jewish political radicalism” will be paired with readings from 19th century Russian Revolutionary literature in Russian, Yiddish, and English. Participants will experience the Lower East Side of Emma Goldman via writings by Russian anarchist Pyotr Kropotkin and Abraham Cahan’s via Russian revolutionary democrat Nikolay Chernyshevsky among others.