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Lithuanian American Community of Houston



                 UPCOMING EVENTS





Lithuanian Independence Day

100th Anniversary

at U of H Blaffer Art Museum

Friday, 16 Feb 2018


NOTE NEW TIMING -- We start at 5:30 PM

We will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lithuania's Independence on Friday, 16 February, at the opening of a related exhibit at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston Main Campus.  LACH will host a preview and commemoration at 5:30 PM;  the exhibit opens to the public at 6:00 PM.

The Future Is Certain; It’s the Past Which Is Unpredictable
February 16-August 11, 2018  
(Exhibit is closed March 25–May 24 for U of H activities)

Blaffer Art Museum
4173 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77004
(University of Houston Main Campus)

The Future is Certain; It’s the Past Which is Unpredictable is a group exhibition on writing and rewriting history curated by Lithuanian independent curator Monika Lipšic with Toby Kamps, Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum. Presented last summer at the Calvert 22 Foundation in London and expanded for its Houston presentation, The Future is Certain… brings together thirteen artists and collectives considering the ways history can—in the hands of governments and others engaged with myth-making—be shaped to influence the present. 

Bringing together works by artists and collectives, most of whom stem from the former Soviet sphere of influence, The Future is Certain… features recent sculptures, photographs, textiles, video works, and installations that acknowledge the fact that history is a malleable and can be adapted and reinterpreted for political and cultural purposes. “
The future is certain,” begins the old Soviet joke of the project’s title. “It’s the past which is unpredictable.

History is the central subject. The featured artists consider the past as a research material, a source of imagery, and a catalyst for revolutions, wars, religions, prophecies, and ideologies. The artists in the exhibition recognize the fact that our understanding of the past is not a fixed subject, and they draw on ideas from cultural, social, political, psychological studies in order to understand and interpret the ways it can be manipulated. The exhibition works by Deimantas Narkevičius, Emily Newman, Emilija Škarnulytė, Slavs and Tatars, Felix Kalmenson, Jonas Mekas, Juan Pablo Villegas, Rather Than Happiness, Anton Vidokle, and others.

Felix Kalmenson, Atlas, 2017

The opening of the exhibition is on February 16th, 2018, a symbolic date that marks 100th anniversary of Lithuanian Independence Declaration. Join us at
5:30 pm for a private view and commemoration of Lithuanian Independence day. The evening will start with a greeting from William Carl Altman, Honorary Consul and Danguole Altman, President of the Lithuanian American Community of Houston, as well as the Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum, Toby Kamps, followed by exhibition curator Monica Lipšic presentation of the exhibition and the artists who will participate in the opening event.

6:00 pm the exhibition will be open to the public.    At 6:30 PM there will be a Curatorial Talk by Monika Lipšic and the artists.

Come along to the opening of the exhibition The Future is Certain; It’s the Past Which is Unpredictable to celebrate the date that marked the birth of Modern Lithuania. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists of the exhibition and dive into historical patterns that inspired them.

For parking suggestions and directions please visit
Entrance to Lot 16 is from Cullen, one block south of Elgin.  Parking after 4 PM is $5.-, credit card only (no cash).

The Museum is a 10-15 minute walk from the Elgin stop on the Purple line and <5 minutes walk from bus stops served by the #4, #9, and #29.  Consult Metro for more information.


Please help fund this exhibit by contributing to the Blaffer Art Museum.  <<<<More info here>>>>