at U of H Blaffer
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
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
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
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
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.
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