Night at the Museum, PMA edition. Many thanks Shelley Langdale and colleagues at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for opening the Print Archive to host a memorable evening have a close up look at the technique and imagery of work by Viesulas in the permanent collection. When ‘Raudos/ Lamentations’, the inkless reliefs in black paper came out, the lights went down and the flashlights came on. Like an archeology field trip or a caving expedition! Thanks also to Allan Edmunds of the Brandywine Workshop and artist John Dowell for the impetus.
Panel Discussion at Temple University featuring the Lithuanian Ambassador to the US Rolandas Kriŝĉiūnas; Penn author on contemporary Black aesthetics, Margo Natalie Crawford; Dartmouth scholar on Latin American print workshops Tatiania Reinoza; author of "Einstein on Race and Racism" Fred Jerome; and archivist, exhibit curator, "No Place to Go to: Baltic Displaced Persons," Irene Chambers. Thanks to the Brandywine Workshop for leading this initiative. For more information or to RSVP please CONTACT us. Romas Viesulas is pictured here, upper right, while still a student, years before emigrating to the US.
Opening for a survey of his most innovative prints, and a celebration of an artistic legacy in Lithuania and the United States. At the Printed Image Gallery of the Brandywine Workshop, 730 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19146. RSVP via +1 215 564 3675 or the CONTACT page. Show will run until 29 December 2018.
Opening of a centenary exhibit at the National Gallery of Lithuania, marking the publication of a retrospective monogram and coinciding with the 100-year anniversary of the founding of modern Lithuania. Opening reception on Thursday 4 October 2018 at 17:00. The Exhibit runs through to 6 January 2019. RSVP via the CONTACT page.
The late Lithuanian-American artist Romas Viesulas shares a centenary with the country where he was born. Exhibiting his work in the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington DC for this dual centenary weaves together the parallel lives of those like Viesulas who were exiled from their country and those that remained, in a celebration of self-determination. For many years the embassy building on 16th Street was practically the seat of a government in exile. This event recalls the function of this stately building and its remarkable historical trajectory over a century that saw it go from embassy to legation and then back again. In doing so, it also marks a kind of ‘homecoming’ for an artistic vision that interprets and echoes this history, by a Lithuanian-born American artist who has been gradually rediscovered in his native country, and whose work is in the permanent collections of the foremost museums of the United States, including the National Gallery at the end of the street on which this Embassy so proudly stands.