Director's Message
 
In ancient hymns to Poseidon, and even in Virgil’s The Aeneid, the god’s domain, the sea, is referred to as the “liquid plains.” Here on our plains, the exhibition Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life has opened 2014 in fine form, with thousands of visitors and an abundance of school tours thus far enjoying its treasures from the ancient Mediterranean. Organized by Tampa Museum of Art, the exhibition features works from a multitude of other lenders as well, including J. Paul Getty Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Italy).

Poseidon and the Sea opened with a preview gala on February 7 that included cocktails in the Scott Pavilion galleries (dramatically uplit for the evening), dance performances by Ballet Nebraska, and a Greek-inspired menu. Special thanks to our gala presenting sponsors, US Bank and Annette and Paul Smith, and honorary chairs Beverly and Harold Maurer, M.D. Also my thanks to the Joslyn Art Museum Association’s (JAMA) Phyllis Choat and Karen Nelson, event chairmen, and Jeanie Jones, JAMA president, for organizing a wonderful event.
 
The new Karen and Doug Riley Contemporary Artists Project (CAP) Gallery is featuring its debut installation — iROZEALb, and I encourage you to see it, especially the stunning scroll-like painting that iROZEALb created on-site at Joslyn. She will be here at the Museum for a presentation on Wednesday, April 23. Plan to attend to hear more from this engaging, emerging American artist.

As summer approaches, we turn our attention to the work of Thomas Moran with an exhibition of his brilliant chromolithographs of Yellowstone National Park. Meanwhile, visitors will be treated to a first-ever opportunity to observe the conservation of Joslyn’s beloved Moran painting, The Pearl of Venice, in the galleries. Rounding out the presentation are photographs of American national parks and public lands by William Sutton. Also this summer, Joslyn will pay tribute to Mark di Suvero and his new sculpture in Iowa with an exhibition of his work including prints, drawings, and sculptures. The Iowa West Foundation has commissioned the di Suvero work for Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs, and we are delighted to share in celebrating this
important artist.

Following a complete deinstallation of the modern and contemporary galleries in the Scott Pavilion, those spaces are open and feature “old” favorites and new acquisitions, including Frank Stella’s Nogaro (1982), an important gift of the Phillip Schrager Collection of Contemporary Art from Terri, Harley, and Beth Schrager. Nogaro is the first major work by Stella to enter Joslyn’s collection.

See you in the galleries!

Jack Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO


Earlier this year, the city and the Museum lost an outstanding leader, Jim Young, former Chairman of Joslyn’s Board of Governors and the Joslyn Art Museum Foundation. All of us hold Jim and his family in our thoughts and prayers, and he will be greatly missed.