Special Exhibitions at Joslyn

Joslyn Art Museum hosts a selection of temporary special exhibitions annually. These feature works from other museums, institutions, and private collections worldwide, or represent an aspect of Joslyn's own permanent collection. Special exhibitions are limited-time engagements and are most often are included in Joslyn's free general admission (exhibitions with an additional entrance fee are noted).



What's Pictured: Ed Ruscha (American, b. 1937), News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews, Dues, 1970, 6 organic screen prints on Silverbrook paper in red velvet-covered portfolio box, 23 x 31 in., Edition of 125, Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Anna R. and Frank M. Hall Charitable Trust, H-2865.1-.6.1987; Image courtesy Ed Ruscha and Gagosian Gallery. See Word/Play: Prints, Photographs, and Paintings by Ed Ruscha at Joslyn Art Museum, February 3–May 6, 2018.


Below are exhibitions currently on view or traveling:
1/27/2018 - 4/29/2018
Left: "The Ox and the Frog," from The Fables of Aesop and Others Translated into Human Nature, 1857, designed and drawn on the wood by Charles H. Bennett, engraved by Swain, handcolored by the publisher (Hardbound. London: W. Kent & Co.).

An exhibition of a dozen fables represented by objects and artifacts showing varied approaches to each timeless tale. Visit www.creighton.edu to learn about a companion exhibition. A Mind’s Eye Gallery exhibition.

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2/3/2018 - 5/6/2018
Left: Ed Ruscha (American, b. 1937), Lion in Oil, 2002, synthetic polymer on canvas with tape, 64 3/16 x 72 1/8 in., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Promised gift of the Fisher Landau Center for Art; Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian, © Ed Ruscha

The first major exhibition featuring Ed Ruscha in his home state of Nebraska, Word/Play brings together prints, photographs, and artist books dating from the 1960s through 2014, complemented by a selection of major paintings. An important early figure in Conceptual Art, Ruscha deftly combines imagery and text. At turns poignant, provocative, and confounding, Ruscha’s use of the written word is a signature element of his work.

This exhibition will have a ticket fee. $10 general public adults; $5 college students with ID; free for Joslyn members, and youth ages 17 and younger.

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2/3/2018 - 5/6/2018
Left: John Divola (American, b. 1949), Dark Star B, 2008, archival pigment print on rag paper, 40 x 50 in., © John Divola. Courtesy Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles

Born in California in 1949, John Divola has disrupted traditional expectations about photography for the past forty years. Featuring six works from his 2008 series, Dark Star, this compact installation touches on the central themes of the artist’s practice, capturing Divola’s interventions — in this case, discs he spray painted on the walls of abandoned homes outside of Los Angeles — in a series of haunting images.

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