Special Exhibition Archive
Following is information on exhibitions that were recently on view at Joslyn Art Museum:
9/28/2013 - 1/5/2014
Organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Left: Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), No Title, 1987, oil on canvas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Promised gift of Emily Fisher Landau, P.2010.70, © 2013 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Legacy features a selection of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from a historic gift pledged to the Whitney in 2010 by Emily Fisher Landau, a preeminent collector of postwar art in the United States. Legacy's themes include the relevance of representation in the aftermath of Minimalism; gender and racial politics; and the “culture wars” of the 1980s. Featured artists Andy Warhol, Glenn Ligon, Sherrie Levine, Agnes Martin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, John Baldessari, Kiki Smith, and Ed Ruscha. 

MORE DETAILS >
8/10/2013 - 11/3/2013
Left: "But the next week he knocked . . .," pen and ink on poster board, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library; TM & © Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved.

Presidential libraries have plenty of art, including numerous portraits of Presidents, but the LBJ Presidential Library has artwork you might not expect — a set of original drawings by Dr. Seuss. It is the artwork from The Lorax, which Dr. Seuss considered his finest work. Joslyn will showcase a selection of Dr. Seuss' preliminary crayon drawings and final pen and ink line art for this iconic book.


MORE DETAILS >
6/8/2013 - 9/1/2013

Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis
 

Left: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901), Dancer Seated on a Pink Divan, 1884, oil on canvas, Collection of Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Gift of Sara Lee Corporation

This vibrant exhibition traces the most significant developments in French painting that shaped the direction of modern art for more than a century. Renoir to Chagall presents the scenes — from ballet to boulevard — that made Paris a magnet for nineteenth- and twentieth-century masters, among them Cézanne, Chagall, Degas, Gauguin, Matisse, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

MORE DETAILS >
4/27/2013 - 7/28/2013

Left: Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel, © Raul Colon

An award-winning illustrator of over thirty books for children, Raúl Colón uses very unique techniques in his artwork to create texture and rich, deep colors. The illustrations are done on watercolor paper and combine watercolor washes, etching, and the use of colored pencils and
litho pencils.

MORE DETAILS >
1/26/2013 - 5/12/2013

Left: Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924), The Promenade (detail), 1913, oil on canvas, with carved and gilded wood frame, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Alexander M. Bing Bequest 60.10a-b

Ten Masterworks from the Whitney Museum of American Art focuses on masterpieces by early twentieth-century artists who challenged the boundaries of American art. Representing the finest works in the Whitney’s collection, these ten paintings trace the emergence of modernism and abstraction during the first five decades of the twentieth century, describing a range of narratives from urban society to the pastoral landscape, portraiture, and still life.

MORE DETAILS >
1/26/2013 - 5/12/2013

Left: William Wylie, Lebanon Kansas, Spring 2006, gelatin silver print, courtesy of the artist

Looking to avoid the monotony of Interstate 70 during a drive through Kansas, William Wylie took a detour across the two-lane Route 36, which runs along the state’s northern border. Captivated by the small towns, farms, fields, and open prairie, he returned over the next four summers to document the vernacular landscape of the plains.

MORE DETAILS >
1/26/2013 - 6/9/2013
 
Left: Jennifer Steinkamp (American, born 1958), Madame Curie, 2011, multi-channel, synchronized projection, Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum purchase with funds provided by Joan and Irwin Jacobs. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

Marie Curie received two Nobel Prizes for creating the theory of radioactivity and discovering radium and polonium; she was also an avid gardener and lover of flowers. Video artist Jennifer Steinkamp’s monumental projection Madame Curie presents an abundance of marsh marigolds, may flower, chestnut blossoms, and hop plants that weave their way across the gallery in a continually undulating field.

MORE DETAILS >
1/12/2013 - 4/14/2013

Left: Every Friday, 2006, gouache on watercolor paper,
© Dan Yaccarino

Author/illustrator Dan Yaccarino has delighted audiences worldwide with his Parent's Choice Award-winning animated TV series Oswald (Nick Jr.), depicting the wonderfully whimsical world of a lovable blue octopus. Yaccarino has brought over 30 children’s books to life with his award-winning, retro-style illustrations inspired by comic books, vintage animation, toys, and old films.
 
MORE DETAILS >
10/13/2012 - 12/30/2012

Left: "Who Blinks in the Sunlight" from Moon Bear, 2010, collage, 
© Ed Young 

Ed Young finds inspiration for his more than 80 books in the philosophy of Chinese painting.  In 1990 his book Lon Po Po was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He has received two Caldecott Honors for his illustrations in The Emperor and the Kite as well as Seven Blind Mice. Young was also nominated twice for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international recognition given to authors and illustrators who have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.

MORE DETAILS >
10/6/2012 - 1/6/2013
 
Left: Roger Shimomura (Japanese-American, b. 1939), Mistaken Identities: for Dorothea Lange, 2005, edition of 45, lithograph, Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, © Roger Shimomura

Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation presents selections from the largest collection of contemporary prints in the United States. Spanning the past five decades, the exhibition features works by thirty-nine artists from Jasper Johns and Sol LeWitt to Damien Hirst, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker. Under Pressure charts an array of artistic and social concerns, from minimalism to pop and conceptual art, and more recent works addressing race, gender, and identity.

MORE DETAILS >
7/14/2012 - 9/30/2012
 
Left: "While he was swimming, the King passed by and Puss shouted
with . . .," from Puss in Boots, 1990, colored pencil and graphite, © Fred Marcellino 

A celebrated artist and designer, Fred Marcellino changed the look and feel of book covers for contemporary fiction before becoming an author and illustrator of award-winning children’s books.

MORE DETAILS >
6/30/2012 - 9/16/2012
 
Left: Andrew J. Russell (American, 1830–1902), Promontory Trestle Work and Engine No. 2 (detail), 1869, albumen silver print, Union Pacific Historical Collection

This exhibition marks the Union Pacific Railroad's milestone anniversary year. In 1868, photographer Andrew J. Russell came west to document construction of the transcontinental railroad from Omaha to Promontory Summit, Utah. The results of this partnership were published the following year in an album, The Great West Illustrated, which is recognized as one of the most important photographic commissions of the nineteenth century.

MORE DETAILS >
6/30/2012 - 9/16/2012

Left: Karen Kitchel (American, born 1957), Panel no. 2 from the Promontory Series, 2003, oil on panel, Courtesy of Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

Contested Terrain: Painting the Modern Landscape addresses the complexities of depicting a landscape that is rarely sublime or romantic. Rather than seeking scenic vistas or idyllic fragments of wilderness, the artists in this exhibition uncover a diversity of narratives — personal, environmental, industrial, and cultural histories — that can be read in the landscape. Their work describes places that have been transformed by development and industry, while still locating moments that speak forcefully of the natural world. The exhibition includes work by Chuck Forsman, Karen Kitchel, James Lavadour, Jean Lowe, Alexis Rockman, Michael Scott, and Don Stinson.

MORE DETAILS >
4/14/2012 - 7/1/2012

Left: Toads and Diamonds, © 1996, Anita Lobel 

Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. Since the 1960s she has created many children's classics and received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street.

MORE DETAILS >
To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum
2/11/2012 - 6/3/2012
 
Left: Mummy Cartonnage of a Woman, Roman Period, first century CE, linen, gilded gesso, glass, and faience, Collection of Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund

Encompassing more than 100 objects drawn from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-renowned holdings of ancient Egyptian art, including some of the greatest masterworks of the Egyptian artistic heritage, To Live Forever explores the Egyptians’ beliefs about life, death, and the afterlife; the process of mummification; the conduct of a funeral; and the different types of tombs—answering questions at the core of the public’s fascination with ancient Egypt.

To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum has been organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

1/14/2012 - 4/1/2012

Left: Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, © Chris Raschka

Celebrate jazz legends Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, and John Coltrane and enjoy other stories illustrated with the splashes of color, energetic shapes, and rhythmic lines that are the hallmark of Chris Raschka's style.

MORE DETAILS >
10/1/2011 - 1/15/2012

Left: Across the Continent: “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way,” artist: Frances F. Palmer, Currier & Ives, 1868, Corporate Collection of ConAgra Foods, Inc. 

This exhibition of 31 Currier and Ives prints offers a lighthearted yet surprisingly complex picture of nineteenth-century America.  

MORE DETAILS >
9/24/2011 - 12/31/2011

Left: America the Beautiful (written by Katharine Lee Bates), © Wendell Minor 

Reflecting his love for the land and environment, Wendell Minor’s book illustrations take us from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle, from the Midwest to the Grand Canyon, and even to the moon! Discover these and other themes in paintings from over 20 children’s books.

MORE DETAILS >
9/17/2011 - 1/8/2012

Left: Joe Deal (American, 1947–2010), Missouri Plateau, 2005, carbon pigment inkjet print, © The Estate of Joe Deal, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery, New York. 

This exhibition features work by a dozen photographers who have sought to create a direct and clear-eyed appraisal of the American landscape incorporating the lessons of New Topographics as well as the influence of the earliest photographers who surveyed the West in the 1860s and 1870s. Their work is not without the lyricism and affection that has always characterized American landscape photography, but they are more likely to engage local terrain — the suburbs and exurbs; the footprint of industry and development; the confines of a single river basin or valley; or the human history and cultural history within the landscape — that stands between us and the mythic horizon.

MORE DETAILS >
6/25/2011 - 9/4/2011
Etienne Delessert's The Endless Party 
Left: “The domino game” from The Endless Party, 1967, gouache, © Etienne Delessert

For more than 30 years, self-taught artist Etienne Delessert has been translating his — and the world’s — ideas, passions, fantasies, and nightmares into the visual language of books, magazine illustrations, posters, animated films, and paintings. He reaches both children and adults with his imaginary creatures and landscapes, juxtaposing the familiar with the fantastic, and is considered one of the fathers of modern children’s picture books.

 

MORE DETAILS >
6/4/2011 - 8/28/2011
Bouguereau's Knitting Girl 
Left: William Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825–1905), The Knitting Girl, 1869, oil on canvas, Collection of Joslyn Art Museum, Bequest of Jessie Barton Christiancy, 1931.106

Joslyn Art Museum’s collection is not only known and admired by those in Omaha who consider the museum their own, but is respected by institutions worldwide. A quick look at the itinerary of our most popular works over the past years would make even the most seasoned traveler jealous — requested for over three dozen exhibitions, objects from the Joslyn collection have toured from coast to coast as well as to Europe. Joslyn Treasures: Well Traveled and Rarely Seen reunites these familiar and important favorites with highlights from the vaults to showcase forty works from antiquity through the twentieth century. MORE DETAILS >
2/19/2011 - 6/9/2011
Brian Selznick's The Houdini Box
Left: The Houdini Box (detail), 1991, © Brian Selznick

Step into Brian Selznick's world with images of characters as diverse as the great Houdini, wordsmith Walt Whitman, celebrated singer Marian Anderson, and Hugo Cabret — an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station. From Houdini to Hugo includes over 100 original drawn and painted pictures from 17 books, among them: The Houdini Box, Barnyard Prayers, Walt Whitman: Words for America, The Doll People, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, Our House, When Marian Sang, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and Frindle.

MORE DETAILS >
2/12/2011 - 5/8/2011
Archangel Michael 
Left: Archangel Michael, 19th century, Ukraine, gold and silver thread, oil on paper, wood, calico, sequins, beads, Collection of the Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Preserve

Comprising two distinct and rarely seen collections, The Glory of Ukraine is a two-part exhibition that forms an unprecedented celebration of the spiritual and national treasures of this large Eastern European nation. Icons and other religious objects from the famous churches, cathedrals, bell towers, and underground caverns of the nearly 1,000-year-old Monastery of the Caves join artifacts of ancient civilizations from the private PlaTar collection for a visually rich and historically intriguing presentation.

MORE DETAILS >
10/16/2010 - 1/16/2011
Golden Kite, Golden Dreams highlights the diversity and high standards that the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) sets for Golden Kite Awards recognition. MORE DETAILS >
10/9/2010 - 1/23/2011
Prints by Currier & Ives from the corporate collection of ConAgra Foods, Inc., will present a unique and joyous view of nineteenth-century autumn and winter holidays, rural and urban landscapes, and American life. MORE DETAILS >
9/25/2010 - 1/16/2011
When Omaha artist Kent Bellows passed away prematurely in 2005, he was at the height of his technical skills, producing delicately rendered pencil, graphite, and charcoal drawings and meticulously detailed paintings, most often of friends and family, that masterfully capture the "reality" of the observed world. MORE DETAILS >
8/7/2010 - 9/26/2010
This exhibition celebrates Albert Paley's diverse and significant body of work, his virtuosity as a monumental sculptor, and the completion and dedication of Odyssey, Paley's gateway into Iowa on Interstate 80 at S. 24th Street in Council Bluffs, Iowa, near the Missouri River border with neighboring Omaha. Odyssey was commissioned by the Iowa West Foundation as part of their nationally acclaimed Public Art Initiative.
MORE DETAILS >
7/31/2010 - 10/17/2010
Space Silence Spirit offers a rare opportunity to view artworks by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), one of the greatest 20th-century artists of the American West. This is the first exhibition devoted to Dixon's art to be shown in our area. MORE DETAILS >
7/17/2010 - 10/3/2010
Renowned for the extraordinary range and depth of his talent, Ashley Bryan is an artist, writer, anthologist, storyteller, and scholar of African and African American folklore, poetry, and spirituals. MORE DETAILS >
6/5/2010 - 9/12/2010
Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism is a captivating exhibition of 38 paintings, including many of the finest examples of mid nineteenth- through early twentieth-century French and American landscape in the Brooklyn Museum's collection. MORE DETAILS >
4/24/2010 - 7/3/2010
Dream weaver, tale spinner, portrayer of visions, and interpreter of the human spirit: Gerald McDermott is all of these and more. Through bold, graphic renderings of timeless tales from around the world, McDermott communicates a deep understanding of the transformative power of myth. His work is an evocation of the human quest for unity and completeness. MORE DETAILS >
2/6/2010 - 5/16/2010
Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild presents 60 photographs from the new book by Nebraska native Michael Forsberg, an internationally known conservation photographer. Forsberg's spectacular images provide unparalleled encounters with the wild creatures and the breathtaking landscapes of one of the world's great grasslands, a 1-million-square-mile network of ecosystems stretching from Canada to Mexico.
MORE DETAILS >