Upcoming Exhibitions

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 free with regular Museum admission (exhibitions with an additional entrance fee are noted).

What's Pictured:
Exhibition artists in front of Glenn Ligon’s America (2008, neon and paint, 24 x 168 in., Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami). Photo: Kwaku Alston. See 30 Americans at Joslyn Art Museum, February 2–May 5, 2019.

Below are upcoming exhibitions: 
Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books
1/19/2019 - 4/28/2019
Left: Cover for The Day the Crayons Quit, 2013, mixed media, gouache, crayon, and pencil on watercolor paper

This exhibition chronicles Oliver Jeffers’ development and success as a children’s book artist, including illustrations from The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, both The New York Times #1 Best Sellers. A Mind’s Eye Gallery exhibition.
2/2/2019 - 5/5/2019
Left: Rashid Johnson (b. 1977, Chicago, IL), The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood), 2008, Lambda print, 65 x 55 1/2 in., Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Photo by Chi Lam.

This exhibition brings together over 60 works by contemporary African American artists focusing on important issues of racial, gender, and sexual identity; ongoing narratives of racial inequality in the United States; poverty; racial stereotyping; and the power of protest. Through painting, photography, works on paper, sculpture, installation, and video, these nationally and internationally recognized black artists offer a challenging account of race in the United States and how our shared history continues to shape the ways we interact and engage with our fellow citizens today.

This exhibition will have a ticket fee. $10 general public adults; $5 college students with ID (tickets for those with a UNMC student ID are free); free for Joslyn members and youth ages 17 and younger. Free First Weekends (30 Americans admission is free to all the first weekend of each month).

An exhibition from the Rubell Family Collection.

Fred Tomaselli
2/2/2019 - 5/5/2019
Left: Fred Tomaselli (American, b. 1956), Oct. 12, 2018, 2018, gouache, collage, and archival inkjet print on watercolor paper, 11 5/8 x 12 3/4 in., © Fred Tomaselli. Image Courtesy of James Cohan, New

Fred Tomaselli’s newspaper paintings transform front pages of The New York Times into lively abstractions. Featuring complex patterns, these compositions ponder the absurdity of news cycles and allow Tomaselli to respond to a range of important contemporary issues. A Riley CAP Gallery exhibition.

Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century
5/4/2019 - 8/11/2019
Left: Cover for Home for a Bunny, 1956, gouache and watercolor on illustration board 

See work by Garth Williams (1912-1996), illustrator of dozens of children’s classics, including E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Little House series, and many Golden Books. A Mind’s Eye Gallery exhibition.
The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design
6/1/2019 - 9/8/2019
Left: Designed and Manufactured by Vivian Beer (b. 1977), Penland, NC | Current, 2004 | Photo by Douglas J. Eng

Pulling this familiar everyday object out from under the desk and dining table, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design surprises us with the imaginative style and creativity found in this seemingly humble piece of furniture.

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.
Everyday People: The Art of James E. Ransome
8/24/2019 - 1/19/2020
Left: Then one night the quilt was done. from Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, 1993, oil on paper

This exhibition includes picture book illustrations celebrating inspiring stories of unknown characters, as well as individuals who made history, like Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Louis Armstrong. A Mind’s Eye Gallery exhibition.
Word and Image: The Saint John’s Bible
10/5/2019 - 1/19/2020

Left: Psalms Frontispiece, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2004, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA

Featuring the first handwritten illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the fifteenth century, The Saint John’s Bible incorporates contemporary imagery and events to connect traditional medieval craftsmanship with the twenty-first century.

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.