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:
Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910), The Conch Divers, 1885, watercolor, blotting, lifting, and scraping, over graphite, 13-13/16 x 20 inches, Minneapolis Institute of Art. See Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art at Joslyn Art Museum, October 7, 2017–January 7, 2018.


Below are upcoming exhibitions: 
10/7/2017 - 1/7/2018
Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Left: Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri; Italian, Bologna, 1591-1666), Hercules, 1641-1642, pen and brown ink, 7-1/4 x 6-3/4 in., Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Drawings, watercolors, oil sketches, and pastels dating from the Middle Ages to the present day reveal the distinct hand and inspired touch of the most important artists from the past five centuries. Examples from Guercino, Tiepolo, Delacroix, Degas, Kollwitz, Nolde, Hopper, and Ruscha, among others, provide extraordinary views into the creative process.

This exhibition will have a ticket fee: $10 for adults, $5 for college students with valid ID (tickets for those with a UNMC student ID are free). Free for members and youth ages 17 and younger. Free weekend for all college students (with valid ID): November 4 & 5, 2017. Join today to see it free!

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Svenja Deininger
10/7/2017 - 1/7/2018

Left: Svenja Deininger (born 1974, Vienna, Austria), Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas, 11 x 8 1/2 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. © Svenja Deininger

Svenja Deininger’s elegant, intimate canvases offer a unique brand of cool abstraction. Through an arduous process that involves repetitive coating, scraping, varnishing, and stripping, Deininger achieves layered surfaces that slowly reveal the secrets of their making. Balancing bold hues with variations on white, her paintings contemplate the singular power of color. A Riley Contemporary Artists Project (CAP) Gallery exhibition.
Travels with Brian Floca
10/14/2017 - 1/14/2018

Left: " . . . high above there is the Earth, . . . " from Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, 2009, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache, © Brian Floca

Coming this fall, a retrospective exhibition of original art from Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Floca. See illustrations from more than twenty children’s books, including The Racecar Alphabet, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, Locomotive, and Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas.

Organized by National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (Abilene, TX) and sponsored at Joslyn Art Museum by Fran and Rich Juro.
1/27/2018 - 4/29/2018
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
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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Bill Viola
2/3/2018 - 5/6/2018
Bill Viola uses cutting-edge technologies to create videos, performances, and installations that create enveloping sensory environments that explore shared human experiences. A Riley CAP Gallery exhibition.
5/19/2018 - 8/19/2018
A showcase of original art from author-illustrator Mark Teague’s How Do Dinosaurs series, the La Rue stories, and many more picture books that find humor in the everyday events of childhood. A Mind’s Eye Gallery exhibition.

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6/2/2018 - 9/9/2018
Discover fifty masterworks from the most significant private collection of British art in the United States, housed at the Denver Art Museum. Devotional images, history paintings, portraits, landscapes, and sporting scenes by renowned artists, including Anthony van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, and John Singer Sargent, trace the unique and captivating development of painting in England over six centuries.

Organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the Berger Collection Educational Trust.

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6/2/2018 - 9/9/2018
Arlene Shechet’s (American, b. 1951) whimsical, mixed-media sculptures question the boundaries of decorative arts by resisting conventional techniques for working with ceramics. Her objects frequently introduce materials not typically joined with ceramic, such as steel and wood. These unusual pairings reflect Shechet’s interest in conflating sculpture and base, and provide the opportunity to explore surface texture, shape, and color. Chromatic experimentation is particularly important for Shechet, whose masterful glazing offsets her intentionally imperfect compositions. A Riley CAP Gallery exhibition.

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Melissa Sweet
9/22/2018 - 12/30/2017
Organized by National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (Abilene, TX) to mark their 20th anniversary.

Melissa Sweet has illustrated over 100 books as well as many toys, puzzles, and games. She garnered Caldecott Honors for Jen Bryant’s A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams and The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus. She authored and illustrated Carmine: A Little More Red; Tupelo Rides the Rails; Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade; and, most recently, Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White, a New York Times Best Illustrated book. A Mind's Eye Gallery exhibition.

10/6/2018 - 1/6/2019
Pattern and Purpose brings together thirty-five masterpieces made between the first decades of the 1800s and the turn of the twenty-first century, ranging from early whole-cloth quilts, carefully-pieced Lemoyne stars, and embroidered botanical “best quilts” to more recent “art quilts” by contemporary makers. Bold in design and pattern, they reveal their maker’s skill — from complex geometric designs that would feel at home in a gallery of Pop Art to delicate patterns drawn from nature.

Organized by the Shelburne Museum.

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10/6/2018 - 1/6/2019
Through a conceptual approach to documentary photography, Richard Mosse (Irish, b. 1980) studies localized conflicts that have broad social, political, and humanitarian implications. His most well-known work employs photographic methods or materials originally developed for the military, such as reconnaissance infrared film. Joslyn’s exhibition will feature a selection of works from Mosse’s recent series, Heat Maps, which chronicles the refugee crisis that has gripped Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa over the last several years. Heat Maps documents refugee camps and staging sites using a powerful telephoto military-grade camera that can detect thermal radiation, including body heat, at a great distance. Mosse uses the camera against its intended purpose of border and combat surveillance to map landscapes of human displacement. Reading heat as both metaphor and index, these images reveal the migrants’ struggle for survival that is witnessed, yet still ignored by many. A Riley CAP Gallery exhibition.

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