August 21 Art Encounters
New on View: Mark di Suvero & James Nares
10:30–11:30 am
Third Thursday Art Encounters
offers docent-guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 10:30 am. Designed to appeal to all art lovers, from the well-seasoned to the amateur, these monthly programs are a great way to learn about art with others.

Presented in partnership with The Nebraska Medical Center's Health & Wellness Club, Art Encounters is free to all. Reservations are not required.  For program details please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or

This summer, Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs will become home to a 65-foot-high steel sculpture by Mark di Suvero (American, born Shanghai, 1933) commissioned by the Iowa West Foundation as part of its Public Art Master Plan. Like his other large-scale works, di Suvero designed this new project to engage the physical context of its site. Responding to both the natural setting of the park and the daring architectural design of the nearby Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, the sculpture will breathe life into a previously unused tract of land.

To celebrate the upcoming installation of the new sculpture, Joslyn Art Museum presents Mark di Suvero: Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park, an exhibition of di Suvero’s work, including drawings related to the commission and a selection of lively prints and sculptures created since 1970.

Image: Mark di Suvero, Untitled, (model for Council Bluffs), 2010, Sharpie marker, marker, ink, and graphite on paper, Collection Mark di Suvero studio;Photograph Courtesy of the Artist and Spacetime C.C.; ©JSP Photography

This tour will also introduce visitors to Street, a mesmerizing work by Joslyn's featured CAP artist, James Nares.

Street, a 61-minute video consisting entirely of long, slow-motion pans of people going about their business on the sidewalks and streets of New York City captures a variety of subjects, including hummingbirds and bullets. Shooting from a moving S.U.V., Nares recorded scenes in segments of six seconds, the longest stretch for which the camera can record while maintaining high resolution. He edited down 16 hours of recordings to around three minutes — that is, the running time if the video were to be shown at normal speed. Extended to over an hour, the video is a hypnotic, continuous flow of imagery.

Image: James Nares, Street (still), 2011, Music by Thurston Moore, 61 minutes, Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.

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