A Message to Our Community from Our Director

With summer in Omaha comes increasing attendance at the Museum. We are delighted to see travelers, locals, families, teens, and more coming back to Joslyn for in-person art experiences. Joslyn remains committed to the health and safety of our staff and guests. While advance reservations are no longer necessary, physical distancing and masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors and required for those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Our senior leadership stays abreast of all changes and news related to the pandemic and will always ensure that proper protocols are in place so that you can relax and enjoy your visit. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we make adjustments—things change quickly these days! We truly look forward to seeing you in person again.

There is much that is new to see in the galleries. The expansive exhibition American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939 features ten thematic sections and over 140 works—from stylish decorative art objects to products of industrial design, modern American paintings to compelling photographic images. Diedrick Brackens is an LA-based textile artist whose intricate tapestries exploring personal stories and shared cultural experiences are showcased now in the Riley CAP Gallery.
OMAHA SPEAKS—a recently introduced program in the permanent collection intended to elevate and amplify perspectives that historically have been underrepresented in the Museum's galleries—has grown to include commentary from three more leaders in our community. New labels appear next to their selected works in the galleries, so be sure to seek these out when you visit.

ART WORKS: A Place for Curiosity reopened in early June. To see art-making in action again in that space is terrific. We have staff there ready to welcome you, so be sure to come by on your next visit. Be aware that ART WORKS has limited capacity at this time, and masks are required for all visitors in that space.

Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer is the most recent in a series of major publications from Joslyn that focus on the Maximilian-Bodmer Collection, including Karl Bodmer’s America (1984), Karl Bodmer’s North American Prints (2004), and the three-volume translation of Maximilian’s journals, The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied (2008–12). This new project is part of an ongoing re-exploration of the Maximilian-Bodmer Collection and marks the beginning of an endeavor to reconsider these works from an Indigenous perspective. It is my sincere hope that Faces from the Interior will find new audiences for this remarkable body of work and bring new insights into the lives of the Indigenous peoples with whom Maximilian and Bodmer shared more than a year along the length of the Missouri River. An associated exhibition, on view now in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, opens at Joslyn on October 2.

This November, Joslyn marks its 90th anniversary, beginning with a celebratory Gala presented by the Joslyn Art Museum Association on Saturday, November 6. I am delighted to share that this 90th Anniversary Celebration has already sold out! What an incredible show of support. My deepest thanks to Honorary Chairs Cindy and Mogens Bay, Event Chairs Kyle Robino and Kelly Thedinger, and JAMA President Jan Brockman for their enthusiastic leadership and commitment to Joslyn and the arts.

See you in the galleries!

Jack F. Becker, Ph.D.
Executive Director & CEO