A Message to Our Community from Our Director

Greetings from Joslyn's temporary offices. I am delighted to report that our move to the tenth floor at First National Bank (1620 Dodge Street) was successful. Staff settled in quickly and work continues on a number of new and important projects that will impact the Museum and our community in meaningful and lasting ways. Joslyn is now closed to the public as planned, but there are many avenues for connection—in person, online, and perhaps even on your summer travels. Have a question or need to speak to someone? Reach us still at (402) 342-3300.

Construction of the Rhonda and Howard Hawks Pavilion is progressing on schedule. If you have not driven by, I encourage you to do so. It is exciting to watch the expansion taking shape and to see how it harmonizes with the existing buildings. Driving west on Dodge, you will already notice the prominence of the Memorial Building's Grand Staircase in the new site line to the Museum and its grounds. Inside, redevelopment is underway on the administrative areas and education spaces.

Nearly every work of art in the Memorial Building and Scott Pavilion has been moved. While some works are in storage, many Joslyn works are traveling to other venues. If you visit The Broad in Los Angeles this summer, you will see Wendy Red Star's The Indian Congress (2021). Travel to Kansas City over the next two years to see nearly forty examples of Greek pottery on view at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Our relationships with Museum partners across the country are ensuring that as much art as possible remains on view and new audiences are introduced to Joslyn Art Museum's collections each day. This fall, we will share additional news about major tours of American and European works.

Several new additions have been made to the collections as well, including an extraordinary Jules Breton painting, The Departure for the Fields (1857), a gift from the Landen family in memory of Mary and Mickey Landen. We are deeply grateful to the Landen family for this gift. A series of photographs of the contemporary American West by Greg MacGregor, as well as the exquisite doll made by the Growing Thunder Collective for the recent Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer exhibition, are now a permanent part of Joslyn's collection. Joslyn is at work now with Creighton University and the Nebraska Indian Community College on a project to digitize the Maximilian-Bodmer collection, providing international access to the journals, watercolors, and drawings.

Our Joslyn Around Town programming is off and running beginning with Art JAM in the Park at The RiverFront. We have programs for all ages slated for the coming months at Joslyn Castle, Omaha Public Library branches, and UNO's Strauss Performing Arts Center, with more to come. Our deepest thanks to these community partners for helping us in these engagement efforts.

Finally, an enormous thank you to Joslyn Art Museum Association (JAMA), event chairs Marlina and Dusty Davidson and Rae and Bill Dyer, and JAMA president Jan Brockman for their vision and work on BARE Evolution: Closing Party Celebration on June 4. Everyone had a great time experiencing the Museum as never before and seeing costumed performers interpret works from the collection. Most importantly, the event raised $344,000 for Joslyn's education programs—a resounding success! See a list of our generous event sponsors here.

Continue to follow Joslyn on social media @joslynartmuseum for updates during closure. See you around town!

Jack Becker
Executive Director & CEO