A Message to Our Community from Our Director

As this new year begins, we see a new Museum taking shape before our eyes. If you have visited recently, you encountered construction fencing and equipment, crews at work, and a changed landscape—lots of activity! While it will be some time before the new Rhonda and Howard Hawks Pavilion is fully revealed, its footprint is visible and its foundations are firmly planted. The expansion builds upon Joslyn’s rich history as an iconic landmark and cultural hub as it creates a dynamic, inclusive design that will welcome all in our community. We thank you for sharing in our excitement for the Joslyn Art Museum to come.

The Museum will undergo a necessary period of closure beginning May 2, 2022 through reopening in 2024. This will allow renovation and construction to move ahead without risk to the safety of visitors, staff, or art. While temporarily closed to visitors, Joslyn staff will continue its curatorial and research work while offering off-site in-person and virtual programming and events.

The Museum is thrilled to relaunch its program of extraordinary domestic and foreign trips. Travel with JAM offers art-centric tours of several exciting destinations, beginning in June 2022. Each trip is organized to include behind-the-scenes opportunities, private tours by local curators, and expert guidance by Joslyn curators who host the excursions.

I am delighted to welcome to our curatorial staff Thomas Busciglio-Ritter, recently named Richard and Mary Holland Assistant Curator of American Western Art. Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Delaware. A native of France, he holds Master's degrees in history and art history from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the École du Louvre. You are cordially invited to meet Thomas and hear him speak about Frank Tenney Johnson’s Night on the Oregon Trail on March 4.

Do not miss Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer. Bodmer's portraits of Native Americans on view in the exhibition are exquisite, and the contributions to the show made by Indigenous knowledge bearers, artists, and scholars are extraordinary. Join us for upcoming programs and events, including a talk by the incomparable Gerard Baker (Three Affiliated Tribes). Also note the Lusk Lecture on March 13 when we welcome guest speaker Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purépecha), Associate Curator of Native American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Faces from the Interior was organized in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and we are pleased to welcome her to Omaha to hear about her forthcoming book.

The Museum is pleased to announce a number of important new acquisitions, including four Bodmer drawings and a tapestry by recent CAP Gallery featured weaver and artist Diedrick Brackens. Artist Ed Ruscha made a significant gift of art to Joslyn in 2018, and this incredible body of work is now on view in Gallery 17. Ruscha’s gift is a compact retrospective of his practice, surveying the artist’s wry and playful use of text and image.

And please take a moment to review the list of sponsors of our 90th Anniversary Gala Celebration. They have shown tremendous generosity and support for the Museum's education programs, and we are deeply grateful.

All of us at Joslyn Art Museum look forward to the year ahead, and we wish you and yours health, happiness, and prosperity.
See you in the galleries!

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