Special Exhibitions at Joslyn

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 are included in Joslyn's free general admission (exhibitions with an additional entrance fee are noted).



What's Pictured: Michael James, Sky/Wind Variation #2, 1990, cotton and silk, 51 1/2 x 85 in., Collection of Shelburne Museum, acquired from Michael James, 2011-56. Photography by Andy Duback. See Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from Shelburne Museum at Joslyn Art Museum, October 6, 2018–January 6, 2019.


Below are exhibitions currently on view or traveling:
9/22/2018 - 12/30/2018
Left: Cover art for Brave Girl, 2013, watercolor and gouache, © Melissa Sweet.

Organized by National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (Abilene, TX) and sponsored at Joslyn Art Museum by Fran & Rich Juro and Cynthia Epstein & David Wiesman.

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.

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10/6/2018 - 1/6/2019
Left: Ellen Fullard Wright, Applique and Pieced Star of Bethlehem and Ships Wheel Quilt with Baskets and Birds, late 19th century, pieced, appliquéd, and quilted cotton, 95 x 73 in., Collection of Shelburne Museum, Museum purchase, 1991

Pattern and Purpose brings together thirty-two 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.

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.

Organized by Shelburne Museum.

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10/6/2018 - 1/6/2019
Left: Andrew J. Russell (American, 1830-1902), East and West Shaking Hands at Laying Last Rail, 1869, albumen print, Courtesy Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the “Meeting of the Rails” at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869 through photographs and stereographs of Andrew Joseph Russell and Alfred A. Hart. Organized with the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, this exhibition traces the construction of the transcontinental railroad across the American West.

This exhibition is organized by Union Pacific, in partnership with Joslyn Art Museum and the Union Pacific Museum, Council BLuffs, Iowa.

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10/6/2018 - 1/6/2019
Left: Richard Mosse. Photo by Bjoern Behrens, courtesy the artist.

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, The Castle, which chronicles the refugee crisis that has gripped Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa over the last several years. The Castle 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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