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:
"Up first was Benny, then Teddy, ..." from Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History, 2014, watercolor on paper, © James E. Ransome. See Everyday People: The Art of James E. Ransome at Joslyn Art Museum, August 24, 2019–February 9, 2020.


Below are exhibitions currently on view or traveling:
8/24/2019 - 2/9/2020
Left: "Then one night the quilt was done." from Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, 1993, oil on paper, © James E. Ransome

This exhibition includes picture book illustrations celebrating inspiring stories of unknown characters, as well as individuals who made history, like Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Louis Armstrong. A Mind’s Eye Gallery exhibition.

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

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10/5/2019 - 1/19/2020

Left: Psalms Frontispiece, Donald Jackson, © 2004, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.

Featuring the first handwritten illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the fifteenth century, The Saint John’s Bible incorporates contemporary imagery and events to connect traditional medieval craftsmanship with the twenty-first century.

Exhibition organized by Joslyn Art Museum and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

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.

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10/5/2019 - 1/19/2020
Left: Paul Anthony Smith (Jamaican, born 1988), Untitled, 7 Women, 2019, unique picotage on inkjet print, colored pencil, spray paint on museum board, 40 x 50 in., © Paul Anthony Smith. Image courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Drawing on the art historical traditions of Pointilism and Geometric Abstraction, Paul Anthony Smith creates "picotages," named for a pattern printing technique that entails pressing textured blocks onto fabric. Trained in ceramics, Smith uses sharp, wooden tools to stipple the surfaces of photographs he has taken in New York City and Jamaica that examine the African and Caribbean diasporas. Having emigrated to the United States from his native Jamaica, Smith has long been captivated by the concept of hybrid identity–often experienced acutely by those who have migrated across borders–while mining the fraught intersections of place, memory, and dislocation. By incising his images, Smith references several cultural traditions, including African tribal masking and scarification, in which the skin is cut, leaving indelible patterns on the body. Just as these practices alter appearances, Smith's interventions complicate the surfaces of his photographs and, at times, even completely obscure portions of the images, calling into question their authority as representations of "truth." A Riley CAP Gallery exhibition.

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