Arlene Shechet: More Than I Know
Arlene Shechet’s (American, b. 1951) whimsical, mixed-media sculptures question the boundaries of decorative arts by resisting conventional techniques for working with ceramics. Her objects frequently introduce materials not typically joined with ceramic, such as steel and wood. These unusual pairings reflect Shechet’s interest in conflating sculpture and base, and provide the opportunity to explore surface texture, shape, and color. Chromatic experimentation is particularly important for Shechet, whose masterful glazing offsets her intentionally imperfect compositions.

A Riley Contemporary Artists Project Gallery exhibition, included in free general Museum admission. Organized by Joslyn Art Museum.

What's pictured: Arlene Shechet (b. 1951), Idle Idol, 2013, glazed ceramic, hardwood, 89 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 in., © Arlene Shechet, courtesy Pace Gallery; photo: Phoebe d'Heurle

The Karen and Doug Riley Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

A 500-square-foot space in the Scott Pavilion suite of galleries, the Riley CAP Gallery showcases nationally- and internationally-recognized artists, as well as emerging talent, selected by Joslyn curators. A rotating schedule of intimate, carefully focused exhibitions will examine how artists engage with the world and respond to the issues that challenge them creatively, bringing new perspectives on contemporary art to Nebraska.

Riley CAP Gallery artists will be invited to Joslyn for lectures and other public programs, giving audiences the opportunity to gain insight into creative processes and contribute to an expanded dialogue about new art. The first Joslyn gallery dedicated exclusively to living artists, the Riley CAP Gallery represents an important step in making contemporary art an even more integral component of the Museum’s exhibition programming.