Upcoming Exhibitions

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 free with regular Museum admission (exhibitions with an additional entrance fee are noted).

What's Pictured:
"Did I mention we love to travel?" from Germs, 2017, collaged watercolor and paper, © James E. Ransome. See Everyday People: The Art of James E. Ransome at Joslyn Art Museum, August 24, 2019–January 19, 2020.

Below are upcoming exhibitions: 
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.

10/5/2019 - 1/19/2020

Left: Psalms Frontispiece, Donald Jackson, Copyright 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.

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.

Paul Anthony Smith
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. 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.
Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography
2/8/2020 - 5/10/2020
Left: John Divola (American, born 1949), On the Occasion of My 60th Birthday, 2009, archival pigment print, 59 3/4 x 96 7/8 in., Museum purchase with funds from the James Art Acquisition Fund, 2017.4

Photography entered the twenty-first century in a precarious position. While more images are being made than ever before, their veracity has never been more in question. From straight photographs that appear mysterious or enigmatic to images constructed without a camera or within a computer, the twenty artists in this exhibition survey photograph's unique possibilities, including still life, landscape, portraiture, and works examining politics and identity.

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.
Art. Write. Now.
3/7/2020 - 5/17/2020
This national traveling exhibition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards showcases exceptional drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and works of writing, created by teens from all across the country. A Mind’s Eye Gallery exhibition.
Rodin: Truth, Form, Life and Rodin: Muses, Sirens, Lovers
6/6/2020 - 9/6/2020
Auguste Rodin’s expressive representations of the human form revolutionized the art of sculpture for the modern era. A selection of bronzes will showcase the intensity of Rodin’s vision, his innovative artistic process, and his complex relationships with women. Organized and made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

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.