Art from Afar: Joslyn's Online Engagement Opportunities

Welcome back! Joslyn Art Museum reopened its galleries to the public on August 7, 2020, following a more than four-month closure in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Check out our Visitor Information page for new protocols and free timed ticket reservations, required for all visitors.

During our period of closure, Museum staff planned and presented robust virtual engagement opportunities for all ages—and these continue! Online offerings include virtual art classes for ages 6 to adult, distance learning for schools and teachers, art exploration programs for adults including virtual lectures and discussions, exclusive content for members, and more.

Joslyn's virtual opportunities range from passive to participatory and are meant to be both educational and entertaining. If you are not ready or able to make an in-person visit right now, they are a great resource to access from home. If you are returning to the galleries now, our online content is an extraordinary complement to those on-site experiences. 

In addition to regular continuing social media activity, the following opportunities will be highlighted via the Museum's website and social media accounts, most notably Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Virtual Tour: Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography
The mobile tour for Joslyn’s exhibition Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography, now on view through October 18, features images of the art referenced at each audio stop so it can be all be experienced from afar. Presented in English and Spanish. Click here to start the tour now!

Virtual Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers
On Tuesday, December 8, at 10:30 am, this docent-led virtual book discussion will focus on The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West, by David McCullough. Click here for details and to make a reservation, then start reading!

A Closer Look
This fall, meet up (virtually) with Joslyn's curatorial staff to look closely and discuss a single work of art. On Thursday, October 8, at 6:30 pm, enjoy a conversation focused on Rozeal’s Smoking Pipe and Pods 11.11 and 12.23: trifecta inclusion, child walking past window heard to say, ‘1st comes…then comes…’ pon farr mountain tops of memories of tomorrows (study) with Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art. Click here for details and to register, and get ready to look!

On Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 pm, we'll look at Jean-Léon Gérôme’s The Grief of the Pasha with Taylor J. Acosta, Ph.D., Associate Curator of European Art. Click here for details and registration.

Art Chats
Art Chats are prompts designed to help you and your friends or family look at and talk about artworks from Joslyn's collection. They're great for all ages! Nine themes are posted (45 "conversation starters" total - many in Spanish, too), so start talking!

Member Picks
While the galleries were closed, we invited Joslyn members to share with us their favorites from the permanent collection, along with short reflections that describe why the pieces "move them." Read them here and enjoy!

Virtual Studio Art Classes
Join us via Zoom to explore themes, methods, and materials inspired by works from Joslyn's galleries as a group, with guidance for independent practice between sessions. Click here for fall class details (for students ages six through adult) and to register.

Curator-led Virtual Gallery Talks
Listen to our curators give short talks about works on view in the galleries, accompanied by video of the art. Find them on Facebook and YouTube.

Art Adventures LIVE!
During the summer of 2020, this program streamed live on Facebook on Friday mornings. Learn about artworks in Joslyn’s collection, and make art of your own by accessing the recorded sessions on YouTube (supply lists included). 

Crowdsourcing the Collection
An initial request on Instagram generated great ideas! The curatorial staff worked on responses about the works people picked. Follow Joslyn on Instagram to see their responses!

    PLUS: More for Members
    Joslyn Art Museum members have access to a series of content, More for Members, which provides a variety of special insider, exclusive, virtual conversations with curators and artists, gallery tours, and events connecting you to art. Join Joslyn today!

    Please consider making a gift today. Your contribution will allow to provide virtual art education tools, such as free lesson plans and art-making activities, and to support our community while schools and the Museum are closed.