Joslyn Art Museum refuses to be pigeon-holed.
Instead of finding one comfortable niche and sticking with it when it comes to shows, the Omaha museum is exploring different movements, media and artists with its upcoming major exhibitions.
Over the next two years, museum-goers will have a chance to explore everything from ancient art to works from the American West, early modernists and one of Nebraska's favorite artists.
Although admission to the museum will continue to be free, there will be an admission charges for some of the big shows in the Pavilion Galleries starting next year. The only show that has a set charge is “Poseidon,” which is $10 general public, free for Joslyn members, anyone 17 and younger, and college students with current school ID.
“Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult and Daily Life,” Feb. 8 to May 11: Greek, Etruscan and Roman art and artifacts from the ancient Mediterranean area. Although the exhibition was organized by the Tampa Museum of Art, the Joslyn showing is its premiere.
“Yellowstone and the West: The Chromolithographs of Thomas Moran,” June 7 to Sept. 7: Portfolio images released in 1876 to coincide with the nation's centennial, introduced 19th century Americans to a part of the country none of them had seen. Organized by Joslyn.
“Mark di Suvero: River's Edge Park,” June 7 to Sept. 7: Exhibit complements the unveiling of a Mark di Suvero sculpture in Council Bluffs' River's Edge Park with the artist's works on paper and gallery-scaled sculptures. Organized by Joslyn.
“Andy Warhol in Living Color: Contemporary Prints From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation,” Oct. 4 to Jan. 11, 2015: Warhol, the king of pop art, played with new ways of using color and influenced his contemporaries. Screenprints, created from the 1960s to the '80s, from the Portland, Ore., collector's vast holdings of contemporary prints. Organized by Joslyn.
“American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell,” Feb. 7, 2015, to May 3, 2015: The changing face of American art in the 20th century, seen through the works of such artists as Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Joseph Stella and Marsden Hartley, in addition to Georgia O'Keeffe and Norman Rockwell. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum.
“Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists From Omaha to Lincoln,” May 30, 2015, to Aug. 1, 2015: Local current artists compete. The jury will include Karin Campbell, Joslyn's curator of contemporary art, and Bill Arning, director of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.
“Keith Jacobshagen: Retrospective, 1995-2015,” Aug. 22, 2015 to Oct. 25, 2015: One of the most popular area artists for several decades. Exhibit includes drawings, paintings, field sketches and photographs. This show is organized in conjunction with Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln. Joslyn's exhibit will concentrate on his most recent work while Sheldon will focus on his early works after he first arrived in Lincoln.
“Go West! Art of the American Frontier From the Buffalo Bill Center of the West,” Nov. 21, 2015 to April 3, 2016: Art and artifacts from 1830 to 1930. At Omaha's Durham Museum, the “From Nebraska to the World: Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show” exhibit will be open at the same time.
Riley Contemporary Artists Project Gallery
Iona Rozeal Brown, Feb. 8 to May 11: Brown fuses imagery and techniques from many sources, including hip hop, Japanese woodcuts, comic books and Byzantine icons for paintings, drawings and collages. The artist will create a mural for Riley CAP Gallery for this exhibit.
James Nares, June 21 to Sept. 21: The painter and filmmaker tries to capture single moments in time. The exhibit will include his film “Street,” made in the streets of New York in one week in September 2011.
Orly Genger, Oct. 18 to Jan. 18, 2015: The installation artist's hand-knotted, painted rope sculptures create otherworldly environments. She draws inspiration from 20th century art masterpieces to minimalist sculpture. Exhibit includes bronze sculptures and a monumental woven sculputure.