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Joslyn Art Museum

2200 Dodge Street
Omaha, Nebraska

Phone: (402) 342-3300
http://www.joslyn.org


Statement of Purpose:

Encyclopedic museum with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century European and American art.

Joslyn Art Museum has served as a premier center for the visual arts since it opened November 29, 1931.

Nebraska's only fine arts museum with an encyclopedic permanent collection, Joslyn features works from antiquity to the present with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. The Museum was built as a gift to Omaha from Sarah Joslyn in memory of her husband George, a businessman and community leader. The original building is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation and features a spectacular procession of public spaces: entry foyer, fountain court, and inner foyer, all culminating in a 1,000-seat concert hall. The galleries run alongside these spaces. Also featured are an education center with the Scott Education Technology (EdTech) Gallery; the 200-seat Abbott Lecture Hall, and the Abrahams Library for art research (30,000+ volumes).

November 1994 marked the opening of Joslyn's 58,000-square-foot addition, the Scott Pavilion, the first expansion project in the Museum's history. Designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm of Sir Norman Foster and Partners, this building features galleries for temporary exhibitions and for Joslyn's collection of late 20th-century art. The original building and new structure are linked by the glass ConAgra Atrium which offers a second entrance and features the Durham Café and Hitchcock Museum Shop as well as a spectacular and unique permanent installation by glass artist, Dale Chihuly.


Highlights & Collections:

Joslyn Art Museum features fine examples of European art, ranging from Old Master paintings to more contemporary works. Artists include Veronese, Titian, Claude Lorrain, El Greco, Delacroix, Doré, Courbet, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Bouguereau, and Meissonier. Encompassing nearly two centuries of achievement, the collection includes examples by James Peale, Mather Brown, Thomas Cole, George Inness, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, and William Merritt Chase. The contemporary collection reflects the great diversity of this century and includes works by Henri Matisse, Stuart Davis, Theodore Roszak, John Sloan, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler, George Segal, Tom Wesselmann, Deborah Butterfield, Sol LeWitt, and Martin Puryear. Joslyn is noted for its Western American collection and is world-renowned for the watercolors and prints by Swiss artist Karl Bodmer which document his 1832-34 journey to the Missouri River frontier with Prince Maximilian of Wied. Related to the subject of Western American paintings is Joslyn's collection of Native American art, which features examples of drawings, prints, and decorated objects by the native peoples of North America. The production of Greek pottery spanned many centuries.  The fine pieces in Joslyn's collection represent over 1,000 years of continuous ceramic industry, including the Omaha Painter.

Upcoming Special Exhibitions:

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Down in Front*

October 13, 2001 - February 17, 2002


Painters and the American West: The Anschutz Collection

November 3, 2001 - January 20, 2002


Art Quest: Learning to Look*

December 15, 2001 - November 2002, 2002


Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection

February 16, 2002 - May 12, 2002


Tracey Moffatt

February 22, 2002 - March 24, 2002


The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame

June 8, 2002 - September 1, 2002


"A Faithful and Vivid Picture": Karl Bodmer's North American Prints*

September 28, 2002 - December 29, 2002

* Organized by Joslyn Art Museum


Hours:

* During some special exhibitions, Thursdays: 10 am - 8 pm.

Admission*:

* During some special exhibitions, admissions will be increased.


Key Personnel:

J. Brooks Joyner, Director
Marsha V. Gallagher, Chief Curator

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