Portrait of Omaha: Joslyn Art Museum

Good morning! It's time for another installment of Portrait of Omaha. This time, I'm giving you a glimpse inside the Joslyn Art Museum. It's the principal art museum in Nebraska, and was opened in 1931. It was so named for George Joslyn, an early Omaha businessman, by his wife Sarah. (Another time, I'll show you Joslyn Castle.) We've enjoyed this museum over the years as they had free entry on Saturday mornings, but four years ago, the museum received a generous donation and were able to allow free entry all the time.

Sculpture that graces the East end of the museum.

Chihuly's Inside & Out

One of the prominent visages of the museum is the tremendous glass sculpture: Chihuly's Inside & Out. As you can see from the people standing below it, it's impressive in stature.

Close-up of the Inside & Out.

This artwork adorns the walls of the Walter and Suzanne Scott Pavilion. This Pavilion was added on to the museum in 1994, a gift from the Scott's, who were philanthropists.

The original wings of the museum are a feast for the eyes, and filled with Art Deco architecture. This colorful fountain is the centerpiece of this large, open room. It's surrounded by walls of pink marble. The window and door frames, along with their metal sconces, are all indicative of this style.

Robert Henri: Consuelo in Black, 1924.

George C. Ault: August Night at Russell's Corners, 1948.

Artist Unknown: Funerary Portrait of Shalmat, daughter of  'Abda, 2nd Century.

Edgar Degas: Little Dancer aged Fourteen, 1920-21.

Impressive collonades lead visitors down marble hallways on the second floor of the Joslyn wing. This part of the museum houses sculptures and art from different areas of the world. The museum, while not as large as other major museums, is home to a wide variety of fantastic art. Titian, El Greco, American art, and many other fabulous pieces.

Eight-panel screen, Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

The Joslyn Museum is the perfect way to spend an inquisitive morning or a lazy afternoon. Follow this link in the previous sentence for more information. This truly is a gem of Omaha (or Nebraska & the Midwest for that matter), and I hope you'll make time to stop by here if you're ever in the area. It's well worth the visit!


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