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(Double Sided Settee - A Trio) , 1983

by Scott Burton

 

Mediums: Granite

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge Street

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: Scott Burton’s functional sculptures, which require the spectator’s presence to complete their purpose, transformed the idea of public art. Burton often infused the plain abstract forms of Minimalism with a sense of utility, history, and wit, creating sculptures that could be used as tables and chairs when not on exhibit. His simple forms, cut from smooth and sometimes jagged pieces of granite, can be found with people sitting on them in several cities. Funded with a National Endowment for the Arts, Art in Public Places grant of $22,000 given in 1981 to the Joslyn Art Museum.


22½ Degrees with Crayon Tips , 2009

by Ron Parks

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Discovery Art Garden 2200 Dodge St.

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: Omaha artist Ron Parks applies to the creative process the knowledge and experience gained from a 30-year career of inventing, designing, and fabricating in metals. Fusing the fabricated with the natural, each piece invites the viewer to join in by teasing one’s sense of reality. Light strikes angle and veers off; shadow glides along curve; imagination blends with craftsmanship. The Joslyn museum purchased this piece with funds provided by Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Truhlsen.


Able Charlie , 1983

by Kenneth Snelson

 

Mediums: Stainless Steel

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge Street

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: Snelson’s work has some consonance with the sculpture of minimalist artists working in the 1960s and 1970s. Preferring materials in their purest state, Snelson used uncolored and untextured stainless steel and aluminum to achieve monumental pieces up to 100 feet on their longest axis that seemed capable of infinite expansion. While the calculations necessary to take dozens of tubes and yards of cable and weave them into an integrated sculpture of taut lines would seem to require the expertise of an engineer, Snelson’s mathematics are, in fact, purely intuitive. Able Charlie demonstrates structural forces of tension and compression. The airy web of lines seems delicate and fragile, yet the physical force binding them together amounts to several hundred pounds of pressure per square inch. Given to the Joslyn museum by Phebe F. Miller in memory of Max A. Miller, E. Stanton Miller, II, and Nancy K. Miller, 1983


Addih-Hiddisch, Hidatsa Chief , 2008

by John Coleman

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge St.

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: The subject of this bronze was also painted by Swiss artist Karl Bodmer in 1834 during his journey to the upper Missouri with German Prince Maximilian of Wied. Addíh-Hiddísch (Maker of Roads) was an outstanding leader—a chief of the village of Awacháwi and a member of the tribal council, which was concerned with the mutual defense of all three Hidatsa villages. He was the keeper of an important medicine bundle and had an impressive war record, having attacked the enemy six times on successful raids without losing any of his own men. The Joslyn museum purchased this piece with funds provided by Suzanne and Walter Scott, 2008.


Bas Reliefs

by John David Brcin

 

Mediums: Marble

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum 2200 Dodge Street

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum


Bronze Bench #5 , 2005

by Betty Woodman

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge St.

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: Internationally recognized as one of the most important ceramic sculptors working today, Woodman’s interest has expanded to explore other media. Her work is known for its dazzling inventions with form and color and its consistent challenge of the limits of her medium. Her bronze benches are made vibrant through inventive use of color and form and an expert blend of a wide range of influences. Joslyn musuem purchased this piece with funds provided by the Joslyn Art Museum Association, 2009


Cubular , 2009

by Peter Carter

 

Mediums: Concrete, LED Lights, Glass

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Discovery Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge Street

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: A Nebraska artist, Peter Carter creates contemporary, interactive, moveable art in cubes of glass. The Joslyn museum purchased this piece with funds provided by Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Truhlsen.


Dineh , 1981

by Allan Houser

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge St.

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: Allan Houser, the most important individual in the development of contemporary American Indian sculpture and a significant figure in American art since the 1930s, was equally accomplished whether working with stone or bronze. His subjects were always Indian, but his themes, like the dignified Navajo couple here, are often universal. Houser’s sculptures range from completely realist to highly abstract, but his instantly identifiable signature style is a sinuous, elegant semi-abstraction of form. One of the most widely recognized bronze editions created by Houser, this 1981 modernist portrait of a Navajo couple displays the dignity and inner strength of the people known to themselves as "Dineh.” On loan from the collection of TIA, 2009


Generations

by Josiah Manzi

 

Mediums: Stone

Location: Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge St.

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: A member of the Shona Tengenenge Sculpture Village, Manzi’s work evolves from his cultural and spiritual roots. Some of his sculptures lovingly represent a relationship with the world and its inhabitants and are naturalistic statements about the world around him. To Manzi the real world is not always a serious place. He delights in establishing surprising relationships between man and spirit, animal and man, and man and nature. He takes license with accepted notions of reality, and his sculptures are a play on orthodox ideas of form. Smooth and well-rounded, his carvings are stone made flesh: firm, toned, glowing, and smooth. Manzi does not include our view of the world in his art and does not always help us to understand his. This piece was a gift to the Joslyn museum by Richard and Frances Juro in 2007.


Large Covered Wagon , 2004

by Tom Otterness

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Downtown, Joslyn; Joslyn Art Museum Sculpture Garden 2200 Dodge St.

Owner: Joslyn Art Museum

Additional Information: Humorous and irreverent, Otterness’ stylized bronze figures combine into sculptural ensembles that explore the range of human experience, from grand ambition to common foibles, plucking imagery and themes from popular culture and subtly transforming them into amusing commentary on modern society. Gift of Willis A. Strauss Family, 2009


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