‘Pas Gentil’

On August 13, Darger HQ will host a warm welcome for some cool commentators with the opening of its latest artistic pairing, pas gentil, featuring the work of Kim Darling and Jean-François Leboeuf. As indicated by the show’s title pas gentil — French for ‘not nice’ — it promises a bit of a pointed critique […]

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Child ‘Baring’

With the terrarium-like swelter of recent weeks, you might assume the current show at Darger HQ — Hothouse — was commissioned just for this summer in Omaha. But don’t expect to find tropical plants or Bikram yoga classes here; it’s a different kind of hothouse to which artists Elizabeth Kauffman (Salisbury, MD) and Luke Severson […]

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Summer Hothouse

You might need your shades to view the vivid bright paintings of Kansas artist Jane Booth, now on view at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art through August 12. Her preference for saturated color poured and stained into unprimed canvases results in abstract compositions with the feel of large-scale watercolors. The addition of gold pigment in several […]

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Vote Vargas!

Every four years, the US voting public gets treated to a form of spectacle unmatched elsewhere in the world in the form of our presidential election. The 24/7 news cycle especially provides an endless stream of coverage destined to entertain, inflame, and possibly inform the electorate about those seeking our highest government offices. None of […]

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Droid Dreams

Now considered a cornerstone of science-fiction writing, Philip K. Dick’s 1968 dystopian book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? presented a not-so-distant post-apocalyptic world inhabited by people, humanoid robots and very few animals. Later adapted into the film Blade Runner, Dick’s novel on the nature of empathy was transformed into a haunting, futuristic noir detective […]

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Fiber Optics

With Sheila Hicks: Material Voices, Joslyn Art Museum adds a fiber-rich exhibition to Omaha’s art diet. In fact, this show supplements the usual fare in two important ways: bringing attention to a medium (textiles) often underrepresented in fine art museums, as well as shining a light on an internationally renowned artist with Nebraska roots. Sheila […]

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Power Play

Institutional critique always appears more trenchant when contained within the confines of an establishment, where it can be dissected by the very language that defines it. The Omaha Public Library is our city repository of shareable knowledge, a site open to inquiries by all comers. That exists, by its published mission, to “connect people with […]

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Creature Feature

Lincoln artist Jar Schepers brings his inimitable brand of macabre magic to the Garden of the Zodiac for his second solo exhibition there, where Repetition, a new exhibition of his sculptures, opens on Thursday, May 12. Schepers works primarily with found objects—items of industrial and consumer function that have since achieved thrift or junk status. […]

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Swing State

Anniversaries are an occasion for both looking back and ahead. Recapturing fond memories, learning from the past, planning for a future. In 2016, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts enjoys its 35th year as an organization, and has opened its annual exhibition season with Time + Space: Beginnings, which considers its early years as well […]

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Earth to Omaha

When Gallery 1516 opened last fall, it promised to be a showplace for the work of Nebraska artists past and present. Its opening salvo, a tribute to the late Kent Bellows and friends, provided a solid cornerstone on which to build its future. That foundation is even firmer now with the debut of Terra Firma: […]

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