Concrete Mix

“It appears that brutalism is coming to Nebraska.” -Panel member’s general observations for the Nebraska Architects Association 1966 Honor Awards January 23, 1966. Omaha World Herald “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of” -Alicia Keys, 2009 Omaha has a peculiar relationship to architecture. With the recent fire at M’s Pub, the dogmatic preservationist discourse surrounding […]

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All About the Artists

On the job less than six months, and working in concert with two new senior staff whose hiring preceded his arrival, new Executive Director Chris Cook is launching the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts into a year of experimentation from every angle—programmatically, curatorially and institutionally. Cook comes to Bemis with a background that is diverse in […]

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Art Matters

A preview of what’s to come in 2016 with regard to the Metro visual arts scene seems like a good time to intro two new arts writers to our team: Melinda Kozel, Kaneko-UNO Creativity Library Manager, and Adam Price, former director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and currently co-director of Sandhills Institute. Both […]

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ExtrA! ExtrA!

“Good news” was at a premium in 2015 as it had a tough time competing for attention with global warming, terrorist thugs, political pundits and bullies, police brutality and corruption. Oh, and let’s add climate change deniers and immigration fear mongers vying for presidential nomination to the equation. Locally, the World Herald’s “Public Pulse,” absolutely […]

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Grace Under Pressure

For some time now, downtown drivers along Leavenworth Street have been channeling Tom Waits (“What’s he building in there?”) as they’ve whizzed past renovations happening near the corner of 16th. First came destruction. Signs for Avis car rental were plastered over. Metal garage doors were boarded up. Slowly, the non-descript facade gave way to signs […]

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To BEnefit or not to BEnefit

To build a better art auction…build it, it is said, and they will come. That’s the goal of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts when it launches version 17.0, Saturday, Nov. 21, and in the process, reunite the Metro with the venue’s mission. “Better,” because after general dissatisfaction with recent efforts the Bemis Center promises […]

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Great Expectations

Summer is nearly over and the sights, sounds and smells of autumns’ approach come Sept. 23 are nearly everywhere. Vacant public swimming pools are being drained while school buses, playgrounds and classrooms fill up with kids of all ages actually glad of a change of routine, scenery and faces…at least for now. At farmer markets […]

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Museum Quality Show

A long time coming, 15 years to be exact, but Joslyn Art Museum is once again featuring regional Art Seen on a grand scale. The last such exhibition of sort was the Midlands Invitational 2000: Works on Paper, organized by then-curator Janet Farber and Joslyn director John Schloder, and which included Nebraska artists Karen Kunc […]

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