Art of Third Place

Brad Kahlhamer opens in Riley CAP Gallery at Joslyn Art Museum


Continuing its series of contemporary one-artist shows in its Riley CAP Gallery, Joslyn Art Museum will next feature the work of Brad Kahlhamer with an exhibition opening November 14.

The New York City artist works in a variety of media—painting, drawing, sculpture and installation—along a very personal trajectory that has been described as a union of Native American culture and post-punk art.

Born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised in Wisconsin, Kahlhamer creates work that describes what he calls a “Third Place” existing in the sometimes oppositional space between his Native American heritage and his European-influenced upbringing. In his abstracted, expressionistic, and graffiti-inspired art may often be found images of katsinas, tipis and dream catchers.

In preparation for this exhibition, Kahlhamer has been in residence for six weeks at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. This has provided an opportunity intended to enrich the exhibition for artist and visitor alike: Kahlhamer has been able to directly study Joslyn’s permanent collection of Native American art, with its particular strengths in Plains and Southwest art, and been able to respond to it in the creation of new work for the show.

As with the CAP Gallery’s inaugural show of iROZEALb, the space is intended to offer an occasional platform for the debut of new art made expressly for its exhibitions.

Brad Kahlhamer opens November 14 and runs through April 17, 2016 in the Riley CAP Gallery at Joslyn Art Museum. There is no admission fee for this show. The museum is located at 2200 Dodge Street. For further information, visit www.joslyn.org or call 402/342-3300


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