Current Bemis Center artists in residence Quynh Vantu (installation), Shannon Rankin (installation/collage/sculpture), and Gwenessa Lam (painting) lead the First Thursday Art Talk on October 6, 7p.m.

Rebecca Skloot, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, speaks at the 21st Women & Health Lecture, October 6 at the Orpheum Theatre.  Guests will hear the story of Lacks, a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951 and whose tumor was taken without consent to create an immortal cell line that is still critical to medical research.  Guests will also receive art created by Kent Bellows Studios’ students, their mentor Alex Myers and Omaha based artist Cale Oglesby.  After five recreations the artists produced 200 resin and plaster models inspired by the HeLa cell story.  Coinciding, Kent Bellows Studios opens Multivariate, a mentor exhibition, October 7 at the Hardware Gallery.

Peerless Gallery opens Breathing Room October 7, a group exhibition featuring video, paintings, drawings, assemblages and specimens by Bethany Kalk, Caleb Coppock, Daphne Eck, Cora Rasp and Cale Oglesby.  Source materials were gathered from spaces where the artists “breathe easy.”  “Aggregate 01 (Breathing Room).” is a collection of more than 9,000 tiny pieces of sand, rock and shell and other ephemera glued to pinheads and installed on the wall in the shape of a five-foot circle.  “This Strange Phase,” a video and sound installation will be shown in the windows next door to Peerless on Friday and Saturday evenings in October.

Also opening October 7, Perceptions, at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, featuring new work by painters Jerry Jacoby and Glenda Musilek, photographer Dale Shenefelt and sculptor Pete Wroblewski. Anderson O’Brien Fine Art in the Old Market opens Between Bones and Words, sculpture, installation and vessels by Eric Knoche the same evening. At the Garden of the Zodiac, German artists Gerhard Kassner and Christian Rothmann open their show, Portraits, offering their distinct perspectives on the human subject. 9 on 10th featuring work by nine local artists in sculpture, paintings, fiber and graphic art, opens October 7 at Bancroft Street Market.

If you’re in Lincoln, check out Project Mercury, an experimental live performance, October 7 at Clublu, a nontraditional art space.  The event starts at 8 p.m. and includes six University of Nebraska-Lincoln art students concerning loss, domestication, and the cyclic nature of things.

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