Joslyn Art Museum announced the completion of their multiyear project translating the Old German journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied (explorer of the interior of North America in the early 1830s with Swiss artist Karl Bodmer). To celebrate the project that has received international interest due to the significance of the historical documents, the Museum is hosting a public symposium Sept. 22 with speakers: Stephen S. Witte (co-editor of “Price Maximilian and the Transformation of the Upper Missouri Basin” journals); Adam Harris (curator of art at the National Museum of Wildlife Art); Maureen Boyle, (PhD candidate at Indiana University researching Maximilian); Mace Hack (Nebraska state director of the Nature Conservancy); and Toby Jurovics (Joslyn’s chief curator). The symposium is free with admission and runs 1-4pm. The three volumes of The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied are available at bookstores nationwide including Joslyn Art Museum’s Hitchcock Museum Shop. Joslyn.org.
Sept. 20, spoken word artists Michelle Troxclair and Felicia Webster celebrate one year of Verbal Gumbo, a live event featuring poetry, music and visual art promoting diversity and style. Five wordsmiths including hosts Troxclair and Webster will perform a collaborative piece unique to the evening at House of Loom beginning at 7pm. $5, 21+. Facebook.com/verbalgumbo.
Sept. 15, Jamie Burmeister introduced his “Mak” sculpture at Ar-to-re-tum installation in Sioux City, Iowa. The annual sculpture exhibit in view of the Richard Neutra “Everist House” features work by Omaha sculptors Burmeister, Deb McColley, Doug Boyd, Paul Konchagulian, and Sioux City artists Amy Foltz, Steve Haas, Mark Johnson, Ken Peterson, Shannon Sargent, Paul Chelstad ,Belgian artist Hilde DeBruyne and Buena Vista University sculptor David Boelter. The free exhibit runs thru Nov. 10 and supports the Sioux City Conservatory of Music. Be on the lookout for Burmeister’s vermin.me’s as well. Jamieburmeister.com.
Sept. 20, El Museo Latino opens “Agents of Change: Mexican Muralists and New Deal Artists,” featuring a selection of works from the Sheldon Museum of Art. Included in the exhibition will be the work of the Three Greats: Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco and David Siquieros who came to the United States in the 1930s and painted murals, conducted workshops and mentored American artists. It will also include other important Mexican Muralists whose names are less recognized. Elmuseolatino.org.
At the Florence Mill ArtLoft thru October, 2012 Connor Meigs Art Award recipient Christine Fredenall exhibits her mixed media paintings in “Travels Home.” The 2011 BFA graduate of the University-Michigan-Ann Arbor examines internal emotions connected with the physicality of space in her first solo show. Connormeigsaward.blogspot.com.