I’ve been waiting the better part of the summer for French performance artist ORLAN to arrive in Lincoln for a week-long stint at the Sheldon. (Full disclosure: I work at Sheldon.) ORLAN’s finally arrived and Friday, Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m., as part of the Sheldon’s monthly First Friday celebration, she’ll lead a “round chair discussion” in her installation at the museum. Her piece ORLAN: The Harlequin Coat involves a series of Phillip Starck “ghost” chairs arranged in a circle. The rest of the group includes Sheldon Director Jorge Daniel Veneciano; Raphael Cuir; Rhonda Garelick, director of the UNL Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium; Matthew Gumpert, classicist and cultural critic from the Kadir Has University; and Marissa Vigneault, UNL professor of art history. The free event is open to the public. Ballet Nebraska, the area’s newest dance company, is collaborating with Joslyn Art Museum to find inspiration for its next production. It’s first winter production, Momentum, featuring a mixed bag of dance styles, will premiere at the museum Feb. 12. One dance will be inspired by a work of art from Joslyn’s permanent collection, and the public is asked to submit a vote on which piece they think would be most interesting or inspiring. Through Nov. 15, the public can vote at joslyn.org. The public can choose between a Mae Stevens acrylic piece called “Connemara (Rock Pool),” a green, glowing rendering of a pond; an ancient Egyptian bust called “Amenirdas I, the Divine Consort” by an unknown artist; or Sir Joshua Reynold’s “Portrait of Miss Franks,” a 1766 rendering of an aristocratic woman. Omaha native Jim Krantz recently won the International Photographer of the Year award at the Lucies, presented in New York’s Lincoln Center. The award comes in the wake of Krantz being named advertising photographer of the year at the International Photography Awards and on the heels of his latest photography book, released just a few weeks ago. Krantz, who lives in Chicago, will show his work at an exhibition opening in May 2011 at the Old Market location of Anderson O’Brien gallery. Mixed Media is a column about art. Get local art updates at weekfiftytwo.com. Send ideas to mixedmedia@thereader.com .

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