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Josyln Art Museum Speaker to Present at Hastings Museum


Join us Tuesday, May 14th, for our final Eat & Peek brown bag program. We are pleased to be hosting Brooke Masek of the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. Masek’s talk will center on the Museum’s new exhibit, The Maximilian-Bodmer Expedition: Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834.

She will discuss the expedition itself, but also the amazing artwork produced by Karl Bodmer to document their exploration of the West. After a brief presentation, Masek will take attendees on tour through the East Gallery and finish her talk by referencing specific pieces of art in the exhibit.

Eat & Peek is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and join us! No reservations needed, 12:15-12:45.


More About the Exhibit
In 1832, German explorer and naturalist Prince Maximilian of Wied and Swiss artist Karl Bodmer embarked on a two-year journey that would take them up the Missouri River and into the heart of the West. Bodmer documented their finds through accurate drawings and watercolors, while Maximilian kept detailed written records. Although they were not the first explores to travel this area, their combined approach to documenting what they found makes their work an invaluable record of the life, rituals, dress, and the languages of the people they encountered, as well the landscape and wildlife of the West.

Upon returning to Europe, Bodmer supervised the engraving and printing process necessary to published their work in Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834.

In all, Bodmer had 81 plates made from his original 400 watercolors. Bodmer gave the plates to Maximilian who stored them in the castle Wied. Eventually the plates were sent to the United States and displayed at the Joslyn Art Museum and later donated to the Joslyn’s permanent collection.

In 1989, a limited edition of engravings was printed using these original plates and carefully hand-colored by master artisans. Made possible with support from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment for the Arts, as well as Kimmel Charitable Foundation, an exhibition of 40 of these prints illustrating Maximilian and Bodmer’s travels will be on display at the Hastings Museum April 27 through May 27.

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