The Art of Growing
Opening May 3 at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Gallery, 3201 Farnam St. Come see the work of Susan Puelz, Shelly Bartek, Kristin Pluhacek, Rein Vanderhill, Carol Thompson, Stephen Dinsmore, Susan Tinker, and Jan Christensen as they explore the art of growing. Admission: free. 402-884-0911.
May 3-5 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibition features arrangements from both classical and contemporary schools of Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6 to 12, free for garden members and children under 6. 402-346-4002.
The Black Interior
Through May 4 at the Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Through the use of colorful marked papers, graphites, and painting, Glyneisha Johnson explores the notion of collage as a metaphor to describe black culture through domestic interior spaces and public black spaces related to home. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.
UNO BFA & BASA Thesis and Senior Shows
Through May 4 at UNO Criss Library and Weber Art Gallery, 6001 Dodge St. Thesis students in the art program and BASA graduating seniors from the University of Nebraska-Omaha showcase their work. Admission: free. 402-554-3206.
Through May 4 at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. An immersion in the human condition provides audiences with a range of creative encounters that explore the physical and psychological experiences that we all face as human beings. Captivating sculptures, dance performances, and lectures encourage visitors to immerse themselves in how we define what it means to be human. Admission: free. 402-341-3800.
Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century
Opening May 4 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Williams was the illustrator of dozens of children’s classics, including E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, and many Golden Books. Admission: free. 402-342-3300.
Through May 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Over 60 works by contemporary African-American artists focus on important issues of racial, gender, and sexual identity; ongoing narratives of racial inequality in the United States; poverty; racial stereotyping; and the power of protest. Admission: $10 adults, $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 or younger. 402-342-3300.
Through May 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit will feature 20 life-sized dinosaur installations positioned throughout the garden. Massive creations by Guy Darrough will appear right at home nestled among jungle-like landscapes and plant fossils. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free for children under 6 and garden members. 402-346-4002.
Nebraska Artist Biennial
Opening May 16 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. The 2019 Nebraska Artist Biennial is a juried exhibition featuring 50+ works from the best artists across Nebraska. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
Straight Out of Omaha
Opening May 19 at Douglas County Historical Society, 5730 N. 30th St. In a snapshot of local history and success, this exhibit will explore the inventions, celebrities, businesses, and noteworthy achievements that have grown from Douglas County. 2 p.m. Admission: free, donations accepted. 402-455-9990.
Opening May 25 at the Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Get ready for a magical adventure into the Enchanted Kingdom, an exhibit filled with diverse creatures and characters. Explore the Market Place and pretend to be a blacksmith, a tailor, or a farmer. Admission: $13 adults and children, $12 seniors, free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
Face-To-Face With Black History
Through May 31 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2505 N. 24th. St. In 2018, the Black Votes Matter organization took a group of high school students on a Civil Rights tour, putting them face-to-face with black history. This exhibit showcases their journey. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.
Depth & Accumulation
Through June 2 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Two painters, Carolyn Albrecht and Jennifer Radil, sift through the ebb and flow nature of their medium, the self, the stories they create, and the balance of depth and frivolity. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
Alison O’Daniel’s Heavy Air and Lui Shtini’s Tempos
Through June 15 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. O’Daniel creates cinema, performances, sound-dampening textiles, sculptures, mobiles, and large-scale installations that intend to visualize what it means to not have complete access to sound. Shtini is presenting his first solo institutional exhibition in the United States. His painting technique engages his surfaces through layers of underpainting and brushstrokes while his drawings extend how one might look at charcoal and graphite. Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Through June 23 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Inspired by a permanent exhibit at the National Museum of American History, this exhibit explores America’s “of, by, and for the people” government. It features multimedia experiences, immersive design, and artifacts from the Smithsonian and state historical organizations. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children 3-12, free for children 2 years and under and members. 402-444-5071.
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