Bemis Opens ‘Hot Mess Formalism’

June 28th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Brooklyn based artist Sheila Pepe’s exhibition, Hot Mess Formalism opens at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts tonight. Comprising over 70 pieces, the exhibition has made its way to Omaha from the Phoenix Art Museum with an added site specific work for Bemis.

Hot Mess Formalism, curated by longtime friend and colleague Gilbert Vicario, is a survey of Pepe’s work. The large scale installations featured tonight are mostly crocheted and knitted together with fibers and other household materials, but Pepe’s prolific body work has been influenced by her extensive studies of many techniques.

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Open House/Open Studios at Bemis

March 9th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts current residency joins artists from all over the country, focusing on painting, design and writing. They’ve been working hard in their studios since early January, and their works progress will be on display for the public this Saturday during Bemis Center’s Open House and Open Studios.

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“Hatkiraar”: American Indian Avant-Garde at Bemis

January 10th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

This week, multidisciplinary artist and composer Nathan Young will perform Hatkiraar, or Stutter, blending electronic sound and Pawnee voices.

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Ditching Social Media? Try “Everybody Eats Lunch” Instead

January 10th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—When Oakland artist Christy Chan and local photographer Alex Matzke shared lunch last fall, their conversation was casual, but their time together was part of a larger art project of Chan’s called “Everybody Eats Lunch.”

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“Monarchs” to Open at Bemis Center

December 5th, 2017

By Corbin Hirschhorn

“Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” is the next exhibition to open at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts this week. Resident Curator Risa Puleo explained some of personal and political motivations behind the exhibition.

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Bemis Center Explores Empathy in Art

October 19th, 2017

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—In addition to serving as a gallery space, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts engages with the community through their artist-in-residence program, and opportunity for local and international artists to live and work at the downtown facility for about two months. This time the theme is “Art, Empathy and Ethos,” focusing on artists whose work negotiates,
understands and communicates themes relating to empathy.

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