Annual 33rd Block Party This Week

August 14th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Oma, NE—Each summer, local vendors, artisans, performers, and farmers flock to Gifford Park for the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market. Every Friday evening from June to September, 33rd Street comes alive with entertainment and locally produced goods. This Friday, however, is special, as it’s the 30th anniversary of the Gifford Park Neighborhood Association celebrated at the 33rd Block Party.

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5th New American Arts Fest in Benson

August 3rd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Tonight marks the 5th year of the New American Arts Festival, a collaborative event hosted by Lutheran Family Services and Benson First Friday. It’s an opportunity for immigrants and refugees to share their passions and skills with the community through performances and workshops, and for Omaha to learn about rich traditions from around the world. Brittany Steigner, Chair for the Festival Committee.

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Maple Street Construct Opens ‘Wall Assembly’

August 3rd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Simply put, the Duck vs. the Decorated Shed a theory of architecture put forward by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. For them, all structures fall into one of those categories, either resembling an object as a sculpture, like a duck, which is a reference to an actual structure in Long Island, or a more standard structure with a façade to give a certain impression.

Architect and assistant professor at UCLA, Andrew Kovacs has unpacked this dichotomy in his work, some of which will be shown this weekend at Maple Street Construct. He begins with scaled down sculptures, often resembling complex 3-dimensional collages of pieced together objects and architectural styles, sometimes challenging the limits of perception.

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Omaha Under the Radar Enters 5th Year

July 25th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

“There will be surprising things, there things that make us uncomfortable, things that confuse us, things that bore us, and things that we have no reference for. And then the next thing you hear might be a songwriter with a ukulele that sounds kind of pleasant.”

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Bemis Hosts Open House/Open Studios

July 21st, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—At the Okada Center at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, artist Jenny Yurshansky is forming metal into coils, which will become integral pieces to one of her larger ceramic works. It’s all part of the current Artist Residency Program at Bemis, hosting 10 artists out of almost 300 hundred applicants. It’s a chance for artists from all over the country and around the world to live and work carefree in Omaha for about three months. Their works in progress and studio spaces will be on display at Bemis this Saturday.

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‘Sounds Good’ to Be at The Union

July 19th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—This weekend, the Union for Contemporary Art will open Sounds Good, an exhibition by local artist, Ella Weber at their Wanda D. Ewing Gallery.

Weber emphasizes perhaps the least glamorous part of the artist life. Even after attaining a Masters in Fine Arts, showing all over the country, and attending several residency programs, Weber, like many artists, still works a full time job unrelated to the arts—in her case, a deli.

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