Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer

On view through January 22
Second floor

Organized by and drawn exclusively from the collection of the Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, Nebraska), Faces from the Interior features over 60 recently conserved watercolors including portraits of individuals from the Omaha, Ponca, Yankton, Lakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Assiniboine, and Blackfoot nations. Contemporary Indigenous knowledge bearers, artists, and scholars from the nations that Bodmer and his companion, German prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied, visited between 1832 and 1834 have contributed texts and four short films for this exhibition, which together highlight the diverse histories, beliefs, and practices embodied in the portraits.


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Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer was organized by the Margre H. Durham Center for Western Studies, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

The Carter’s presentation of Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer is supported by the Alice L. Walton Foundation Temporary Exhibitions Endowment.

In addition, Faces from the Interior features four short films feature Indigenous knowledge who interpret the portraits and reflect on their relevance and importance in the present-day.