Category: Exhibitions • Free | Season: FORM
Lifetime Achievements in Sculpture, a Celebration of Sculptural Artistry
In a continuing partnership with the International Sculpture Center, KANEKO presents a collection of globally-recognized works by monumental sculptural artists. This exhibit strives to illuminate each artist’s creative process as well as the craft and perseverance needed to master their materials and convey meaning in their sculptural work.
Monumental Works is an extension of the ISC’s littleSCULPTURE Show and Art Sale that opened FORM in October 2021, alongside an exhibit of great works by 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jun Kaneko. By featuring other ISC Lifetime Achievement Award winners, this new FORM exhibit enhances the historical impact and cultural significance of sculpture, and also allows for a continuation of this conversation in relation to the development of a new sculpture project in Omaha’s revitalized Gene Leahy Mall.
Page Photo: James Surls “Walking Flower Times the Power of Five ”, 2010, Steel, 14’5” x 14’5” x 5’5” Photographed outside James Surls Colorado studio by Robert Millman
Featured Artists for this Exhibit:
This exhibit will include assorted works by legendary artists: Fletcher Benton, Richard Hunt, Jun Kaneko, Phillip King, William King, Manuel Neri, Arnoldo Pomodoro, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Kiki Smith, James Surls, William G. Tucker, and Bernar Venet.
ATTENTION: Member’s First-Look Event (January 14th) has been canceled: Out of an abundance of caution in light of the recent spike in COVID cases, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this event. The public opening of this exhibit remains on January 15th during normal gallery hours.
Community Impact in Omaha:
A plan is to place five large sculptures in the revitalized Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront. In a partnership between the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA), KANEKO, and the International Sculpture Center, this plan will secure significant sculptures for the Gene Leahy Mall Sculpture Garden beginning in May 2022 for three years. During these three years, KANEKO will develop and curate complimentary exhibits for each of the five sculptures featured at The RiverFront. In addition, in coordination with KANEKO, MECA will plan activations around the five Gene Leahy Mall sculpture works.
We see this initial exhibit, Monumental Works, as connective tissue between KANEKO’s celebration of the ISC Lifetime Achievement Award in autumn of 2021, the development of this park project, and a more extensive commitment to bring monumental sculptural work of marked significance to the Omaha community.
COVID Contingency Plan: If we feel that there are significant health and safety concerns, we reserve the right to postpone (ideally) or cancel (unfortunately) any event.
Category: Exhibitions • Free • Soirée | Season: FORM
For this year’s Soirée, KANEKO has partnered closely with the International Sculpture Center.
In addition to Jun Kaneko being featured in their publication, Sculpture Magazine, KANEKO will exhibit their annual littleSCULPTURE Show & Sale in our upstairs galleries as part of the event exhibition. This exhibit contains little sculptures made by artists from our community and around the world.
All little sculptures are for sale and benefit the International Sculpture Center. This show and sale will continue to be on view in our gallery spaces October 2nd through October 24th, 2021, in conjunction with the 2021 ISC Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Jun Kaneko and the KANEKO Soirée celebration.
Please Note: We are doing everything we can to make you as safe as possible and recommend masks inside KANEKO.
Parking: KANEKO is located in three turn of the century warehouses in Omaha’s historic Old Market district. Street, meter, and service lot parking is available throughout the Old Market. Enter: Please enter through our east doors on 11th & Jones Streets. Accessibility: Our facilities are completely ADA accessible. As an organization that encourages the exploration of the creative process, we strive to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome in our space. If you have any accessibility needs, please reach out to us at least 48 hours in advance of this event at firstname.lastname@example.org
Category: Exhibitions • Soirée | Season: FORM
This year, KANEKO Soirée celebrates something very special.
Each year, Omaha looks forward to KANEKO’s Soirée, the celebration of a year of creative and inspirational programming and exhibition. Like all KANEKO programs, Soirée offers a great atmosphere, a fresh exhibition, and a chance to discover a new and exciting way to look at things. This year, Soirée celebrates something very special.
After a year of distance and challenges, we invite you to come together to honor resilience and connection, and to celebrate our co-founder, Jun Kaneko, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center. This award ceremony will take place the night before Soirée, in Omaha, and represents the culmination of a lifetime of groundbreaking international artistry. In honor of this award, KANEKO is installing an exhibit of some of Jun’s largest ceramic pieces in our Bow Truss Gallery to feature at Soirée.
For this year’s Soirée, KANEKO has partnered closely with the International Sculpture Center and, in addition to Jun being featured in their publication, Sculpture Magazine, KANEKO will exhibit their annual littleSCULPTURE Show & Sale in our upstairs galleries as part of the event exhibition. Also featured will be our new education space, now dedicating a third of our galleries to generative and educational programming. For Soirée, this space will exhibit art and design by our 2021 Summer Camp participants, among other bright and inspired youth.
Please join us by purchasing your ticket while they are still available. As always, the evening will include food, drinks, and entertainment by some of Omaha’s most innovative and exciting artists (as well as KANEKO partners). You can support all the great programming and exhibitions KANEKO provides by purchasing a ticket today, or, find more information about how to become a KANEKO Soirée Sponsor. We’re excited to see you at this unforgettable event!
Sue & David Morris
Marlina & Dusty Davidson
Emily & Craig Moody
Please note: Proof of vaccination will be required to enter this event. Digital copies will be accepted. We are doing everything we can to make you as safe as possible and recommend masks inside KANEKO.
COVID Contingency Plan: If we feel that there are significant health and safety concerns, we reserve the right to postpone (ideally) or cancel (unfortunately) any event. If we have to postpone or cancel, all ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible and provided with a new date. We will be emailing participants with information closer to the date of the event.
ISC Artful Adventure: Discover Nebraska
Join the ISC this October 20-23, 2021, for an art-filled weekend in Omaha and Lincoln, including an exclusive studio visit and dinner with Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Jun Kaneko; ticket(s) to Kaneko Soirée; art collection tours; curator-led museum tours; and more! LEARN MORE ⟶
Lifetime Achievement Award Exclusive Dinner
On Thursday, October 21st ISC will present the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jun Kaneko at an exclusive dinner celebration. Limited tickets are available. LEARN MORE ⟶
Support KANEKO Soirée
We need to have record-breaking results to achieve our future goals and we ask you to join us in supporting KANEKO’s mission to serve the Omaha community through sponsorship or purchase of tickets to our annual fundraiser. SOIRÉE SPONSORSHIPS ⟶