Joslyn Art Museum - Omaha's Great Collection

Trip Start May 03, 2012
Trip End Aug 16, 2012

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Omaha, Nebraska is about as mid-continent as you can get in
America. It is Nebraska’s most populous city and main commercial center,
situated on the Missouri River across from Council Bluffs, Iowa. That makes it
about as boring a place to put a city as it gets, far from significant
recreational opportunities and with a climate that tends toward extremes. It
grew up as a major feedlot/ slaughterhouse/ meatpacking center, which is where
Omaha beef comes from. The city’s semi-pro football team is even named the
Omaha Beef.

I actually interviewed for a job once in Omaha. Warren
Buffett told me he would have hired me if…….. Only kiddin! I did not interview with
Warren Buffett. I interviewed with an insurance company in early 1999 for a
rather undefined job a manager had in mind. I didn’t hear back from them, which
was just as well since I would have really had to think about taking a job in
Omaha. I truly don’t think the city is a bad place, though, and have a rather
positive impression of it. After all, Warren Buffett lives in Omaha.

I stopped in Omaha on my way west to see the Joslyn Art
Museum. You might not be inclined to associate Omaha with fine art, but the
Joslyn is a real gem. The museum is best known for its American collection with
a focus on the art of the West, but it has a quite nice collection overall
including works by European Old Masters and Impressionists. I found the
galleries in the original buildings to be especially well laid out in the Art
Deco style original wing and was very impressed with the museum’s new wing for
modern and contemporary art as well as the glassed in courtyard with a café between
the two. The Joslyn is well worth a stop on a cross country drive on I-80 or to
be included in a Midwest travel itinerary.

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