Joslyn curator to speak at April 16 Omaha Science Cafe

Joslyn Art Museum curator Karin Campbell will discuss the artwork of California digital artist Jennifer Steinkamp at the next Omaha Science Café at 7:30 p.m., April 16 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Steinkamp’s latest installation, Madame Curie, inspired by Marie Curie, is an enveloping panoramic work of some of the favorite flowers of the Polish physicist and chemist, who also was an avid gardener.

“After reading Curie’s biography, Steinkamp became intrigued by her love of nature,” Campbell said. “She is one of the most accomplished time-based, digital video artists working today.”

Campbell is the Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art at Joslyn, where she curated the fall 2012 exhibition Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collection of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

Before starting at Joslyn in June 2012, Campbell curated the 2011-2012 installment of Espai 13, an annual series at La Fundació Joan Miró, in Barcelona, Spain. Titled The End is Where We Start From, her series featured commissions by five young, female artists. From 2006-2009, Campbell served as curatorial assistant in the contemporary art department at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, where she helped organize Life on Mars, at the 55th Carnegie International.

As a graduate student at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Campbell worked alongside artist Jon Rubin to conceive Thinking About Flying, a commissioned project featuring homing pigeons.

Science Cafés involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older), and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period.

Pizza will be provided by The Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures for the first 50 people. For more information about Science Cafes, go to www.unmc.edu/sciencecafe.

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Lisa Spellman
UNMC Public Relations
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