JUN KANEKO, the ceramic artist and founder of the eponymous Kaneko in the Old market, once said, "Nothing exists by itself; everything has something next to it. something changes drastically depending on what is next to it."
His namesake organization is taking his words to heart with "Influence," a yearlong exhibition that explores that "something" and what it becomes when positioned next to an extraordinary "it."
Through an examination of physical space, artistic themes, relationships, mentoring, experience and creative output in a myriad of forms, "Influence" looks at how Kaneko has changed as an organization since its origins while also celebrating what it might become in the future.
"The intention is to explore the history of Kaneko from its founding and its benefits to the community," executive director stephan Grot said. "We've been around 10 years and have been a creative conduit. 'Influence' shows the way we fit into Omaha's creative landscape, and we'll be talking a lot about collaborations between people and organizations."
And, of course, influence. The works on view underscore how artists influence each other's creative practices and how creativity begets creativity. Ceramic pieces by peter Voulkos and paul soldner, for example, show how a young Jun Kaneko began to approach his own sculptures after studying under the two, while work by John balistreri in turn demonstrates how Kaneko influenced those who subsequently worked in his own studio.
Since "Influence" will be on view for a year, the exhibition will change periodically and undergo several iterations. at the outset, Kaneko's past collaborations with Opera Omaha come to the fore with drawings, costumes and set examples from "madama butterfly," "Fidelio" and the "magic Flute," all of which provide colorful examples of how Omaha's creative forces combine, work together and collaborate to produce novel work.
"This really shows creative potential, and there is a lot of storytelling when it comes to creativity," Grot said. "you can really see the ripples and the overlaps."
KANEKO, 1111 Jones st. "Open space soirée." 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The annual fundraiser features food, entertainment and a sneak peek of "Influence." young professional (35 and under): $75; general admission: $175.
Also at Kaneko: "Influence." Opens Tuesday. Through aug. 20, 2020. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. admission: free. thekaneko.org or 402-341-3800.
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Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, 1516 Cuming st. "apma arts: history Within by Jeremy bell." Features recent works by the artist. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. 402-341-1544.
Cali Commons, 518 N. 40th st. "Open Life drawing." a donation-based, open/inclusive figure drawing session. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. sunday. calicommons.com or 402-513-2321.
Commonwealth Gallery, metropolitan Community College elkhorn Valley Campus Commons, 829 N. 204th st. "The show must Go On." Features paintings by slovenka Lopera, who explores a memory she had of going to the circus and uses it as a metaphor that extends to other areas of human experience. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. artistscommonwealth.wixsite. com/artistscommonwealth or 402-289-1200.
Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 dodge st. "schoenberg's Transfigured Night." The Omaha symphony brass and percussion sections start the new season with Tomasi's Fanfares "Liturgiques," based on the don Juan mythology. 2 to 4 p.m. sunday. $35.
Also at Joslyn: "Garden yoga." Instructors from yOGa NOW guide participants through basic poses to help strengthen the body and center the mind. suggested donation: $5. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. sunday. joslyn.org or 402-3423300.
Link Gallery & Workshop, The mansion at blackstone, 144 s. 39th st. "I hear my Train Callin': a document of the american hobo." Features work created by students and faculty in metropolitan Community College's Wet plate Collodion class, which created tintype plates of the temporary inhabitants of the hobo Jungle during the annual hobo Convention in britt, Iowa. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. linkgalleryomaha. wixsite.com.
Media Corp., 515 N. 33rd st. "Crowd arts: media Corp. Fundraiser show." Features art for sale at prices ranging from $15 to $50. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Also at Media Corp.: "Open hours." an opportunity to visit the print workshop and learn about the space. 2 to 5 p.m. sunday. mediacorpgiffordpark.wixsite.com.
Metropolitan Community College Continuing Education, 3002 s. 24th st. "public art in Omaha." a workshop on the role of public art in the community, with a focus on North and south Omaha. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. mccneb. edu or 531-622-2620.
Omaha Bryan High School, 4700 Giles road. "bryan high Fall Craft Fair." The 31st annual event features handmade items by local crafters. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. saturday. bryan.ops. org or 402-557-3100.
OutrSpaces, 528 s. 24th st. "Nite Caps: artist economy and equity." Features maria Corpuz, who speak about whether artists are fairly compensated for their work. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. saturday. facebook.com/pg/ outrspacesomaha or 308-224-4130.
Petshop Gallery, 2725-2727 N. 62nd st. "activate with mugilla + moeglie, Laratech debut." presented by Omaha drum and bass. 10 p.m. saturday to 5 a.m. sunday. facebook.com/bensonpetshop.
Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th st. "sowing Café with tuduso." Led by fashion designer demetria Geralds and textile artist Victoria hoyt, the sewing and natural dye studio follows the only rule that everything made must be for someone else. 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. saturday.
Also at the Union: "arteLatinX Workshop: Nancy Friedemann-sánchez." The workshop consists of a short introduction to mopa mopa, a colonial tradition of collage that still exists today. 10 a.m. to noon saturday. u-ca.org or 402-933-3161.
UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 6400 university drive road North. "Witness: a Goldstein symposium on art and human rights." Inspired by samuel bak's lifework, the free symposium features scholars from across the world who discuss the intersection of contemporary art and human rights. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. unomaha.edu or 402-554-6000.