Welcome to Joslyn Art Museum and the exhibition Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer. The first Museum project to focus on Bodmer’s portraits of Native Americans, it features over sixty recently conserved watercolors from Joslyn’s renowned Bodmer-Maximilian collection that reflect the artist’s journey along the Missouri River in 1833–34.

I am Jack Becker, Joslyn’s Executive Director, and I’m joined by Annika Johnson, associate curator of Native American art, who will narrate stops on this audio tour. Numerous Indigenous knowledge bearers also contribute their voices and provide invaluable insights on this transformational moment for the Plains. We are grateful for their participation.  

Faces from the Interior is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue that examines Bodmer’s portraits and their ongoing significance. The exhibition is organized by Joslyn’s Margre H. Durham Center for Western Studies in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joslyn thanks our presenting sponsor, Omaha Steaks, as well as major sponsors Annette and Paul Smith, and Douglas County.  I would also like to thank Joslyn Art Museum Members who show their support year after year. See you in the galleries.