First Look: James Surls, Nightshade and Red Bone

  • Fri, Mar 24, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    1111 Jones St
    OMAHA, Nebraska 68102
Ticket Price $15.00-$20.00 This event is now over

Join KANEKO for a First Look opening event of the James Surls Exhibition Nightshade and Red Bone in collaboration with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. The second sculpture exhibition of KANEKO’s partnership with MECA Omaha-The Riverfront features the work of world-renowned sculptor James Surls.


As part of the City of Omaha’s Riverfront Revitalization Project at the Gene Leahy Mall (GLM) last summer, the Sculpture Garden features the work of (5) esteemed artists, including James Surls, that will reside there for three years. Congruent to their sculptural residency at the GLM, KANEKO will host exhibitions for each of the five artists for a six-month-long gallery exhibition, headlining a collection of works featuring each artist. 


The Nightshade and Red Bone exhibition at KANEKO will feature new sculptures situated within the context of a Surls retrospective. A profound and unique sensibility to natural forms is evident in Surls’ work, and his relationship to the environment undergirds his creative process.


The event is in collaboration with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) which will be performing for the occasion and conducting a series of workshops throughout the week focusing on creating, communicating, and commanding space through dance and movement.


The event begins with an exclusive KANEKO members-only welcome hour at 6 p.m. to meet and interact with James Surls. Public admission follows at 7 p.m., commencing the evening’s festivities.


Purchase a KANEKO Core Membership  to join the members-only welcome hour. An admission ticket is also required to attend the members-only welcome hour.  


Featured Collaborators: The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC)

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1968 to create performance opportunities for dancers of color. Five decades later, the 10th largest modern contemporary dance company in the nation remains rooted in the African-American experience and committed to the development of diverse movement artists on the global stage. 


A co-recipient of one of the dance world’s highest honors, the 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Revival, DCDC has been presented by American Modern Dance Festival, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and New England Foundation for the Arts, among others. 


The culturally diverse company is dedicated to exceptional performance and quality community engagement.

Date & Time

Fri, Mar 24, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Details


1111 Jones St
OMAHA, Nebraska 68102 KANEKO
Our purpose is exploring the creative process — how a new idea is born into the arts, sciences, and philosophy. There is no restriction for creative activity. Imagination has complete freedom. Supporting and promoting freedom in creativity is our mission.