Archives Road Trip: Nebraska
Ceramic sculptor Jun Kaneko visited Nebraska in 1983 to experiment with massive industrial kilns at the Omaha Brick Works. A few years later, he moved permanently to Omaha, where he repurposed a turn-of-the-century warehouse in the Old Market neighborhood into a studio and gallery. The 38,000-square foot building provided flexible space for Kaneko to hand-build his large sculptures, and then fire them in floor-to-ceiling kilns. The towering artworks are known as Dangos, after the Japanese word for dumpling.
This 1986 image of Kaneko pushing a Dango in his studio is on view in our exhibition Off the Beaten Track: A Road Trip through the Archives of American Art on view through June 3 in our Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington, D.C.