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2014 MONA Exhibitions

(Exhibitions and dates are subject to change)
Last updated June 19, 2014

 

Treasures In: Wood
Treasures In: Wood
April 25 – July 20, 2014
Our association with wood as a source of artistic inspiration and a medium of expression is immeasurable. Through myth we think of trees as our “guardians of memory” and of wood as a renewable organic living material. Wood embodies the relationship between human design and natural form. This exhibition explores the range of techniques and outcomes made possible by the flexibility, identity, and beauty of wood.

 

Dry Times by Jess Benjamin
Nebraska Arts Council 2013 Visual Artist Fellowships
April 29 – July 27, 2014
In 2013, the Nebraska Arts Council awarded its Individual Artist Fellowships to eight Nebraska visual artists: Ying Zhu, Elizabeth Ingraham, Jess Benjamin, Ben Darling, Wanda Ewing, Christina Renfer Vogel, Sheila Talbitzer, and Watie White. Photography, painting, textile, installation, ceramic, printmaking, and mixed media are these artists’ specialties. Given on a three-year rotation in Visual Arts, Literature, and Filmmaking and Performing Arts, the fellowships support the artists by providing public recognition and monetary awards.

 

Spotlight On: Keith Martin
Spotlight On: Keith Martin
May 13 – August 10, 2014
Keith Morrow Martin (1911–1983) was a native Nebraskan who studied at the University in Lincoln and The Art Institute of Chicago. After living in Europe during the 1930s where he was influenced by Surrealism, he returned to America eventually settling in Baltimore, Maryland. Martin exhibited throughout the country and his paintings, collages, and drawings are in many public collections.

 

Form 2 by Mary Day
Sculpture Garden Series: Mary Day, Sculpture Let It Be A Dance
May 20 – October 5, 2014
Omaha artist Mary Day has created nine three- to five-foot high woven reed cylindrical forms, reminiscent of baskets, which are placed amongst the foliage in MONA’s Hillegass Sculpture Garden. This body of work is inspired by primitive objects and personal reflections of joy and sorrow. The artist finds great metaphorical significance in the vessel-like form and the reed material and invites the viewer to contemplate both.

 

Form 2 by Mary Day
Stitching Time: Over 100 Years of Quilts in Nebraska
June 6 – September 14, 2014
The diverse nature of quilts and the quiltmakers of Nebraska is the focus of the exhibition Stitching Time. The 19 quilts span from the 1860s to 2010s, loaned from the Nebraska Prairie Museum, International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Nebraska State Historical Society, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Anna Bemis Palmer Museum, Lincoln Public Schools, and The Heritage Center of Red Cloud Indian School, South Dakota.

 

Regionalist Works of Grant Reynard
Regionalist Works of Grant Reynard
June 10 – August 10, 2014
The Museum of Nebraska Art has an extensive body of work by illustrator and artist Grant Reynard. A native of Grand Island, Nebraska, Reynard had a successful career as one of America’s outstanding magazine and book illustrators. In middle age, he met fellow Nebraskan Willa Cather at New Hampshire’s MacDowell Colony, a summer artist’s retreat. At her encouragement, he began to focus his artistic endeavors on drawing, painting, and printmaking.

 

Nebraska Now: Mary Day, Installation
Nebraska Now: Mary Day, Installation
July 12 – October 5, 2014
Omaha artist Mary Day’s most recent body of work, Flow, is comprised of prints and cut-paper artworks exploring themes of “change and transformation.” This intricate and delicate presentation of layered, copied, and cut-paper collages parallels the human experience and our “movement through the natural world.” Flow is a complement to Day’s reed sculptures in her Sculpture Garden Series exhibition at MONA all summer.

 

The Kennedys	by Bill Ray
A World of Change
July 22, 2014 – April 19, 2015
This exhibition pays tribute to historical events that have profoundly impacted our world, nation, and state. Each piece captures the essence of these life-changing circumstances in a variety of media and styles. The artworks tell a compelling story of strength, perseverance, ingenuity, life, and death.

 

Treasures In: Glass
Treasures In: Glass
July 25 – October 19, 2014
The first man-made glass can be dated back to ancient Mesopotamia 4,000 years ago. For the visual artist, the diverse qualities of glass have provided the practical surfaces for the production of early photographic negatives to contemporary vitreographic prints. The exploration of glass as a material for individual studio-based artistic and aesthetic expression began in 1960s America. These selections from MONA’s collection consider how artists have utilized the diverse nature of glass by exploring its limitless possibilities.

 

Treasures In: Glass
Pté Oyate From the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD
August 12 – November 30, 2014
Pté Oyate (Pté is Buffalo, Oyate is Nation) explores the “long and complex” relationship between the Lakota people and the buffalo. The four artists who have created the paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptural works comprising this exhibition are Roger Broer, Keith BraveHeart, Lalyi Long Soldier, and Michael James Two Bulls.

 

Wild Horses At Play
George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio
August 19 – December 7, 2014
George Catlin (1796-1827) was among the earliest artists to venture to the West undertaking eight years of field research and visiting 48 tribes to produce a rich record of Native Americans. Comprised of 36 images, the Museum of Nebraska Art is proud to feature its Catlin Portfolio in its entirety. Catlin wrote, “The history and customs of such a people, preserved by pictorial illustrations, are themes worthy the lifetime of one man…”

 

Spotlight On: Myra Biggerstaff
Spotlight On: Myra Biggerstaff
August 26 – November 16, 2014
Myra Biggerstaff (1905-1999) was raised in Nebraska, and studied art at Kansas’ Bethany College, in Paris, and the Swedish Royal Academy. She exhibited widely and taught at various schools, the last was her 12-year tenure at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology. In her later life, she returned to Nebraska where she continued to exhibit, donate, and talk about art.

 

Versch Victory (One Point)
Cut, Formed, Folded, Pressed: Paper
September 26, 2014 – January 18, 2015
At its simplest, paper is an ordinary, everyday item that is a part of most of our lives. Yet when it is found in the hands of an artist and is purposefully manipulated in some fashion, it can become a complex, three-dimensional artwork that speaks of form, function, our culture, our land, and our lives. Printmakers, book artists, sculptors, and painters delve into cutting, forming, folding, or pressing paper to create small to monumental works of art.

 

Treasures In: Glass
Nebraska Now: Todd Brown, Photographs
October 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Hastings artist Todd Brown creates large-scale photographs that explore the use of the figure. After constructing an environment on a "stage" with objects and male and female subjects in motion, Brown then patiently waits to photograph a defining movement or moment that speaks to a larger, more universal human experience. The resulting images are almost life-size dramatic scenes with Caravaggio-inspired lighting and coloring.

 

Arietta
Treasures In: Metal
October 24, 2014 – January 18, 2015
This final exhibition in the year-long Treasures In series examines visual artists’ relationship with metals. Mankind’s association with metal can be traced back to 6000 BCE. Prized for its tensile strength, durability, luster, and malleability, this selection explores in both two and three dimensions humankind’s fascination with the beauty and alchemy of metal.

 

Treasures In: Glass
Around Town: Grant Reynard’s Winter Scenes
November 22, 2014 – February 15, 2015
During the 1940s, Grant Reynard did a series of drawings titled Inside Manhattan for PM Daily, a New York newspaper. These winter scene selections capture another time and setting unlike those of familiar rural Nebraska.

 

Treasures In: Glass
The Art of MONA’s Founders: Zaruba, Peterson, Karraker
December 9, 2014 – March 15, 2015
Gary Zaruba, Larry Peterson, and Jack Karraker are not only founders of the Museum of Nebraska Art, they are also artists in their own right. All are retired art faculty members from the Art and Art History Department, University of Nebraska Kearney. Recognized for their deep and continuing involvement with MONA, the Museum is proud to showcase their artistic talents with a selection of their artworks.

 

Treasures In: Glass
Solomon Butcher: Pioneer Photographer
December 16, 2014 – March 29, 2015
When one hears the name Solomon Butcher, the images of early Nebraska settlers by sod houses comes to mind, however, that was only part of his career. Butcher later had a studio just three blocks south of what is now the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Nebraska, and he photographed many Buffalo Country residents and towns. Together with Butcher images from the Buffalo County Historical Society, the selection features not only early sod house views, but also those of a later decade showing settlements that formed local communities.

 

 

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