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