2014 MONA Exhibitions
(Exhibitions and dates are subject to change)
Last updated October 28, 2014
- 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.
- 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
- October 17, 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.
- Scenes of the Season
- 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 County 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.