The Maximilian-Bodmer Expedition:
Travels in the Interior of North America,
Jan. 2, 2014 - Feb. 23, 2014
Visitors will see Karl Bodmer's vivid reflection of the landscapes, wildlife, frontier settlements, and American Indian peoples that he and Prince Maximilian of Wied encountered during their expedition along the Upper Missouri River. A mobile tour — accessible at 402-881-3138 — highlighting 20 artworks in the exhibition will be available at each venue. Additionally, an online teacher guide and outreach trunk with educational resources for use in local classrooms will offer a deeper understanding of the nineteenth-century West. The exhibit was made possible with support from the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Richard P. Kimmell and Laurine Kimmel charitable Foundation, Inc.
"Dry Times" - Jess Benjamin
March 14 - May 18, 2014Ceramic artist Jess Benjamin's exhibition coincides with the Center for Great Plains Studies' annual symposium. The theme of this year's symposium is "Drought in the Life, Cultures, and Landscapes of the Great Plains." Benjamin's work comments on drought and climate change.
"My artwork focuses on water usage in the Great Plains area: a regional concern that is related to the phenomenon of global drought. My artwork presents my research on similarities between hydrological objects, chemistry, and cartography." See "Drought Interpretations" in the West Gallery, a curated show by Elizabeth Ingraham
Todd A. Williams
April 22 - 27
The Great Plains Art Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host Todd A. Williams as the 2014 Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-in-Residence from April 22-27.
Williams will use the lobby of the museum as a space to create a painting depicting the effect of drought on the Platte River. The finished painting will become a permanent part of the museum's collection.
June 1 - July 27, 2014
The museum's Native American juried show returns for another year. The exhibition includes more than 40 works by individuals whose work expresses the texture of Native American life in the Great Plains today. Exhibited works will be selected by a jury with $5,000 in awards chosen by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Visitors to the museum are invited to vote for the "Viewer's Choice" award.
Visit the museum during a special First Friday exhibit opening on June 6 from 5-7 p.m., refreshments will be provided, including Native American fry group made by a local group.
On June 7, join wood carver Greg Monaco for a free workshop held at the Great Plains Art Museum from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this program through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
Cinematic Framing of the West
May 2014 - February 2015
At the beginning of the 20th Century, the Western was one of the most popular genres of silent film. It has since developed through many revivals from the Classic Westerns of the forties to the Spaghetti and Contemporary Westerns of the 60s and 70s. The Western movie symbolizes man's conquest of the wilderness in the name of civilization and confiscation of the territorial rights of the original inhabitants, Native Americans. These films play a role in shaping ethnic and national identities, and create and perpetuate national stereotypes. Although we might not agree with the depictions of Native Americans in westerns, understanding Hollywood's as America's stereotype of these people is true of its time period. Unfortunately, this stereotypical image from Hollywood served as the iconic Native American for everyone who lived mid-20th century, though many earlier films were far from accurate. This exhibition showcases five elements of western film shown through the lens of our permanent collection.
Narrow All Horizons
August 1 - December 21
First Friday: August 1, 5 - 7 p.m., artist talk with Jan Christensen at 6 p.m.
Striking images by Lincoln photographer Jan Christensen compliment an array of paintings, photographs, and prints from the museum’s collection in Narrow All Horizons. Highlighting artworks with low horizon lines and expansive vistas, the exhibition celebrates the endless skyline line characteristic of Great Plains landscapes.