Agrarian Spirit in the Homestead Era: Artwork from the Moseman Collection of Agrarian Art
July 2–October 23, 2021
Agrarian Spirit in the Homestead Era features sixty paintings, sculptures, and prints that reveal dramatic change in land use on the Great Plains, from European American settlement and homesteading in the 1860s to an exodus from the land in the 1930s.
Jean-Francois Millet’s The Sower shows the dawn of this golden age of agrarian life, while artists such as Eastman Johnson, Winslow Homer, Georges Laugée, Thérèse Cotard-Dupre, John Gutzon Borglum, Harvey Dunn, Diego Rivera, and Robert Gwathmey represent the settlement of the Plains. Artworks by John Steuart Curry and Georges Schreiber show uncertainty near the end of the Homestead era and the twilight of this brief but transformative time in American history.
The exhibition travels to the Great Plains Art Museum from the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, MO, and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue published by the Albrecht-Kemper and edited by Mark and Carol Moseman. This Homestead-era art is a planned gift to be added to the Mark and Carol Moseman Collection of Agrarian Art, a named GPAM collection of annual artwork gifts that began in 2002.
Above: Dean Cornwell, (b. 1892, Louisville, KY; d. 1960, New York, NY), Farming Couple, n.d., Oil on board
Woman As...Exploring Gender and Representation in the Permanent Collection
May 19–September 18, 2021
Art is often reliant on perception and perspective: how something is portrayed and how we as the viewer respond to it. Through this exhibition, Graduate Research Assistant Hannah Ashburn investigates how women are seen and represented in artwork from the Great Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection. Arranged in a series of vignettes, Woman As… focuses on the depiction of women in various contexts, framing them as worker, bearers of culture, sources of life, and much more. The selected artworks were produced both by artists who identify as women and by those that do not to highlight different perspectives and understandings.
Above: Laurie Houseman-Whitehawk, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Tribe of Nebraska/Santee Sioux, Circle of Life, 1995, gouache on paper, Purchased through the generosity of the Friends of the Center for Great Plains Studies