The Great Migration: A Celebration of Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska
January 19–June 19, 2021
Cranes have claimed a special place in people’s hearts for millennia. They are found in petroglyphs in Utah, in texts from ancient Greece and Rome, and they have long been revered as symbols of happiness and longevity in Asia. In March and April, Nebraska is a stopover place for about a million Sandhill Cranes, mostly along the central Platte River. It is the largest gathering of cranes in the world and one of the most popular of all wildlife migrations. Thousands of people visit Nebraska to see these birds and to reconnect with nature. This exhibition celebrates this annual wildlife spectacle and the unique lives of these elegant birds. The artist, Jude Martindale, interprets her experiences with the cranes in ways that reveal not only their personalities, but also her emotional reactions to watching their captivating behaviors.
Above: Jude Martindale
Synchronicity (detail), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, Image courtesy of the artist
Banner: Jude Martindale
True Colors (detail), 2018, acrylic on canvas, Image courtesy of the artist
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 and banner: 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