Agrarian Spirit in the Homestead Era: Artwork from the Moseman Collection of Agrarian Art

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“I hope the exhibition may also cause visitors to think about how our democracy should be acting today in our ongoing responsibility to care for the land that sustains us all.” – Mark Moseman, collector

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art is honored to present the very first public exhibition of artwork from collectors Mark and Carol Moseman. Agrarian Spirit in the Homestead Era: Artwork from the Moseman Collection of Agrarian Art features a selection of 60 paintings, drawings, and sculptures depicting the people, places, and daily activities of the 1850s to the 1940s. The exhibition will be on view from Saturday, April 17 to Sunday, June 6, 2021. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. This reception is free and open to the public. Masks and social distancing will be required. Find this event on Facebook.

Art collectors Carol and Mark Moseman on their David City, Nebraska farm

Mark and Carol Moseman, from David City, Nebraska, organized their collection to reveal epic change in agrarian life from homesteading in the1850s, evolving into an exodus from the land in the1940s. Artwork included in the Moseman Collection influenced both immigrant and American pioneers seeking liberty and an agrarian democracy, longing for a “Jeffersonian Ideal.” Agrarian Spirt in the Homestead Era features major European and North American artists alike, including Jean-Francois Millet, Diego Rivera, John Steuart Curry, Winslow Homer, and Harvey Dunn.

Following its closing on June 6, 2021 at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Agrarian Spirit in the Homestead Era exhibition will travel to the Great Plains Art Museum at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln for a subsequent exhibition from July 2 to October 23, 2021. An exhibition catalogue accompanies this exhibition, presenting essays on the American agrarian experience by Dr. Reed Anderson, associate professor of Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute; Dr. Brandon Ruud, the Abert Family Curator of American Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum; and artist, collector, and curator of Agrarian Art, Mark Moseman. The 98-page full-color catalogue is available for sale for $40 in the AKMA Gift Shop.

 

Read the full press release here.