"Wright Morris: Nebraska Pictures" helps celebrate Nebraska's history

Published: Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:10 AM CDT
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The Nebraska 150 is a year-long celebration of our state’s history. The official “Statehood Birthday” was March 1, 2017, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate our Sesquicentennial.

One of those is a photo exhibition at the Sheldon Museum of Art called “Wright Morris: Nebraska Pictures.”

The exhibition illustrates the raw beauty of Nebraska through the works of Wright Morris. Morris was an award-winning novelist, photographer, and essayist born in Central City.

“We’re really excited to have these photos here in Nebraska,” said Todd Tubutis, Associate Director of the Sheldon Museum of Art. “It’s a nostalgic look back at how Nebraska used to look.”

The black and white photos were taken in the 1940s in small communities across the state. They offer a unique story of that time period in the state.

“I particularly like the work that shows Nebraska architecture,” said Tubutis. “For him, I think these images aren’t necessarily documents of a place, but they are trying to capture a mood or a feeling.”

The exhibition is on display in conjunction with Nebraska 150. It will be on display until July 23.


for more information about the exhibition and other collections you can view at the Sheldon Museum of Art.