“From This Grass Earth,” an exhibition running March 4 through May 28 at the Great Plains Art Museum, celebrates the wild and immense beauty of the North American grasslands by exploring humanity’s legacy as stewards of the Great Plains landscape. Through a marriage of art, science and poetry, visitors can experience and engage with the landscape through aesthetic, scientific and ecological lenses.
The collaborative exhibition features photographs from the Rediscover the Prairie expedition by Sebastian Tsocanos, photographs and poems written on the trail by Robin Walter, graphics that articulate ecological trends under way in North America’s grasslands, and an interactive interface that allows viewers to identify the threats facing the Great Plains eco-region.
“From This Grass Earth” aims to increase awareness of a critically endangered landscape and excite a deeper understanding, appreciation and engagement with the natural world and humanity’s place within it.
“What we stand to lose is more than a single species. We are losing entire ecosystems, the host of species that make up whole communities,” Tscocanos said. “You gain an appreciation for the diversity within a prairie only by taking the time to look. We want to show you a side of the Plains that you’ve never seen before: intimate, raw and beautiful.
For more information about the project, click here. The exhibition was made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
The Great Plains Art Museum will offer free docent-guided tours every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. beginning March 5. Free tours can also be scheduled by contacting the museum at 402-472-6220. The museum will host a free opening reception for the exhibition during First Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. March 4.
The museum, located at 1155 Q St., is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free.