In 2017, I’m making more of an effort to make life feel more like travel, even if I’m staying put. By this I mean that my goal is to check out some of the museums and attractions right in my own backyard during those months when travel to far-flung destinations isn’t realistic. So, in February, Mike and I checked out the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) located in Kearney, Nebraska. I’ve driven past the building hundreds of times, but this was our first trip.
The museum is FREE! I couldn’t believe it when I looked it up on the website. It’s open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm, and 1pm-5pm on Sunday.
The exhibitions change, so it’s easy to revisit the museum and have entirely different experiences each time.When we visited, my favorite exhibition was the collection of Grant Reynard prints. In college I had several friends who were art majors, and I most enjoyed watching them ‘do homework’ when they were working on their woodcuts for the printmaking class. This exhibition reminded me of that experience, but of course to a much higher level of expertise. And of course, being a musician made me appreciate the prints of musicians and conductors even more.
I also really enjoyed the Mujeres exhibition, and its use of different materials including things like paper and Tyvek. It was simply beautiful and inventive.
Have you visited the Museum of Nebraska Art? What did you think?