The land of central United States is known as the Great Plains, the prairies, the Heartland, and less affectionally as the “flyover country.” Comprised mostly of grasslands and the historic home of buffalo, this land supports a large majority of the nation's cattle industry and crops. The climate is cold and harsh in the winter and hot and dry in the summer despite containing one of the world's largest aquifers.
Some people do not see the beauty in such a harsh landscape, but photographer Terry Evans has spent a portion of her forty year career documenting the beauty of the land and people of the Great Plains. Evans' first career retrospective is opening October 20 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The exhibition titled “Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans” will include over a hundred color and monochromatic prints.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, this exhibition is especially poignant for Evans since as a child she took art classes at the Nelson-Atkins. The exhibition will also include work from her other explorations into landscapes of the steel industry, the city of Chicago, Greenland, and natural history museum specimens.
The exhibition is accompanied by a stunning 220-page hardcover catalogue, published by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press. The catalogue includes additional photographs not in the exhibition, essays by curators Keith Davis, Jane Aspinwall, and April Watson, and a foreword by Julian Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins.
Keith Davis asked Malcolm Grear Designers to design the catalogue. Malcolm Grear Designers has previously collaborated with Davis on numerous books for the Hallmark Photographic Collection, including his important series The Origins of American Photography. More recently the studio has worked with Davis on The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and Timothy H. O'Sullivan: The King Surveys Photographs for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.