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Watching the Cargo by George Caleb Bingham

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B-Girls at Work by Ben Messick

Evolving Environments: The Landscape Architecture of Hare and Hare

July 14, 2016 – February 18, 2017

Columbia Research Center

The father-and-son team of Sidney J. and S. Herbert Hare imagined cityscapes, parkland, and domestic landscapes that created "order, convenience, and beauty" in built environments from 1910 to 1960. A balance of sensitivity to the environment and the needs of individuals led their Kansas City-based landscape architecture firm, Hare and Hare, to become nationally recognized. Their strong reputation enabled the pair to leave a mark on more than 100 cities and states from Kansas City to Houston and Oklahoma to Washington.

This exhibition celebrates Hare and Hare's lasting impact through the original drawings, photographs, and plans for the parks, zoos, cemeteries, schools, and residential areas Missourians enjoy today, including Kansas City's Country Club District and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Standing Bear drawing for Black Elk Speaks

From Daniel Boone to Black Elk: Native and Colonial Experiences in Contested "Middle Grounds"

September 22, 2016 – February 21, 2017

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

From Daniel Boone to Black Elk explores images reflecting the complex relationships between Native and European Americans from Boone's era to the early twentieth century. The section of the exhibit on Boone contains artworks that reflect his mythic status as a white frontiersman whose exploits on the western frontier sometimes brought him into conflict with Indians. In contrast, watercolor illustrations for John Neihardt's book Black Elk Speaks, first published in 1932, represent the point of view of the Sioux artist Luther Standing Bear. Standing Bear's paintings include images of the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Wounded Knee Massacre.

The exhibition also features Chester Harding's portrait of Daniel Boone, which is on loan from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Boone sat for the portrait, believed to be the only painting of him made during his lifetime, shortly before his death in Defiance, Missouri, on September 26, 1820.

Tower Rock

Remembering Jerry Berneche (1934-2016)

October 25, 2016 – May 2017

Columbia Research Center

Missouri artist and educator Jerry Berneche passed away on October 5, 2016. An art department faculty member at the University of Missouri from 1966 to 2008, Berneche was a State Historical Society of Missouri supporter. During his career, he earned a reputation as a passionate instructor whose award-winning artwork in pastel, painting, and drawing inspired students and art lovers around Missouri and the nation.

Taking a deep interest in Missouri's history and geography, Berneche worked on several projects documenting the state's natural and cultural heritage. The Society holds many of his artworks in its collection, several of which are currently on display at the Columbia Research Center.

Pear Trees in Memory of Ollie Bass

Pear Trees in Memory of Ollie Bass

February 2017

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

As part of its celebration of Black History Month, the Columbia Research Center is currently exhibiting a piece with special meaning to local artist Byron Smith. Pear Trees in Memory of Ollie Bass, a watercolor painted in 1998, relates a well-known story within the artist's family. Smith's ancestor, Minor Bass Jr., the son of a slave, celebrated the birth of his daughter, Ollie, on March 2, 1881, by planting four pear trees on his property. The gesture was especially poignant because Ollie Bass was born free. Smith learned about these trees as a child and ate their fruit. He decided to paint the landscape because it resonated with his family's history. "This land is deeply rooted within me and inspires me to want to paint," Smith said. Learn more in February Missouri Times.

Fortuny dress

Fashioning a Collection: 50 Years, 50 Objects

March 7 - May 22, 2017

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

Join SHSMO in celebrating the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection's 50th anniversary with the special exhibition, Fashioning a Collection: 50 Years, 50 Objects. The artifacts on display will include flat textiles as well as men's, women's, and children's clothing and accessories that represent the collection's diverse holdings and archival resources. Explore how these objects continue to enhance teaching, research, and educational outreach at the University of Missouri.

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