Photography Exhibit Features Central Kansas Prairie at Kansas City Public Library
June 24, 2009
The Kansas City Public Library hosts the exhibit Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky: Photographing the West starting Sunday, July 5, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
This striking photo display documents the cultural landscape of the Great Plains, with a particular focus on the prairie of Central Kansas – a part of that arid expanse between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains once known as the Great American Desert. The reputation of this hostile land dissuaded settlers until the 1860s.
The lens of photographer George Jerkovich encompasses Central Kansas in a very literal way. Through stunning panoramic photos of sunflower-filled prairies and wheat-swept plains, Jerkovich explores the evolution of the diverse Kansas landscape from the rolling hills of its Dakota Sandstone region to the semi-arid plains farther west. A feeling of wide open spaces and crispness imbues these images, which celebrate the beauty of the state while countering stereotypes of small-town Kansas and a declining agricultural past.
Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky also focuses on the Red Desert of Wyoming, a rapidly eroding wilderness giving way to an industrial landscape, and the Llano Estacado, a wide expanse of hardscrabble canyon and grass in northwest Texas and eastern New Mexico.
Admission is free. This exhibit is on display through October 4.
Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky is a program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with the Missouri Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.