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The Reynolds Writers and Readers Series will present a screening of the documentary, “My Friend Norman: The Man from Aberdeen,” at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) on Thursday, April 26.
The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., and a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Laurie Richards will follow the screening.
The documentary is about Norman Geske, director emeritus of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and the impact he has had on the artistic and cultural heritage of Nebraska.
A Kearney tie the documentary possesses is a chapter devoted to MONA and Geske’s contributions to the institution.
Richards worked for three years to write, film, direct and produce the documentary.
“Norman is a living treasure and his impact on Nebraska’s cultural and artistic identity has been enormous,” Richards said. “Even at age 91, he continues to be influential nationwide. I am so grateful to Norman for allowing me to follow him around the world with camera in hand. It’s a testament to our relationship and his patience.”
The documentary covers a period of time from Geske’s arrival in Lincoln in August of 1950 to his present-day life. Acquaintances who are featured in the film include U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, painter Keith Jacobshagen, Ross Media Arts Center Director Danny Lee Ladely and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery Director Jan Driesbach