Pete Wettach | Farm Life in Iowa: 1925 – 1960 in Photographs
March 11–May 15, 2017
Wettach Reception | Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1pm – 3pm
The Wettach Exhibit Curated | Kathleen Edwards UMIA |Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2pm – 3pm
(Free and Open to the Public)
Farm Life in Iowa is an exhibition of thirty photographs taken by A. M. “Pete” Wettach (1901–1976) from 1925 to 1960—thirty-five of the most revolutionary years for farming as a way of life in Iowa. Working as a freelance photographer based in Mount Pleasant, Wettach recorded changes in farming practices at the same time as he honored traditional values of family and self-sufficiency. Wettach’s unique interpretation of the family farm comes from his documentary style and keen compassion for his subjects.
Gothic-style dairy barn, c. 1935 (printed 2003)
Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 in.
Museum purchase, 2007.21, Image courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa