Jan. 20 through March 18

Farm Life in Iowa is an exhibition of thirty photographs taken by A. M. “Pete” Wettach (1901–1976). Wettach’s photos documented rural existence 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 while honoring the 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.

For many, the family farm is more than just a nostalgic icon. Almost four out of ten Americans have at some point in their lives lived or worked on a farm, and half have friends or relatives who were farmers. For Iowans, who live in a state where eighty percent of the land is still farmed, Wettach’s photographs are invaluable historic records and part of a common visual memory linking the past to the present.

The exhibit runs from Jan. 20 through March 18. It will be open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission is required. Members of the Hoover Presidential Foundation are always admitted free.


This exhibition is organized by Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections-Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.