Celebrating the 50th anniversary of our landmark Philip Johnson building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association.


From the Collection


Lee Krasner
American, 1908-1984

Invocation, 1970-71
Oil on canvas

Invocation was acquired in honor of the Sheldon's 50th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association.

Exhibitions and Events

Permanent Collection Galleries

Aug. 7, 2015 - Apr. 24, 2016

Sheldon’s six permanent collection galleries serve as laboratories in which unique ideas and installations provide opportunities to experience the collection anew. These galleries will be transformed periodically to highlight new acquisitions, showcase rarely exhibited objects, and explore new interpretations of Sheldon collection favorites.

Emory Douglas: Power to the People, The Struggle Continues

September 11, 2015, through January 3, 2016

As revolutionary artist and minister of culture for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas illustrated and designed the group’s newspaper. His poignant visuals document the party’s use of art to inspire self-determination and impel social change through the economic, political, and social empowerment of oppressed peoples.

James VanDerZee: Eighteen Photographs

September 11, 2015, through January 3, 2016

Having opened his first studio in 1917, James VanDerZee documented Harlem’s artistic and cultural renaissance, photographing landmarks, parades, funerals, social clubs, political and religious organizations, affluent families, and celebrities.

Black Fire: A Constant State of Revolution

September 11, 2015, through January 3, 2016

Jazz pianist Andrew Hill’s 1964 recording Black Fire and this exhibition share basic precepts: moments of transition. Drawn primarily from the Sheldon collection, a small group of large-scale works present narrative threads of African American experience from passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the present.

Gordon Parks: Segregation Story

September 11, 2015, through January 3, 2016

This exhibition comprises images from Gordon Parks's photo essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden,” commissioned by Life magazine in 1956. In this work, Parks chronicled the everyday lives of a multigenerational black family living in the Jim Crow South.

Sheldon Shopping

Social Justice Books
In conjunction with our Fall 2015 exhibitions, books on the theme of art and social justice are available for purchase in the Sheldon Museum Store.

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