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.

Opening September 11, 2015
Reception September 15 from 4 to 7 PM

Gordon Parks: Segregation Story

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.

Black Fire: A Constant State of Revolution

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.

Emory Douglas: Power to the People, The Struggle Continues

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

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.

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Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art
In this volume, the Sheldon Museum of Art presents more than one hundred examples from its distinguished photography collection, which contains nearly twenty-five hundred objects. Encompassing the full range of photographic history, Encounters showcases recognized masterpieces, recent acquisitions, and rarely seen treasures by a diverse range of artists.
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