Celebrating the 50th anniversary of our landmark Philip Johnson building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association.
- Talk, workshops and music with Sheldon's 'Gee's Bend' exhibition
Lincoln Journal Star (March 15, 2015)
- Wally Mason elected to Association of Art Museum Directors
(March 6, 2015)
From the Collection
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.
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.
Exhibitions and Events
May 19, 2015 through August 30, 2015
Willa Cather (1873–1947) was a dedicated viewer: of performance; of places; and also of fine art and architecture. Her fiction, her journalism, and her letters are filled with references and allusions to works that provoked and inspired her. Scholars have recently begun to appreciate just how powerful a cultural critic Cather was—with her deep and informed interest in a range of cultural production, not only literature. This exhibition focuses on Cather’s personal and professional interest in art—from being influenced by late nineteenth-century French painting, to diligently editorializing the illustrations for her novels and artfully crafting her own image as a literary icon.
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.
$45 for SAA members.
$50 for nonmembers.
- Introduction to the Sheldon Museum of Art
00:01:37, November 1, 2011
- Dan Howard Drawing Demonstration
00:00:49, July 25, 2011
- Audio-Video Clip of Agency of Time
00:00:39, August 15, 2008