Celebrating the 50th anniversary of our landmark Philip Johnson building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association.
- Transfixing video installations provide new view of Sheldon
L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star (July 15, 2013)
- 'The Naked Museum' getting dressed again
L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star (June 30, 2013)
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.
Exhibitions and Events
through mid July 2014
Featuring of some of the museum's most beloved and iconic paintings, the exhibition includes nineteenth-century masterpieces by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, and Benjamin West; iconic pictures by twentieth-century artists such as Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Joseph Stella, and Andy Warhol; and paintings by both emerging artists and giants in the contemporary field, including Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith, Ed Ruscha, Hung Liu, Patssi Valdez, and William T. Williams.
October 4, 2013 through January 5, 2014
Surrealism loves a duality. Especially one it can hate—that is, one that wields a contradiction. Day and night, waking and dreaming, the rational and irrational, conscious and unconscious, and so on—when we fixate on the collision of such incompatibles, we drop the silky comfort of the real and slip into the wiry vertigo of the surreal.
The idea here is that there is always more to life than what we see outright. The promise of something else—a view to the obscured—resides not solely in the things themselves, but in the attraction they exert on us. Held in this tension, things will divulge more than we’re accustomed to seeing. The flashlight of surrealism is to reveal the secret charms and repulsions that subtend the night world of ordinary and extraordinary things.
Its Surreal Thing explores the temptations of objects—works of art and design and sometimes the confusion of the two. The exhibition is not about a movement or its history, but about the effect of surrealism before, during, and after the historical movement. Its Surreal Thing ranges from post-Impressionism to postmodernism, with Constructivism and Pop along the way.
August 23, 2013 through January 5, 2014
John Pfahl was a pioneer in the transformation of American landscape photography in the 1970s, and his body of work has influenced generations of artists.
For more than four decades, Pfahl’s approach has encouraged us to contemplate images conceptually and visually and to consider the evolving ways in which humans interact with the land socially and photographically. Pfahl has captured such changes through numerous series that deal with the environment, both natural and constructed. This exhibition includes prints from his first formal series, Altered Landscapes (1974–78), and from Power Places (1981–84); all are from the permanent collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art.
Traveling Nebraska communities through June 8, 2014
In Nebraska City January 7–February 5, 2014.
This exhibition highlights 14 artists in the Sheldon Museum of Art’s permanent collection whose works interpret the experience of life on the Great Plains. Globalization may have eroded the significance of distance and space, but the places in which we live still remain personal and meaningful.
Picturing Nebraska explores the ways in which artists have depicted the state and asks viewers to examine its role in their own lives. Early photographs by John Anderson and Solomon Butcher, landscape images by Keith Jacobshagen and Karen Kunc, and photographs by Binh Danh and Wright Morris are included, among other works. A portion of University of Nebraska–Lincoln professor Liz Ingraham’s project Mapping Nebraska is also on view.
Sheldon Water Bottle
Go green and stay chic with a Sheldon Museum of Art glass water bottle.
$13.49 for members
$14.99 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