Bracketing the Reading: Thinking Through Photography
Through May 17, 2015This exhibition presents objects from the Sheldon collection that have involved camera usage during some point of the creative process. Offered a setting that is as much a laboratory as gallery, visitors are invited to explore the works through lines of inquiry that result in unexpected groupings and bring new contexts to familiar images by artists including Tom Wesselmann, Catherine Opie, Norman Rockwell, and Diane Arbus.
Painting–From the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art
Through July 12, 2015Featuring 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.
A New Line of Thinking: Recent Sculpture by Robert Schatz
Through April 26, 2015This project foregrounds a shift in aesthetic direction by New York-based artist Robert Schatz. Themes of ecology exist alongside considerations of engineering and mindfulness. Complemented by a selection of related works on paper, this grouping of, at turns, elegant and whimsical sculptures will make its debut at Sheldon.
Will Wilson: Critical Indigenous Photograph Exchange
Through May 10, 2015Sheldon’s offering for PhotoFest 2015 presents a selection of recent work by Native American photographer Will Wilson, who was born in San Francisco and raised in the Navajo Nation. His work combines nineteenth-century processes with digital technology to stimulate dialogue around “photographic exchange” as it pertains to Native Americans. Through a series of ongoing performances—under the general title Critical Indigenous Photograph Exchange—the artist engages in questions about identity, multiculturalism, and Americanness.
Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints
February 20, 2015 through May 17, 2015In 2002 the widely acclaimed touring exhibition The Quilts of Gee’s Bend brought to the attention of the art world the bold, improvisational quilts made by generations of women from the rural community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Less well known are a series of limited-edition prints made by four Gee’s Bend artists between 2005 and 2014: Louisiana P. Bendolph (b. 1960), Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935), Loretta Bennett (b. 1960), and Loretta Pettway (b. 1942). These prints capture the distinctive design aesthetic of the individual quiltmakers, a connection that can be appreciated only when the prints and quilts are viewed together.