Permanent Collection Galleries
August 7, 2015 thru April 24, 2016Sheldon’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, 2016As 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.
Black Fire: A Constant State of Revolution
September 11, 2015, through January 3, 2016Jazz 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, 2016This 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.
September 11, 2015, through January 3, 2016Having 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.