Exhibitions : Current Exhibitions

Railroads and the Making of Modern America

Date(s):  January 20, 2012 thru May 27, 2012

Railroads and the Making of Modern America features fifty works from the Sheldon Museum of Art’s permanent collection—as well as a handful of local loans—and examines the ways artists captured and shaped the modern ideas and practices made possible by the railroad, emphasizing the broader cross-border movements and their global consequences.
Railroads and the Making of Modern America is organized by William Thomas, John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History at UNL, and coincides with the publication of his book, The Iron Way: the Civil War, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America (Yale University Press) and will take place during a national symposium on the year 1862 being hosted by the university.

A miniature operating railroad—including both Burlington and Union Pacific O scale model trains—from the private collection of James C. Seacrest will run in Sheldon’s Great Hall during the exhibition. O scale models are constructed to a scale proportion of 1:48 and are often exact models of the locomotives they represent. Jeff MacDonald, of Boulder, Colorado, created a 13-by-27-foot track installation with references to Nebraska locations specifically for Sheldon’s Great Hall. Trains will run each hour and half-hour during museum hours.

Location: Sheldon Museum of Art