Exhibitions : Current Exhibitions

"Look for Beauty": Philip Johnson and Art Museum Design

Date(s):  through October 13, 2013

Look for Beauty examines three Johnson-designed museum buildings: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 1960; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, 1961; and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (now the Sheldon Museum of Art), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1963. While Johnson (1906-2005) designed several museums and galleries during his long career, these three early projects form a coherent trio to study the arc of Johnson’s developing personal aesthetic that wed International Style modernism to historical architectural references.

The exhibition includes models, plans, furniture, photographic murals and archival materials such as correspondence, exhibition photographs and catalogs. Slide shows document the social history of each institution.

Exhibition support provided by BVH Architects and Historic Resources Group. Additional support provided by the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation Exhibition and Programs Fund, the Sheldon Art Association, the Nebraska Arts Council, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Related Events
Artist Lecture and Opening Reception
Friday, July 12 • 5:30 p.m.

"Building the Modern" Film Screening
Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect

Tuesday, July 16 • 7 p.m.

"Building the Modern" Film Screening
I. M. Pei—First Person Singular

Tuesday, July 23 • 7 p.m.

"Building the Modern" Film Screning
Sketches of Frank Gehry

Tuesday, July 30 • 7 p.m.

"Building the Modern" Walking Tour
Saturday, August 3 • 10 a.m.

Location: Sheldon Museum of Art