Visual Cather: The Writer's Pictorial Imagination
May 19, 2015 through August 30, 2015Willa Cather (1873–1947) was a dedicated viewer: of performance; of places; and also of fine art and architecture. Her fiction, her journalism, and her letters are filled with references and allusions to works that provoked and inspired her. Scholars have recently begun to appreciate just how powerful a cultural critic Cather was—with her deep and informed interest in a range of cultural production, not only literature. This exhibition focuses on Cather’s personal and professional interest in art—from being influenced by late nineteenth-century French painting, to diligently editorializing the illustrations for her novels and artfully crafting her own image as a literary icon.
Land of Enchantment: New Mexico as Cultural Crossroads
June 2, 2015 through September 13, 2015This exhibition foregrounds the Sheldon’s exceptional collecting strength in fine and decorative arts with connections to New Mexico. The multicultural context of the state, which boasts vibrant Native, Hispanic, Jewish, and Anglo communities, among others, will be examined.