February 6, 2015 thru February 28, 2015Lincoln PhotoFest is a community-wide celebration of photography, coordinated by Sheldon Museum of Art, that provides viewers the opportunity to experience a broad range of photographic styles and strategies. It features exhibitions by local, national, and international artists in venues across the city.
Will Wilson: Critical Indigenous Photograph Exchange
February 6, 2015 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.
Bracketing the Reading: Thinking Through Photography
February 20, 2015 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.
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.
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.