Sheldon Museum of Art Opens Exhibitions Demonstrating the Breadth of Its Holdings

Sheldon Museum of Art Opens Exhibitions Demonstrating the Breadth of Its Holdings

15 August, 2017 | Share Article

Visitors to Sheldon Museum of Art will find new exhibitions throughout the landmark Philip Johnson building.


Drawn from Sheldon’s collection of nearly 13,000 objects, the museum’s fall exhibitions demonstrate the breadth of its holdings. Three new exhibitions—Now’s the Time, Sheldon Treasures, and Family Style—as well as new installations in Sheldon’s six permanent collection galleries, are now on view through December 31.

Now’s the Time

Now’s the Time riffs on bebop musician Charlie Parker’s 1945 tune of the same title to underscore the influence of the New York School artists on the trajectory of post-World War II American art. Featuring painting, photography, and sculpture made between the late 1930s through 1970, Now’s the Time presents notable works from Sheldon's permanent collection by artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Lee Krasner, Norman Lewis, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, David Smith, and Clyfford Still.

Sheldon Treasures

Sheldon debuts an ongoing, rotating gallery installation of some of its most important and familiar objects, including works by Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Stella, and Grant Wood. The museum’s collection was initiated in 1888 by visionary citizens who organized to collect, exhibit, and teach art in Nebraska, which was granted statehood in 1867.

Family Style

Artists have long depicted the nuances of familial relationships. This selection of objects—some autobiographical, others fictional—offers unique perspectives on marriage, parenthood, family life, and genealogy. Diane Arbus, Renée Cox, Alice Neel, Alec Soth, and James VanDerZee are among the artists featured in Family Style.

Re-Seeing Sheldon’s Permanent Collection

Sheldon’s permanent collection galleries are presented as laboratories in which unique ideas and installations give visitors opportunities to see and experience the collection in new ways. The galleries are transformed periodically to highlight new acquisitions, showcase rarely exhibited objects, and explore new interpretations of Sheldon collection favorites.

Through December, visitors to Sheldon's permanent collection galleries may explore early American modernism and a prologue to the post–World War II abstraction on view in the exhibition Now’s the Time; trompe l’oeil objects; artists' portraits of other artists; and New Deal–era prints.