Sheldon opens new exhibits, extends hours

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Sheldon opens new exhibits, extends hours

New exhibitions at Sheldon Museum of Art include this platinum print from Carrie Mae Weems' Kitchen Table Series.
Sheldon Museum of Art
New exhibitions at Sheldon Museum of Art include this platinum print from Carrie Mae Weems' Kitchen Table Series.

Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln presents three new exhibitions and offers extended hours Thursday and Friday evenings beginning Jan. 18.

The centerpiece of the museum’s spring schedule is “Conflict and Consequence: Photographing War and Its Aftermath,” an exhibition that illuminates the social and political complexities of the human condition during and after armed conflict.

On view from Jan. 18 through May 7, “Conflict and Consequence” focuses on the work of 12 international photographers who have dedicated their careers as journalists, documentarians and artists to depicting the consequences of war: Dima Gavrysh, Tim Hetherington, Kenneth Jarecke, Jim Lommasson, Susan Meiselas, Richard Mosse, Suzanne Opton, Louie Palu, Andrew Stanbridge, Jonathan Torgovnik, and collaborators Sara Terry and Mariam X.

The museum also presents “An-My Lê: 29 Palms,” a series of black-and-white photographs made by artist An-My Lê in the California desert where U.S. marines train for battle prior to deployment; and “15 Photographs, 15 Curators,” images selected by 15 University of Nebraska faculty, staff and students from Sheldon’s permanent holdings of nearly 3,000 photographs.

With the launch of these exhibitions, the museum is changing its extended hours and will remain open until 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings.

The emphasis on photography in Sheldon’s exhibitions and public programming for the spring semester has been planned to coincide with Lincoln PhotoFest 2017, a citywide celebration of the medium that will occur in March.

Sheldon will present free, public presentations by artists represented in its exhibitions as part of PhotoFest. Artist Jim Lommasson will speak about his ongoing work “What We Carried,” a photo-based storytelling project with Iraqi refugees now living in the U.S., at 6 p.m. March 7.

Anne Wilkes Tucker, curator emerita of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will moderate a panel discussion with photographers Susan Meiselas and Sara Terry about their perspectives on working in conflict zones, from the turmoil of insurrection to the struggle for forgiveness and peace, at 6 p.m. March 16.

Artist An-My Lê and Karen Irvine, curator and associate director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, will discuss Lê’s photographs of military training at 29 Palms, California, at 6 p.m. March 28.

For more information on these and other free, public programs at Sheldon, click here.

Richard Mosse's "Drag." Digital chromogenic color print, 2012 60 x 48 inches Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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