Re-Seeing the Permanent Collection: The Long 1968January 17, 2018 through July 29, 2018
This year marks the 50th anniversary of 1968, a notable twelve months of worldwide political upheaval and burgeoning social movements. Through six distinct gallery installations and a number of rarely seen objects from the permanent collection, Sheldon explores the politics of activism, cultural experimentation, and artistic production of the late 1960s.
The permanent collection galleries feature:
- Rock posters that promoted shows at the two major venues in San Francisco between 1966 and 1968;
- Photography by Josef Sudek, known as "the poet of Prague" for the lyrical qualities of his images;
- Works selected by guest curator Bridget R. Cooks to present visions of life at the crossroads of the modern Civil Rights Movement;
- A unified portfolio, with contributions from sixteen visual artists and eighteen poets, published as Artists and Writers Protest Against the War in Viet Nam;
- Paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints by artists who exhibited together as the Hairy Who, Nonplussed Some, and False Image and are now grouped under the name Chicago Imagists;
- Works by artists included in the 1968 Venice Biennale's United States Pavilion, organized by Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (today Sheldon Museum of Art) and its founding director, Norman Geske.