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In Conversation: Black

August 9, 2019 through December 31, 2019
  • John Divola, Dark Star B.
  • Joyce Pensato, Mr. MotoMickey.
  • Michelle Grabner, Untitled.
  • The Nightmare by Martin Puryear
    Martin Puryear , The Nightmare.

Showcasing objects that are dominated by the color black, this exhibition is an investigation into the theme of darkness. Its monochromatic paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures invite the viewer to contemplate detail concealed in shadow and revealed in light. These direct confrontations with darkness provide the viewer a heightened awareness of each object’s essence. Works by Roy DeCarava, John Divola, Adolph Gottlieb, Michelle Grabner, Martin Puryear, and Richard Serra are included.

Sheldon Museum of Art supports the creative work of University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines. In conjunction with the exhibition In Conversation: Black, Sheldon is hosting The Convo Project: a juried student competition seeking original creative projects inspired by the color black. Submissions may take the form of any media—visual art, musical composition, writing (poetry or prose), fashion, graphic design, video, architecture, animation, interactive media, cinematic arts, data visualization, or other emerging media. Jurors will review all submissions and award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $500.