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Person of InterestFebruary 1, 2020 through July 3, 2021
Exploring nuances in portraiture from the late nineteenth century to today—and testing the very definition of the genre—Person of Interest presents depictions of the literal and abstracted body from Sheldon’s rich holdings and selected loans. This exhibition asks open-ended questions about self-fashioning, cultural memory, gender identity, and performance of identity. In doing so, it prompts conversations about race and representation, institutional power, lived experience, and other relevant and timely issues.
Sheldon’s entire second floor—including the Kathryn and Marc LeBaron Gallery, Rohman Family Gallery, Sarah Pearson Campbell Gallery, Henning Family Gallery, and Woods Family Gallery—will be dedicated to this multifaceted exploration of portraiture. Radcliffe Bailey (b. 1968), Willie Cole (b. 1955), Lesley Dill (b. 1950), Barkley Hendricks (1945–2017), Robert Henri (1865–1929), Marisol (1930–2016), Zanele Muholi (b. 1972), Catherine Opie (b. 1961), Nathaniel Mary Quinn (b. 1977), John Singer Sargent (1856–1926), Jenny Saville (b. 1970), Cindy Sherman (b. 1954), Roger Shimomura (b. 1939), Yinka Shonibare CBE (b. 1962), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (b. 1940), Renée Stout (b. 1958), Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977), and Zhang Huan (b. 1965) are among the artists included.
Person of Interest is on view in the second floor galleries, including the Kathryn and Marc LeBaron Gallery, Sarah Pearson Campbell Gallery, Woods Family Gallery, Henning Family Gallery and Rohman Family Gallery.
Exhibition support is provided by Kristen and Geoff Cline, Dillon Foundation, Karen and Robert Duncan, Melanie and Jon Gross, Roseann and Phil Perry, Union Bank & Trust, Donna Woods and Jon Hinrichs, Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Sheldon Art Association.
Additional support is provided by Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Community CARES Stabilization Grant, Humanities Nebraska and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and Nebraska Arts Council CARES grant.