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Sheldon Statewide | Shape Up! Visualizing the Geometric World

May 20, 2016 through July 31, 2016
  • Greene, Monument
    Balcomb Greene, Monument to Light.
  • Marjorie Mikasen, Action Potential.
  • Hadieh Shafie, Cadmium Yellow, Naphthol Red and Ultramarine Blue 1/1.
  • Calder, Four Pyramids
    Alexander Calder, Four Pyramids.
  • Bourke-White, Steel Lines
    Margaret Bourke-White, Steel Lines, Fort Peck, Montana.
  • Frontispiece of L’illustre Thomas Wilson
    Fernand Léger, Frontispiece of L’illustre Thomas Wilson.
  • Close, Phil II
    Chuck Close, Phil II.

In its thirtieth year of exhibiting works from the collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art in communities throughout Nebraska, Sheldon Statewide explores the many ways in which the concepts and shapes of geometry influence and define our world. A selection of twentieth-century paintings, photographs, prints, and sculpture spark engagement in four areas of inquiry: geometric abstraction, geometry and the built environment, geometry and the natural world, and geometry and the human body.

The exhibition features artwork by Kim Abeles, Francis Bacon, Felice Beato, Margaret Bourke-White, Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, René Derouin, Buckminster Fuller,  Balcomb Greene, James Lechay, Fernand Leger, Sol Lewitt, Agnes Martin, Marjorie Mikasen, Min | Day, John Pfahl, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Hadiah Shafie, Joel Shapiro, Marko Spalatin, and Walter Wilson.

Shape Up! is designed to be a learning resource for STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and math—curriculum. Bridging gallery and classroom environments, opportunities for learning math in arts settings foster the development of visual literacy and critical thinking skills. 

During the 2016–17 academic year, many of the works currently on view in Shape Up! will travel to Chadron, Falls City, Fremont, McCook, Nebraska City, North Platte, and York as the Sheldon Statewide exhibition.