Sheldon Statewide: Introduction
Learn more about the 2022-2023 Sheldon Statewide exhibition, “On The Road Again.” These collected works explore the concept of the open road, how people travel upon it, and recreate it through art. Sheldon Statewide is an annual program through which artworks from the museum’s collection travel to venues throughout Nebraska. Since its inception in 1987, the program has taken exhibitions to 25 communities, reaching more than 365,000 people. “On The Road Again” will be presented in Chadron, North Platte, McCook, Grand Island, York, Beatrice, Fremont, and Falls City.
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[00:00:08.580]Hello. My name is Saraphina Masters,
[00:00:11.100]and I work in the Engagement Department
[00:00:12.900]at Sheldon Museum of Art.
[00:00:14.760]In this video and others, I'll be telling you
[00:00:16.980]about the 2022-23 version of Sheldon Statewide,
[00:00:21.030]a traveling exhibition from the collection
[00:00:22.860]of Sheldon Museum of Art
[00:00:24.240]at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:00:26.700]This exhibition is called On the Road Again
[00:00:28.890]because it features 18 diverse works of art
[00:00:31.620]that explore themes of travel and exploration.
[00:00:35.310]The road trip holds a special place in American imagination,
[00:00:38.610]bringing up fond recollections of childhood journeys
[00:00:41.520]and future possibilities on endless highways.
[00:00:44.520]The Midwest in particular has a tradition of long drives
[00:00:47.430]for family vacations, enhanced by the wide open landscape
[00:00:51.000]and sprawling fields that characterize roots,
[00:00:53.190]such as the familiar Interstate 80, scenic byways,
[00:00:56.400]and the many roads in between.
[00:00:58.740]Landscapes play a major role in this exhibition,
[00:01:01.227]displaying the beauty of the natural world and how artists
[00:01:04.290]and travelers understand their place in it.
[00:01:07.320]Roadside attractions and accommodations
[00:01:09.300]are common subjects that can reveal the beauty, necessities,
[00:01:13.200]and even eccentricities of travel.
[00:01:16.770]Some destinations are instantly recognizable,
[00:01:19.410]such as James Alinder's photograph of Mount Rushmore.
[00:01:22.710]While others are felt more abstractly,
[00:01:24.810]such as Faith Ringgold exploration
[00:01:26.640]of a journey through the woods.
[00:01:29.220]On the Road Again seeks to visualize the tradition
[00:01:31.650]of the American road trip.
[00:01:33.330]These collected works of art demonstrate
[00:01:35.280]that while each road trip is unique,
[00:01:37.350]there are sites and sentiments
[00:01:39.030]that create a shared experience.
[00:01:41.580]I encourage you to examine the artworks
[00:01:43.320]and scan the QR codes found on some of the labels,
[00:01:46.260]which will lead you to more videos like this one
[00:01:48.630]for extra information and interpretation.
[00:01:51.540]Thank you for visiting this exhibition.
[00:01:53.460]And I hope that if you find yourself in Lincoln,
[00:01:55.650]you'll come visit the rest of our collection at Sheldon.
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