Sheldon offers free program exploring impact of museums, modernism

Released on 07/15/2013, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013, through Aug. 3, 2013

WHERE: Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th and R Streets

Lincoln, Neb., July 15th, 2013 —

            The Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Lincoln chapter of the American Institute of Architects are offering a series of free programs that explore the impact of museums and modernism on our lives.

            Award-winning movies on renowned architects whose work includes museum design will be shown at the Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th and R streets on the UNL campus, at 7 p.m. on July 16, 23 and 30. Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by AIA members and other experts.

            The film series includes:

  • July 16: "Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect," with a post-film discussion led by Robert Ripley, architect and administrator of the Office of the Capitol Commission, and Jorge Daniel Veneciano, director of the Sheldon Museum of Art;
  • July 23: "I. M. Pei -- First Person Singular"; and
  • July 30: "Sketches of Frank Gehry."

            All films will be screened in the museum's Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

            The program culminates with "Modernism in Lincoln," a free walking tour of downtown Lincoln from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 3, beginning at the Sheldon. Led by UNL architecture professor Tom Laging, with the help of Ed Zimmer and Nate Krug, participants will assess modernism's continuing power to shape the environment as they visit buildings designed by Johnson (Sheldon), Gehry (Atrium Building), Pei (Wells Fargo Building), Gwathmey Segal (Wick Alumni Center) and Perkins+Will (Schorr Computer Science Building).

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