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Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art

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In this volume, the Sheldon Museum of Art presents more than one hundred examples from its distinguished photography collection, which contains nearly twenty-five hundred objects. Encompassing the full range of photographic history, Encounters showcases recognized masterpieces, recent acquisitions, and rarely seen treasures by a diverse range of artists, including Berenice Abbott, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gertrude Käsebier, André Kertész, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yinka Shonibare, Paul Strand, ...

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Overview

In this volume, the Sheldon Museum of Art presents more than one hundred examples from its distinguished photography collection, which contains nearly twenty-five hundred objects. Encompassing the full range of photographic history, Encounters showcases recognized masterpieces, recent acquisitions, and rarely seen treasures by a diverse range of artists, including Berenice Abbott, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gertrude Käsebier, André Kertész, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yinka Shonibare, Paul Strand, William Henry Fox Talbot, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Encounters explores photography through the lens of transnationalism, highlighting the artistic, cultural, geographic, scientific, and technological conflicts and concurrences that have shaped the modern photographic image. Arranged thematically rather than chronologically, the catalog addresses issues such as tourism, souvenir production, and the search for authenticity in the face of increasing industrialization; the transmission of American, European, and Mexican forms of modernism; gender identity and sexuality; the real and perceived tensions between nature and the built environment; and the convergences of art and science, craft and technology. Images are set within their context by the catalog’s principal author, Brandon K. Ruud, and are accompanied by lively, thought-provoking essays by a team of scholars that includes Zeynep Çelik, Keith F. Davis, Gregory Nosan, Robert G. O’Meally, Britt Salveson, and the museum’s director, Jorge Daniel Veneciano.

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Publishers Weekly
Ruud has compiled a stunning, temporally- and spatially-diverse set in this first major monograph of photography from the University of Nebraska's Sheldon Museum, where he is curator of transnational American art. The 112 photographs, from artists of varying prominence, are divided into six categories: Between and Across Cultures; Nature and the Built Environment; Rites of Passage; Religion and Spirituality; Tradition and Modernity; and Gender, Identity, and Sexuality. Cityscapes, abstract studies in symmetry, portraits, nudes, and nature scenes inhabit this large, coffee-table volume and the effect they create, singly and totally, is haunting. Each selection is accompanied by a brief but detailed account of its photographer and they context in which it was produced. The collection's inclusiveness is both its greatest strength and most overt weakness: it's broad enough that it can't be faulted for any glaring omissions, but it's also difficult to process the content as a whole, despite the categorical divisions. Nevertheless, Ruud has demonstrated his curatorial prowess while offering a solid reason to visit Lincoln, Nebr.
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Monsters and Critics - Sandy Amazeen

"This excellent assemblage of over one hundred photos of primarily black and white and sepia pieces strives to show a multinational world in transition, a goal it meets and exceeds. This volume will delight photography buffs, design students and anyone with an eye for art."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics
Great Plains Quarterly - Katherine Ryckman Siegwarth

"An attractively formatted publication, Encounters establishes the strength and diversity of the Sheldon Museum of Art's photography collection, certainly one worth seeing."Katherine Ryckman Siegwarth, Great Plains Quarterly
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Meet the Author


Brandon K. Ruud is the curator of transnational American art at the Sheldon Museum of Art. He is the editor of Karl Bodmer’s North American Prints (Nebraska, 2004), which was named a New York Times notable book. More recently, he contributed to the catalogs American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago and Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago.
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