Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art

Edited by Brandon K. Ruud
With contributions by Brandon K. Ruud, Britt Salvesen, Gregory Nosan, Zeynep Çelik, Sarah Feit, Keith Davis, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, Janet L. Farber, Ashley Hussmann, Robert G. O'Meally, Sharon L. Kennedy

American Transnationalism: Perspectives from the Sheldon Museum of Art Series

256 pages
139 color photographs


March 2013


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About the Book

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.

Author Bio

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.


"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

"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. . . . [he] has demonstrated his curatorial prowess while offering a solid reason to visit Lincoln, Nebr."—Publishers Weekly

"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

Table of Contents

Introduction: Photography in Transnational Light by Jorge Daniel Veneciano
Between and across Cultures
Nature and the Built Environment
Rites of Passage
Religion and Spirituality
Tradition and Modernity
Gender, Identity, and Sexuality
Index of Artists and Works

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