Week Fifty Two

New York update + W52 news

Posted in Art news by sarahbakerhansen on 24 May 2010

I just spent five days in New York and am looking forward to writing a number of blog posts about what I saw. As soon as I find my pesky camera cord, which always pulls a disappearing act at the worst time, I’ll start working on those updates. I checked out a number of galleries, bought some great books I want to tell you about and saw Marina Abranovic’s The Artist is Present at the Museum of Modern Art, which was truly amazing. Come back in the next week or so for those posts (and hope I find that cord!)

Meantime, I’ve got some exciting news I wanted to share with W52 readers. Next week,  I’m starting a new job as the Public Relations and Marketing manager at Lincoln’s Sheldon Museum of Art. I’m so lucky to have this opportunity and so excited to spend my days in such an inspiring workplace. I’ll still be blogging here and I’ll also still be writing for the Omaha Reader, so nothing is changing drastically where my writing is concerned; though I’m excited to pursue some new opportunities with writing and so very excited to be a part of the Sheldon team. Look for more news to come.

 Image: Sheldon Great Hall by R. Neibel/DED


Zaha Hadid to design Sheldon expansion

Posted in Art news, general interest by sarahbakerhansen on 5 November 2009

The Sheldon Museum of Art announced today that internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid will be designing its expansion project. I had heard through the local art grapevine that Hadid was on the short list to design the new Sheldon building, which will be located in Lincoln’s Haymarket district at 9th and S streets. Today that rumor became official.

The Lincoln Journal Star reported today that architects from Hadid’s London-based firm will be in Lincoln tomorrow to show the initial design to University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials, including Sheldon Director J. Daniel Veneciano. We won’t see the final design until early 2010, and the big reveal also depends on Sheldon’s fund raising efforts; the project is to be entirely paid for by private donations.

Veneciano, who told the Journal Star he’d seen preliminary designs for the museum, described it as embracing both futuristic and pioneer styles of architecture.

The final building will be four floors and will join two other UNL campus museums designed by famous architects: the Philip Johnson-designed Sheldon and the Robert Stern-designed International Quilt Study Center.

The original budget for the project, which won’ t be complete before late 2011, was $12.5 million, the cost to retrofit the old warehouse building now located on the site. With Hadid on board, the budget will likely grow.

Hadid has a history designing contemporary art museums. Check out this blog to learn more about her design approach and architectural aesthetic.

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