Lincoln exhibitions examine ‘the art of collaboration’

Keith Jacobshagen and Paula Day at the Lux Center

Two exhibitions in Lincoln, Neb., explore the influence of others on an artist’s work: the Sheldon Museum of Art’s Partners and Adversaries and the Lux Center for the Arts‘ Symbiosis.

Symbiosis is tightly focused. Eighteen artists–nine married couples–contribute one work of art. Each artist’s work is staged to complement or directly contribute to his or her partner’s work.

“By its very definition, symbiosis is the beneficial union of two dissimilar entities,” Lux director Stephanie Leach Vendetti writes. “In many instances, the union or partnership of two persons is a joining of varied ideas, thoughts and beliefs. The exhibition ‘Symbiosis’ seeks to highlight the contrasts in expression between nine pairs of artists who have joined themselves in marriage, but who retain their separate expressions of artistic vision.”

Partners & Adversaries: The Art of Collaboration has a far broader scope. In the accompanying catalogue, director Jorge Daniel Veneciano describes the varying themes within the show: “familial and romantic relationships, where ambitions and successes may clash and collide at the expense of one partner; the mutually dependent yet divergent interests of artists and their dealers; the dance of imitation and distinction between student and teacher; the official sanction of government support, everywhere shadowed by the threat of moralizing censure; and, increasingly in contemporary art, new processes and technologies that empower fabricators whom artists must collaborate with to achieve the results they desire.”

Symbiosis is on display March 2 – April 28. The contributing artists are Wendy Weiss and Jay Kreimer; Jette Vogt and Therman Statom; Jesse Ross and Tracy Shell; Dana Fritz and Larry Gawel; Paula Day and Keith Jacobshagen; Deborah Murphy and Dennis Wattier; Sydney Lynch and Craig Roper; Diane Marsh and Eddie Dominguez; and Sheila Talbitzer and Rich Mansfield.

Partners and Adversaries is on display February 3 – May 27. The show is largely drawn from the Sheldon’s private collection and includes work by John Steuart Curry, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, and Robert Henri.

(Image: Paula Day and Keith Jacobshagen, courtesy of the Lux Center for the Arts)

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