INDIANAPOLIS, June 2017 –The Indianapolis Museum of Art is bustling this summer with new additions to the galleries, innovative efforts to improve guest experience and groundbreaking research projects.
From new paintings and contemporary art pieces, to exhibitions ranging from porcelain and textiles, to graffiti and photography, there is something for everyone inside the ever-changing IMA galleries. Behind the scenes, the IMA’s conservation science lab continues to make new discoveries in the field that will help museums the world-over. Below are some of the highlights of acquisitions, exhibitions and rotations, as well as updates on art grants and conservation science research.
EXHIBITIONS AND ROTATIONS:
All exhibitions and rotations are included with general admission and free for IMA members.
Mini Golf at the IMA
Now through Sept. 3
Alliance Sculpture Court
Be a force of nature on the golf course this year at the IMA. Each mini golf hole is its own unique work of art as the IMA once again teamed up with local and regional artists to create a one-of-a-kind exhibition. This year, we invite you to explore the all new nature-themed course with holes centered around animals, geology and bodies of water. Have fun with the whole family and learn something new with educational holes focusing on important issues like climate change and pollination.
Elegance from the East: New Insights from Old Porcelain
Now through Oct. 22
This exhibition explores the popularity and variety of Chinese porcelain objects made for export to Western consumers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Chinese artists customized their traditional forms and decoration for European and American commercial tastes. This exhibition reveals the effects of these efforts to translate consumer demand from half a world away. Like Chemistry of Color and What Lies Beneath, also on view, this exhibition relates science to art. Guest curator Shirley M. Mueller, MD, connects the past to the present and illustrates, through neuropsychological insights, the similarity of human feeling and motivation across time. The exquisitely detailed porcelains in this exhibition—mostly made for use in the home—are now on view in a special installation inside the historic Lilly House.
Crazy Quilts: Stitching Memories
Now through Jan. 7, 2018
Gerald and Dorit Paul Galleries
Crazy quilts were extremely popular throughout the United States in the 1880s and 1890s as seamstresses embraced asymmetry and bold colors and created quilts that made the structured patterns of traditional quilts seem outdated. This exhibition traces the brief history of this unique style of quilting in the context of the period’s increasing industrialization and explores how women expressed their creativity through these crazy quilts. The IMA is proud to showcase 10 of these quilts, as well as a jacket and handbag from the 1970s, which amplify the influence and lasting legacy of the crazy quilts.
Hiroshige: Famous Views in the 60-Odd Provinces
Opens July 21
Valeria J. Medveckis Gallery & Mary Evans Ochsner Gallery
Take a journey with renowned Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige through his breathtaking landscape paintings of the 66 provinces of Japan. Completed in 1865, Hiroshige’s Famous Views in the 60-Odd Provinces captured the beauty of Japan in vivid detail, just as leisurely travel was taking hold in the country. From famous landmarks, to beachside cliffs, Hiroshige provided a window into every corner of 19th-century Japan. In a novel approach for landscape prints, Hiroshige used vertical compositions rather than the usual horizontal. This allowed him to emphasize deep distances, towering heights, and unique vantage points. Due to the light sensitivity of these pieces of art, this exhibition will consist of two rotations, each featuring half of the 70 prints.
Opens July 21
Francine and Roger Hurwitz Gallery & John T. and Norma A. Thompson Gallery
Enjoy beautiful and rarely seen works from the IMA’s collection of devotional art from Central Asia. This exhibition focuses on Buddhist religious art from the countries surrounding the Himalayan mountains, including Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet. These pieces, often displayed in homes or public temples, are well-known for their symmetry and highly decorative motifs.
From Picasso with Love
Opens Sept. 1
IMA Alliance Gallery
As a rising star on the Paris art scene, Picasso was inspired to venture deeper into his experiments in Cubism when he met Eva Gouel in 1911. This young woman became his muse, and, to declare his love, Picasso wrote her nickname “Ma Jolie” (my pretty one)—derived from the lyrics of a popular song of the time—on the surface of his paintings. This exhibition unites two masterpieces, Ma Jolie (1913-14) from the IMA’s collection, and Female Nude (I Love Eva) (1912) on loan from the Columbus Museum of Art, and sets them in the context of Cubism and the popular song from which Eva got her nickname.
Director’s Choice: Gifts of Art 2017
Opens Sept. 29
See what’s new in the IMA’s collection, and maybe discover a new favorite piece of art, in this exhibition highlighting recent acquisitions. Curated by the IMA’s Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Dr. Charles L. Venable, this installation features gifts from our friends and donors to the Indianapolis community and will become a new holiday tradition at the IMA. A number of pieces will be on view for the first time, including paintings, sculptures and fashion design, emphasizing the museum’s broad collection of art across history and disciplines.
City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the 70s & 80s
Opens Oct. 7
Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery
Traveling to the IMA galleries from the Museum of the City of New York, City as Canvas features more than 100 works from the Martin Wong Collection and chronicles the origins of graffiti and its evolution from a creative outlet—viewed by many at the time as a public nuisance—to an accepted form of art. With intricate drawings, colorful works on canvas and photographs of graffiti writing that have long since been erased, this exhibition includes a variety of seminal works by pioneering graffiti artists such as Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK and FUTURA 2000. In spite of the movement’s beginnings on the streets and subways of New York—as well as the city’s attempts to eradicate it—graffiti art quickly proliferated, forever impacting music, fashion and visual culture. City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the 70s & 80s was developed in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York.
Portraits of Our City
Opening Oct. 27
Damon C. and Kay D. Davis Lab
What can a photographic portrait tell us about a person? What can you learn from someone by asking them a single question? What can the dreams of a city’s residents tell us about the city? Portraits of Our City discusses these questions with an exhibition featuring hundreds of black and white photographs of local residents and invites the community to discover human connections through people and place. This exhibition is a conversation between Indianapolis residents and an exploration of the people that make up our city, using one question as a jumping off point. The answers to that question, captured with still photographs and audio, become the exhibition. Discover the soul of our city and take part in a dialogue on what a portrait can reveal about a person’s hopes, fears, and memories. In turn, discuss what these things tell us about Indianapolis.
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About the Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is located on a 152-acre campus of lush gardens, historic homes, outdoor sculptures, inspiring performance and gallery spaces. Founded in 1883, the IMA is among the 10 oldest and 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary art and design arts that span 5,000 years of history. With innovative programming to engage guests of all ages, the IMA offers a variety of interactive experiences inside the galleries, throughout the campus and within the local community. From gardening demos in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse to outdoor film screenings in the IMA Amphitheater to community celebrations in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways at the IMA. Along with the Indianapolis campus, the IMA also owns the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind., one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences. For more information visit www.imamuseum.org.