From The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO
Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s website. I hope that you enjoy your online experience, and I invite you to our 152-acre campus to explore and engage with all that the IMA has to offer, including our galleries, Oldfields – Lilly House & Gardens, and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.
For nearly 130 years, the IMA has been an important part of the cultural landscape of our city and is one of the 10 oldest and largest Museums in the nation. The Museum offers an encyclopedic collection of more than 54,000 works spanning 5,000 years, a vibrant calendar of public programs and events, exciting and engaging exhibitions, and much more. All of this is due, in large part, to the outstanding support of our community. We are most grateful for the generosity of our members and donors, past and present.
As we wind down 2013, we are eagerly anticipating Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art, which runs October 13 through January 12. While you are here, don’t miss some of our smaller installations drawn from our permanent collection. Currently on view are Majestic African Textiles, an exhibition featuring more than 60 richly patterned and elaborately decorated textiles; Gabor Peterdi, a collection of the 31 prints representing Peterdi’s mastery of intaglio techniques; and Impressed: Modern Japanese Prints, an exhibition of sōsaku hanga (creative prints) from four 20th century printmakers.
2013 marks the centennial of the completion of Oldfields – Lilly House & Gardens. In both its history and its design, the Oldfields estate reflects the major currents of the American country house movement with its natural combination of architectural and landscape designs, both of which will be highlighted during commemorative events taking place throughout the year. If you like historic homes, you may also want to travel to Columbus, Indiana to visit the IMA’s Miller House and Garden. Commissioned by industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his wife Xenia Miller in 1953, the house showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers: Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley.
The IMA invites visitors of all ages –from Indianapolis and beyond – to explore the connections between art, design, and the natural environment. Through welcoming, dynamic, and enriching experiences onsite and online, the museum is committed to serving the creative interests of its community and welcomes everyone to its vibrant and diverse venues and programs. I hope you will join us soon for a visit!
Dr. Charles L. Venable
The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO