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 look ahead into 2013, there are many exciting moments in our future. In addition to our large ticketed exhibitions, this spring’s Ai Weiwei: According to What? and Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art opening October 11, I hope that you will take advantage of some of our smaller installations drawn from our permanent collection. Currently on view are Mola: Kuna Needle Arts from the San Blas Islands, Panama, an exhibition highlighting the bright and meticulously appliquéd textiles which adorn Kuna women’s blouses, and William Hogarth: Painter of Comic History, a collection of more than 57 works created by the observant and witty London-based printmaker during the early to mid 18th century.
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