Letter from Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Fall 2013
Fall is upon us and the IMA is bustling with activity. Kicking off the season on September 7 will be the 47th annual Penrod Arts Fair. Featuring more than three hundred artists, an extensive children’s area, six stages of entertainment, and an Indiana craft beer garden, the Arts Fair has long been the best-attended single-day event at the IMA. The success of this event rests on a strong partnership between the IMA and the Penrod Society. Founded in 1967, this men’s volunteer organization promotes the cultural and educational activities of Indianapolis-area artists, students, and arts organizations. The IMA is pleased to support this community effort and most grateful for the significant donations the Society has contributed to the Museum over the years.
In October, the IMA turns 130 years old and is celebrating with the Founder’s Day Dinner on October 10 for Second Century Society members (see page 8) and a special preview of Matisse, Life in Color (see page 12). Drawn from The Baltimore Museum of Art’s extraordinary Matisse collection, this beautiful exhibition reveals the artist’s work through the themes he loved: landscape, still life, the interior, and the nude. Matisse, Life in Color features over one hundred paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints by one of the 20th century’s greatest masters. And remember, October 11 and 12 are members-only viewing days, so enjoy the privilege of being among the first to see the show!
The highlight for November will be the opening of the IMA’s new galleries for contemporary design (see page 4). What makes these galleries so special is that they focus on design objects created after 1980. Thanks to a wonderful group of local patrons who together donated $1.2 million toward the construction of the galleries, as well as an international selection of individuals and companies that contributed the more than 400 design objects that will be on view, these spaces will be unlike any other design galleries in the world. From large, expressive sofas to elegant wristwatches, the new galleries and their treasures will dazzle the eye and stimulate the brain. A cool vacuum cleaner or outrageous chandelier might even bring a grin to your face during the members’ opening event on November 21.
December will bring Christmas at Lilly House (see page 35), with all its warmth and glittering decorations, while New Year’s Eve at the IMA (see page 40) will help you ring in 2014. Last year’s event sold out, so be sure to purchase your tickets early. New this year will be the Patron Dinner in the Deer Zink Special Events Pavilion, where you can toast the old year before heading into the Pulliam Family Great Hall for dancing, art experiences, and the New Year’s countdown!
I hope you enjoy fall at the IMA and take advantage of all these special opportunities. It’s your museum, and we appreciate your support.
Dr. Charles L. Venable
The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO