Letter from Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Spring 2015
Start your engines — Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas has arrived at the IMA! I am incredibly excited to share these breathtaking creations with you, especially during Indy’s bustling racing season!
Concept cars aren’t the only new additions to the IMA. We recently rolled out our new campus enhancement program, featuring a new admission model, single campus entrance, improved walkways and signage, a new indoor “Garden Path” and an eco-friendly tram. I would like to thank everyone who attended the “Stakeholders” meeting, called in, wrote letters, commented on social media, and shared their thoughts on the changes in some other way. We value the opinions of our members, visitors, and the community, and your feedback was helpful as we implemented these changes throughout campus.
The campus enhancements are just one way we’re taking the IMA to the next level, transforming the campus into a premier destination and vibrant community hub. The Museum is bustling with new and diverse exhibitions, trailblazing programs, and significant conservation projects. During your next visit you can admire sparkling silver by Tiffany and Gorham, explore cutting-edge high fashion, view the celebrated work of contemporary artist Michelle Grabner, watch conservation demos in the Clowes Pavilion, and experience the spirit of Japanese Kabuki Theater with the new exhibition, On Stage! This summer marks the 40th season of The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series. To celebrate, we asked our visitors to select the final four films using a competition bracket. We will kick off the series with National Lampoon’s Vacation on June 5, followed by a lineup featuring pop-culture classics like Major League and Jaws. I always look forward to attending the films and seeing visitors enjoy the outdoors at the IMA!
We have another anniversary coming up on May 5th, marking ten years since of the opening of the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion.The Pavilion has recently been home to exhibitions from contemporary artists such as Julianne Swartz, Spencer Finch, and Sopheap Pich, made possible by the Efroymson Contemporary Art Fund. Over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed watching visitors bring to life the unique One Minute Sculptures currently exhibited as part of Erwin Wurm: Euclidian Exercises.
Whether it’s picnicking in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, witnessing stunning masterpieces from Porsche, BMW and Bugatti, or visiting the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse to see the orchids in bloom, I hope to see you this summer at the IMA!
Dr. Charles L. Venable
The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO