Indianapolis, IN, December 4, 2013 – Due to high demand to see Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today it will offer extended hours to accommodate the crowds. On December 30—the Monday between Christmas and New Year’s Day—the Museum will open to attract families and out-of-town visitors enjoying the holiday break.
Indianapolis, IN, November 26, 2013 – The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) announces its fifth annual Winter Nights film series. From January 3 to February 28, 2014, movies will be shown every Friday beginning at 7 p.m. Held in the The Toby, the annual indoor film series provides attendees a much needed escape from the cold while they cozy up and enjoy classic film. This year, movies focus on quirky, heart-warming comedies with razor-sharp dialogue and slapstick shenanigans. All films are shown in their original 35 mm format.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, November 5, 2013— The Indianapolis Museum of Art today announced that it has commissioned Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich to create a new installation as part of the IMA’s Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion series. Pich’s new project, A Room, will occupy a 26-foot diameter circular space in the atrium of the IMA and will consist of nearly 1,200 bamboo strips, extending 40 feet from the atrium’s ceiling to floor. A Room will be on display from February 27 through August 24, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, September 26, 2013— The first exhibition devoted solely to portraits of the Neo-Impressionist movement will open at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on June 14, 2014, the only U.S. venue for the exhibition. Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886-1904 will feature more than 30 paintings and 20 works on paper by artists including Paul Signac, Henri-Edmond Cross, Maximilien Luce and Vincent van Gogh. Face to Face will be on view in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Gallery June 15 through September 7, 2014.
IMA Announces Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant to Publish Rights and Reproductions Handbook
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, September 17, 2013 — The Indianapolis Museum of Art announces a $165,000 National Leadership Grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create a rights and reproductions handbook for museum professionals. Co-published by the IMA and The American Alliance of Museums, the innovative digital publication will serve as the definitive resource for professionals charged with overseeing rights clearances, permissions and intellectual property matters for cultural institutions. The IMA’s project is one of 16 chosen from a pool of 110 applicants to receive a National Leadership Grant.
September 16, 2013, Indianapolis, IN— Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, announced today that Rebecca J. Long has been promoted to Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1800. She previously served as Assistant Curator.
August 6, 2013, Indianapolis, IN— Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, announced today that Jeremiah “Jerry” Wise has been named the Museum’s Chief Financial Officer following an extensive search. He will begin at the IMA September 9.
IMA Announces Exhibition of 20th Century Japanese Prints, On Public View for First Time
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, July 16, 2013— The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today it will open a print exhibition featuring works by four Japanese 20th-century artists. Impressed: Modern Japanese Prints will highlight recent gifts to the IMA’s Asian art collection that will be on public view for the first time. The exhibition will run from July 19, 2013, until January 26, 2014.
IMA Announces Fourth Residency for Indy Island at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, July 11, 2013— The Indianapolis Museum of Art has selected Los Angeles-based artist Rimas K. Simaitis as the 2013 resident of Andrea Zittel’s Indy Island at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. Simaitis’s residency titled Island Fever will premiere in the Park July 20.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, June 13, 2013—The Indianapolis Museum of Art has announced that it will open new contemporary design galleries November 21, 2013, after a three-year, multi-phase renovation project. The reinstallation of the Museum’s expanded collection of modern design will span nearly 10,000 square feet and will feature more than 400 objects. Unlike most design installations, the IMA’s will focus on design after 1980—a period of immense growth and creativity. The galleries will be based on the two overarching concepts: design as industry and design as art. The new installation will be one of the largest displays of contemporary design in any North American art museum and one of the first surveys of recent trends in this dynamic field.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 30, 2013— A major European painting acquisition is now on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Dream of Spring by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, one of the most successful late 19th-century French artists, has been added to the museum’s permanent collection as a charitable gift. The painting was promised to the IMA by philanthropists Melvin and Bren Simon in celebration of the Museum’s 125th anniversary in 2008. Bren Simon completed the gift this spring.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 14, 2013 – At the 129th Annual Meeting of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Dr. Charles L. Venable, the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the IMA, announced that the IMA has received a $1 million grant from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation to help support a new initiative called The Visitor Centered Approach: Reimagining the IMA. Over the course of the next five years, the IMA will employ a variety of communication, engagement, and evaluation strategies to increase and strengthen local and regional participation in museum programming.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN,March 25, 2013 – The IMA will host nearly twenty options for week-long summer camp experiences. Youth, ages 5-16, are invited to spend five full days of fun at the IMA. Camps include an exploration of the museum’s galleries and traveling special exhibitions, adventures in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres and hands-on art making experiences. The final day of camps will feature a display of all of the works of art created during the week for friends and family to enjoy.
Kim Beck to Create Witty Installation in June 2013 in The IMA’s The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 19, 2013— The Indianapolis Museum of Art today announced that it has commissioned artist Kim Beck to create the next site-specific installation for The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. Premiering June 22, 2013, NOTICE: A Flock of Signs will be the Park’s 11th installation since its opening in June 2010, joining site-specific works by Alfredo Jaar, Jeppe Hein, Kendall Buster and Andrea Zittel, among others.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 11, 2013 – In preparation for spring, the IMA will host two special events that will offer experiences for both the beginning and expert gardener. These annual events include special talks, tours and exhibitions this year. Visitors will also enjoy special discounts and giveaways at these annual favorites.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 6, 2013— The Indianapolis Museum of Art today announced it will present Majestic African Textiles, an exhibition featuring a spectacular array of prestige garments, performance and ritual cloths and superbly beaded and embellished objects. The works are drawn from the IMA’s extensive collection of textiles—one of the most distinguished in the country. The exhibition will be on view from May 3, 2013, to March, 2, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 6, 2013— The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Fashion Arts Society (FAS) will celebrate its third anniversary with a fanciful luncheon at the height of the spring social season. The 'Hats Off!' luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 2 from 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to wear hats to showcase their style and grace.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 4, 2013— The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today a strategic restructuring that includes an 11% reduction in personnel and a greater emphasis on donated and earned revenue. With a unanimous resolution of the Board of Governors, the IMA has put a plan in place to lessen the Museum’s dependence on its endowment. The total value of the IMA’s endowment was $326 million as of June 30, 2012, but the portion of the endowment that can be used for operating expenses was $203 million. Throughout the nonprofit industry, investment managers have recommended more conservative earnings projections, and the IMA’s efforts are in step with this conservative financial philosophy.
Major Exhibition of Paintings and Other Works by Henri Matisse Opening This Fall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, January 24, 2013—The Indianapolis Museum of Art today announced that it will host a major exhibition of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by the great French artist, Henri Matisse (1869–1954), from October 11, 2013, to January 12, 2014. The exhibition is drawn almost entirely from The Baltimore Museum of Art’s (BMA) Cone Collection, which is one of the most comprehensive collections of Matisse's art in the world. Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art is expected to draw large crowds from throughout the region like past exhibitions Gifts to the Tsars (2001) and Roman Art from the Louvre (2007).
Preston Bautista appointed Deputy Director for Public Programs and Audience Engagement at the IMA; other changes to senior management team
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, January 10, 2013— Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), announced today that he has restructured the Museum’s senior management team. The most significant changes are the creation of the Division of Public Programs and Audience Engagement and the Division of Business Development and Marketing. Venable has appointed IMA staff member, Dr. Preston Bautista, to the new position of Deputy Director for Public Programs and Audience Engagement. A search will begin shortly for a Deputy Director for Business Development and Marketing. In all, five senior managers will report directly to Venable. The additional three are Jennifer Bartenbach, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary; Kathryn Haigh, Deputy Director for Collections, Research and Exhibitions; and Cynthia Rallis, Chief Development Officer.
Installation will feature suspended glass panels inspired by Monet’s Giverny water garden
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, December 13, 2012— The Indianapolis Museum of Art today announced that Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch will create a new installation as part of the IMA’s Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion series. Finch’s expansive new installation, Following Nature, will be composed of an array of nearly 200 panels of glass suspended from the Pavilion’s ceiling, as a reinterpretation of Claude Monet’s iconic water garden in Giverny, France. Following Nature will be on display from February 1 to August 25, 2013.
Day will explore common threads through community art-making, tours, a film and hands-on activities
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, November 8, 2012— The Indianapolis Museum of Art will host a day of free programs and activities to discover common threads while celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013.
The community is invited to participate in events for all ages and interests
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 23, 2012 – The Indianapolis Museum of Art will host festive holiday events that range from family friendly to stylish and swanky. New traditions include IMA Community Day the Saturday after Thanksgiving for families and 6 x 13: New Year’s Eve at the IMA for adults.
Amy Poster will study the IMA’s holdings of Indian, Southeast Asian and Himalayan art
Renowned scholar of Chinese art, James Watt, making discoveries in IMA collection as he finishes his appointment
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 3, 2012— The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Amy Poster as the next Mellon Curator-at-Large Program scholar. In 2011, the IMA received a $1.025 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a three-year pilot program that allows leading scholars to conduct groundbreaking research on the IMA’s collections while developing a global model for future scholarly appointments at museums. Poster, whose work at the IMA will focus on the museum’s Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan art collections, is Curator Emerita of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum as well as an independent curator and consultant specializing in South and East Asian art.
Chinese artist pushes limits of art, politics and human rights
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, September 25, 2012 – The Indianapolis Museum of Art will present the first major survey of the art of Ai Weiwei in North America. Featuring more than 20 years of works that explore such universal topics as culture, history, politics and tradition, Ai Weiwei: According to What? will be on display in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery from April 5, 2013, to July 28, 2013.