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Contemplating Public Art

This blog post is the second written by IMA Public Affairs intern Sarah Miller. Read her first post Personal Art Appreciation. She recently earned a Master of Arts Management with a Visual Arts Concentration from Columbia College Chicago and currently works at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois.

Do you have any memories related to Robert Indiana’s Love sculptures? Or Anish Kapoor’s “Bean” in Chicago? What about Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s saffron-colored gates in New York’s central park? How about one of those giant spiders by Louise Bourgeois…or those cows on parade? Did you ever take a picture with one of these or another public art work? Well, I surely have (see me below). Something about the interactive nature of public art, and the feeling that it informally exists in its spot for me, rather than for a gallery space or for someone’s wall, really helps me enjoy public art. And I think regardless of if you like a piece or don’t, it inevitably makes you aware of your space, your participation in it, and someone’s efforts to enrich or change it. As a friend recently reminded me, these works at least make you ask, “Why is this here?”

Saying hello to a Juan Munoz sculpture

Saying hello to a Juan Munoz sculpture

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Personal Art Appreciation

This blog post was written by IMA Public Affairs intern Sarah Miller (pictured below). She recently earned a Master of Arts Management with a Visual Arts Concentration from Columbia College Chicago and currently works at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois.

"Look I can too" --Sarah Miller

"Look I can too." Photo by Joe Wallace

I recently traveled to Spain where I had the pleasure of re-visiting a favorite museum, the Reina Sofia, in Madrid. I trekked to the museum district for what I believe are two must-see works—Pablo Picasso’s Guernica and Salvador Dali’s Muchacha en la Ventana. It has been my experience that even if art museum visitors don’t understand what a piece means, most can at least appreciate what great works like these mean to art history or to an artist’s career.  Read the rest of this entry »


A Quarterly Conversation

How do you make a magazine that captures the essence of a museum and theater, two historical estates, acres of glorious gardens and grounds, and a soon-to-be art and nature park? This is the question that has been on the top of my mind lately. It’s challenging, yet fun, to envision a magazine that entices readers to toss it aside half way through and come see for themselves. A magazine that demonstrates our mission and shows donors where their money is going. A magazine that the community sees themselves in and readers oceans away find engaging through online connections.


I sat down with IMA Senior Graphic Designer Matthew Taylor last week in the Design Studio to take a hard look at our current IMA membership magazine (Previews) and talk content and design.  Read the rest of this entry »



Installation Nation

"Installation Nation" at College Avenue and Michigan Street vacant lot

The local photo blog The Heidelberger Papers presents a regular visual exploration of Indianapolis through photographs and captions. The upcoming IMA exhibition Judith G. Levy: Memory Cloud will employ plastic photo viewers containing 35 mm slides to conjure memories, many of which visitors will have the chance to peer through, others of which will be out of reach. These two items prompted me to post my snapshots from the past weeks. Do we have some shared experiences?  Read the rest of this entry »


Artist’s Best Friend

An English Bulldog we named Wilberforce joined my family this spring as a 10 week old bully. He’s a common sight outside the Indianapolis Museum of Art on mild, sunny days, attacking carefully planted bushes and decapitating bright flowers (Apologies to Irvin, Mark, Chad, etc.). Among the hundreds of photos taken, the one that struck me most by its artistic value is below. This impressionistic view of dog-in-art inspired me to dig a little into the history of dogs in art.

Wilber the Bulldog

Wilber the English Bulldog

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About Noelle

Job Title: Senior Communications Editor

Interests: Culture, Family, Fashion, Cycling, Biography, Ballet

Favorite Movies: Schindler's List, Adam’s Rib, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the original), I Am Legend

Favorite Music: Dinah Washington, Gnarls Barkley, The Killers, Mozart’s Duettino - Sull'aria

Favorite Food: Dark chocolate, Chianti, Pacer’s game Club-level nachos

Pets: English Bulldog named Wilberforce (Wilber)

Something you should know about me: I’m a native Hoosier and country girl at heart but have found a love for the city – by living in London, D.C. and Indianapolis.

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