The Onya La Tour Collection: Modernism in Indiana
IMA Alliance Gallery
Presenting 30 works from the unconventional collection of an Indiana native, The Onya La Tour Collection: Modernism in Indiana will highlight the early Modernist movement in America. Born and raised in Indiana, Onya La Tour (1896–1976) worked for the WPA in New York during the 1930s and befriended many of the artists whose work she would collect and display in her own gallery. When La Tour moved back to Indiana in 1940, she made her unusual collection available to the public free of charge in her Brown County farmhouse, which she called the “Indiana Museum for Modern Art.” In 1972, La Tour donated much of her collection, featuring figurative and abstract styles, to the IMA. This exhibition marks the first time many of her paintings, drawings, and prints have been displayed since their days in Brown County. The Indiana University Art Museum is also lending four works from La Tour’s collection.