The Onya La Tour Collection: Modernism in Indiana

October 17, 2014-April 12, 2015
IMA Alliance Gallery

David Burliuk (American, 1882–1967), Onya and Ola, 1939
Gift of Ann and Joseph Edelman, 72.97.2
© David Burliuk Foundation

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.

Take a free docent-led tour of The Onya La Tour Collection: Modernism in Indiana.

Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN