The Viewing Project: The Pleasures of Uncertainty

July 17, 2010-March 13, 2011

Alliance Gallery

William Edouard Scott, Rainy Night, Etaples, 1912, oil painting, Gift of a Group of African-American Citizens of Indianapolis

This installation, The Pleasures of Uncertainty, explores the deliberateness and the delights of ambiguity in art. Some works of art instantly throw the viewer into confusion. It may be difficult to tell what meanings are intended or even what material an object is made from. In such cases, it is perfectly logical to ask, “Is it art?” or even, “What is it?” This installation is titled The Pleasures of Uncertainty in the hope that visitors will find enjoyment and make discoveries as they consider art objects which offer both uncertainty and pleasure. This is the fifth installation in The Viewing Project series.

The Viewing Project is a three-year series of small-scale installations designed to offer visitors creative and enjoyable experiences with objects from the IMA's permanent collection. Although themes vary, the main goals of all Viewing Project installations remain constant: to encourage active looking, to support visitor creativity and engagement, and to present objects from the permanent collection in new ways. Over the next two years you’ll see new installations of the Viewing Project in the Alliance Gallery, located on Floor 2. We invite you to visit our signature piece for The Viewing Project, Bill Viola’s The Quintet of the Silent, located on Floor 4.

Funded in part by a generous grant from ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE and support from Wayne Zink.

The Viewing Project: The Pleasures of Uncertainty Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN