Featured Programs

Special Event: Chef’s Taste Series

Join us this fall at the IMA for themed cocktail receptions in Nourish Café with food and wine stations and tapas. Each month enjoy pairings of specific wines with foods and flavors followed by a self-guided or docent-led tour of a gallery or exhibition.

Date: Thursdays, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17 / 6:30 pm


Special Event: Members Preview Day

All IMA members are invited to celebrate the opening of Sacred Spain with special discounts, tours and entertainment through the day.

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009


Tours: Spanish Language Tours of Sacred Spain

Take a Spanish-language tour of the special exhibition Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World. All levels of proficiency are welcome. Tours are limited to 25 persons.


Symposium: Sacred and Profane in the Early Modern Hispanic World

Presented in conjunction with the IMA’s special exhibition, Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World, this symposium will examine the religious visual culture of 17th-century Spain and Latin America through the fields of literature, art, religion, politics and history. The symposium will include talks by Anne J. Cruz, professor of Early Modern Spanish Literature at the University of Miami; Ignacio Navarette, professor of Spanish at the University of California-Berkeley; Tanya Tiffany, assistant professor of Italian and Spanish art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Jeffery Schrader, assistant professor of art history at the University of Colorado-Denver, as well as presentations by established scholars from across the country. A visit to the exhibition and a musical performance are included. Complete schedule coming soon.

Friday, October 16, 2009 / 11:00 am at the IMA
Saturday, October 17, 2009 / 8:45 am at Indiana University, Bloomington


Musical Performance: Color, Sounds, and Images in Sacred Spain

Enjoy a performance by Fénix de los Ingenios, an early music ensemble devoted to Hispanic literature and music. Artistic co-directors are Angelique Zuluage (soprano) and Juan Carlos Arango (dulcian, baroque bassoon, shawmn).

Date: Friday, October 16, 2009 - 7:00pm


Class: Art Jolt: The Spanish Imagination

Want an art history lesson without a big time commitment? Each Art Jolt is an information-packed course in just two hours.

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Special Event: Sacred Spain Member Family Weekend

IMA members, this weekend is for you! Bring your family and enjoy members-only tours of Sacred Spain, free activities, and double discounts. Save 20% on all regular priced in stock items in the Museum Store, Design Center and Gallery Shop. On Saturday, attend In Conversation: Popular Imagery and the Religious Imagination at 2:30 pm in DeBoest Lecture Hall (free/ticket required).

Saturday, November 14 & Sunday, November 15


Talk: In Conversation: Popular Imagery and the Religious Imagination

Artists often use expressive means to convey an emotion or experience that is intangible. Many of the objects featured in Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World feature images used to arouse wonder and devotion. Join Ivan Gaskell, Harvard University, and David Morgan, Duke University, for this public conversation about the use of popular images to inspire belief.

Date: Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 2:30pm


FILM: Theological Follies: Two Films by Luis Buñuel

This one-evening film series explores identity through spirituality in the films of Spanish director Luis Buñuel, perhaps best-known for his Surrealist explorations with artist Salvador Dali. Buñuel’s mid-career films presented here grapple with his ambivalence toward religion, a theme that would preoccupy much of his career.

Date: Friday, November 20 / 7 pm


Performance: Scott Chamber Players: Musical Migrations of the Golden Age

Travel through a fascinating chapter of world music history with a concert that explores the influence of Spanish composers on music composed and performed in Europe and the Americas. Inspired by the IMA exhibition Sacred Spain, the Scott Chamber Players (Lisa Scott, violin; Beverly Scott, viola; Perry Scott, cello; Sylvia Patterson-Scott, piano) interpret the sacred and secular music of Spain and its reciprocal manifestations on both sides of the Atlantic, featuring compositions by "the Guerreros" (16th-c. Spain), Antonio de Salazar (17th-c. Mexico), Domenico Scarlatti (early 18th-c. Italy), Manuel Joseph de Quiroz (early 18th-c. Guatemala), and others. Come early and enjoy Spanish-themed brunch items beforehand in the IMA's Nourish Café.

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 2:30pm

Purchase tickets at the door.


TALK: In Conversation: Blasphemy: Art that Offends

Powerful images often deliver unintended messages that often result in a greater understanding of a given culture. Performance artist and filmmaker Ximena Cuevas and S. Brent Rodriguez Plate, professor at Hamilton College, both explore the power of blasphemous images in their work. For example, in a film by Cuevas, The Virgin of Guadalupe is introduced to Homer Simpson, television patriarch of The Simpsons; and in 2006, Plate published a book that includes dozens of the most notorious religious or anti-religious artworks of our time. This talk addresses the impact that blasphemous images can have on history and culture.

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 2:30pm