The Indianapolis Museum of Art is committed to presenting temporary exhibitions that either enhance or augment the museum’s permanent collection. Through exhibitions, the IMA offers its audience an opportunity to enjoy art and explore the narrative of human creativity. The IMA is proud to present temporary exhibitions which reflect the best in scholarly research and develop the field of art history, and has partnered with some of the finest institutions nationally and internationally in achieving this vision.
Please find below the list of current touring exhibitions. If you are interested in bringing an exhibition to your museum, prospectus details and checklists are available for current touring exhibitions and those in development. Please contact us for additional information.
Gustave Baumann, German Craftsman – American Artist
Rightly described by the Santa Fe New Mexican in 1931 as “a rarely cunning wood carver and an artist to his fingertips,” Gustave Baumann (1881–1971) possessed just the right balance between craftsmanship and artistry to excel in the ancient and exacting field of color woodblock printmaking, in which he was recognized as America’s supreme and most enduring exponent. Gustave Baumann, German Craftsman – American Artist
includes approximately 75 prints, drawings and objects that have been drawn from the unique collection of Baumann’s work at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Cutting Edge Fashion
Cutting Edge Fashion
brings together more than 60 exceptional garments by influential European, American and Japanese fashion designers. Ranging in date from the 1950s through early 2000s, the dresses in this exhibition showcase the unique style of each designer and reflect the trends and attitudes of the times. Exceptional pieces by Rudi Gernreich, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Zandra Rhodes, Mary McFadden, Norma Kamali, Issey Miyake, Franco Moschino, Christian Lacroix and Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons among others, highlight a myriad of techniques fashion designers employ to constantly push the envelope and present collections that are ground breaking and artistic in nature.
Regional Touring Exhibition Program
The IMA has launched its Regional Touring Exhibition Program, a pilot program designed to extend the impact of the exhibitions the IMA organizes for its audience to areas throughout Indiana and the Midwestern region. Exhibitions exclusively available to these museums are listed below.
Fine Prints for Five Dollars
Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975, 'Goin' Home', 1937, lithograph, 9-1/2 x 12 in. (image), Gift of Dr. Steven Conant in honor of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Conant, 1985.254. © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA/New York/NY
During the Great Depression, Associated American Artists and the American Artists Group commissioned original, signed, limited edition lithographs by such luminaries as Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benson, and John Steuart Curry. These original lithographs were available to the public for $5 apiece—the equivalent of roughly $70 today. Fine Prints for Five Dollars presents 33 of these works that gave artists a source of income and middle-class Americans the chance to buy signed works at a reasonable price.
William Hogarth: The Painter of Comic History
William Hogarth (1697–1764) was born in London and rarely strayed beyond its precincts. Overcrowded with a million people, London provided a limitless source of subjects for his observant eye and sharp wit. His print cycles, A Harlot’s Progress
, A Rake’s Progress
, and Marriage à la Mode
, made Hogarth the artistic corollary of his contemporary literary satirists, Henry Fielding and Jonathan Swift. Drawn from the IMA’s permanent collection, William Hogarth: The Painter of Comic History
looks at 35 works produced by the artist over the course of 30 years.