Rainy Day at the IMA
A few weeks ago, on a rainy Saturday, Zoë, Ty, and I visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). We had hoped to spend some time at the IMA while it still offered free admission. (Come April, the IMA will start charging general admission.) In past museum explorations, we stuck together, the three of us. This time, however, we ventured to different floors—Zoë, to the second floor, for American art; Ty, to the third floor, for modern design; and me, to the fourth floor, for contemporary art.
While the other two are far from passionate about contemporary art, I'll admit that it is my favorite. Some of the pieces are delightfully abstract. And while I'm not particularly interested in performance art, or that random piece of string, I am in love with Julianne Swartz's Terrain.
The installation was actually commissioned by the IMA in 2008 and installed in the museum's entrance pavilion. (Here's a video showing its interactivity.) Since then, the installation has moved to the fourth floor, where a series of speakers and wire and hardware create, as the piece's description says, "a delicate net of wires." As soon as you step into the room, you are surrounded by soft murmurs, the voices of thirty-seven different individuals. (To create the installation, Swartz asked the individuals to think of someone they loved, someone with whom they shared a tender relationship. She then recorded the individual whispering his or her recitations to his or her loved one. The result is an incredibly sensual experience, as the whisperings are indistinguishable.)
Other popular pieces include Tim Hawkinson's Mobius Ship and Robert Irwin's Light and Space III, which illuminates the wall behind the escalators. The IMA also has some Hoppers, and some O'Keeffes. There's Monet, too, and van Gogh, and several Neo-Impressionist pieces (my favorites in the European art section).
If you live in Indy, and have never visited the IMA—or are visiting the city and enjoy art and beautiful gardens and grounds—I highly encourage a visit (especially when admission is still free)!