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 floorsZoë, 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 IMAor are visiting the city and enjoy art and beautiful gardens and groundsI highly encourage a visit (especially when admission is still free)!































10 comments:

  1. I've been to the IMA a couple of times...and will return this summer when I visit Indy!

    Last year I went to the Indiana State Museum for the first time. Have you been there yet?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sounds like a good plan! The IMA is great! (It will be charging admission by the time you come back in the summer, though.) And, yes, I have been to the Indiana State Museum! I went a few months ago to see the opening of their exhibition on Prohibition, and I really enjoyed it! They had a ton of cool artifacts. What else are you planning on doing when you're back in Indy?

      Delete
  2. So many awesome patterns...great photos!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lovely photos! I love museums.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Indianapolis has a lot of good museums, and we're lucky to have such an awesome art museum!

      Delete
  4. What a great way to spend the day....and free admission to boot!
    I love that it has something for everyone :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I really like the concept of Terrain, it sounds like it would be very calming, they should release the audio for people to listen to at home after stressful days! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua

    ReplyDelete
  6. Amazing! Great post! Your blog is so beautiful! I do really like it! You did a great job! I’ll be happy to hear you opinion about my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

    ReplyDelete
  7. I also loved the fact that our party was the only event they booked for the day - yes, just one event each day - which meant the entire event location rentals staff was focused on our event.

    ReplyDelete

« »

Candidly Clyde All rights reserved © Blog Milk Powered by Blogger