Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous Art of the Americas
The Eskenazi Museum of Art’s Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous Art of the Americas collection tells stories of hundreds of ethnic groups and cultures spread across four continents and the planet’s largest ocean. Some objects date from more than three thousand years ago, while others belong to practices that continue today.
Asian and Islamic Art
The museum’s Asian and Islamic art collection spans 4,000 years. Guided by shared characteristics, the collection is organized into five major groups determined by geographic region and historical or cultural affinities, although each country has its distinct cultural heritage.
European and American Art
This collection spans from the Middle Ages to the late twentieth century. It is particularly strong in nineteenth-century American and French landscape painting, German Expressionism, modernist sculpture, Dada (including the only complete set of Marcel Duchamp’s iconic Readymades in the United States), and post–World War II abstract painting. It also includes Stuart Davis’s mural Swing Landscape, one of the most significant American paintings of the twentieth century.
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Rooted in works from an IU teaching collection that dates back to 1896, our prints, drawings, and photographs collection has always been one of our largest holdings. In the 1960s, the museum established an important photography collection, which today includes the archives of Henry Holmes Smith, Art Sinsabaugh, and Jeffrey A. Wolin.