Online Catalogues and Collections

These online catalogues and collections were made to showcase specific areas of the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection of more than 45,000 objects. Additional web modules made in conjunction with special exhibitions and with young students in mind can be found in Past and Interact.

Arts of Kenya

Explore the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection of over 200 traditional art objects from Kenya, purchased by the museum in 2014. Works from over fifteen different ethnic groups including the Turkana, Meru, Pokot, Massai, Samburu, Rendile, and more. 

Colors in Classical Art

An online companion to our exhibition Colors in Classical Art. It explores the role of color in the classical tradition as embodied by the arts of ancient Greece and Rome, and the inaccurate perception that color in classical art was limited to pristine white marble and the black and red palette typically found in Greek pottery.  

TAPA: Unwrapping Polynesian Barkcloth

Tapa: Unwrapping Polynesian Barkcloth is a student-curated web module utilizing the rich Pacific collections of the Eskenazi Museum of Art. In this collection are several exceptional pieces of tapa that had not been studied previously, giving students an opportunity to conduct original research on objects in a museum collection.

Morton C. Bradley Jr.

The geometric sculptures of Morton C. Bradley Jr. (1912–2004) seem to float in the air like models of unknown, beautiful stars. Nearly the entire body of Bradley’s fascinating work in geometric sculpture—three hundred studies and completed sculptures—is now in the campus art collection; this catalogue features highlights and a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s life.

African American Art

The Eskenazi Museum of Art's commitment to showcasing African American art dates to the 1969 exhibition Four Artists, which featured the work of four young black artists. Over the years, many important images by African American artists have been added to the museum's collections. This website makes images of these pieces available to students, scholars, and the general public in order to encourage further research on this aspect of our collection and to stimulate future acquisitions of works by African American artists.

American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh

Information about the Eskenazi Museum of Art's 2004 retrospective of the photographs of Art Sinsabaugh, the first complete survey of the artist's career. Included are over eighty-five images and information about Sinsabaugh's archive which is part of the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection of over 12,000 photographs. 

The People's America

The twenty-five photographs in this online catalogue, selected from the collection of the Eskenazi Museum of Art, are a tiny portion of approximately 270,000 negatives produced by a department of the Farm Security Administration during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Their immediate purpose was to show the need for government intervention and to promote government programs intended to help impoverished rural citizens.

The Metz Collection

The thirty pieces of sculpture highlighted in this online catalogue are a small part of a larger collection given by the estate of Dr. Arthur R. Metz to Indiana University. An active alumnus and an avid collector of both fine and decorative arts, Dr. Metz retired from his medical practice in Chicago to the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.

The Wielgus Collection

This catalogue features artworks from the Wielgus Collection. In 1990, Raymond and Laura Wielgus committed their collection of art from Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas —one of the premier private collections in the United States—and financial resources to the museum. In recognition of their extraordinary generosity, the museum named the gallery housing its collection of the arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas in their honor.

The Grand Tour: Art and Travel, 1740-1914

This web module is based on the exhibition The Grand Tour: Art and Travel, 1740–1914, which was on display at the Indiana University Art Museum from September 20 through December 21, 2008.  The exhibition included ninety-eight works from the museum's permanent collection, as well as ten books from the Lilly Library. A variety of visual materials— paintings, sculptures, drawings and watercolors, photographs, sketchbooks, journals, and illustrated travel memoirs and guidebooks—reveal the intersections of art, travel, culture, and politics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European and North American society.

From Pen to Printing Press: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts

This permanent online exhibit is an adaptation of the Eskenazi Museum of Art's 2009 special exhibition, From Pen to Printing Press: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts.  All of the materials featured in the exhibit and on this website are housed in Indiana University collections on the Bloomington campus, primarily at the art museum or the IU Lilly Library, and are accessible to the general public.

Living with Art

An avid art collector, Herman B Wells displayed artwork ranging from sixteenth-century paintings to contemporary sculpture throughout his home and office. This module offers a glimpse into his personal collection, gifted to the museum and campus art collection.

From Desert Sands

Nearly one hundred years ago, stunning textiles were unearthed from shallow burials in the sandy soil of Egypt. Though mostly fragmentary, their bold pictorial designs, saturated colors, and rich textures exerted unmitigated appeal. This native Egyptian art—first pagan, then Christian—was called "Coptic." The examples of Coptic art in the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection date from the third to twelfth centuries, spanning late Roman, early Byzantine, and early Islamic times. This website module gives context to this artwork, with a timeline and introduction to Coptic materials and techniques.