Coming This Fall!

September 26-December 20, 2015.
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor
Judi and Milt Stewart Hexagon Gallery, first floor
Opening Reception: Friday, September 25,
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Grand Allusions: Robert Barnes—Late Works 1985–2015

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Although Robert Barnes taught in Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts for thirty-five years and is one of its most highly-acclaimed artists, few of his works have been exhibited locally. This omission was due in large part to the fact that his gallery shows in larger cities, often sold out quickly to private collectors. This major late career retrospective brings together a selection of thirty-eight paintings, pastels, and caseins that reveal Barnes’s virtuosity as a painter and visual storyteller. 

The exhibition  is accompanied by fully-illustrated catalogue and was made possible with support from Patrick Duffy in honor of Wally Goodman, the Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Fund for the Twentieth-Century Art, Henry and Gilda Buchbinder Family, the Morrow Family Foundation, Susan Thrasher, David H. Jacobs, Bill and Kay Carmichael, Joe and Sandy Morrow, the Retired Faculty Grant-in-Aid, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Indiana University, Paul Caccia and Carmela Zammuto, Kenneth and Patricia Northcott, Linda Alterwitz, Frank and Robin Schneider, and the IU Art Museum’s Arc Fund.

Image: Robert Barnes (American, b. 1934). Mag Mell, 2010. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase with funds from the Jacqueline O'Brien Art Acquisition Fund and the Elisabeth P. Meyers Acquisition Fund, IU Art Museum 2010.84.

The Indian Sari: Next to the Skin, Close to the Heart


This exhibition showcases a sampling of the many types of saris produced for and worn by women from different parts of India. These saris, chosen for their various techniques, patterns, materials, and colors, are not only beautiful in their own right, but also provide insights into India’s great diversity of culture, caste, and climate.  Religion, too, has played a part in shaping the diversity of saris, their materials, techniques, and patterns.

This exhibition of twenty-five saris on loan from local collector Prema Popkin, will be on view at the IU Art Museum’s Special Exhibitions Gallery, on the first floor, from September 26th through December 20th, 2015. The exhibition is curated by Judy Stubbs, Pamela Buell Curator of Asian Art and funded by the Thomas T. Solley Endowed Fund for the Pamela Buell Curator of Asian art and the IU Art Museum Arc Fund.

Image: Single Ikat. Silk. Private collection.

Gods and Goddesses: Annibale Carracci and the Renaissance Reborn


Annibale Carracci (Italian, 1560–1609) was far and away the most influential Italian artist of the seventeenth century. His masterpiece—the ceiling of the Farnese Gallery in Rome painted from 1597 to 1604—depicts the loves of the gods and goddesses in classical mythology. Despite their significance, the frescoes have always been difficult to see. As such, professional printmakers immediately began to replicate Annibale’s designs through reproductive engravings. This exhibition focuses on a series produced in France by the seventeenth-century engraver Claude Lefèbvre.

This exhibition was conceptualized by Indiana University students in an art history graduate seminar on Annibale Carracci. Two of the students from that seminar, Carlotta Paltrinieri and Zoe Van Dyke, along with Professor Giles Knox of the History of Art department and Nan Brewer, the museum’s Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, served as the exhibition's curators. Support for the exhibition has been provided by the Wilma E. Kelley Museum Endowment and the IU Art Museum's Arc Fund. 

Image: Claude Lefèbvre after Agostino Carracci. Aurora and Cephalus from the Farnese Gallery, 17th century. Engraving on paper. Promised gift to the IU Art Museum.