New in the Galleries & Special Installations

Meru Container for Millet Porridge
Extending Lives: Repair and Damage in African Arts 

January 30-May 7, 2017

Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, third floor

Like and other artistic tradition, African art is susceptible to damage over time. However, many forms of African art are often used in daily or ritual contexts, which increases human and environmental interaction, as well as the probability of damage. The objects in this installation are examples of how damage and repair reveal a continuous process of making and remaking in African arts. 

Image: Unknown Meru artist, Kenya. Container for Millet Porridge. Gourd, aluminum. Museum purchase with funds from the Raymond and Laura Wielgus Fund with generous support from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Provost. Eskenazi Museum of Art, 2014.185


Fountain
Fountain at 100

January 24-May 7, 2017

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Steinmetz Kellett Gallery, first floor

One hundred years ago, in April 1917, the Society of Independent Artists in New York refused to display a urinal, turned on its back and signed "R. Mutt," in its annual exhibition. Fountain, by the Dada artist Marcel Duchamp, subsequently became one of the most influential works of the twentieth century. Although the original Fountain was lost, it was recreated in 1964 when Duchamp supervised the production of a replica edition of his most important early works. The Eskenazi Museum of Art is one of only three museums worldwide holding a complete set of the 1964 edition of Duchamp's Readymades. This installation celebrates the Readymades, with special emphasis on Fountain. Works by artists inspired by Duchamp's radical artistic vision—Man Ray, Joseph Cornell, and Lucas Samaras—will also be on view. 

Image: Marcel Duchamp (French, active in United States, 1887-1968). Fountain, 1964 edition (original 1917). Painted ceramic. Partial gift of Mrs. William H. Conroy, Eskenazi Museum of Art 71.37.7


Norman Rockwell, Study for Breaking Home Ties
Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties

January 3-May 7, 2017

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Steinmetz Kellett Gallery, first floor

In 1954–the year that his three boys left home–American illustrator Norman Rockwell created the painting Breaking Home Ties for The Saturday Evening Post. This installation features a full-scale drawing that Rockwell made in preparation for the painting. 

Image: Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), Study for Breaking Home Ties, ca. 1954. Charcoal on paper. Gift of Edward C. Von Tress, Transfer from the IU Media School, Eskenazi Museum of Art 2016.26 Breaking Home Ties © SEPS. Use courtesy of Curtis Licensing. 



The Flagellation
New Acquisition: The Flagellation of Christ

January 3-May 7, 2017

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Gealt Gallery, first floor

This installation features three prints by Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Dürer, and Lucas Cranach the Elder. These works are part of a large gift of prints from Indianapolis collectors Walter and Joan Wolf.  

Image: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528). The Flagellation from The Large Passion, ca. 1497. Woodcut on paper. Gift of Joan W. and Walter E. Wolf, Eskenazi Museum of Art, 2016.52


Chinese Wedding Jacket
Tendrils of Design: Chinese Art Past and Present

January 17-May 7, 2017

Gallery of the Art of Asia and the Ancient Western World, second floor 

This installation includes a variety of Chinese paintings and an embroidered wedding jacket in conjunction with the IU Global Arts and Humanities Festival, China Remixed

Image: Chinese Wedding Jacket Peranakan, 18th century. Silk. Gift in Memory of Dr. and Mrs. Luther S. Roehm from The Roehm Family Collection, Eskenazi Museum of Art 2014.39


Harold Cousins La Reine


New Acquisition: A Sculpture by Harold Cousins

January 24-May 7, 2017

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Steinmetz Kellett Gallery, first floor

Harold Cousins's 1952 welded sculpture La Reine was acquired by the museum in 2016. It offers insight both into the development of modern sculpture and into the experience of African American artists in the post-World War II era. 

Image: Harold Cousins (American, active France and Belgium, 1916-1992). La Reine, 1952. Welded steel and brass on painted wood base. Museum purchase with funds from Dr. William and Karen Armstrong, Gregg and Judy Summerville, and Richard and Diane Woosnam, Eskenazi Museum of Art 2016.70



What is an American?
Beyond the Buckskin

February 21-May 7, 2017

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, first floor

This installation features two prints by Native American artists Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Fritz Scholder. 

Image: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Native American, born 1940). What is an American?, 2001-2003. Hand-painted lithograph with collage on paper. Purchased with funds provided by Richard H. Small and E. Jane Hewitt in memory of Mark and Ann Hewitt, Eskenazi Museum of Art 2009.68



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Masters of the French Etching Revival: Degas, Bracquemond, and Buhot

November 8, 2016-May 7, 2017

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, first floor

This installation features the work of Impressionists Edgar Degas, Félix Bracquemond, and Félix Buhot, "painter-printmakers" who captured the spirit and energy of the fin de siècle by giving a traditional process a modern reboot. 

Image: Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: The Etruscan Gallery, 1879-80. Soft ground etching, aquatint, etching, and drypoint on paper. Eskenazi Museum of Art 75.60.3




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Modern Pioneers: Professors of Photography 

November 8, 2016-May 7, 2017

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Steinmetz Kellett Gallery, first floor

Work by seven influential university photography professors–Minor White, Allen Downs, Lou Block, Aaron Siskind, Walter Rosenblum, Van Deren Coke, and Henry Holmes Smith, IU's first photography professor–is displayed in this installation.

Image: Lou Block (American, 1895-1969). Conversation No. 1, ca. 1960. Gelatin silver print. Henry Holmes Smith Archive. Eskenazi Museum of Art 200.X.18.1


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Modigliani and Lipchitz: Friends in Bohemian Paris

November 8, 2016-May 7, 2017

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Steinmetz Kellett Gallery, first floor

The Italian painter/sculptor Amedeo Modigliani met the Lithuanian sculptor Jacques Lipchitz when both were young Jewish emigres in early twentieth-century Paris. This installation features a portrait drawing of Lipchitz by Modigliani, as well as several intaglio prints by Lipchitz that reflect a lesser-known aspect of his career. 

Image: Jacques Lipchitz (French [active in U.S.], 1891-1975). Theseus and the Minotaur, 1943-44. Etching, engraving, and aquatint on paper. Museum purchase with funds from the Hope Fund. Eskenazi Museum of Art 66.23


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Modern Sculptors in Indiana

May 24, 2016-March 12, 2017

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Steinmetz Kellett Gallery, first floor

Several modern sculptors of national and international prominence were born in Indiana, worked in the state, or came here to study. This installation features the work of artists Robert Laurent, David Smith, George Rickey, David Hayes, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, and (from October onwards) William Wiley, all of whom have Indiana connections. This installation is presented in conjunction with the Indiana State Bicentennial and has been endorsed as an official Bicentennial Legacy Project. 

Image: David Smith (American, 1906-1965). Pillar of Sunday, 1945. Painted steel. Eskenazi Museum of Art 69.151

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Ancient Glass


Ongoing

Gallery of the Arts of Asia and the Ancient Western World, second floor

The display of ancient glass has been expanded this summer to include additional examples from the Eskenazi Museum of Art collection. Most of the pieces are Roman and date from the first to the fourth centuries CE, but they reflect a glass-making tradition that stretches to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. While the new installation focuses on the many ways that glass was used in the ancient world, a multitude of shapes, colors, and techniques will also be explored.

Image: Greek, Perfume Bottle (Amphoriskos), sixth century BCE. Glass. Burton Y. Berry Collection, Eskenazi Museum of Art 76.35.69