Currently On View

This pathway provides an introduction to what's on view in each of the galleries.

Welcome to the Eskenazi Museum of Art

  • Whether this is your first visit or your hundredth, we hope you enjoy your visit.

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Gallery Guidelines

Spend quality time here.

Please be respectful of every person's museum experience.

Photo and videos encouraged! No flash, tripods, or selfie sticks.

Sketching encouraged! Pencils only, drawing boards up to 24 x 30 inches are okay.

Help us keep the art safe.

Do not touch the artwork. Keep a safe distance between you and the artwork.

No food or drink in the galleries. Enjoy refreshments outside on the café terrace.

No backpacks, bulky items, or large coats. Bags up to 12 x 18 inches are welcome.

No wet items or umbrellas. Tables are available outside each gallery.

Service animals are welcome! Please leave your pets at home.

Bring the family.

We love strollers. When carrying small children, please keep them in front of you.

Bottle and breastfeeding are welcome throughout the museum. The Wellness Room on the Mezzanine is also available for your use.

Please accompany children at all times.

3rd Floor | Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous Art of the Americas | Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery

  • This gallery displays ancient to contemporary artworks from three collection areas associated with different world regions comprised of hundreds of cultures and languages. The regions represented in this gallery are spread across four continents and the planet’s largest ocean. This collection spans more than 3,000 years. 

  • Arts of Africa  represents visual art practices from across the continent, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The Eskenazi Museum of Art is known internationally for this African art collection.

  • Arts of Oceania includes artworks from places in the South Pacific associated with the regions of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia.  

  • Indigenous Arts of the Americas is geographically broad in scope and includes artworks from Ancient Mesoamerica, Central and South America, and Native American arts in North America.

  • Historically, museums have presented these regions together because Europeans interpreted, or more accurately misinterpreted, artworks associated with these cultures and perceived few distinctions between them. Consequently, this practice, which began in the fifteenth century and was emphasized during colonial-era collecting in the nineteenth century, tells us more about Europeans than it does about the people from these cultures.  As you explore this gallery, we encourage you to think about these contrasting perspectives and histories of representation.

  • The historical encounters of Europeans exploring foreign lands relates to early collecting practices in Europe and the United States. The museum prioritizes provenance research to better understand ownership histories of artwork in these three collections, specifically how they traveled from their places of origin to the art market and Bloomington.  Outcomes of that ongoing research will be reflected in revisions to individual artwork labels both in the gallery and on the museum's website.

Focus Gallery | Textile Heritage in Central and South America
  • Saturday, August 26, 2023, 10:00 AM – Sunday, February 18, 2024, 5:00 PM

  • This focus exhibition explores the transmission of knowledge through the textile legacies of Central and South America to show the powerful role of cloth to transfer cultural wisdom across generations. It brings attention to cloths made in the 20th century, including molahuipil, and poncho. These textiles represent practices that continue to be actively created, used, and preserved by communities for future generations. The historical legacies of these textiles testify to the contemporary vitality and resilience of the communities they originate from in Central and South America.

  • This focus exhibition is curated by museum graduate assistant Angiee Liliana Rocha Parra, under the mentorship of Allison J. Martino, Laura and Raymond Wielgus Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous Art of the Americas.

3rd Floor | Landscape and Abstraction in Watercolor, 1780–1980 | Rhonda and Anthony Moravec Gallery, Center for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

  • Saturday, August 05, 2023, 10:00 AM – Sunday, December 10, 2023, 5:00 PM

  • Rhonda and Anthony Moravec Gallery, Center for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Third Floor

  • Drawn from the collections of the Eskenazi Museum of Art, this exhibition examines how artists have leveraged the challenges and possibilities of the watercolor medium over two centuries. Presenting highlights from the collection, it charts the evolving intersection of landscape painting with abstract approaches in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Freed from the studio, watercolorists in the eighteenth century sought to record and interpret outdoor and architectural spaces, as well as the relationship of these environments to one another. By the middle of the twentieth century, artists were taking advantage of watercolor’s unique properties to blur the boundaries between real and imagined, representational and abstract.

  • This exhibition is generously supported by James and Stephania McClennen.

2nd Floor | Asian & Islamic Art | Ancient Art

  • Located on the second floor, this gallery includes ancient art as well as Asian & Islamic art.

  • The museum’s Asian and Islamic art collection spans 4,000 years. Asia is the longtime home of most of the human population. 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. The five areas on view include East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Islamic collection.

  • The ancient art collection is from the vast region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and the Near East—an area that incorporates and interconnects three continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. It invites museum visitors to look into a past world very different from our own, yet one that has continued to influence the development of ideas through modern times. This collection includes objects dating from 30,000 BCE through 1000 CE, and addresses themes like religious ritual, funerary practices, public ceremony, and daily life. Our collection of ancient art contains works from many cultures, including Sumerian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian, Minoan, Mycenaean, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman.

Focus Gallery | Life and Legend: Storytelling and Greek Pottery
  • This student-curated focus exhibition explores the rich imagery of vase painting in ancient Greece. It is being developed by IU students in the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE) program, with the mentorship of Dr. Julie Van Voorhis and Ancient Art curator Juliet Graver Istrabadi.

  • The Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Experience supports courses that introduce students to hands-on research as early as possible in their academic careers. ASURE classes emphasize mentorship and project-based learning.

1st Floor | European and American Art, Modern and Contemporary | Eskenazi Gallery

  • Sunday, September 18, 2022, 12:00 PM – Saturday, September 30, 2023, 5:00 PM

  • Located on the first floor, the Eskenazi Gallery of Modern and Contemporary European and American art features a stellar collection of work from the early 1900s to the present. Strengths include German Expressionism, modernist sculpture, Dada objects (including the only complete set of Marcel Duchamp’s iconic Readymades in the United States), and post–World War II abstract painting. Another highlight is Stuart Davis’s mural Swing Landscape, one of the most significant American paintings of the twentieth century.

  • More information about European paintings and sculptures in the collection can be found on our Nazi-Era Provenance Research Project.

Focus Gallery | The Degenerate Art Exhibition: 85 Years Later
  • Sunday, September 18, 2022, 12:00 PM – Saturday, September 30, 2023, 5:00 PM

  • Focus Gallery, Eskenazi Gallery, European and American Art, Modern and Contemporary, 1st Floor

  • The Degenerate Art exhibition, one of the most notorious examples of cultural propaganda in Nazi Germany, opened in Munich on July 19, 1937, subsequently traveling to cities throughout Germany and Austria. The exhibition contained over 600 examples of modern (mostly German Expressionist) art, selected from over 21,000 art objects recently confiscated from Germany’s state-administered art museums. Most of these works were dispersed to the art market, many eventually entering American collections.

  • Eighty-five years have passed since the Degenerate Art exhibition opened in Munich, yet much about this critical event remains misunderstood, including its targeting of German Expressionism and the role it played in the dissemination of the Third Reich’s antisemitic ideology. This focus exhibition features four art objects that offer a variety of insights the Nazis’ condemnation of German modernist art, their persecution of Jewish artists, and their looting of Jewish art collections. Among the works on view is Emil Nolde’s painting Nudes and Eunuch, which was displayed in the Degenerate Art exhibition, and which provides an opportunity to examine how the artists classified as “degenerate” have been remembered as victims, even when (as in the case of Emil Nolde) they sympathized with Nazi ideology.

1st Floor | European and American Art, Medieval to 1900 | Fortune Gallery

  • Located on the first floor, the Jane Fortune Gallery of European and American Art, Medieval to 1900, offers an expansive survey of western art, with particular strengths in Italian Renaissance and nineteenth-century landscape and Impressionist painting. A wide range of objects, including paintings, sculptures, altarpieces, Jewish and Christian liturgical arts, and decorative arts, offer multiple perspectives on European history.

  • More information about European paintings and sculptures in the collection can be found on our Nazi-Era Provenance Research Project.

Focus Gallery | Italian Renaissance Paintings from the Kress Collection: Expanding the Canon

The term "Renaissance" describes a chronological period (primarily the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries) and an artistic style particularly associated with the early modern Italian states. Florence and Tuscany are generally held as the pinnacle of artistic creation during the Italian Renaissance. With artists like Giotto, Botticelli, and Michelangelo working primarily in Florence it is understandable that the Tuscan city retains such notoriety.

Florence's early and continued claim to excellence is due in part to Giorgio Vasari's (1511-74) biographical work Lives of the Artists. First published in 1550, it established an artistic hierarchy that progressed from the early to the High Renaissance and reached perfection with Michelangelo.

Milan and Venice were also acknowledged artistic centers and home to famed artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Titian. Even though many artists are associated with a particular city, travel and competition were important during the Renaissance, and encouraged communication between artists, if not a cohesion of styles.

This collection of paintings features artists primarily from Northern Italian states such as Milan, Lombardy, and Venice. While these artists and workshops are not part of the dominant canon of Renaissance art, they represent an enriched picture of artistic practice during the period and demonstrate a wealth of creativity and production beyond the narrower definition of the canon.