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Be the first to experience your museum. Explore seven galleries of art, including new works. Visit our new Art-making studio. Experience our new Centers for Education, Conservation, and Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Celebrate with fun art props at our Selfie Station. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, a welcome tour, live music, and more. Celebrate this milestone with us!

Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 4 – 8 p.m.

3:30 p.m. First Thursday Festival Parade hosted by IU Arts & Humanities

4 – 8 p.m. Guided welcome tours
20-minute guided tours, leaving every 5 – 10 minutes

4 – 8 p.m. Open Art-making Studio

4 – 8 p.m. Selfie station

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Experience the new Print Study. View prints, drawings, and photographs
with Judy Stubbs, Curator of Asian Art, and Nan Brewer, Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper

5 – 6 p.m. Pop-up talk
Learn about ancient art with Juliet Graver Istrabadi, Curator of Ancient Art

5 – 7 p.m. Scavenger hunt*
*First 750 IU students receive a gift, courtesy of Office of First Year Experience

5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Behind-the-scenes conservation experiences
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6 – 7 p.m. Pop-up talk
Learn about Impressionist paintings with Galina Olmsted, Assistant Curator of European and American Art

6:30 p.m. Artist talk: Susie Rodriguez, architect

6:30–7:30 p.m. Poetry-on-demand
Talk with a Writer's Guild poet who will write a poem for you

7 – 8 p.m. Free hot chocolate and cider*
*while supplies last

Live music in the atrium, courtesy of IU Arts and Humanities Council

Preserving Museum Collections: Behind the Scenes with Conservators

Experience the new Center for Conservation with Beverly & Gayl W. Doster Paintings Conservator, Julie Ribits. Learn to look at artwork through a conservator’s eyes. Then go into the gallery with Julie to look closely at works of art. Space is limited to 10 people per session. Free but ticketed.

Reserve tickets for the 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. experience

Reserve tickets for the 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. experience

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your session starts, to check in and store your belongings.

A group of women stand together, smiling and giving thumbs up. Behind them is the painting Swing Landscape.

Friday, November 8, 2019

11 a.m. Guided welcome tour

12 p.m. Ascension

1 p.m. History of the museum tour

3 p.m. Guided welcome tour

4 p.m. Ascension


Ascension is a site-specific contemporary dance created by choreographer Elizabeth Shea to celebrate the re-opening of the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University.

Modernist architect I. M. Pei, who designed the museum, once said, “The important thing, really, is the community. How does it (the design) affect life?” Pei’s philosophy forms the basis for an approach in producing a site-specific work that revolves around the drawing together of fine art and community as reflected in new, architectural changes to the museum itself. Larger and uncovered windows and glass walls suggest themes of transparency; open spaces for hands-on experiences with art through education remove barriers between artist and viewer. The new design essentially tears down walls between maker and viewer, and draws our community together, inviting people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, and life experiences. We all reach to a higher place, thus, as Liz Shea shows, Ascension.

This work is supported in part by an award from the College Arts and Humanities Institute, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University.

Please contact our events staff for physical accomodations. Space is limited.

Seven performances, 20–30 min. each

Friday, November 8, 2019 at noon and 4 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2 and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 1 and 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at noon

Saturday, November 9, 2019

10 – 11:30 a.m. Children’s arts-based wellness program. By invitation only

10 – 11:30 a.m. Guided welcome tour

1 p.m. Open Art Studio: What is Art Therapy?

1 p.m. Coffee with a Curator
Join Elliot Reichert, Curator of Contemporary Art, for a conversation about the new installation A Gust of Wind by UK-based designer Paul Cocksedge.

2 p.m. Ascension

2:30 p.m. History of the museum tour

3:30 p.m. Ice cream social*
*while supplies last

4:30 p.m. Guided welcome tour

6:30 p.m. Ascension

Open Art Studio: What is Art Therapy?

A woman sits at a round table with five children. Art making supplies are in the center of the table.

Come explore our brand new art-making studio at the Eskenazi Museum of Art! Bring your friends and family, and try out a variety of art supplies. Our art therapist, Lauren Daugherty, will answer questions about the new space, the types of programs you can expect to see in the art-making studio, and new wellness programs at the museum. Activities will be offered for those that need a little more direction, but self-guided art-making is encouraged! No previous art experience required. Free to the public.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

1 p.m. Ascension

2:30 p.m. Rethinking the Modern Art Collection
guided by Jennifer McComas, Curator of European and American Art

1:30 p.m. Guided welcome tour

3 p.m. History of the museum tour

4 p.m. Ascension

Special Exhibitions

A black and white image of a young man in a hooded sweatshirt.
Kerry James Marshall (American, b. 1955) Untitled (Handsome Young Man), 2010 Etching and aquatint on paper, image/plate: 15 15 / 16 x 12 in. Museum purchase with funds from Donald, Nicole, and Dexter Griffin, Janice and William Wiggins, Jr., Mary E. Wiggins, Kevin and Dianne Brown, Beverly Calender-Anderson, Frank Motley and Valeri Haughton-Motley, and Tanya Mitchell-Yeager in honor of Black History Month, and the estate of Herman B Wells via the Joseph Granville and Anna Bernice Wells Memorial Fund, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2015.158

Re/New: Recent Acquisitions by Contemporary Artists

November 7, 2019–March 1, 2020
Featured Exhibition Gallery, Henry Radford Hope Wing, 1st Floor

Celebrating the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s commitment to studying, exhibiting, and collecting contemporary art, this exhibition features 51 works by 45 artists—all of which were acquired in the past five years. As a preeminent teaching museum, the Eskenazi Museum of Art recognizes a need to include more contemporary art in its collection. Some of the works in this exhibition represent the first by an emerging or mid-career artist in our collection, while others add to existing holdings by established masters. Central to our collecting philosophy is adding diversity in terms of artistic identity, subject matter, materials, and techniques. This exhibition is divided into five themes—Beauty and Identity; Race, Ethnicity, and Community; Social Activism; Nature and Place; and Abstraction—although the divisions have been left intentionally fluid, as some works reflect multiple ideas. Some of the artists included in the show have a strong regional connection, including several IU faculty artists, while others create work that alludes to larger public art projects or performance pieces.

An old man with glasses is at the center of a blue background with red words from the book Pinocchio.
Jim Dine (American, born 1935) Untitled [Pinocchio] from Pinocchio , 2006 Color lithograph on paper, Image/sheet: 22 x 17 ¼ in. Gift of the artist, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2017.75.11

Jim Dine: Pinocchio, Geppetto, and Other Personal Metaphors

November 7, 2019–May 10, 2020
Center for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, East Wing, 3rd Floor

The inaugural exhibition in the new Center for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs will focus on work by noted American painter, sculptor, and printmaker Jim Dine. It includes the artist’s gift of his 44 plate Pinocchio series and a recent self-portrait print, as well as his first print series, The Crash, which relates to one of his early performative Happenings. Like his later Pop art works, The Crash has autobiographical significance. Also featured are 11 other works from the museum’s collection that highlight Dine’s interests in poetry, psychoanalysis, transformation, and the fine art of drawing. The museum’s works on paper are complemented by treasures from other IU collections, including a first edition of Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) from the Lilly Library and one of Dine’s first filmed interviews for National Education Television (NET) in the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art is funded by your philanthropy.

We are grateful to Gregg and Judy Summerville for their support of the reopening event and the museum's First Thursday programs.