Chicago trumpeter Pharez Whitted plays ‘For the People’ at the IU Art Museum

Post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Karen Land: Tonight’s Jazz in July concert will be a homecoming of sorts for Pharez Whitted. At Indiana University, Whitted earned a master’s degree in jazz studies. He returns as a jazz master, headlining a free 6:30 p.m. show outside the IU Art Museum. Now based in Chicago, the […]

MFA student incorporates IU Art Museum pieces in thesis exhibit

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Jaclyn Lansbery: It’s one thing to read the artist’s statement accompanying an exhibition – it’s quite another to hear the artist himself talk about the process behind creating each piece. I recently got the chance to talk with MFA student Jared Gelormino about his thesis exhibit currently up […]

IU Art Museum’s 18th-century masterpiece originally created for royal wedding

An upcoming exhibit at the IU Art Museum will take you inside the bedroom of European nobility while highlighting an 18th-century masterpiece. The exhibit “Francesco Solimena: Picturing the World for an Eighteenth-Century Royal Wedding” focuses on the IU Art Museum’s “Allegory of the Four Parts of the World,” painted by Italian artist Francesco Solimena. The piece was originally commissioned for the wedding of Charles III and Maria Amalia of Saxony and was placed on the ceiling for King Charles’s studio, adjacent to his bedroom.

IU Art Museum’s painting to be part of exhibition near Paris

A painting from the IU Art Museum’s collection will be on display in France this year. Art at IU turned to Jenny McComas, the museum’s curator of Western Art after 1800, for more details about the painting and its place in the museum’s collection: The IU Art Museum’s painting, “Yerres, Effect of Rain,” was painted […]

IU Art Museum’s color plates from Matisse’s ‘Jazz’ on display at IMA

See something that looked familiar while checking out the Indianapolis Museum of Art‘s exhibition on Matisse? That’s right — the IU Art Museum’s complete suite of color plates from Henri Matisse’s “Jazz” is a featured special addition to the IMA’s exhibition, “Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks From the Baltimore Museum of Art.” That exhibition is […]

Collections at IU Art Museum, Lilly Library honor President Kennedy

The IU Art Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with a special “pop-up” exhibition from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the museum’s viewing room. The small exhibition will include a portrait taken by Arnold Newman shortly after the president’s inauguration; two prints made by Andy […]

Historical art exhibit created what feels like modern political drama

Jenny McComas, one of the IU Art Museum’s curators, was kind enough to give me a quick tour recently of the museum’s current exhibition, “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.” It was an experience to simply view the art, including a beautiful Georgia O’Keeffe that I wanted to take home […]

IU Art Museum exhibition brings history to life

The IU Art Museum’s fall exhibition, “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy,” represents a unique chance to see history come to life. The show reconstructs a 1946-47 exhibit that included more than 100 examples of stylistically diverse American paintings from the late-1930s to the early-1940s. With the emergence of the […]

Renoir lithograph has temporary home at IU Art Museum

The IU Art Museum is home to a Monet, a Picasso and a Dürer, but this summer you can also see a Renoir on loan there. One of the originators of the Impressionist style, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was particularly noted for his appreciation of feminine beauty. He depicted his friends, his family and their children in […]

Students in Pacific Islands class curate Polynesian tapa cloth exhibit at IU Art Museum

Tucked away in the third-floor gallery of the IU Art Museum is a small installation featuring a type of Polynesian cloth made from the inner bark of trees, known as tapa. A beautiful example of the cloth hangs on the wall, while a nearby case holds two examples of the implements used to pound bark […]