Indianapolis museum exhibits celebrate American Modernism
For a more personal look at the movement, visitors can explore the unconventional art collection of an Indiana native in “The Onya La Tour Collection: Modernism in Indiana” in the IMA Alliance Gallery. The free exhibition showcases 30 works acquired by Onya La Tour, a Hoosier who befriended many artists while working for the Works Progress Administration in New York in the 1930s. When La Tour moved back to Indiana in 1940, she transformed her Brown County farmhouse into the Indiana Museum for Modern Art and opened her collection to the public. In 1972, she donated many of these works to the IMA. This exhibition, on view through April 12, is the first time these paintings, drawings and prints have been brought together in a single show since their days in Brown County.
“The Rise of American Modernism,” in the Susan and Charles Golden Gallery, highlights the impact that European modernists had on their American counterparts. Featuring 29 prints, drawings, watercolors and photographs from the IMA’s permanent collection, the exhibition showcases the work of American and European modernists such as Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Milton Avery and Katherine Dreier. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view works that are not often on view at the museum due to their sensitivity to light. “The Rise of American Modernism” will be on view through July 26.
The IMA’s feature exhibition this fall, “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life,” opened Nov. 2 in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery. Organized by Joseph S. Czestochowski and produced by International Arts®, the exhibit includes more than 50 works by Georgia O’Keeffe and her contemporaries – artists who were inspired by the dynamic culture, unique landscapes and natural beauty of the American Southwest. “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life” is curated by Dr. Charles C. Eldredge and features works drawn from numerous museums and private collections across the country. A highlight of the show will be the IMA’s great masterpiece by O’Keeffe, Jimson Weed (1936). Tickets are $20 for adults (Fri.-Sun.), $15 adults (Tue.-Thu.), $12 students and children 7-17, and free for children 6 and under. The exhibition is free for members.
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