IMA Great Hall to get greater

July 29, 2008
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Max Anderson at the Indianapolis Museum of Art has finally gotten his wish--a dominant piece of art in the IMA's Pulliam Great Hall (that's the open area you enter as soon as you go through the sliding doors at the top of the escalator). 

The artist is Robert Irwin, whose work is already in the IMA's collection. Surely you've noticed this untitled piece.

But that was created back in 1969. To get some idea what we might be in for, here's a look at a more recent Irwin piece from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

The new 60-foot-tall piece, made of scrim and flourescent lights, created for the IMA, will climb the area in front of the gallery escalators. It will be unveiled October 11 as part of the IMA's 125th anniversary celebration.

Your thoughts? 

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  • That's great news. I've always loved Irwin's piece at the IMA. The Great Hall has been begging for a large piece. I can't wait to see it.
  • To learn more about Irwin, try the short book Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by New Yorker writer Lawrence Weschler. I am by no means an art expert, but this book is one of the best explanations of an artist and how he works that I have ever read.
  • This will be great piece and an updated addition to the IMA Great Hall. What would be great though is if the Flourescent lights were either t-5 buulbs or more efficient LED's with a combination of CF bulbs found in lamps to provide a message and be efficient on the utility bills of the IMA :)

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