Lining up for Romans

January 4, 2008
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A three-hour wait to see a show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art?That's what patrons report occurred in late December as Hoosiers took advantage of some free time to see "Roman Art from the Louvre" during its final days (the show ships out on January 6th).

The numbers supplied by the IMA back up this report. Apparently 14,540 people stopped in from Dec. 26-30--compared to 5,308 who visited during this time in 2006 when "Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt" was the featured attraction. And the 2006 numbers even had an extra day worked in (The IMA, like most museums, is closed on Monday, which cut into this weekend's take).

So to what do you attribute the success of the show? Substance? Marketing? A deep Hoosier fascination with things Roman?

And, if you went, how did the show work for you?

Your thoughts?

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  • My signficant other and I waited, unfortunately, until Thursday evening to visit the show. We did not have to wait to get in. The pieces seemed nicely arranged and some of the artifacts were very impressive but the crowd was really too large for us to be able to appreciate the exhibits very well. I am very sorry we did not see the exhibit a couple of months ago when the crowds were undoubtedly smaller. I am also sorry that the IMA did not have audio tours available to accompany the exhibit. Those are always very helpful and make exhibits more meaningful.
  • I checked it out in the afternoon when our office was released early the Friday before Christmas. A man who was working in the gift shop said that the numbers had died down a little because it was right before the holidays, but expected them to pick back up in the last few days of the exhibit.
    At first I was just hoping to get my $12 worth considering the rest of the museum is free and I could do the rest of it at any time (and I had been there Dec. 1 for an event, but didn't have time for the Romans exhibit, which did have a long line at that time).
    Price was well worth it. I was overwhelmed--about 2/3 through I stopped reading every single description. I also enjoyed learning about that time period and how art reflected the daily life.
    Little side note--my sister and her husband spent their honeymoon in Italy and said that they even noticed a few signs that said some of the works in Italy now are replicas because the originals belonged to the Louvre. (The IMA exhibit also explained how the works ended up at the Louvre, an interesting history lesson about how art sometimes leaves its homeland).
  • I wasn't prepared for impact the collection had on me.

    As a Herron grad, I've seen some of the included pieces in books for years. A picture is worth a thousand words, but the real deal evokes an emotional response and an uncanny sense of time and history that the photographed object can't quite convey.

    Jackson Pollock's work is another great example of the inadequacies of the printed image. (Just to be certain, I'm not referring to the art of photography, I'm referring to photographic reproduction.) :-)
  • We were at the Museum today and we waited for over 3 hours. This is Indianapolis not New York, Paris, or Rome! How cool is it that people would wait for 3 hours to see art in Indy. Kudos to the IMA for making this happen. I can't wait to go back when it slows down to see what else is in the Museum.
  • I went with a group of friends and their 2 young sons Thanksgiving weekend. We had to wait about 20-30 minutes. I was really astounded at the exhibit. I thought the exhibit was really impressive in the amount of works and the qaulity. My friends sons also seemed to enjoy it - which is really something as they're only 7 and 5! I too stopped reading all the cards about 2/3 the way through and just looked at the beauty of the objects. It's hard not to draw parallels between the Romans and modern society when so many of their artifacts are reminiscent of our own.

    I think the IMA is a great museum for our city and have always enjoyed visiting. I hope to go back soon and see the rest of the remodeled spaces. Thanks IMA for bringing the Romans!
  • I went on the final day and there was a 2 to 3 hour wait, but it was all worth it. I spent the day with my father and step-mother and they didn't want to wait that long, but once we all got it, it blew us away. Almost 103,000 people attended the viewing over the time that IMA had the art. http://www.ibj.com/html/detail_page.asp?content=09586

    If you have seen this art while it was here, you know what I am talking about. Everyone else, you really have missed out on something special. This is definately a once in a life time event that I will not forget.

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