The initiatives include creating a $20 million endowment for the acquisition of works by marginalized and underrepresented artists, and diversifying the board of trustees so it can be more representative of the city.
Dozens of Newfields employees sign letter calling for ouster of Venable
The letter said staff members spent four hours Monday “listening to members of senior leadership attempt to explain themselves, their actions and their plans,” but were left feeling “more distrustful and confused” about their future after the meeting.Read More
Newfields says it regrets describing its ‘core’ audience as white in job description
The museum said the description—part of a post seeking a new director for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which is part of the complex—comes out of an effort by Newfields to be “truly inclusive.” However, it said the wording was “divisive rather than inclusive.”Read More
Newfields announces major new immersive art exhibition
The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields on Wednesday announced the largest exhibit in its history. It is expected to occupy the museum’s entire fourth floor starting in June 2021.Read More
Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra close temporarily over virus
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis are joining hundreds of other orchestras, performing arts groups and cultural institutions across the country by suspending operations temporarily during the coronavirus outbreak. However, some local cultural institutions remain open.Read More
Charles Venable, who came to Newfields in 2012, stepped down Wednesday amid controversy over a job posting.
The letter comes in the wake of a controversial job listing in which the Indianapolis art museum and nature center described a need to diversify its patrons while “maintaining the museum’s traditional, core, white art audience.”
Cultural development startup GangGang, which was enlisted to curate an exhibition highlighting a local mural celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement, said it has stepped away from the initiative.
Hired in August, Fred Wallace leads a team that ensures the priceless works at the Indianapolis Museum of Art art kept in tip-top shape.
Though the city will allow museums and cultural institutions to operate at 50% occupancy starting June 19, many are planning to wait a few days or test the waters with a select group of members.
Morgan’s specialty is to identify how artists and museums create narratives about American culture that belittle, deemphasize or oppress black populations and other ethnicities.
The art and nature campus is launching an array of projects to upgrade its offerings and public access, highlighted by an autumnal festival this fall including culinary attractions, horticulture displays, musical performances and films.
The grant from the Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is designated to improve infrastructure such as bike paths and walking trails, add parking and bathrooms, and create an endowment for maintenance and new art commissions.
The improvements are part of a masterplan that aims to bring hundreds of thousands more visitors to the complex, which includes the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Robert Indiana was born Robert Clark in New Castle and later relocated to Indianapolis, where he attended Arsenal Technical High School.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art on Tuesday unveiled a unifying name for its 152-acre campus. The branding points up IMA’s increased emphasis on leveraging its grounds and developing outdoor experiences.
Stuart Alter, the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s first director of technology strategy, said collaborations with partners in the community and with other museums help the institution enhance the visitor experience and make its art available to more people.
With a flower show outside supplemented by exhibitions focusing on birds, you might question the very nature of the IMA.