Three Unique Ways to Experience American Modernism this Fall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

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New exhibitions offer distinct, personal, perspectives on the 20th century movement

From the colorful pochoirs of Man Ray to the iconic flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is celebrating American Modernism this fall with three new exhibitions reflecting the styles, influences and artists of this 20th century avant-garde movement.

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. 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, 2015, is the first time these paintings, drawings and prints have been brought together in a single show since their days in Brown County.

Another exhibition, The Rise of American Modernism, 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 light sensitivity. The Rise of American Modernism will be on view through July 26, 2015, and is generously supported by June M. McCormack.

The IMA’s feature exhibition this fall, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life, opens 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.

The IMA will host a Day of the Dead themed opening party on Nov. 1 from 7-11 p.m. with special entertainment, activities and exclusive access to the exhibition before it opens to the public. Event tickets are $12 for the public, $5 for students and free for IMA members.

Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life is presented by The Alliance of the IMA, with additional support provided by Barnes & Thornburg LLP. O’Keeffe Education Supporters include the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation at the Platinum Level, and the Buckingham Foundation and The Lacy Foundation at the Silver Level.

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About the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Founded in 1883, the Indianapolis Museum of Art serves the creative interests of its communities by fostering exploration of arts, design and the natural environment. Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the IMA is among the 10 oldest and 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary art and design arts that spans 5,000 years of history. Additionally, art, design, and nature are featured at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, Oldfields–Lilly House and Gardens, a historic Country-Place-Era estate and National Historic Landmark on the IMA grounds and the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, one of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences. For more information visit

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