New in the Galleries

Ancient Glass
Ongoing
Gallery of the Arts of Asia and the Ancient Western World, second floor
The display of ancient glass has been expanded this summer to include additional examples from the IU Art Museum collection. Most of the pieces are Roman and date from the first to the fourth centuries CE, but they reflect a glass-making tradition that stretches to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. While the new installation focuses on the many ways that glass was used in the ancient world, a multitude of shapes, colors, and techniques will also be explored.

In Imitation of the Master
Continuing through January 31, 2015
Gallery of the Art of the Western World, first floor
Three prints by the great German printmaker Albrecht Dürer and copies by later artists Hieronymous Hopfer, Johann Mommard, and Jan Wierix are featured. By comparing the variations with the originals, we see the skill of the master and the innovations of the follower.

Nature’s Small Wonders: Photographs by Ansel Adams
January 13–May 24, 2015
Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art, first floor
This installation features eight of Adams’s more intimate views of flowers, leaves, roots, rocks, and water ripples, as well as this elegant photographic frieze of the Rocky Mountains’ Quaking Aspen trees (which have been mysteriously dying off in large numbers since 2006 due to Sudden Aspen Decline [SAD]). It is also presented in conjunction with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sycamore Land Trust, whose mission is to protect the beautiful natural and agricultural landscape of southern Indiana.

WWI War Bond Posters
January 13–May 24, 2015
Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art, first floor
During World War I, mass-produced color posters encouraged enlistment, helped raise capital for the war effort, and solidified public opinion against the enemy. Two vintage posters for war bonds, one American and one French, are featured: although both depict a German soldier, they have very different styles and impacts.

Finding Atget
January 13–May 24, 2015
Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art, first floor
French photographer Eugène Atget’s imagery mixed a nineteenth-century aesthetic with a modern sensibility, garnering him admiration and respect from the young Berenice Abbott, who became his champion. This installation features a vintage print by Atget and several later prints from his original negatives.

Women behind the Camera
January 13–May 24, 2015
Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art, first floor
The world of professional photography in the early- to mid-twentieth century was largely a men’s club, but a small group of talented women paved the way for future generations of female “lensmen.” Portraits by three of these pioneers—Imogen Cunningham, Berenice Abbott, and Toni Frissell—are featured.

Traditional Changes: Art from the American Southwest
Continuing through February 15, 2015
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, Focalpoint, third floor
What does it mean to call an object “traditional” or “authentically Native American”? Explore these questions through examples of basketry, ceramics, textiles, and jewelry. Organized by Emma Kessler, curatorial assistant for the arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas.

Fantastic African Hats: Power, Passage, and Protection
February 17–May 24, 2015
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, Focalpoint, third floor
These twelve richly embellished African hats celebrate the prestige of their owners, evoke complex histories of trade and commerce, and provide protection from harm. Organized by Brittany Sheldon, graduate assistant for the arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas.

Onya LaTour: Pioneering Modern Art in Indiana
Continuing through May 10, 2015
Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art, first floor
In 1941 Onya LaTour opened the Indiana Museum of Modern Art near Nashville, Indiana, creating a stir in local art circles. Two works from her personal collection are featured in this installation presented in conjunction with Onya LaTour on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art this fall, to which the IU Art Museum loaned four pieces.

Dada and Constructivism: World War I and Radical Modernism
Continuing through August 30, 2015
Gallery of Western Art, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art, first floor