Today was art to the max. We started at the Eiteljorg Museum at 10:30. It is located in a dense cultural district called White River State Park that was not far from our motel. It has a handsome modern building built of natural sandstone.
To my thinking, something must have gone wrong at the Eiteljorg, probably budget problems. They have a nice building and a good collection of Western and classic American art; we enjoyed our first visit there several years ago. This year, half of their first floor was being used as a commercial gallery, with works by several contemporary artists. All of it was excellent…and insignificant. The second floor had Indian artifacts and a children's discovery center.
That left about half of the first floor for the highlights of their collection.
|Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952)|
Chief's Daughter; Kwakiutl tribe, coast of British Columbia
|Bartering for a Bride (The Trapper's Bride), 1845 by|
Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
|The Turkey Hunter, c. 1925 by|
Eanger Irving Couse (American, 1866-1936)
|Wash Day, 1975 by Clark Hulings (American, 1922-2011)|
|Taos Pueblo, 1929/1934 by Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986)|
|Church at Abiquiu, NM, 1949 by John Sloan (American, 1871-1951)|
|Crippled but Still Coming, 1913 by|
Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864-1926)
|The Cow Country (No Trail), 1938 by|
Maynard Dixon (American, 1875-1946)
|The Twins, 1922 by E. Martin Hennings (American, 1886-1956)|
|The Dry Ditch, 1964 by|
Kenneth Adams (American, 1897-1966)
From the Eiteljorg we drove out to a big park where the Indianapolis Museum of Art is located. IMA has many features that have special appeal for me, and I really enjoyed the afternoon. The museum's symbol of welcome is a fountain with a fresh modern design.
|The Sutphin Fountain|
|Indianapolis Museum of Art|
|Geometry of Light, 2011, by Allyson Shotz, born 1964|
Cut plastic Fresnel lens sheets, silvered glass beads, stainless steel wire
The main galleries are on the second floor. The foyer has a light installation by Robert Irwin that is one of his best works of art. It consists of a pattern of fluorescent tubes adorning the enclosure of an escalator.
|Light and Space III, 2008 by|
Robert Irwin (American, born 1928)
|Wall Drawing No. 652, 1990 by Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007)|
|The Prince of Nassau, 1776 by|
Elizabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun (French, 1755-1842)
|Jimson Weed, 1937 by Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1996)|
Here's a woman artist I hadn't heard of before. Isn't this excellent? Both stylish and moving. Bobbs was a successful portrait painter in Indianapolis.
|Woman in White, 1911, by Ruth Pratt Bobbs , 1884-1973|
It is always special to run across a work by Isabel Bishop.
|Tidying Up, 1941 by|
Isabel Bishop (American, 1902-1988)
They have a wonderful collection of Pointillism and Neo-Impressionism; it is considered one of the most comprehensive in the U.S.
|The Seashore, c. 1905 by Jean Metzinger (French, 1883-1956)|
|Entrance to the Port of Honfleur, 1899 by Paul Signac (French, 1863-1935)|
It is very difficult for American museums to acquire early European masterpieces. IMA has some good examples.
|Central Panel of Triptych of the Annunciation, c. 1483|
by the Master of the Legend of St. Ursula (Flemish, active 1470-1490)
|Still Life with a Stoneware Jug, Berkemeyer and Smoking Utensils, 1640|
by Pieter Claesz (Dutch, c. 1597-1660), Dan's photo
The museum also has a good collection of American classics.
|Whaler and Fishing Vessels near the Coast of Labrador, c. 1880 by|
William Bradford (American, 1823-1892)
|Washington Street, Indianapolis at Dusk, 1892-95 by|
Theodore Groll (American, 1857-1913)
|The Love Song, 1926 by Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978)|
|Hauptmann Must Die, 1935 by Reginald Marsh (American, 1898-1954)|
|New York, New Haven and Hartford, 1931|
by Edward Hopper (American, 1842-1967), Dan's photo
|Jan in IMA snack bar; Dan's photo|
We came back to our hotel and had a hamburger, no bun, in their café. The wait staff was friendly.