Experience life in the 1950s by putting your feet up on the couch, playing a record, peeking in drawers and rolling in the grass in a full-size prefabricated Lustron home built inside the museum at the Ohio History Center.
Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is comprised of twelve animals derived from the Chinese astrological calendar of years, weeks, and hours. The design of these heads was inspired by a specific source: an elaborate fountain created in the 1700s for the gardens of Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat outside of Beijing, China. The Qianlong Emperor commissioned Giuseppe Castiglione, an Italian Jesuit, to create gardens and fountains with a sense of Western opulence. Each zodiac animal corresponds to a two-hour period on a 24-hour cycle. Thus in its original design, each animal sprayed water from its mouth during its corresponding two-hour period.
Dogs: Faithful and True explores the enduring presence and contributions of dogs as companions, workers and heroes in Native American and Western cultures. In addition to art, photographs, artifacts and interactive experiences, there will be dog-related programming at various points during the exhibit. You'll be able to adopt a dog from the Indy Humane's Pet Adoption Wagon, participate in fun art workshops, hear a talk from the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine on the history of dogs in art and dog breeds, learn about related community groups and much, much more. Dogs: Faithful and True promises to be a heart-warming and insightful look at our canine friends.
Cincinnati-based artist Cedric Michael Cox’s bright, lively, and often playful paintings offer abstract twists on traditional painting subjects. For this exhibition, Cox will present a new series of paintings inspired by works in the Taft collection. Working under a broad range of influences, including mythology, music, film, architecture, nature, and the urban environment, Cox encourages viewers to re-examine the world around them. His abstractions range from the geometric to the curvilinear, and look back to the fragmented forms of Cubism, the biomorphic shapes of Surrealism, and even the atmospheric colors of Tonalism
As a painter, Louis C. Tiffany was captivated by the interplay of light and color and this fascination found its most spectacular expression in his glass “paintings”. Explore iconic and celebrated Tiffany windows and lamps that highlight the contributions of Tiffany Studio artists including chemist Arthur Nash and designers Agnes Northrop, Frederick Wilson and Clara Driscoll.
Soar to the IMA to experience Audubon: Drawn to Nature, an exhibition featuring the lifelike drawings of John James Audubon. From stern owls to playful parakeets these beautiful drawings feature birds of North America carefully studied and documented by Audubon, a leader in ornithology and conservation.