Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the ninth largest art museum in the country, and they have a massive art conservation suite with 12 conservators on staff. I did a short talk on media art management- where archiving strategies meet art conservation, and then I wandered the grounds. The Contemporary Art sections were impressive and the grounds are filled with sculpture.

They have a work by Kate Gilmore, Break of Day, was a performance in the Museum in 2010, that was filmed and is now a video. The single channel video is considered to be a work, accessioned into the museum’s collection. Which I thought was an intriguing way to ‘collect’ performance, and crossing into media art.  An audio work by Julianne Swartz fills an entire gallery. Terrain is a 12 channel audio work of people whispering ‘sweet nothings to their loved ones. The visual component of the installation’s wires are harsh and industrial in comparison to the sounds. My favorite of the works is an installation by William Lamson, A Line Describing The Sun, where Lamson used a lens to burn a hole across the desert, documenting it in a majestic and striking two channel video work in a scale large enough to encapsulate the viewer.

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