Science and art come together in the IMA’s Conservation Science Laboratory where in-house scientists study works of art to learn more about them and how to best conserve them. Using a recently acquired Uzbek garment, Coat of Many Colors will illustrate how scientific imaging and dye analysis has narrowed the possible creation date on this object and contributed to our understanding of the influx of modern European synthetic colorants into traditional Central Asian textile arts of the early 20th century.
This exhibition presents a glimpse into recent and innovative uses of graphite. A form of crystallized carbon, graphite is a naturally occurring mineral as well as a synthetic, industrial product that can be processed and in multiple ways. It can be machined or carved, used as a powder or liquid, or handled as a lump, stick, or pencil. Graphite gathers together works that reveal the material's potential to take a variety of forms and yield a wide range of visual effects.
A large audience gathered at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on May 20, 2011, to explore the legacy of Miller House with some of America's leading design experts. One of the greatest modern designs of the mid-twentieth century, this extraordinary complex was created by the legendary architect Eero Saarinen, interior designer Alexander Girard, and landscape architect Dan Kiley for the J. Irwin Miller family.