The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University
The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University

The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, also known as the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, is one of the foremost university art museums in the country with an internationally acclaimed collection. Established in 1941, the Eskenazi Museum of Art features over 45,000 objects representing a wide variety of art from an array of art-producing cultures throughout history, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Claude Monet, African masks, and antique gold jewelry. Next read: Best Things to Do in Bloomington, Indiana

»History

History

The vision of the Eskenazi Museum of Art is to inspire and encourage an interest in art and enrich the lives of all visitors through a diverse and unique collection of acclaimed global art. The Museum’s mission is to collect, exhibit, research, interpret, publish and preserve original works of art to contribute and advance the academic goals of Indiana University and promote a productive and fulfilling society.

Designed by internationally acclaimed architects I.M. Pei and Partners and completed in 1982, the building was created as a play on angles where the floors meet the walls at ninety-degree angles and many rectangular and square windows flood interiors with natural light. A vast glass atrium connects two solid cast triangles and spans 18,000 of the total 105,000 square feet with over 38,000 square feet devoted to gallery space. The Museum is also home to an outdoor Sculpture Terrace, office and storage space, a café and gift shop. Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University

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»Collections

Collections

The Eskenazi Museum of Art features three permanent galleries that showcase the Museum’s permanent collection. The Art of Asia and the Ancient Western World features classical Greek, Roman, and Etruscan vases, bronzes, and mosaics, Japanese paintings, and ancient Chinese porcelains.

The Gallery of Art of the Western World features works by early modern European and American masters, including Georges Braque, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp, and Fernand Léger, as well as American abstract artists like Frank Stella, Stuart Davis, and Joseph Cornell. German and Austrian Expressionists are represented by Emil Nolde, Ernst Kirchner, Max Beckmann, and August Macke, while the Museum’s works-on-paper collection includes major works Francisco Goya, Albrecht Durer, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

The Museum also houses a collection of European Old Master paintings by Vittore Crivelli, Apollonio di Giovanni, Niccolo Di Buonacorso, and Emanuel de Witte, and 19th Century European paintings by Charles Daubigny, Jean Leon Gerome, Gustave Caillebotte, and Claude Monet. Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University

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»The Light Totem

The Light Totem

Commissioned as a temporary installation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Eskenazi Museum of Art building, The Light Totem installation was completed in 2007 and due to its popularity, became a permanent fixture outside the museum in 2010. Designed by artist Robert Shakespeare, The Light Totem consists of a 70-foot freestanding tower illuminated with LEDs and a 40-foot tube within the glass atrium of the museum. The Light Totem also casts a digital display of changing colors on the wall of the Art Museum, illuminating it with a spectacular display of color and light. Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University

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»Education and Programs

Education and Programs

The Eskenazi Museum of Art offers an array of educational programs, classes, workshops, lectures, and docent-led tours throughout the year for visitors of all ages. The Museum offers free docent-led tours every Saturday at 2:00 pm that encourages conversation and creative thinking. Gallery Talks and Noon Talks are led by educators, curators, guest lecturers, and graduate students, and focus on the Museum’s current and special exhibitions.

One-Hour ‘mini’ Exhibitions are presented on one Friday each month and highlight a group of works based on artist, medium, theme or time period. These mini-shows include an informal discussion led by a curator of the Museum, and places are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art also provides a variety of diverse education programs, including partnering with 55 different university academic departments to provide tours for college students and offering special curriculum-based school programs for 51 of the 90 counties in Indiana. Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University

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»Visitor Information

Visitor Information

The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University is located on the Indiana University Bloomington campus at 1133 E. 7th Street in Bloomington, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sundays from Noon to 5:00 pm and is free to the public.

Located on the second floor of the Museum, Angles Café and Gift Shop offers light lunches, snacks, and beverages throughout the day. It also sells a variety of art-related gifts, items, books, and jewelry. Angles Café patrons can sit inside or enjoy lovely views of the architecturally significant Museum from the outdoor Sculpture Terrace.

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1133 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-7509, website, Phone: 812-855-5445 Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University

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Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana


  • History, Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University
  • Collections, Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University
  • The Light Totem, Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University
  • Education and Programs, Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University
  • Visitor Information, Photo: The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University
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