Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy
Continuing through December 15, 2013
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor
Learn about a unique moment in the history of modern art. The traveling exhibition Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy reconstructs Advancing American Art, a 1946/47 exhibition that featured over one hundred examples of stylistically diverse American paintings from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s. Organized by the U.S. State Department as a form of cultural diplomacy, that show traveled to venues in Latin America and Europe before political controversy in the United States led to its cancellation.
Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy was organized by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at University of Oklahoma with funding provided by the Henry C. Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The presentation of the exhibition in Bloomington was made possible by the Class of 1949 Endowment for the Curator of Western Art after 1800 and the Indiana University Art Museumís Arc Fund. Additional support was provided by a challenge grant generously issued by David Jacobs and matched by the IU Art Museum National Advisory Board.
Please visit the exhibition web site www.artinterrupted.org for more information about this show's venues and organizers.
The Patterned Kingdom: Surface Design among the Kuba
Continuing through December 22, 2013
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, Focalpoint, third floor
From boldly graphic raffia textiles to intricately incised carving on wooden cups, complex surface design is a hallmark of Kuba aesthetics and an indicator of prestige and value for Kuba and Westerners alike. Complementing the Kuba objects permanently on display in the Wielgus gallery, The Patterned Kingdom includes additional objects from the museumís collection, including several hats given by the late IU textile artist Budd Stalnaker, as well as loans from IU professor emeritus and painter William Itter.