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Newfields
(formally Indianapolis Museum of Art)
Indianapolis, IN

Newfields
(formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art)
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326
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Private Eye: The Imagist Impulse in Chicago Art

Illegible

Don't Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together


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Private Eye: The Imagist Impulse in Chicago Art
Through September 25, 2021

In the mid-1960s, a cadre of adventurous young artists began exhibiting at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. With myriad influences from Surrealism and non-Western art to comic books and popular culture, their audacious, highly idiosyncratic, and personal approach set them apart from contemporaries working on either the East or West Coast. By the mid-1970s, this loose-knit assembly was commonly referred to as the Imagists. Now, more than 50 years after their first appearance, the Chicago Imagists are regarded as among the most important postwar American artists.

Private Eye: The Imagist Impulse in Chicago Art is focused on works by artists who comprise the original Imagist exhibition groups along with independent artists who shared their iconoclastic sensibility. Also featured will be works by Chicago-based artists from the preceding generation, known as the Monster Roster, and a complementary selection of younger, Imagist-influenced artists.

The exhibition is drawn entirely from the collection of Drs. Michael Robertson and Christopher Slapak, one of the most comprehensive private collections of Chicago Imagist art, which has been promised to the IMA with some pieces already donated to the Museum.

Illegible
Through August 22, 2021

What’s in a word? The twentieth century witnessed a world bombarded with written information on an extraordinary scale. This expansion and complication of human communication inspired some artists to create works that prompt viewers to examine how they interact with the written word. Illegible features prints, drawings, and paintings on paper that incorporate familiar English words that are playfully manipulated away from any expected usage. Others within the exhibition employ imaginary but expressive scripts inspired by non-Western calligraphy. Each encourages guests to consider how images are “read” and how meaning is derived from marks on paper.

Don't Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together
Through April 5 2026

Born on a former plantation in Alabama, Thornton Dial spent most of his life as a metalworker in a railroad car factory. He turned to artmaking only later in his adulthood, fashioning complex assemblages and paintings from objects that he found in the area around his home. Although Dial created this artwork in 2003 after the Iraq War started, it continues to speak to present-day concerns. It is now on view in the Damon C. and Kay D. Davis Lab on Floor 2 of the Museum.

This installation is the first in a series of experimental displays designed to learn from our guests. While the IMA at Newfields houses an art collection with works from many cultures across 5,000 years of human creativity, we resolve to collect and exhibit more artworks by diverse artists going forward. Also, through this series of experimental installations we hope to become better at telling more inclusive stories about the art we exhibit—stories that reflect the community in which we all live and the communities beyond.
The American flag means different things to different people. How does this artwork make you feel?

We believe in the power of art to stimulate meaningful conversations about relevant issues. In this installation, we invited guests to respond to Dial’s work using the prompt “The American flag means different things to different people. How does this artwork make you feel?” We displayed nearly all of the responses submitted, excluding those that promoted hate or violence or had excessive profanity. Here, you can see guests’ responses that represent a range of the comments submitted.

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