Joyce Foundation Awardee

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer with the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is the tenth largest and oldest encyclopedic art museum in the United States. The permanent collection comprises over 54,000 works, including African, American, Asian, and European pieces.

In addition to its collections, in June 2010 IMA opened 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Formerly a gravel pit, this large-scale outdoor project now encompasses a diverse landscape, including wooded areas, wetlands, open fields, a lake, and a series of hiking trails that guide visitors past site-specific works of contemporary art. 100 Acres is now one of the largest art parks in the country and is the only park to feature an ongoing commission of temporary works.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a multimedia artist, was born in Mexico City in 1967 and develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art.  His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation by linking spectacle-like technology with emotive, immersive art experiences.

His kinetic sculptures, responsive environments, video installations, and photographs have been shown in museums in four dozen countries.  In 2007, he was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale and has also shown at Art Biennials in Sydney, Liverpool, Shanghai, Istanbul, Seville, Seoul, Havana, and New Orleans. His work is in private and public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Museum in London.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has commissioned Lozano-Hemmer to create a dual purpose installation - one part would be a permanent installation in IMA City Park and the other a permanent installation in the existing IMA 100 Acres space. The goal is to create a satellite downtown location for IMA that particularly serves people living, working, and visiting downtown Indianapolis who might never go to the museum itself. Because of its urban location, Lozano-Hemmer’s installation at IMA City Park has the ability to attract a broader spectrum of lower-income visitors from diverse backgrounds.

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