The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art began as Indiana University's teaching museum in 1941. The collections have grown to more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history, from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.
The museum will temporarily close to the public beginning in May 2017 to allow for major renovations to its I.M. Pei-designed building. The renovation will provide essential updates to the Museum, modernizing the building’s systems, expanding gallery and event space, and enabling the Museum to strengthen its educational programming. The renovation project will be designed by Susan T. Rodriguez / Ennead Architects in New York with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, in Indianapolis, and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2020.
Whether you go or not, Indiana University Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art Guide to the Collection is an outstanding introduction to the museum's 45,000 works, an ideal companion volume for those already familiar with the collection, and an absorbing read for lovers of art and art history. The first overview of the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection in nearly ten years, this lavishly-illustrated guide includes a brief history of the museum along with fresh perspectives on visitor favorites. 350 essential works, chosen by the museum’s curators, are showcased by beautiful color reproductions paired with informative texts. Iconic works from five diverse collections include media as varied as painting, decorative arts, sculpture, traditional arts, and works on paper (the broadest compilation to date), offering a comprehensive, global view of art history, from ancient to contemporary.