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Indianapolis Museum of Art opens new design galleries

The Indianapolis Museum of Art opened it’s new contemporary design galleries on November 22, 2013, after a three-year, multi-phase renovation project.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art's New Design Galleries. Photo: Eric Lubrick.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s New Design Galleries. Photo: Eric Lubrick.

The reinstallation of the Museum’s expanded collection of modern design will span nearly 10,000 square feet and will feature more than 400 objects. Unlike most design installations, the IMA’s will focus on design after 1980—a period of immense growth and creativity. The galleries will be based on the two overarching concepts: design as industry and design as art. The new installation will be one of the largest displays of contemporary design in any North American art museum and one of the first surveys of recent trends in this dynamic field.

The IMA’s Department of Design Arts was created in 2007 and focuses on a collection of post- 1945 design, representing a wide range of media, including furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, and product design from Europe, the United States, and Asia. Over the last six years under the leadership of R. Craig Miller, senior curator of design arts, the department has acquired more than 1,200 objects.

Located at 4000 Michigan Road, the IMA is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Lilly House is open until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The IMA is closed Mondays and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. For more information, call 317-923-1331 or visit