- Extensive permanent collection
- Acclaimed, controversial traveling exhibit Hard Truths
- National exposure
About This Deal
Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a fun house of art-mirrors with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two tickets to Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, located on Michigan Road (a $16 value).
The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s collection encompasses multiple continents and thousands of years of human artwork. Currently in the spotlight is the limited-time-only exhibit Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial, a smorgasbord of formal and found-object creations representing the most extensive showing to date of Dial’s work, commonly labeled as outsider art. Time magazine has given Dial considerable acclaim for his courage in confronting homelessness, international politics, and the southern African-American experience. Meander through 70 works, including 25 previously unseen pieces, ranging from playful watercolors to inches-thick painted layers of found materials such as dolls, dried plants, and membership cards to defunct video stores. After taking in Hard Truths, art-history fans and symbologists on life-or-death missions can soak up the museum's well-established collection of everything from ancient Oceanic artwork to modern depictions of blurry water lilies and hyperfocused soup cans.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art has also been featured on PBS NewsHour and in the Indianapolis Star. The museum's current exhibit, Hard Truths, the first career retrospective of artist Thornton Dial's work, has been featured in Nuvo, Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
- In a city known more for its sports teams than for its art scene, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is making moves to redefine itself as a center for contemporary art – Molly Finnegan, PBS NewsHour
- This show, which will tour to other cities following its closure here on Sept. 18, is another in a lengthening string of hits by the IMA. It’s cause for celebration. – David Hoppe, Nuvo