iMOCA also known as the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the newer Indianapolis museums to contribute to the cultural fabric of the Circle City. With a focus on contemporary art, this Indianapolis museum operates on a smaller scale than other museums in the Circle City such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indiana State Museum or even the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Because of this, iMOCA has greater flexibility for innovation and creativity within their exhibits.
In its first five years, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art found its home in the heart of Indianapolis downtown. Located across from the Indiana State Capitol Building on 340 North Senate Street, iMOCA seemed oddly and perfectly juxtaposed to the pulse of modernity in Indy. In 2009, iMOCA initiated a relocation project that would move the museum to the Indianapolis cultural district, Fountain Square. The contemporary art at iMOCA finds a temporary home the Murphy Art Center lovingly nicknamed “Temporary Contemporary.” The museum will stay in Fountain Square permanently once construction on its 6,500 square foot exhibition space is complete in the Spring of 2011. The new building is located at the corner of Virginia Avenue and McCarty Street and is the project of Indianapolis architect and developer Craig Von Deylen.
Since 2004, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art has exhibited contemporary artists from across the United States. With a focus on the global scene of contemporary art, iMOCA has brought Indianapolis culture a myriad of inventive exhibits closely aligned with the climate of thought or events in the Circle City. One such exhibit in 2009 was in answer to the annual Indianapolis event, Gen Con, which takes over Indianapolis downtown each summer. The exhibit, The Cursed Chateau, collected a variety of artists who were associated directly or indirectly with role playing games like Dungeon and Dragons to illustrate a new role playing book written y James Maliszewski called The Cursed Chateau.
Though iMOCA’s beginning saw it focusing on a global community of artists, as it makes its transition to its new home in Fountain Square, its focus toward the Indianapolis community also shifts. The museum is attempting to involve more Indianapolis artists in its exhibits. Work by Indy artists such as Brose Partington, Jeffery Martin, Casey Roberts and Lori Miles have all worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art as featured artists. By supporting Indianapolis based artists, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is fast becoming a fixture of the Indianapolis art scene.
In addition, the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art plans to move beyond the traditional boundaries of exhibitions spaces and team with Indianapolis business and Indianapolis nonprofit organizations to create new shows and exhibitions. In March 2010, they will be conducting tours of building and residences by local architect Evan Woollen in conjunction with Historic Landmarks of Indianapolis. This Indianapolis art museum is one to watch.
Their innovative style will undoubtedly lead to further collaborations throughout Indianapolis including work with the Indianapolis music scene and Indianapolis’ theatres. Already supported by art departments at Butler University and other Indiana colleges and universities, iMOCA will certainly become an important part of Indianapolis culture. For more information about the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art including upcoming Indianapolis events and exhibitions, visit their website.
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iMOCA (Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art)
@ the Murphy Art Center
1043 Virginia Avenue