New Exhibit by Tara Donovan at the IMA

The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers the Indianapolis community a change to engage with art totally and completely for FREE. On top of this, the Indianapolis art museum is constantly reinventing its galleries spaces, attracting some of the most cutting edge innovators in the art world. Sunday, April 4, 2010 the Indianapolis Museum of Art unveils a new exhibit by Tara Donovan, Untitled, a contemporary exploration of the marvelousness of common objects. This exhibit is open FREE to all Indianapolis people, as are the entire galleries of the IMA. Catch Untitled by Tara Donovan through August 1, 2010 at this beloved Indianapolis museum.

Widely respected as one of the most inventive sculptors of our time, Tara Donovan transforms everyday objects, such as pencils, Elmer’s glue and electrical cable, into stunning abstract environments. Her work is largely about her commitment to an arduous process that often results in sublime experiences for both the artist and the viewer. Her method is extremely labor intensive as she accumulates large sums of individual units. While her material may be dull when taken alone, a large quantity placed cleverly together results in an intense and thrilling exploration of “perceptual and atmospheric effects.”

Because she uses typically non art material, from Styrofoam cups to paper plates, Donovan has developed a carefully tuned sense of sculptural properties. She ably transforms everyday objects into extraordinary and breathtaking images. She draws on the specific characteristics of her given medium in clever ways, revealing common things to be beautiful and often surprising. Her “configurations evoke a sense of expansive growth, as well as natural phenomena such as ripples, clouds, haze and undulating landscapes, transcending the mundane qualities of the materials of which they are composed.”

In addition to including incredible installations, Tara Donovan’s latest exhibit, Untitled, at the IMA includes a selection of her drawings. Her two dimensional work, in large part, help to inform her installations. Both seem to engage in an endless dialogue. Using materials like rubber bands, bubbles and shattered glass, she creates abstract drawings that reveal traces of these three dimensional elements. Though the similarities between drawing and installation is extremely transparent, Donovan’s genius is revealed through her simplicity. Both methods provoke viewers to consider common elements in a new way.

Tara Donovan was born in 1969 in New York City, where she currently lives and works. She attended Concoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C., where she earned a BFA in art. She went on to complete an MFA in sculpture at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In 2005, she received the Alexander Calder Foundation’s first annual Calder Prize. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program grant.

Video: Tara Donovan Art Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana


The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s exhibition of Tara Donovan’s work will not only include her existing work, but also a few new sculptures commissioned by the IMA. The exhibit opens to the Indianapolis public Sunday, April 4, 2010 with sneak peeks for educators and IMA members early in the weekend. Thursday, April 8, 2010 the Tobias Theatre will play host to a panel discussion on Tara Donovan’s work. This Indianapolis event to completely FREE!

After you visit the IMA’s latest Indianapolis art offering, head to the near by Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for a bite to eat. Check out the wonderful Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars located there. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.

Tara Donovan: Untitled
April 4 to August 1, 2010

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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