Here’s What The Renovated IU Eskenazi Museum Of Art Will Look Like

05 Apr Here’s What The Renovated IU Eskenazi Museum Of Art Will Look Like

  • The museum's renovated atrium, with new sky bridge connecting the museum's two wings on the third floor, and a look into the new Works on Paper center.

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    The museum’s renovated atrium, with new sky bridge connecting the museum’s two wings on the third floor, and a look into the new Works on Paper center.

  • The museum’s new entrance through the sculpture terrace, connecting the museum to the north-side of campus and the arboretum.

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    The museum’s new entrance through the sculpture terrace, connecting the museum to the north-side of campus and the arboretum.

  • New museum café, leading to the new entrance onto the sculpture terrace and campus arboretum.

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    New museum café, leading to the new entrance onto the sculpture terrace and campus arboretum.

  • The museum's front façade with new sidewalk and visitor amenities.

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    The museum’s front façade with new sidewalk and visitor amenities.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University will include four new museum centers, a new lecture hall and 20,000 additional square feet of gallery space after a major renovation starting this year.

Officials revealed new details about the $30 million renovation this week. The museum is expected to close down to begin construction in mid-May and re-open by fall 2019.

Susan. T. Rodriguez with Ennead Architects and Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, based in Indianapolis, are designing the renovation and restoration, which the museum says in a statement will “re-establish the Eskenazi as a state-of-the-art facility for the 21st century, and make it one of the preeminent teaching museums in the United States.”

The design includes four centers for students and community members, focused on art education, art conservation, the study of prints, drawings and photographs, and a center for cultural studies.

“As a university art museum, a core part of our mission is to serve as a convening space and forum for our faculty, students, and community,” said David A. Brenneman, the museum’s Wilma E. Kelley Director, in a statement. “Through this renovation project, we will be able to create a much more visitor-focused experience within the existing footprint of our building, while also enhancing our educational offerings, which is at the very core of our mission. We have a mandate to be a hub of creativity and activity, and through this renovation project, we will be able to become a much more open, accessible, and welcoming place.”

The museum, previously known as the IU Art Museum, received a $15 million donation from IU alumni Sidney and Lois Eskenazi last year. The museum announced the renovation plan several months later.

The museum’s building was designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei. Construction began in 1978, and it was completed in 1982 after opening in stages.

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