Mies in Indiana

First Friday Art Show and Talk explore Modernist master Mies van der Rohe’s work

Photo by Hadley Fruits

February 3, 2023

Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Talk runs 6-7 p.m.; Gallery Show opening is 6-9 p.m.

A proponent of a “less is more” design philosophy, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe gained recognition in the twentieth century as a leader of the International Style. On February 3, a talk and First Friday Art Gallery Show opening at Indiana Landmarks Center explore the Modernist master’s work in Indiana and beyond.

A rediscovered 1952 design created by Mies for Indiana University’s Bloomington campus led the university to contact the architect’s grandchildren to secure permission to construct the building to house the university’s Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design. Adam Thies, associate vice president of capital planning at Indiana University, tells the story of how the nearly forgotten design was found and realized and Jonathan Racek, program director and senior lecturer at Indiana University Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, discusses Mies’ design legacy. The talk is sponsored by Indiana Modern, an Indiana Landmarks affinity group.

The accompanying gallery show “Mies in Indiana” features the little-known history of the architect’s designs in Indiana between 1947 and 1953, particularly in Indianapolis and Bloomington, and how his work influenced more well-known examples in Chicago and beyond. The exhibit is sponsored by the Central Indiana Community Foundation

Tickets to the talk are free with RSVP. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and program runs 6-7 p.m. at Indiana Landmarks Center, which is accessible to all. Join us in person or watch online via Zoom. Register online at Miesinindianatalkandshow23.eventbrite.com, using the form below, or by calling 317-639-4534.


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