A trip through Indiana’s past

Indiana State Museum

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Photo by Courtney Russell

Courtney Russell, Reporter

From modern to contemporary art, pieces will come together to represent the history behind the 19th state in America. Not only will artists originating from Indiana be presented but artists from all over the country will to demonstrate Indiana’s artistic advancements.

“200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy” is one of the two exhibits at the Indiana State Museum that will be celebrating the birthday of Indiana and will be open March 19 to Oct. 2. The other exhibit, “Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Exhibition,” will use everyday items and those that are more rare to show how the state of Indiana has been affected by these objects. This will be open April 30, 2016 through Jan. 29, 2017.

The Director of Media and Public Relations, Bruce Williams, says these exhibits will show the progression and skill of art in Indiana.

“Early works by important Indiana artists will provide a historical perspective,” Williams wrote in an email to the Journal.  “Additional works, including modern and contemporary pieces, will illustrate the development of the visual arts in Indiana, showcasing the immense talent and diversity associated with the state.”

The second exhibit will be open April 30, 2016 through January 29, 2017. This exhibit will consist of 200 objects that represent important events and people and that have sculpted Indy into the state it is today. This exhibit is supported by the Indianapolis Colts, Rolls-Royce, Memorial Fund and the Arts Council of Indianapolis along with support from the city.

Celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday with a whirlwind trip through history, stretching from hundreds of millions of years ago to today,” Williams said. “ 200 Objects has been selected to tell that story, representing the events, people and forces that shaped the state’s landscape and culture. From the rare and extraordinary to everyday objects that have deeply affected our lives, prepare to be surprised.”

Although the Bicentennial events do not open until March and April, the museum still has their permanent exhibits to explore. At the museum, is the place to find things ranging from fossils from prehistoric animals, to the underground railroad. There are also items, documents, and art pieces representing pop culture. The museum is a way for Hoosiers and out of state visitors to get a feel for Indy and how people, events, and documents have had an impact the state.