Beginning May 15, the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art will temporarily close to allow for major renovations to the I.M. Pei-designed building.
In an effort to make the facility the "ultimate teaching museum," gallery areas will be renovated and expanded. Four new museum centers will be created in curatorial studies, conservation, education and works on paper. The renovations will also include a new lecture hall, a new café and shop, new teaching and study spaces, and areas to get behind-the-scenes views of museum activities.
The museum will also receive hardscape improvements to create direct access from the Arboretum to the existing sculpture terrace and a new second-floor entrance, as well as an outdoor gathering space.
The modernization of the facility, along with the expanded gallery and event spaces, will enable the museum to strengthen its educational programming and provide better resources both for students and professors, as well as for pre-school through high school students throughout Indiana.
Renovations are expected to be complete in the fall of 2019.
"After renovations are completed, this museum will be epicenter of art at IU," said museum director David Brenneman. "We're excited for all that we will be able to do after we retool."
There's still time to enjoy all the museum has to offer before its temporary closure. Spring exhibits will run through May 7. Inside IU has rounded up the events you can't miss this semester.