A Close look at 'The Art of the Character'

IU Bloomington faculty, staff and students have spent months bringing award-winning actress Glenn Close's costumes to life for their first campus exhibition.


No one literally that I know of or that I could find had the kind of facilities that Indiana University has and already had in their extraordinary, state-of-the-art, archival buildings.

Glenn Close, award-winning actress
Sage Collection faculty unbox a Glenn Close costumeView print quality image

How Glenn Close's costumes ended up at Indiana University

Close searched nationwide for a place to house her collection of more than 800 costumes, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an archival facility in Austin, Texas.

Why Close chose IU
Glenn Close in a scene from 'Dangerous Liaisons'View print quality image

'The Art of the Character'

Dozens of Glenn Close's costumes from stage and screen will be on display during a special exhibition at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art from May 6 to Nov. 14.

Read about the exhibition

See "The Art of the Character" in person

What: An exhibition featuring 56 costumes that Glenn Close wore while portraying 11 characters from 14 productions.

Where: The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU Bloomington.

When: May 6 through Nov. 14.

How: The exhibition is free and open to the public. Visit the musuem during its regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

For additional information to help plan your visit, including parking and COVID-19 policies, visit the Eskenazi Museum's website.