indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

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The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, also known as the Indy MOCA or iMOCA, features thought provoking exhibitions of the latest trends and talent doing ambitious, original works of contemporary art. Currently the museum has a new show every two months, presenting two shows of local artists, two shows of regional artists, and two shows of national artists each year.

Founded in 2001 as a “museum without walls,” iMOCA has mounted exhibitions around the city with a mission “to stimulate minds, inspire new discoveries and demonstrate the vital connections between visual cultural and life.” In 2004, the museum opened as a gallery in the historic Emelie Building in the Indiana Avenue Cultural District. In December 2009, iMOCA moved to a larger space in the Murphy Art Center in the Fountain Square Arts District. By 2011 a new building will be erected at the corner of Virginia Avenue and College Avenue to house iMOCA giving the museum 8,000 square feet (740 m2) of exhibition space.

iMOCA is the only Indianapolis museum dedicated to showcasing emerging contemporary artists. The curator consistently showcases artists near or at the breakthrough point of their careers-artists such as Jen Davis, Tim Gardner, Jeff Gabel and Cindy Hinant.

Since 2003, iMOCA has presented more than 40 exhibitions featuring the work of more than 75 local, regional, and international artists despite a modest exhibition budget. The museum’s successes in enriching the lives of the community are possible because of partnerships with other organizations such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Public Library, Big Car, and the Indianapolis nightclub Radio Radio. These partnerships expand the reach of iMOCA’s offerings and allow the public to experience, learn and enjoy contemporary art outside the museum walls.

Exhibition Archive[edit]

2009 Exhibitions:
The Cursed Chateau
Jen Davis: New Photographs
Das my i$H

2008 Exhibitions:
Cute Cuddle Kitten Sticker Girl Club by Cindy Hinant in the 48 Cubed installation space[1]
Hansel and Gretel: Never Eat a House
Doppio Songo Dell' Arte (Art's Double Dream)
Chakaia Booker: The Making of a Public Art Exhibition
Is You Is or Is You Ain't
New Adam Pendleton's Rendered in Black and Events Are

2007 Exhibitions:
New Work by Jeff Gabel
XANADU: Armageddon is set to a disco beat in Robert Boyd's four-part video installation.
Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellows: 2004: Gregory Hull, Linda Adele Goodine, Eric Nordgulen, Marc Jacobson, and David Russick. 2005: Katrin Asbury, Stuart Hyatt, Emily W. Kennerk, Brian Myers, and Jamie Pawlus.

2006 Exhibitions:
Living with Contemporary Art: Josh Azzarella, John Baldessari, Chuck Close, Lucinda Devlin, Jeff Koons, Ellen Kooi, Loretta Lux, Shiran Neshat, Shazia Sikander, Rosemary Trockel, Banks Violette, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Kehinde Wiley and many others.
Mpozi Mshale Tolbert
Jamie Pawlus & Ryan Wolfe
Conrad Bakker
Brian Presnell
Reanne Estrada

2005 Exhibitions:
Ron Arad
Tim Gardner
Hugh & Alethea
Altered Spaces: Robert Beck, Greg Hull, Jesper Just, Vincent Lamouroux and Sean McFarland.
Rashid Johnson
Guy Richards Smit

2004 Exhibitions:
When Contemporary Art Speaks: Stephanie Brooks, Harrell Fletcher, Kevin Hamilton, Adam Pendleton, Tomas Schmit, and Erwin Wurm.
Out of Place Two: Ken Fandell – photography, Anthony Goicolea – video, Dwayne moser – mixed media, Kari Thomas – installation.
Out of Place One: Craig Doty, Theresa Gooby, Nicky Hoberman, and Lee Walton.
Earth, Air, Fire & Water: Charles Gick, Jeremy Tubbs, Bill Viola and Patrick Zentz.

2003 Exhibitions:
The Cremaster Cycle: For the first time in Indiana, Matthew Barney presents the Cremaster cycle in its entirety.


  1. ^ "Studio Visit". MoMA PS1. 

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