On the Flip Side: Secret on the Backs of Paintings
This exhibition allows guests the rare chance to view paintings from all sides, including the backs where interesting details about their history, composition, and condition reside. This information can reveal clues about the works’ previous ownership, the economy of artists in reusing materials, early attempts to prevent the artworks from warping, and on occasion detailed inscriptions about the artwork’s construction that can assist conservators in preserving a work of art.
Image Credit: Joseph Albers (American, 1888–1976), Orange-Yellow with Pink (Casa Series) (verso) (detail), 1948, oil on Masonite, 14-1/2 × 21-1/4 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Gift of the Joseph Cantor Collection, 1991.300 © The Josef Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Featured EventsDiscover Newfields
Collecting Contemporaries: Recent Acquisitions from the Koch and Wolf Collections
This exhibition highlights two of the largest gifts of modern and contemporary art made to the IMA over its 135-year history, donated by longtime supporters Kay Koch, and Joan and Walter Wolf.
This summer the Design Gallery returns with a thematic reinterpretation that offers new insights into the versatile design process—from inspiration to production.
Bes-Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago
Known for his elaborate, humorous, and flamboyant creations, Benjamin B. Green-Field designed hats with anything one could possibly imagine.
Strangers on a Train
In a casual conversation, two strangers discuss how to pull off the perfect murder—each of them taking care of the other's "problem" person—with disastrous consequences.
When Harry Met Sally
Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) have been good friends for years. But what will happen if they take their relationship to the next step?
Portraits of Our City
Portraits of Our City features hundreds of black and white photographs of local residents and invites the community to discover human connections through people and place.
Watercolor Society of Indiana
The Watercolor Society of Indiana presents the 36th annual juried exhibition of paintings featuring works in a variety of styles.
Natural Abstraction: Brett Weston and His Contemporaries
Brett Weston and his contemporaries were masters of the craft of black-and-white photography who used their cameras to capture increasingly-abstract forms in the world around them.
Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures Tour
Learn more about Cracking Art’s spectacular creatures and visit some of Newfields’ own animal residents in this tour that brings art and nature together.
The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series
Watch movies under the stars every weekend at Newfields.
Yoga at Newfields
Stretch your limbs and realign mind, body, and spirit while surrounded by inspiring art and nature with Yoga at Newfields.
Adult Class: Terrarium: Bring Out Your Inner Child
Join Newfields’ Lyss Woods to make a self-contained garden that requires little care.
Red Baraat: Sound the People
Red Baraat is a pioneering ensemble from Brooklyn that has been praised around the world for its combination of hard driving North Indian Bhangra music with elements of funk, go-go, rock, and jazz.
Summer Wonderland Beer Garden
Admiring all this art and nature can make a person thirsty.
Craft Beer & Dinner Series: Summer Celebration
Say goodbye to summer with the final Upland Craft Dinner, Summer Celebration, in the IMA Galleries at Newfields.
This queer dance party features designer and performance artist Sky Cubacub and a crew of dancers sporting clothing by Rebirth Garments.
Cereal Cinema: Wreck-It Ralph
Kick back with Wreck-It Ralph, a movie about a video game character who deserts his game to try and change his “bad guy” identity, only to learn that “there’s no one I’d rather be than me.”
Adult Class: Orchids & Beer
Come out and enjoy a cold one while learning about the steamy world of orchids from Newfields’ Ian Wilhite.
Exhibition Opening Reception and Lecture with Bidou Yamaguchi and Dr. John Teramoto, Curator of Asian Art
Celebrate the opening of Making Faces: The Remarkable Masks of Master Bidou Yamaguchi and meet the artist as he unveils the first commissioned work for the Japanese collection.
Evening with Penrod
Be among the first to purchase work by the finest artists from across the country.
Penrod Arts Fair
Indiana’s Nicest Day® will feature over 350 of the finest artists, 30 entertainment acts on 5 stages and plenty of great food and drinks from local vendors.
Youth Studio: Clay for Days
Kids can play with clay every day in this fun four-session class.
Adult Studio: Felting for Beginners
Join us for a four session class exploring the art of needle felting.
60th Anniversary Celebration Kick Off
Help the Alliance kick off their year-long 60th anniversary celebration.
Movie Night: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
Join FAS for a special fashion movie feature.
An Evening with Aaron Bertelsen
Join the Horticultural Society for an evening with Aaron Bertelsen, author of The Great Dixter Cookbook and vegetable gardener and cook at Great Dixter House and Gardens.
Adult Class: Orchid Basics
Enjoy your favorite Beer Garden beverage while Newfields’ own plant specialist Ian Wilhite guides you through the basics of orchid care.
Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater: Lifted
With choreography by Rennie Harris, Lifted merges the rhythms of house with the spiritual vocals of gospel to create an epic dance narrative.
Adult Class: Bookbinding and Papermaking
Long before the days of laptop screens and streaming videos, there were magical things called books.
Adult Studio: Intro to Drawing
Yes, you too can learn to draw with this four-session class led by an artist who will help you explore introductory drawing techniques.
Youth Studio: Recycled Art
Everything old is new again in this four-session class where kids will create artworks from recycled materials.
Inspired by Spring
Experience the season through the eyes (and lens) of our staff and guests with Inspired By Spring, on display on Floor 2 of the historic Lilly House.
Foster a young imagination through pretend play, sing-a-longs, gallery art hunts, and hands-on art activities.
Making Faces: The Remarkable Masks of Master Bidou Yamaguchi
Bridging traditional Japanese arts and Western masterworks, this series includes three dimensional masks from two dimensional works such as the Mona Lisaand Girl with the Pearl Earring.
Sensual / Sexual / Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes
Explore the artistic legacy of photographer George Platt Lynes through this exhibition of photographs.
In the 1980s Japanese designers challenged the principles of Western fashion design by introducing clothing that draped and wrapped the body, concealing its contours and silhouette.
Life and Legacy: Portraits from the Clowes Collection
See the extensive collection of portraiture from Dr. George H.A. and Edith Whitehill Clowes in a whole new light.
700 Years of Japanese painting at the IMA
This exhibition will feature the best of the Edo collection, as well as works from several other periods.
Bes-Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago Tour
Explore the mind(s) behind the madness of Chicago’s “Mad Hatter.”
Miller House and Garden Tour
Visit one of the most important mid-century modern residences in the country.
Permanent Collection Tour
Get the most out of your visit to the IMA Galleries with a trained docent as your guide.
Lilly House Tour
Take a docent-guided tour of the American Country Place Era home of the late Indianapolis businessman, philanthropist, and collector J.K. Lilly, Jr.
Ask Me! Docents
Curious about something you see? Just ask one of our Ask Me! docents.
Collecting Contemporaries: Recent Acquisitions from the Koch and Wolf Collections Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of this exhibition featuring two of the largest gifts of modern and contemporary art in IMA history.
Take a 45-minute guided tram and walking tour of The Garden.
Members-Only Trivia in the Beer Garden
Celebrate Member Appreciation Month with some good old-fashioned competition.
Day of Flight
Discover how a better understanding of urban wildlife benefits Indianapolis.
Meet Me at Newfields Tour: Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Tour
Art appreciation and social opportunities help enhance the relationship between persons with a dementia diagnosis and care partners, as well as providing an opportunity to develop new relationships with fellow participants.
Evening Tour of The Garden with Newfields' Director of Horticulture
Stroll The Garden with Newfields’ director of horticulture, Chad Franer, and learn about what’s in bloom.
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres Tour
Lace up your walking shoes for this guided tour of Fairbanks Park, featuring 100-acres of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.
Robert Indiana and his Contemporaries Gallery Tour
This month we will be celebrating the legacy of Robert Indiana by including information about his life and connections to the artists featured in our Collecting Contemporaries exhibition.
Member-Only Talk: John Teramoto
Join us in unveiling the first commissioned work of the IMA’s Japanese collection with Making Faces: The Remarkable Masks of Master Bidou Yamaguchi.
Exhibit Columbus 2018 National Symposium: Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation
Join some of the most illustrious minds in architecture and design at the kickoff for this year’s Exhibit Columbus National Symposium.
Sensual / Sexual / Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes Opening Celebration
Experience the photography of George Platt Lynes with our opening celebration of Sensual/Sexual/Social.
Member-Only Preview: Sensual / Sexual / Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes
Be the first to see the exhibition everyone has been talking about: the photography of George Platt Lynes.
Indianapolis Ballet: Balancing Acts
Indianapolis Ballet is proud to return world-class ballet to The Toby at Newfields with Balancing Acts.
Fall Fest presented by Barnes & Thornburg LLP
This harvest season spend the day or three, at Newfields’ Fall Fest.
Heartland International Film Festival
Indiana’s largest and longest-running film festival will celebrate its 27th anniversary this October across Indianapolis.
A Closer Look
Participants are invited to observe, question, and discuss a selected artwork in the galleries with a museum educator.
Book Club: The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s
Ricardo J. Brown’s memoir, The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s, takes you to an underground gay bar in St. Paul, Minnesota in the 1940s.
Member-Only Talk: Robin Lawrence & Anne M. Young
Connect with exhibition curators Robin Lawrence and Anne M. Young as they share in-depth stories about George Platt Lynes’s life and experiences as a commercial and fine art photographer in mid-century New York City.
Recent Acquisition Showcase: Preview of Japanese Fashion
View new acquisitions that may be featured in next year’s Japanese Fashion exhibition.
Stroll Winterlights at Newfields from November 18 through January 6 amid the glow of a million bulbs
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.