Sugar: Commodity and Confection in Art

Sugar: Commodity and Confection in Art
MUSEUM HOURS

Our complicated relationship with sugar goes back centuries. The closer one looks, the more clearly it appears as a pervasive cultural force. This new exhibition explores the far-reaching consequences of international sugar trade and sugar’s journey from a luxury commodity to a pantry staple. Prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture, tableware and textiles from the IMA Collection will show guests to Sugar how this commodity has shaped our material culture and social conventions. Guests will see pieces created with sugar as well as renderings of classic treats and other artworks made possible by sugar in surprising ways. Sugar the exhibition will be accompanied by a culinary pop up where guests can sample products with historic sugar trade connections, but from modern companies that are fair-trade, employee owned and environmentally sustainable.  

February 18 - August 21, 2022
Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries
INCLUDED WITH GENERAL ADMISSION, FREE FOR MEMBERS, ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED FOR ALL

Meet the Artist!

To accompany this exhibition, Foiled, a sculpture made with wire and melted sugar by Indianapolis artist Andrea Jandernoa, will be on display in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The artist will be working on the ever-changing sculpture from 2-3 p.m. on select Sundays in February through August. Stop by the second floor of Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion to see how the sculpture is maintained and to ask your most pressing questions.      

Schedule:

  • February 27
  • March 13
  • March 27
  • April 10
  • May 1
  • May 22
  • June 26
  • July 17
  • August 7

Vik Muniz (Brazilian, b. 1961), Action Painter II, after Rudy Burckhardt, 2002, Cibachrome print, 48 × 48 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Henry F. and Katherine D. DeBoest Memorial Fund, 2003.52 © 2021 Vik Muniz / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. 

Advanced tickets are required for all members and guests.