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Looking back: 75 years of the IU Art Museum

Apr. 6, 2016

The IU Art Museum will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a birthday bash from 5 to 9 p.m. April 12 at the museum.

The museum-wide party will feature music, swing dance lessons, poetry-on-demand, storytelling, tours, photo booth, cupcakes, ice cream and more. Libations and additional food will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public. A complete list of activities is available online.

Housed in a building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, the art museum’s collection includes more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

In an effort to make its collection even more accessible, the organization will soon introduce its online guide, which will showcase more than 750 treasured works currently in its possession. 

The museum’s grounds are also home to the campus’s iconic “Light Totem.” Created by then-professor of lighting design Rob Shakespeare, the 70-foot freestanding tower was unveiled in 2007 as a way to honor the museum’s 25th anniversary.

Earlier this year, the museum installed solar panels on its roof to offset the energy use of the “Light Totem,” thanks to a grant from the Student Sustainability Council and work by Facility Operations.

The IU Auditorium is also celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. Check out a historical photo gallery featuring the historic, 3,200-seat venue.

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