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Indianapolis Museum of Art Selects 12 Artists to Create Commissioned Works for New Downtown Art Hotel Being Developed by Buckingham Companies
9 March 2012
March 9 (Indianapolis, IN) – Buckingham Companies and the Indianapolis Museum of Art today announced that they are collaborating on the art program for The Alexander, a new hotel in downtown Indianapolis. An unprecedented 12 site-specific works have been commissioned for the hotel’s public spaces by artists such as Jorge Pardo, Jaume Plensa, Nina Katchadourian, Mark Fox, and others. Part of CityWay, a new four-block neighborhood encompassing residential, retail, offices spaces, a YMCA and public park, The Alexander, managed by Dolce hotels and resorts, will feature more than 40 works by more than 20 contemporary artists selected by Dr. Lisa Freiman, head of the IMA’s Contemporary Art department, and Veronica Roberts, Adjunct Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. Dr. Freiman served as Commissioner of the US Pavilion for the 2011 Venice Biennale and spearheaded the museum’s groundbreaking 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park which includes ongoing commissions of site-responsive works by artists from around the world.
Known for his works that span the intersection of art, design, and architecture, acclaimed artist Jorge Pardo has been commissioned to design The Alexander’s second-floor bar-lounge, including the furniture, lighting fixtures, and surface treatments, as well as a monumental chandelier for the hotel’s grand stairway. Site-specific commissions are also being created for all of the hotel’s public spaces, including a luminous floor to ceiling abstract sculpture by Alyson Shotz, and an outdoor installation by Jaume Plensa. Other artists featured in the hotel include Sonya Clark, Adam Cvijanovic, Artur Silva, and Paul Villinski (see complete list, below).
“There is no other art hotel in the United States that has made such a commitment to engaging artists to create new works in response to the public spaces. This collaboration has allowed the IMA to participate in a dynamic and unique partnership that extends beyond the museum’s campus and into the heart of downtown Indianapolis,” noted Dr. Freiman. “This project demonstrates how artists can contribute to the urban realm, creating an immersive, interactive and exciting environment.”
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