Indiana Bicentennial: Art as Dialogue
What do you think of when you think of art? Who is an artist?
Over the course of Indiana’s 200-year statehood, individuals have created artistic works in many different forms. Fashion, sculpture, paintings, literature, architecture, and performance are all ways artists in Indiana have expressed themselves. However, Indiana artists have gone further than simply creating pieces for us to look at and enjoy. Artists can use art to communicate their experiences and to boldly express their values and ideas. The artists and venues highlighted in this tour represent the ways art has been used to create conversation about important social and political issues in Indiana’s history and today. This tour demonstrates that while art can be beautiful, it can also be a means to comment on larger issues, carve out spaces for expression, and spark dialogue and conversation.
As Indiana commemorates its Bicentennial and looks toward its future, what conversations do we still need to have? What dialogues are we still having as a state? What will Indiana art look like in another 200 years? We encourage you to think about and attempt to answer these questions as you explore the stops on this tour.