In 2016, a landmark lead gift of $15 million from Indianapolis-based philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi launched the renovation of the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University. In addition, the I. M. Pei–designed building, which opened in 1982, is now home to the Eskenazis’ donated collection of nearly 100 works of art. The collection includes a significant group of etchings, lithographs, and drawings by Spanish master Joan Miró, as well as works by Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Sam Francis, Tom Wesselmann, Jean Dubuffet, Salvador Dalí, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This collection also includes the museum’s first acquisition of works by Keith Haring and Paul Jenkins.
The Eskenazis’ cash donation, the largest in the museum’s history, has been augmented through a gift-matching program and other generous philanthropy of the “For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign,” providing investment of another $20 million by the university.
The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art encourages active learning through direct engagement with art from its wide-ranging collection, which spans nearly every art-producing culture throughout history. The museum is dedicated to engaging students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public through the cultivation of new ideas and scholarship. A major visual arts resource for Indiana University and the Midwest region, the museum is committed to building and maintaining its collections for future generations.
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