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36 Hours: Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) was featured this past weekend in a New York Times “36 Hours” post – a curated guide to travel when one has but a weekend to spend in a city. We were pleased (but not surprised) to learn that the IMA was at the top of their list for attracting people who enjoy both art and nature in Indianapolis. The campus features an incredible collection of more than 54,000 works spanning 5,000 years, and is among the ten largest and ten oldest art museums in the nation. The campus experience is rooted in a historic Olmsted Brothers landscape conceived of by Percival Gallagher, and complemented with the contemporary Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, as well as The Miller House and Gardens in Columbus, IN.

During the master planning process that DAVID RUBIN Land Collective and our consultants undertook over the past few months, we have learned about the abundance of delights that the constellation of the IMA’s many assets affords. The master plan will be publicly announced this summer, and we are delighted to share our vision for this incredible institution. A presentation of the plan was made to IMA members on May 17th for their Annual Meeting, and the plan is pending Board Approval in late July.


Sutphin Mall, with Roy Lichtenstein’s Five Brushstrokes
The fountain and grand allée at Oldfields, a historic landscape designed by Percival Gallagher of the Olmsted Brothers
The gardens of the Miller House in Columbus, IN, as designed by Dan Kiley
The conversation pit at the Miller House, as designed by architects Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche in collaboration with interior/graphic designer Alexander Girard