The Indianapolis Museum of Art has just announced a fall exhibition of work by Lauren Zoll, one of the artists from which the IMA’s art consultant program is commissioning work for a planned downtown Indianapolis hotel development. After Alyson Shotz, Zoll is the second artist with whom the museum’s for-profit art-consultant arm is engaged in a business relationship to be shown in the museum’s galleries. [Image: Lauren Zoll, Canary & Crenshaw, 2012.)
Earlier this week incoming IMA director Charles Venable seemed to express support for the IMA’s art consultant program, telling the Indianapolis Star that he is “very interested” in it. Venable formally begins his IMA tenure on Oct. 8.
The IMA’s first-of-its-kind business has attracted attention in part because museum experts have raised questions about whether the program is in conflict with the museum’s mission. For more on the IMA’s art consultancy program, please see this March story.