The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) is announcing its new consulting director—Michael Kaufmann, currently vice president of civic investment at Health & Hospital Corporation.
And while the organization revealed a number of different programs, the museum also revealed that it has cancelled plans for relocating to the old Ford Assembly Plant at 1301 E. Washington St., a move announced in April, 2018.
“While iMOCA is no longer moving forward with plans for a permanent location, the organization is excited about several new multi-year exhibition sites... as well as ongoing temporary sites,” Kaufmann said in a statement to NUVO.
“Through iMOCA's yearlong 2018 re-organization process, it became clear that moving forward with a permanent location for iMOCA wasn’t necessary to continue showing and partnering with artists and arts organizations,” he continued. “We realized we can have a greater direct impact on the artists we support and reach new audiences by taking a more agile approach."
In addition, Benjamin Blevins and his wife Janneane, proprietors of PRINTtEXT—an Indy-based collaborative publisher—were named directors of communications a press release this week.
"Janneane and Benjamin bring a unique blend of design sensibility, project management, and non-traditional problem solving skills that will allow iMOCA to reach not only a local but international audience as well," Kaufmann says.
In the same announcement, iMOCA touted its three-year partnership with the John Boner neighborhood centers. The organization received a grant recently from Lilly Endowment’s Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation Initiative.
”The grant will help John Boner Neighborhood Centers establish the 10 East Art + Design District. The 10th Street arts initiative will be led by the John Boner Neighborhood Centers in collaboration with six local arts organizations, NEAR, Englewood CDC, and Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. Beginning in 2019, iMOCA, in partnership with Hoy Polloy, a 10th Street artist collective, will implement joint arts programming and exhibitions in a building located at 10th Street and Beville Avenue.”
iMOCA was founded in 2001. It was originally “a museum without walls,” mounting exhibits at Herron School of Art & Design, the Stutz, and Key Cinemas. In 2004, the museum moved into the Emelie Building on Senate Ave. In 2009, iMOCA moved into the Murphy Art Center in Fountain Square, and in 2014 it opened the CityWay Gallery at The Alexander Hotel.
(iMOCA is currently exhibiting On Soft Ground through June 23 in this space, it is an exhibit that highlights the printwork of a number of artists who work primarily in other mediums.)
In 2016, iMOCA left the Murphy, again becoming—with the exception of its space at The Alexander, a museum without walls, forging partnerships with the Hoosier Salon, Axis Architects and Interiors, Indiana Landmarks, Cat Head Press, Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, and other partners to put up pop-up exhibitions and installations that often challenge traditional notions of artmaking and art viewing.
As iMOCA enters into 2019, Kaufmann, as consulting director, will also continue at Health & Hospital Corporation even as he pursues his Ph.D in cultural theory at Indiana University, according to Blevins.
“iMOCA is so incredibly fortunate to have Michael Kaufmann take on the mantle of consulting director,” said Paula Katz, former executive director, in the press release. “Michael is one of the most exceptional and talented individuals working in the creative industry. As iMOCA moves into this next phase as an organization, I cannot think of another who could meet this challenge with more assiduousness and natural aptitude.”