In 1959, David Rockefeller, the president of the Chase Manhattan Bank, began building an extraordinary corporate art collection. The point of collecting art wasn’t just to provide Chase’s offices with high-toned decoration, but a thought-provoking environment. The collection now encompasses thousands of paintings, sculpture, works on paper and video, as well as folk art and ethnographic artifacts.
On Feb. 24, the Indianapolis Art Center will present a selection of 40 pieces from the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection entitled In Good Company. The IAC is one of five institutions in five cities across the country to be hosting this show, which includes artwork ranging from the sixth century BCE to the present day.
Highlights of the exhibit include an Etruscan helmet dating from the sixth century, an eastern Tibetan painting from the 17th century, “Barn and Haystack Behind Rows of Willows” by Piet Mondrian, a bronze by Rodin, “The Mighty Hand, “Interior With Profiles” by Romare Bearden, and “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico,” by Ansel Adams.
The exhibit will be the focal point of a public reception Friday, Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m. The evening includes refreshments and a chance to tour the exhibit with curators. Cost is free to Art Center members and $7 for the general public. The Art Center is offering a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities in conjunction with this show. To find out more, go to www.indplsartcenter.org.
Indianapolis Art Center hours during semesters are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday noon-6 p.m. The Art Center is located at 820 E. 67th St. Phone is 317-255-2464.