Bruce Nauman has been ahead of the curve throughout his artistic life. In the late 1960s, he was turned on by the neon beer signs he saw in storefront windows in his San Francisco neighborhood. This prompted to him to start making signs himself. They became a kind of art.

Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works With Light, an exhibition featuring 15 of Nauman’s neon signs and fluorescent light environments, opens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art May 14 and will be on view through Aug. 6. The exhibition is divided into three themes, punctuated by two fluorescent light environments (a room and a corridor). The exhibition focuses on early neons based on identity, word game neons and figurative neons.

The IMA, 4000 Michigan Road, is open Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults. For more information go to www.ima-art.org or call 317-923-1331.

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