Indianapolis Contemporary facts for kids
|Former name||Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art|
Indianapolis Contemporary, formerly known as the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art or iMOCA, features exhibitions of contemporary art. Currently, the organization has a new show every season. In 2020, the gallery's board voted to begin closing down operations, a result of financial strains caused by COVID-19.
Founded in 2001 as a “museum without walls”, iMOCA has mounted exhibitions around the city. In 2004, the museum opened as a gallery in the historic Emelie Building in the Indiana Avenue Cultural District. In December 2009, iMOCA moved to a larger space in the Murphy Art Center in the Fountain Square Arts District. In 2014 the iMOCA opened a second gallery space in The Alexander Hotel at CityWay.
The iMOCA vacated the Murphy Art Center in late 2016. It continued to offer exhibits in The Alexander hotel in CityWay, Cat Head Press in the Englewood neighborhood, Indiana Landmarks, and the Hoosier Salon. In 2018 it announced that it would open a permanent museum in summer 2019, in 2,300 square feet (210 m2) of the old Ford assembly plant at 1301 E. Washington Street on the city's near east side. However, in January 2019 it cancelled plans for a permanent location and stated that it would again be a "museum without walls", with pop-up exhibits at various locations.
Indianapolis Contemporary is the only Indianapolis institution entirely dedicated to showcasing contemporary artists.
Since 2003, iMOCA has presented more than 40 exhibitions featuring the work of more than 75 local, regional, and international artists despite a modest exhibition budget. The museum has partnerships with other organizations such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Public Library.