Released February 1, 2017

Why paper? Pulp: Works on Paper explores the mystery behind the medium


Contact: Megan Simpson, 317.234.8146, [email protected]

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Museum is unveiling a new exhibition, Pulp: Works on Paper, showcasing 26 original contemporary works of art on paper.  The exhibition features many recent acquisitions on display for the first time, and represents a variety of styles, techniques and subjects all created by artists with an Indiana connection.

Artists have a wealth of options when it comes to the technology and materials used to create their art.  Pulp explores the energy and mystery of one choice – paper.  For an artist, a sheet of paper can be the beginning of a journey that lasts a lifetime. Paper, specifically fine art paper, comes in a variety of physical characteristics: smooth or rough, thick or thin, opaque or transparent, each suiting different needs of the artist using it. Pulp goes beyond the subject matter and explores how the medium itself influences the creative direction of each piece of art.

“This show is different from other exhibitions in that it allows the artist to explain why they chose paper as a medium,” said Mark Ruschman, chief curator of fine arts. “In addition to presenting fine examples from our permanent collection, this exhibition gives us the opportunity to tell the story of why and how artists work with paper.”

Pulp runs from February 11 to June 18, 2017 in the museum’s NiSource Gallery. For more information, please contact Mark Ruschman at 317.232.1633 or [email protected].

The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.

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The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.