Tom Sachs exhibition opens at Herron School of Art and Design

  • Jan. 3, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Sachs' "Radiant City: Paintings 2006-2016" opens at the Herron School of Art and Design on Jan. 11.

The exhibition encompasses nearly two decades of works by the internationally renowned artist. Comprising the first-ever survey exhibition of his paintings, "Radiant City" brings together more than 25 works that showcase the central themes of his art: consumerism, space exploration and cultural progress.

The free exhibition, in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul galleries at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., opens with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and runs through Feb. 18.

Sachs is known for objects and expansive installations that playfully reimagine -- and provocatively riff on -- modern life. This unprecedented exhibition traces his interest in combining pop icons and corporate logos with a handcrafted aesthetic. Herron gallery director Max Weintraub describes Sachs' mining of pop culture as "navigating the fault lines between the handmade and the mass-produced."

Sachs will give an artist's talk at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Room 450 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve seats, RSVP to with the subject line reading "Sachs Talk."

The exhibition and artist's talk are made possible in part by the generous support of Julie and David Eskenazi.

About Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs was born in New York in 1966. He has had solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Contemporary Austin, Deutsche Guggenheim (Berlin), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Connecticut) and Fondazione Prada (Milan). His work is in numerous public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Sachs lives and works in New York.

Also opening Jan. 11:

  • "Staging Silence (2)," a film by Hans Op de Beeck, opens in the Marsh Gallery, continuing through Feb. 25. In this first Indiana presentation of the Belgian artist's film installation, the real and the imaginary fuse as anonymous hands assemble miniature dioramas of timeless, dreamlike settings.
  • "Close Reading," work by Herron faculty members Jean Robertson and Craig McDaniel, opens in the Basile Gallery, continuing through Jan. 31. The exhibition explores the relationship between visual and verbal modes of communication and the expression of meaning.

About the Herron galleries:

Herron's galleries showcase the artwork of emerging and established contemporary artists and designers, serving the community as a vibrant site of exploration, participation and learning. All Herron exhibitions and artist's talks are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours:

Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


Parking is free, courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis. Park in the visitor section of the Sports Complex Garage (west of Herron’s Eskenazi Hall), or park on the upper floors of the Riverwalk Garage (south of the Sports Complex Garage) until 6 p.m. Park on any floor after 6 p.m. Bring your parking ticket to the Herron galleries for validation.

Tom Sachs' "First Moon Landing"

Tom Sachs' "First Moon Landing"

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Richard Schneider