Style of the State features work produced by IU faculty artists from Platform: An Arts & Humanities Research Laboratory. Part of the 2021 Indiana Symposium of the same name, Style of the State is a culminating display of the ongoing work ranging from architecture, costume design, fashion, painting, photography, printmaking, sound installation and theater, to research and fieldwork in ethnomusicology and environmental humanities. The exhibition is part of the symposium, also titled Style of the State, which will take place in the Cook Center and virtually on April 9th and 10th.
The exhibition runs from March 30 through April 27 in the Cook Center Process Gallery and Grand Hall.
Called "a research laboratory in contemporary arts and humanities," Platform is a cross-disciplinary integrative initiative launched at IU Bloomington in 2018. The 2020 research topic aims to investigate how our region is defined by geographic, economic, industrial, political, and/or other terms; and how they shape the region’s life style and expression. Through regular meetings and discussions, members’ research is informed by the group’s collective insight and knowledge. According to Faculty Director, Arthur Liou, “The show is an impressive showcase of the breadth and depth of the program. Works of this level of diversity are not shown in the same room very often; and yet, they share a synergy cultivated in all the time we spent together. It’s really inspiring to witness our influence on each other’s research. I look forward to seeing these works illuminating the discussion at the symposium."
Style of the State is curated by Arthur Liou with support from Elliot Reichert, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Eskenazi Museum, and Betsy Stirratt and Linda Tien, Director and Program Coordinator at the Grunwald Gallery. Exhibition design is created by Sarah Martin, Assistant Professor at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design.