I.M.Pei and Partners, Architect
Indiana University Campus, Bloomington IN
Visited October 26, 2013
When I found out there was an IM Pei designed Art Museum in Bloomington, I had to visit. It was designed the same year as the National Gallery of Art’s East Building in Washington DC. When I got there I almost didn’t even go in. From the exterior I was disappointed, and frankly surprised. It looked more like a university warehouse than art museum.
I am glad that I did find the entrance and went in. The interior atrium is spacially interesting and worth a visit. With it’s grand stairway, multilevel walkways to various galleries, and the triangular shapes of the galleries shows signs of IM Pei’s design hand – but the execution of the details do not match the National Gallery.
And what is even more curious, when looking in a book about IM Pei’s “Complete Works” , I could not find any more information about the building. It did not exist anywhere in the table of contents, the index, or in any of the photos as I flipped thought the book. It looks like there is a hidden story here, I will have to investigate…
I.M. Pei, Architect
536 Fifth Street, Columbus IN 47201
Photos taken March 16, 2012
It is not every midwestern city of 45,000 that has a public library designed by I. M. Pei, and this one has a Henry Moore sculpture placed out front to boot. The citizens should feel lucky to have such a pair right downtown.