Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
We encourage each of you to visit “House of the Singing Winds” multichannel video exhibit currently on display at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington. This exhibit will run through March 31, 2021 (may extend beyond March).
This exhibit features “Time-based media” which is a term used to describe any artwork that has both physical and temporal dimensions. Examples include video, film, slide, audio, or computer-based technologies. Time-based media have “duration as a dimension” and unfold to the viewer overtime. The Time-based Media Gallery is equipped with a 4k resolution, 3LCD, 12,000-lumen Epson laser projector. Delivering ultra HD image quality, amazingly vivid color, and a lifelike performance, it is he first projector of its kind to be used in an art museum setting. ¹
The House of the Singing Winds, time-based media creation is 11 minutes, 5 seconds in duration and runs continuously. Visitors can arrive anytime and stay as long as they like.
This exhibit was inspired by the historical Indiana home and studio of painter Theodore Clement Steele, located in Nashville, Indiana. The home and property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is recognized as an Indiana State Historic Site, and displays an Indiana Historical Bureau marker on the property.
The three-channel UHD video with sound was created by artist Jawshing Arthur Liou, who is an internationally known video artist who also teaches in the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University, Bloomington. It includes a voiceover inspired by the writings of Selma Neubacher Steele by Yael Ksander.
The exhibit captures the Steele home in stunning, high-definition video through the four seasons of the year. The voiceover narrative focuses on Selma Steele telling the story of preserving the house and grounds as memorial site after her husband’s passing on July 26, 1926. The exhibit is curated by Elliot Reichert, Curator of Contemporary Art.
“Like Selma, I’ve long ‘believe[d] most thoroughly that I could live contentedly any old way as long as I had a daily panorama of forests and great skies spread before me. From the moment I first visited the site, I was captivated by the Steeles’ romantic notion of ‘getting away from it all’ to create an artistic sanctuary where they would hone, above all, the art of living well. So I was honored to contribute to my friend Arthur’s gorgeous tribute to the House of the Singing Winds by reading Selma’s own words.”Yael Ksander, narrator
Located on the Third Floor in the Time-based Media Gallery, visitors will find a very impressive media gallery to stand, or sit on comfortable benches and listen to the 11-minute, 5 seconds time-based media.
- Thursday & Friday: Noon – 5 pm
- Saturday: Noon – 7 pm
- Sunday: noon – 5 pm
All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Eskenazi Museum of Art
1133 E 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47405
Recommended parking at student Union; museum will validate parking if you present your ticket.
About the Artist
Liou’s videos and prints have been featured in programs, exhibitions, and collections in Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Rubin Museum in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Indianapolis Museum of Art, National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, Seoul Museum of Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Red Brick Museum, Beijing, Art Basel: Hong Kong, and Sharjah Biennial. Liou is the recipient of Asian Cultural Council Grant, New York; Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, Indianapolis; and Garry B. Fritz Award from the Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Chicago. International presentations of his work include SIGGRAPH conference; European Biennial Conference of the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts; and Chicago Humanities Festival. Liou is currently the Herman B. Wells Professor of Digital Art at Indiana University, Bloomington. ²
While you’re There
When visiting the House of The Singing Winds multi-channel video exhibit, be sure to stop on the first floor of the museum (European & American Art – Medieval to 1900)) and view T.C. Steele’s The Boatman.
Painted in 1884 as his student exhibition piece at Munich’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Boatman, one of Steele’s finest early works, sharply contrasts with his later, and better-known, Impressionist paintings of the southern Indiana landscape. Distinguished by its skillful depiction of the strain of physical labor, The Boatman won a Silver Medal from the Munich academy.
1Exhibit background upon entering the media gallery.