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Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU to reopen Thursday

The Eskinazi Museum of Art is seen Aug. 24.
The Eskinazi Museum of Art is seen Aug. 24.

The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art will reopen Thursday with shortened hours after being closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The galleries will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Luzetta and Del Newkirk Café and Gift Shop will be open for carry out dining only seven days per week. All purchases, including gift shop merchandise, are available through GrubHub.

The museum reopened November 2019 after being closed for three years for a $30 million renovation but closed again in March.  

All guests are required to wear face coverings and are expected to abide by social distancing guidelines. The galleries will have limited capacity.

The enterance to the Eskinazi Museum of Art is seen Aug. 24. Carl Cote

The reopening will feature four new exhibitions: Facing the Revolution: Portraits of Women in France and the United States,” “Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies,” “House of the Singing Winds” and “Leonardo Drew: Cycles, From the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.”

Curator of Contemporary Art Elliot Reichert is responsible for the installation of “House of the Singing Winds” and “Leonardo Drew: Cycles.”

Despite the implemented changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Reichert said he remains optimistic about the reopening.

“We're really hoping that we can make it as normal as possible, but obviously we're being really mindful,” Reichert said.

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