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Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY: IU Art Museum building lights up with 25th anniversary celebration

Oct. 25, 2007

EDITORS: Broadcast quality video of the Light Totem is available. To obtain the video, contact Nicole Roales at or 812-856-3717. The Light Totem is the work of Robert Shakespeare, professor of lighting design in IU's department of Theatre and Drama and head of the department's design and technology area and its Master of Fine Arts lighting program. For more information on Shakespeare, follow this link: Learn more about the event here:

WHAT: The Indiana University Art Museum building will celebrate its 25th birthday with the power of 500 million candles. The switch will be flipped on the 25th Anniversary Light Totem, a dazzling light installation illuminating a 70-foot freestanding tower, a 40-foot-long tube within the atrium, and the building's south exterior wall. Three searchlights will further highlight the building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei.

WHEN: A lecture by Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former Distinguished Professor of Art History and professor of Comparative Literature at IU Bloomington, will kick-off the event at 7 p.m. Oct. 26. The lighting ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. on the museum's front lawn, followed by a reception in the Solley Atrium.

WHERE: The lecture will take place in the Hope School of Fine Arts Auditorium, Room 015.

COST: The event is free and open to the public.