Robert Indiana: The Decade Portfolio

On view December 4, 2015 – February 20, 2016

Education Gallery

The Swope begins its celebration of the 2016 Indiana and Terre Haute Bicentennials by featuring the work of an artist who changed his last name to correspond to his home state. Born Robert Earl Clark in New Castle, Indiana, the Pop artist changed his name to Robert Indiana in 1958. He is best known for his iconic LOVE image, which was first created in 1965 for the Museum of Modern Art’s Christmas card.

The Decade portfolio features Indiana’s signature style, defined by bold, geometric shapes along with words, numbers, and names of people and places that held a special meaning for him. Each of the ten prints in the portfolio recreates an important painting Indiana made during the 1960s, recounting Indiana’s artistic output from the transformative decade year by year.


Related programs:

Friday, December 4, 5 – 9 pm

Christmas Card Making

Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE image began with a Christmas card design for the Museum of Modern Art. Create your own Christmas card using a variety of materials during this Downtown Terre Haute Miracle on 7th Street event.

Saturday, December 12, 1 – 3 pm

Second Saturday Studio: Stencils & Screenprinting

Learn about the screenprinting process and create your own images using stencils in this afternoon of creativity inspired by Robert Indiana’s Decade portfolio.