By Myla Townsend
Marion High School graduate and MHS Arts Hall of Fame inductee Samuel Levi Jones will be featured in “Left of Center,” an exhibit of his art at the Indianapolis Museum of Arts at Newfields this spring and summer.
The exhibit opening is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 15 at IMA. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 1.
IMA describes Jones’ work as providing a striking visual commentary on the duplicitous and oppressive nature of American power structures. The exhibited works in “Left of Center” particularly examine how injustices pervade systems of education, criminal justice, healthcare, and the broader American historical narrative. The exhibit offers an in-depth look at how Jones’s deconstruction of biased sets of encyclopedias, law books, medical texts and football equipment manifest extraordinary abstract paintings and sculptures.
After graduating from MHS in 1997, Jones continued his education at Taylor University, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. He then earned and a bachelor of fine arts from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis. He later received his master of fine arts in studio arts from Mills College.
Though Jones has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, the IMA exhibit is the first major museum survey of his works.
Newfields, which incorporates the IMA as well as Fairbanks Park, the Gardens, the Lilly House, and the Elder Greenhouse, is located at 4000 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis. The “Left of Center” exhibit is included in the regular price of admission to IMA. Click here for more information about the exhibit on the IMA website.