May 14, 1979.
On this day, IUPUI's Herron School of Arts showed an exhibition by artist Dennis Oppenheim in the Herron Gallery at 16th and Pennsylvania Streets. The exhibition, which would continue through June 29, included a tuition-free four-day workshop with the artist to share, according to a press release issued by the gallery, his "processes of idea development" that would result in his "Indianapolis Piece." On the last day of the show Oppenheim presented a free lecture and slide show. The "piece" became "Power Passage (for Indianapolis)." The Herron Gallery produced a well-illustrated booklet describing Oppenheim's visit and his work. Herron Gallery curator Carol Adney described Oppenheim's "discussions and lectures [as] enormously important to the accessibility and understanding of the art. What began as an effort to illuminate this exhibition evolved into a major piece."
The Herron news release described Oppenheim (1938-2011) as a "conceptual--non-material art-object artist."
The artist's appearance at Herron was co-sponsored by IUPUI Lectures and Convocations Committee and the Indiana Arts Commission.
Many notable artists have visited Herron School of Art and Design. To learn more about them and exhibitions at the school, consult records in the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. You can query staff at firstname.lastname@example.org