The Art of the Character: Highlights from Glenn Close Costume Collection opens Thursday

BLOOMINGTON – “The Art of the Character: Highlights from the Glenn Close Costume Collection” opens at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art on Thursday, May 6 at Noon.

A pink silk organza dress on a mannequin in the center of an exhibition of other dresses
“The Art of the Character” opens at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University Bloomington on May 6. Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

The free exhibition will be on display until November 15 at 5 p.m.

The exhibit will explore the art of developing a character with a focus on the creativity and skills of the designers and makers, as well as the collaborative process between Close and the artists who help bring her characters to life.

Glenn Close

The exhibition features 56 costumes worn across 14 productions by the three-time Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe winner.

The exhibit features the work of award-winning costume designers—including Anthony Powell (101 and 102 Dalmatians), Ann Roth (The Stepford Wives) and James Acheson (Dangerous Liaisons)—the exhibition will include clothing and accessories that Close carefully collected from the beginning of her career.

It will also showcase the artistry and handcraft of makers such as Barbara Matera and Katherine Marshall.

A fully illustrated exhibition catalog, published by Scala Arts Publishers, will accompany the exhibition.