Spring 2024

Beyond the Medici: The Haukohl Family Collection

February 22 – now extended to June 29, 2024! 

Please note: In addition to Sundays and Mondays, DOMA and this exhibition will be closed to the public on May 17, May 25, and June 19

The Beyond the Medici exhibition presents a selection of artworks from the Haukohl Family Collection, the largest private collection of Florentine Baroque art of the late 16th to the early 18th centuries outside of Italy. Assembled over more than 35 years by Houston-based art collector and co-founder of the Medici Archive Project Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, the collection includes paintings and sculptures depicting allegories, religious narratives, genre scenes, and portraits. The exhibition sheds light on the intellectual history of Florence under the reign of the Medici Grand Dukes, while at the same time illuminating the deep interest in science and painting founded on disegno (drawing or preliminary study) during the Florentine Baroque period. Overall, the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue illustrate how the Florentine artists of the 17th and early 18th centuries influenced European art history, politics, and philosophy to a far greater extent than art historical research and the public have previously perceived. The collection highlights the elegance and bravura (dramatic skill) of Italian artists along with showcasing the role of women in history. Sir Mark and his personal philanthropies have launched an American college art museum tour, of which the David Owsley Museum of Art is a welcome beneficiary. Please join us and bear witness to the beauty of Florentine Baroque art and culture.

This exhibition is made possible by Ball State University's Arts Alive Series, presented by the College of Fine Arts. Read Ball State's news release on the exhibition.

Educators: download a resource packet here.

Download a PDF of the "Music at the House of the Medici" program with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra here.


Image: Onorio Marinari (1617-1716), Madonna and Child, oil on canvas, 33.5 x 29.5 in., Haukohl Collection. Photo Credit: MNHA/Tom Lucas 

Image: Felice Ficherelli, (1605-1660), St. Sebastian Tended by Saint Irene, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 40.2 in., Haukohl Collection. Photo Credit: MNHA/Tom Lucas 

The Art of Elizabeth Catlett from the Collection of Samella Lewis

September 19 – December 20, 2024  

Sculptor, painter, and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett is widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. Her work blends art and social consciousness, while confronting the most disturbing injustices against African Americans. Catlett is probably best known for her art from the 1960s and ‘70s, when she created politically charged, expressionistic sculptures and prints. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1919, she attended Howard University, where she studied design, printmaking, and drawing. In 1940, Catlett became the first student to earn a master's degree in sculpture at the University of Iowa. In 1946, Catlett received a fellowship that allowed her to travel to Mexico City, where she studied painting, sculpture, and lithography. There, she worked with the People's Graphic Arts Workshop (Taller de Gráfica Popular), a printmakers’ group dedicated to promoting social change through art. After settling in Mexico and later becoming a Mexican citizen, she taught sculpture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City until retiring in 1975. 

The works on display in this exhibition come from the collection of artist, educator, and author Samella Lewis (1923–2022), Ph.D., professor emerita, art history, at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Lewis was Catlett’s student in the 1940s and Catlett became her mentor and lifelong friend.  

The exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA, and is brought to Ball State University courtesy of the Friends of the David Owsley Museum of Art. 

Image: Elizabeth Catlett, American (1915 – 2012), Sharecropper, 1965, linocut, AP 17 3/8 x 16 ½ in., © Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.  

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