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May-June Events at the Indiana State Museum

Indiana State Museum

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By Kathi Moore
Indiana State Museum
http://www.indianamuseum.org/

May, 2012

EXHIBITIONS

Level 1

Symphony in Color

Through May 13, 2012
Legacy Theater

What color is music? Students throughout Indiana have created art inspired by selected classical music pieces. One hundred finalists in grades 1 through 6 will exhibit their work at the Indiana State Museum as part of the 61st annual Symphony in Color. In addition to the colorful and uplifting children’s artwork, the Legacy gallery will feature the musical selections used to inspire the young artists. The Junior Group of the Women’s Committee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra organized this long-running project.

Supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis and by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Level 3
Chaos is a Friend of Mine: Cultural Icons from the Jim Irsay Collection

Through May 6, 2012
Level 3 Bridge Gallery

This eclectic collection from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay features everything from instruments belonging to rock ‘n’ roll icons like Jerry Garcia to Jack Kerouac’s original manuscript for On The Road. Oh — and some NFL memorabilia as well!

REPRESENT: Celebrating Indiana’s African-American Artists

Through October 14, 2012
Wilbur E. and Florence Jup Ford Gallery

REPRESENT presents work by African-Americans who have lived and worked in Indiana. From William Edouard Scott’s early French easel paintings to current artists who paint, photograph, sculpt and make textile, ceramic or collage artwork.

Presented by Citizens Energy Group

Supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis and by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Heartland Art: Selections from Your Indiana Collection

Through Sept. 15, 2013
NiSource Inc. Gallery of Indiana Art

It’s YOUR art – Hoosier art! Heartland Art traces 140 years of Indiana art created at home and elsewhere by Indiana natives. From early portraits of our statesmen to abstract impressions of the 21st century, Indiana’s history and culture are discovered through the eyes of our own. Admire an old favorite or discover a new one from YOUR Indiana collection!

Supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis and by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Science on the Edge: Radical Innovation in New Harmony

Through Oct. 28, 2012
Lincoln Financial Gallery

They explored new lands, discovered fantastic new animals and recorded a changing Native American way of life. The pioneers of New Harmony were more than just scientists – they were voyagers uncovering the secrets of a newly-born country. Science on the Edge looks at this part of American history through an Indiana lens, when the United States was still young and unexplored frontier stretched west to the ocean.

Amazing Maize: The Science, History and Culture of Corn

Through Jan. 20, 2013

South Gallery

It takes 25 corn plants per person per day to support the American way of life. This 10,000-year global genetic journey explores the relationship between people and corn, arguably the most productive domesticated plant and the greatest plant breeding achievement of all time. Visitors will be a-maized at the scientific, economic and cultural significance and impact of corn on daily life, past and present.

National Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors: Dow AgroSciences, Ford Motor Company and Case IH

Contributing Sponsor: National Starch

Local Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Indiana Corn Marketing Council

Contributing Sponsor: Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Supporting Sponsor: Brock Grain Systems

Through June 30

Gallery Search: Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz, Oh what an invention it is!
During Museum hours

What do fizzing indigestion tablets, Saturday afternoon lawn chores and rapid-fire machine guns have in common? Before you try to answer this one on your own, let us give you some helpful hints. Indiana is the birthplace of many high-tech developments and everyday ingenuities that have brought us into the modern age. Beginning in April, challenge yourself to discover the inventions and inventors of Indiana. You might be surprised by how many Hoosier innovations you use every day!

May 5

Science on the Edge Demo: Capturing Nature thought Art

Trudy Calvert

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join wildlife artist Trudy Calvert as she shares her love of nature and art through this hands-on glimpse at drawing wildlife. Trudy will demonstrate and discuss her work, and museum visitors can try to emulate it. Calvert’s work mirrors those of early 19th century scientists as they tried to document the natural record of Indiana, the U.S. and the world. Discover more by visiting the Science on the Edge exhibit and explore how early scientists captured natural scenes prior to the advent of the camera.

Science on the Edge Gallery

May 11
Science on the Edge Demo: Snakes Alive!

“Snakehead Ed” Ferrer
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Naturalist Lab

Retired science teacher “Snakehead Ed” Ferrer introduces visitors to native and non-native snakes from all over the world. Find out what snakes are really like, in a hands-on environment. Yes, visitors may touch with permission.

May 12
Taiwan-American Heritage Day

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free

Join the Taiwanese American Association of Indianapolis to celebrate the culture and traditions of Taiwan. Discover unique folk art and toys as Taiwanese artists exhibit their skills in a wide variety of activities from Hakka paper umbrellas and figurines made of sugar to paper folding and tops.

May 12
Family Saturday: Kites!

1 – 2 p.m.

$15.00 member / $20 non-member per craft

 Registration is strongly suggested

Let’s go fly a kite! Engineering experts and kite enthusiasts will share their skills and joy of kites.  Build your own kite using a dash of science and a pinch of artistic creativity and then test your tethered aircraft against the wind.

May 12

Science on the Edge Demo: Native Indiana Wildlife

Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Find out what wildlife rehabilitators do, what to do if you find a baby bird and what kind of turtles are illegal to own. Meet some animal ambassadors and learn how wild animals may become injured or abandoned, how they are nursed back to health and released, and what the law says about native Indiana wildlife. Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators observe, research, care for and rehabilitate Indiana wildlife.

Nina Mason Pulliam Gallery

May 16

Summer Sounds Concert Series: The Max Allen Band

5:30 – 7:30
$6 per individual Adult/$5 per individual Child/$20 to reserve a table

Music is back on the Canal Café Terrace at the Indiana State Museum! This monthly summer concert series features Indiana musicians who help to keep the state’s musical legacy alive through live entertainment on the museum’s canal terrace. Unwind with family and friends while enjoying the smooth sounds of local musicians. Concerts will take place the third Wednesday during the months of May, June, July and August from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited so don’t delay! Call 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!

May 18– 20

Indiana Archaeology and the Secret of the Temple Mound

18, 9:30 – 2 p.m.; 19, 11 – 4 p.m.; 20, 11 – 4 p.m.

$2.00 additional charge with museum admission (including school groups); $1.00 for members

Are you ready for adventure, mystery and intrigue? Join fellow adventurers to discover the story behind Angel Mounds’ Temple Mound.  Discover the ancient Mississippian rituals that may have taken place and solve the riddle of the kneeling man.  Swing into action and avoid the pitfalls while you solve riddles surrounding this 1,000 year old mound using archaeological clues you find along the way.  Meet and talk to archaeologists as they reveal the secrets to the mystery. Take a stab at ancient technology, throwing spears, playing chunky, making pottery and trying to build a wattle and daub wall, if you think your body can handle it.

May 19

Webelos Geologist Scout Badge Day

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$5 per scout
What’s the difference between a rock and a mineral? Where can you find rocks with hidden crystals? Or bones of animals extinct for millions of years? Find the answers to these and more as your scout group will test for relative hardness in minerals, identify minerals used in everyday products, identify fossils and tour the museum’s geology labs!

May 25

Science on the Edge Demo: Snakes Alive!

“Snakehead Ed” Ferrer
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Retired science teacher “Snakehead Ed” Ferrer introduces visitors to native and non-native snakes from all over the world. Find out what snakes are really like, in a hands-on environment. Yes, visitors may touch with permission.

May 26

Science on the Edge Demo: Native Indiana Wildlife

Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Find out what wildlife rehabilitators do, what to do if you find a baby bird and what kind of turtles are illegal to own. Meet some animal ambassadors and learn how wild animals may become injured or abandoned, how they are nursed back to health and released, and what the law says about native Indiana wildlife. Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators observe, research, care for and rehabilitate Indiana wildlife.

Nina Mason Pulliam Gallery

May 26
Museum Trek: Minerals

11 a.m. – 3p.m.

$5.00 per person

The competition is on and your goal is to make it through 5 stations in the museum avoiding pitfalls, accomplishing tasks and negotiating detours.  From throwing spears to piecing together skeletons you never know what the challenge may be.  Along the way collect minerals that can help you start your own collection at home.

May 26 – June 30
Yarnbomb the ISM!

See how creative knitters and crocheters can get as they yarnbomb the iconic museum features.  This creative art will “hit” the museum just in time for summer.  Hurry, it won’t be around for long so don’t miss a chance to enjoy the museum in a fun and creative way.

June, 2012

Through June 30, 2012

Yarnbomb the ISM!

See how creative knitters and crocheters can get as they yarnbomb iconic museum features.  This creative graffiti will “hit” the museum just in time to keep the museum warm during the cold holiday season.  Hurry, it won’t be around for long so don’t miss a chance to enjoy the museum in a fun and creative way.

EXHIBITIONS

Through October 14, 2012

REPRESENT: Celebrating Indiana’s African-American Artists

REPRESENT presents work by African-Americans who have lived and worked in Indiana. From William Edouard Scott’s early French easel paintings to current artists who paint, photograph, sculpt and make textile, ceramic or collage artwork.

Presented by Citizens Energy Group

Supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis and by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Through Sept. 15, 2013

Heartland Art: Selections from Your Indiana Collection

It’s YOUR art – Hoosier art! Heartland Art traces 140 years of Indiana art created at home and elsewhere by Indiana natives. From early portraits of our statesmen to abstract impressions of the 21st century, Indiana’s history and culture are discovered through the eyes of our own. Admire an old favorite or discover a new one from YOUR Indiana collection!

Supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis and by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Through Oct. 28, 2012

Science on the Edge: Radical Innovation in New Harmony

They explored new lands, discovered fantastic new animals and recorded a changing Native American way of life. The pioneers of New Harmony were more than just scientists – they were voyagers uncovering the secrets of a newly-born country. Science on the Edge looks at this part of American history through an Indiana lens, when the United States was still young and unexplored frontier stretched west to the ocean.

Through Jan. 20, 2013

Amazing Maize: The Science, History and Culture of Corn

It takes 25 corn plants per person per day to support the American way of life. This 10,000-year global genetic journey explores the relationship between people and corn, arguably the most productive domesticated plant and the greatest plant breeding achievement of all time. Visitors will be a-maized at the scientific, economic and cultural significance and impact of corn on daily life, past and present.

National Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors: Dow AgroSciences, Ford Motor Company and Case IH

Contributing Sponsor: National Starch

Local Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Indiana Corn Marketing Council

Contributing Sponsor: Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Supporting Sponsor: Brock Grain Systems

June 2

Science on the Edge Demo: Capturing Nature thought Art

Trudy Calvert

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join wildlife artist Trudy Calvert as she shares her love of nature and art through this hands-on glimpse at drawing wildlife. Trudy will demonstrate and discuss her work, and museum visitors can try to emulate it. Calvert’s work mirrors those of early 19th century scientists as they tried to document the natural record of Indiana, the U.S. and the world. Discover more by visiting the Science on the Edge exhibit and explore how early scientists captured natural scenes prior to the advent of the camera.

Science on the Edge Gallery

June 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29

Summer Camps

What do archaeologists, mastodonts, and Abraham Lincoln all have in common? Each one can be found in a summer camp at the Indiana State Museum! Each week will deliver new adventures based on the museum’s dynamic exhibits and collections.  Your children will be in a safe and educational environment while they learn about topics like nature, science, archaeology, culture, or history.

June 4 – 8.

Indiana Artists Camp

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration Deadline: May 21

Ages 10 – 14 years old

Cost: $185 members ($210 non-member)

Let your artistic side shine as you use materials such as clay, paint, and yarn to create individual works of art!  From exploring your art making skills to painting outside like many Hoosier artists, you will learn about the unique art that has been created in our state. Become inspired as you stroll through the museum and White River State Park to see if you will be the next great Indiana artist.

June 9

Family Saturday: Bug Bonanza

1 – 2 p.m. Registration is strongly suggested

$7.00 member / $10 non-member per craft

They’re creepy, crawly, charming and captivating – they’re Bugs!  Crawl or squirm your way into their world as we get up close and personal with the Class Insecta.  Build your own insect collecting kit and stomp outside to put it to use.

June 11 – 15

Paleontology Camp II: The Pipe Creek Experience 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration Deadline: May 29

Ages 11 – 14 years old

Cost:  $185 member ($210 non-member)

Get ready to explore the Indiana of five million years ago during the Pipe Creek Experience.  Work with museum paleontologists as you dig in, screen through and encounter the wildlife that called Indiana home before the Ice Age.  Campers will get to work with real material from the Pipe Creek Junior site looking for actual remains of rhinos, camels and other strange and unique creatures.  Be a paleontologist sweating while you dig, getting wet screening at a water screen and peering through microscopes looking for the smallest bits of life.  Uncover your inner paleontologist and unearth the secrets to Indiana’s past.

June 16

Science on the Edge Demo: Going Native with Animalia

1 – 3 p.m.

Included with museum admission

Discover some of the native animal species early explorers and scientists encountered during their expeditions to young Indiana.  Be sure to stop by to meet live animals such as a hawk, owl, crow, raccoon, opossum, skunk, and more!  Spend some time with Animalia’s zoologist and wildlife artist, Joel Vanderbush, as he teaches about these extraordinary creatures and gives a lesson on drawing animals just like early explorers!

June 18 – 22

Exploring Nature Camp

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Registration Deadline:  June 4

Ages:  7 – 10 years old

Cost: $100 member ($125  non-member)

Get ready to have a close encounter with the wonders of the natural world!  Join the ISM and the Earth Discovery Center at Eagle Creek Park as we discover the fossils, plants and wildlife found in our cities, parks and backyards. Campers will explore Ice Age fossils, native species and learn how to protect their environment and then have the opportunity to put that knowledge into practice at Eagle Creek Park through hiking, exploring pond life and cooling off in a crazy creek stomp!

June 20

Summer Sounds Concert Series: The Tides

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

$6 per individual Adult/$5 per individual Child/$20 to reserve a table

Music is back on the Canal Café Terrace at the Indiana State Museum! This monthly summer concert series features Indiana musicians who help to keep the state’s musical legacy alive through live entertainment on the museum’s canal terrace. Unwind with family and friends while enjoying the smooth sounds of local musicians. Concerts will take place the third Wednesday during the months of May, June, July and August from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited so don’t delay! Call 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!

June 23

Juneteenth Festival: Celebrating African-American Independence
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free with admission

In Feb. 2010, Indiana became the 34th state to recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday.  Juneteenth Festival is a new public program that celebrates Hoosier African-American freedom, faith and achievement by promoting multicultural diversity through arts and crafts, theatrical performances and musical entertainment.  The primary focus of this free event is to provide education and entertainment that helps to build community.

June 25 – 29

History Alive! Camp

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ages: 9 – 13 years old

Cost: $100 members / $125 non-members

Registration deadline: June 11

Are you ready to build a cabin?  Were Hoosiers in the Civil War?  Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, campers will experience what life was like for Hoosiers during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Campers will “pack” their own wagon for the journey west to Indiana, interact with historical re-enactors and characters and see first-hand how the Indiana State Museum preserves the Indiana story.

For more information, visit http://www.indianamuseum.org/, or call 317-232-1637.