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January and February at the Indiana State Museum

Indiana State Museum

Indiana State Museum. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

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

There’s lots to do at the State Museum in January and February. Here’s just some of the fun waiting for you!

January, 2013

Through – Feb. 17, 2013
Nikon Small World
The Nikon Small World contest winners in this exhibit show the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light of a microscope.

Through March 24, 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.
Presenting Sponsors: Dow AgroSciences, Ford Motor Company and Case IH
Contributing Sponsor: National Starch
Presenting Sponsor: Indiana Corn Marketing Council
Contributing Sponsor: Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
Supporting Sponsor: Brock Grain Systems

Through  – April 22, 2013
Steele Concealed
The Indiana State Museum is displaying the newly discovered and currently untitled painting next to the one it was under for 86 years after the death of Indiana artist T.C. Steele (1847-1926).

Through June 2, 2013
Eternal James Dean
Eternally young, sexy and intense, that’s the image of James Dean. But who was James Dean the man? Born in Marion, Indiana, Dean made just three films before his death in 1955 at age 24. Eternal James Dean will take a look at his Indiana roots, his brief time as an actor in California and New York, his films and his passion for motorcycles and racing.
Contributing support from CMG Worldwide
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 – June 2013
Guided Docent Tours
Monday – Sunday; Tours are booked during museum hours
Included with museum admission
10 or more visitors to participate
Is your party interested in an in-depth experience of selected museum exhibitions and themes?  Available for 10 or more visitors, docent-led tours are geared towards audiences who want to know more about some of the wonders Indiana has to offer. Conducted by registration only and must be booked at least two weeks in advance.  Tour lengths are 30 minutes to one hour depending on group preference. Contact group sales for details at 317.234.1728.

Jan. 19 – 20
 Ice Age the Overnight
7 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.
$30 per member / $40 non-member (registration required)
Join our Ice Age friends for a night of fun and adventure.  Explore the museum’s labs and help find remains from thousands of years ago.  Take a flashlight tour of the prehistoric collections.  Discover how mammoth skeletons fit together.  Find out if you would have what it takes to be an Ice Age hunter going after a mastodon.  Cap your experience with a breakfast fit for a giant ground sloth.  Reserve your spot now or like mammoths, they’ll go extinct.

Jan. 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Programming (Free Public Day)
Bring a canned food item and receive free admission to the Indiana State Museum as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Films, live music, poetry and performance art fill the galleries and public spaces of the museum as the life and times of this great man are explored.
Presented by IPL

February, 2013

Through – Feb. 17, 2013
Nikon Small World
The Nikon Small World contest winners in this exhibit show the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light of a microscope.

Through March 24, 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.
Presenting Sponsors: Dow AgroSciences, Ford Motor Company and Case IH
Contributing Sponsor: National Starch
Presenting Sponsor: Indiana Corn Marketing Council
Contributing Sponsor: Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
Supporting Sponsor: Brock Grain Systems

Through  – April 22, 2013
Steele Concealed
The Indiana State Museum is displaying the newly discovered and currently untitled painting next to the one it was under for 86 years after the death of Indiana artist T.C. Steele (1847-1926).

Through – June 2013
Guided Docent Tours
Monday – Sunday; Tours are booked during museum hours
Included with museum admission
10 or more visitors to participate
Is your party interested in an in-depth experience of selected museum exhibitions and themes?  Available for 10 or more visitors, docent-led tours are geared towards audiences who want to know more about some of the wonders Indiana has to offer. Conducted by registration only and must be booked at least two weeks in advance.  Tour lengths are 30 minutes to one hour depending on group preference. Contact group sales for details at 317.234.1728.

Through June 2, 2013
Eternal James Dean
Eternally young, sexy and intense, that’s the image of James Dean. But who was James Dean the man? Born in Marion, Indiana, Dean made just three films before his death in 1955 at age 24. Eternal James Dean will take a look at his Indiana roots, his brief time as an actor in California and New York, his films and his passion for motorcycles and racing.
Contributing support from CMG Worldwide
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.

Feb. 9 – Aug. 4, 2013
The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family
The legend of Abraham Lincoln reflects the fascinating reality of his life through the sum of human accomplishments and failures as well as the family bonds that impacted how these events unfold. We explore the lives of Abraham Lincoln’s kin from his mother and father’s struggle in early 19th century Kentucky through the death of his last direct descendent. Artifacts from the museum’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection will form the core of this exhibition, but priceless objects on loan from several of America’s leading historical institutions will provide context for this rich and compelling family story.
Presented Lincoln Financial Foundation

 Feb. 9
Happy Birthday Abe!

11 a.m. – 4 p.m

Included with Museum Admission
Celebrate the 16th President’s 204th birthday with the man himself!  Meet Abraham Lincoln; enjoy fun activities related to his life and times, and revel in the popular tunes of the 1860s.  To coordinate with the opening of the exhibition The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family.

 

Feb. 9
Sankofa Black Heritage Festival
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public
This one-day annual event will take place during Black History Month and celebrate the history and heritage of people of African descent. The day will include an educational component focused on Akan culture, live music and dance cultural performances, games, arts & craft activities, cultural exhibits and Black history films.
Supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis and by the Indiana Arts Commission.

Feb. 15 – 16
10th Annual Indiana Art Fair
Friday, Feb. 15; 5:30 – 8 p.m.
$20 for members; $25 for non-members
Saturday, Feb. 16; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.$9.50 for non-members;
Free for museum members
A smorgasbord of pottery, jewelry, and artwork to suit every taste will kick off the art fair season at the museum’s 10th Annual Indiana Art Fair. Browse among beautiful pieces in a variety of mediums, each available for purchase. This juried show is a great place to see art by more than 70 Indiana artists and to find the perfect piece for your jewelry box, mantel, or wall.
Presented by IPL
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.
Media Sponsor: WFYI

 

James Dean Film Screening at IMAX:
Feb. 21: East of Eden
Feb. 22: Rebel Without a Cause
Feb. 23: Giant
7 p.m. each night
$9.50 per adult; $6 per child

The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 West Washington Street in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. For more information, visit http://indianamuseum.org/, or call 317-232-1637.

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