By Stephanie Perry
Indianapolis Museum of Art
On April 7, 2015, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will shift from à la carte pricing for special exhibitions and parking to a single general admission ticket.
While members will continue to enter free of charge, the new admission ticket will grant non-members access to the IMA’s 52-acre upper campus, including the Museum galleries and special exhibitions such as Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, along with the surrounding gardens and Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens.
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres will remain free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Along with the Park, guests will be able to enjoy the IMA Café, Museum Store and Dudley and Mary Louise Sutphin Mall— home of the Sutphin Fountain, Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture and Roy Lichtenstein’s Five Brushstrokes— free of charge.
The new general admission ticket will cost $18 for adults and $10 for youth ages 6-17. Free admission will be offered for children ages 5 and under, along with prescheduled Marion County school field trips.
Students at four-year, public and nonprofit Marion County colleges and universities will receive free membership to the museum. The IMA will also proudly continue its participation in the state-wide Access Pass program, which provides $1 admission per person per visit for qualifying families.
Under the new model, free admission will be offered on the first Thursday of each month from 4 to 9 p.m. The IMA will also host free Community Days, supported by The Hagerman Group, as part of the new ARTx series made possible with a gift from The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).
Upcoming Community Days include:
Summer Solstice—Saturday, June 20, 2015
Autumn Equinox—Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Silent Night—Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
Winter Solstice—Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration—Sunday, Jan. 18, 2016
The IMA will also celebrate National Museum Day on May 19 with free general admission.
Annual membership prices for the Museum will remain the same. The IMA is offering a special membership promotion with automatic, free upgrades for Individual and Dual/Family memberships through Sunday, April 5.
Guests purchasing an Individual membership for $55 will receive a free upgrade to a Dual/Family membership, a $75 value. Visitors purchasing a Dual/Family membership will receive a free upgrade to an Associate membership, a $125 value. Upgrades are valid with on-site purchases only.
Along with receiving free, unlimited admission to the campus, IMA members will continue to receive early access to Museum exhibitions, free or discounted admission to IMA programming and special events, and discounts in the IMA Café, Museum Store and Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse Shop.
Over the past three months, the Museum has been working on campus-wide updates, including additional pedestrian walkways, enhanced garden plantings and new signage to help guests better explore the 152-acre campus.
Other recent additions include new sidewalks into the campus from the 38th Street and Michigan Road entrances to provide safer access for guests taking public transportation. Parking booths have also been removed to allow for free parking for all guests— even those who do not purchase general admission tickets.
Beginning the week of April 13, a new garden tram will take visitors from the main museum building through the Oldfields Estate, including a stop at the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse & Shop. A narrated garden tour with information about the history of the estate and the gardens will accompany the tram ride. Tickets are free for members and will cost $5 for non-members, and can be purchased at the main Guest Services desk in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion.
The Museum of Art is located at 4000 Michigan Road in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about the new admission policy and campus changes, visit http://www.imamuseum.org/visit/new-admission-faq.
By Stephanie Perry
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Warmer days ahead: IMA summer camp registration now open
Expanded offerings for 2015 includes camps in new places, opportunities for younger audiences
Is your family dreaming of warm, sunny days amidst the winter chill? Get a jump start on your summer planning and choose from over 30 day camps offered at the Indianapolis Museum of Art from June 15 through July 24, 2015.
Summer camps are available Monday through Friday for children ages 4 to 13. With themes ranging from music and theater to pirates and dinosaurs, camps offer activities for every interest and hobby. Kids can play secret agent or superhero, archeologist or botanist, painter or astronaut. They can take a trek through the woods, start a band or create an artwork inspired by the IMA’s galleries.
The 2015 lineup features old favorites such as the popular Superheroes camp, complemented by new additions such as Villains camp. New for 2015, two camps will be offered in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres for children ages 8 to 10. In Off the Beaten Path, budding scientists can examine insects under a microscope, meet a bee expert and check out the IMA’s man-made hives, build a bat house and more. In Our Backyard will feature nature-inspired art activities, photography sessions and the opportunity to create a new interactive play space within The Park. Many camps will feature visits from IMA employees, including curators, horticulturists and conservation scientists, along with special guests and experts from the community.
Other 2015 highlights include several camps inspired by the upcoming exhibition, Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, opening at the Museum on May 3. In Fasten Your Seatbelts, campers with a need for speed can build miniature race tracks, create toy car sculptures and race Big Wheel® bicycles through paint to create colorful compositions.
For registration and a complete list of camp offerings, visit http://www.imamuseum.org/class/ima-summer-camps-2015-play-learning. Registration can also be done by phone at 317-920-2679. IMA members receive special discounts on all camp offerings.
By Kelly Young
On behalf of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is serving up its popular Civil War Dinners on Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy an authentic dinner experience with “General Benjamin Harrison” and members of his “Aide-de-Camp” during this unique and interactive event.
Rather than sheet-iron crackers, canned foods and dehydrated vegetables that soldiers rationed and ate, guests will enjoy fine wine, hors d’oeuvres and a full dinner. The event begins in the Carriage House and includes a tour of President Benjamin Harrison’s home.
Civil War Dinner with “General Benjamin Harrison and members of his “Aide-de-Camp”
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, Indiana
$75/per person, $150 per couple or $1,500 sponsored dinner for 20
http://bhpsite.org/ or 317-631-1888
About Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
The Benjamin Harrison Home, a 16-room Italianate style house, was constructed by Harrison in 1874 and is a National Historical Landmark recognized by the United States Department of the Interior. The non-profit organization is dedicated to increasing public understanding of, appreciation for, and participation in the American system of self-government through the life stories, arts and culture of an American President. www.bhpsite.org
Editor’s Acknowledgement: Baise Communications.
By Shauta Marsh
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA)
Artist Ian Weavers’s The Black Knight Archive, Chapter I: Migration creates a fictional version of history of one black community. Weaver’s Black Knights are part medieval knight, part Black Nationalist – who have, ostensibly, lived within the “Black Bottom” community, circa 1940s. The work centers on the Near West Side of Chicago, a large multi-ethnic community, and, specifically, the “Black Bottom” section of the Near West Side where black residents once lived. Much like Indianapolis’s Indiana Avenue District, various parts of the Near West Side of Chicago and the Bottom were destroyed to construct an expressway and a university; as a result, the community lost much of its history.
“The works will reinforce the role of the object as iconic, a conduit for memory and history,” says Weaver. Opening August 1, 2014, 6-11 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) The Black Night Archive will run through October 18, with the hours of Thursday-Saturday 12-7 p.m.
Weaver is constructing a fictive history for the Black Bottom community using a variety of fake elements: handmade museum vitrines, handmade maps and documents of the community, various faux sculptures and textiles, as well as installation and audio components.
Weaver’s Black Knights used political, social, and guerrilla tactics to fight for the survival of the community.
“The project speaks not only to the nature of the loss of this particular community’s history, but also to the larger concept of how we, as individuals, communities and societies construct our own narratives, identities, and memories through our commemorations,” says Weaver. “These histories tell stories that occupy specific time periods, but (because of the subjective nature of memory and history) also travel backward and forward into and out of our own time.”
The first chapter commission by iMOCA in this installment will explore the migration of the Black Knights to Black Bottom, U.S.A.
The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square. For more information, visit http://www.indymoca.org/, or call 317-634-6622.
Ian Weaver (b. 1970) is a Chicago-based visual artist and Instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the Painting and Drawing, Contemporary Practices, and Art Education departments. His work, interdisciplinary in nature, is concerned with how we – as individuals and communities – construct our own identities and memories through our ceremonial observations (“commemorations”), the objects we construct, and those that we archive. He received his M.F.A. in Visual Art from Washington University in St Louis. His exhibitions include a survey of work (2004-2011) at the South Bend Museum of Art, as well as solo shows at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO, and Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL. Group exhibitions include shows at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; and the Kemper Art Museum and White Flag Projects, both in St. Louis, MO. He has been a recipient of numerous residencies, including Yaddo and the Millay Colony, both in upstate NY; and Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL. His awards include grants from Artadia and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, both based in NY; the Illinois Arts Council; and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL.
By Amy Lamb
Indiana History Center
There are plenty of ways to enjoy downtown Indianapolis in the summer, and the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is offering several—its time-honored favorite Concerts on the Canal, popular Museum Nights on the Canal programming and Sunday hours in June and July. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, along the picturesque, historic CentralCanal.
On Thursday evenings this summer, the IHS will host some of the area’s best performers. The concert lineup includes a diverse selection of musical styles, from jazz, blues and classic rock to big band, swing and the Great American Songbook. Local and regional favorites like The Woomblies, The Flying Toasters, Cynthia Layne, The Cool City Band (featuring Shannon Forsell and Laney Wilson) and Jessie Brown are just a few of the acts on this season’s schedule.
Concerts take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from May 29 to July 31, in addition to IHS’s annual Independence Day Bash on Friday, July 4, which will start at 5 p.m. with the Indianapolis Municipal Band and feature King James and the Verses.
Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to Concerts on the Canal, but food service is also provided in the HistoryCenter’s Stardust Terrace Café and at an outdoor grill, both operated by Hoaglin To Go. All alcohol must be purchased on-site, and a cash bar will be offered. No pets and no smoking are allowed on the Plaza. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the History Center’s parking lot.
Seating can be purchased on the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace in tables of eight ($45/$40 IHS members) or four ($35/$30 IHS members), and single-seats at the community table ($10/$9 for IHS members). Free seating is available across the canal on the grassy knoll. The 2014 Concerts on the Canal series is presented by The Indiana Rail Road Company, in partnership with the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology.
For concert dates in June and July, IHS’s Museum Nights on the Canal will offer free Indiana Experience admission, as well as hands-on activities and extra entertainment, from 4 to 8 p.m. Indiana Experience admission will also be free on July 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum Nights on the Canal is presented by Citizens Energy Group and The Glick Fund, a CICF Fund.
Guests are also invited to take advantage of Sunday hours in June and July, when the History Center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. and offer additional programming. IHS is also proud to be part of the Blue Star Museum Program and extends free year-round admission to members of the active military and their families.
To reserve a table in advance or for more information, call the IHS at 317-232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming.
Indiana Historical Society’s 2014 Concerts on the Canal Schedule
May 29 – The Woomblies (Popular Motown, soul and rock)
June 5 – The Flying Toasters (High-energy dance favorites)
June 12 – Hopkins and Miller (Jazz of the 1920s and 1930s)
June 19 – Seth Jenkins and the Tides featuring Michael Beck and Dane Dye (Eclectic music from the 1950s to today)
June 26 – Cynthia Layne (R&B and jazz)
July 3 – Carmel Brass (Patriotic tunes)
July 4 – Indianapolis Municipal Band (Patriotic tunes and marches, 5 to 6:15 p.m.) and King James and the Verses (Classic rock and blues, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
July 10 – The Cool City Band featuring Shannon Forsell and Laney Wilson (Music of the Lounge Era)
July 17 – Deb Mullins (Cabaret with a mix of standards, bluesy jazz and pop)
July 24 – David Mannell with Laura Hammer-Erhart and Becky Barton with special guest John Alvarado (Classic music of Spain and Latin America, standards of musical theater)
July 31 – Jessie Brown (Country, rock and soul)
Museum Nights on the Canal and July 4 Programming
Hop, Skip and Jump (June 5, June 12 and July 24) – Meet up with your friends and learn how to salsa dance and do the swing and the foxtrot. Take a 30-minute lesson at 5:15 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Banding Together (May 29, June 19 and July 31) – Bring friends and coworkers – or come alone – to the History Center at 5:15 p.m. for a networking event to participate in improvisational activities and get to know new people.
Eleven for Eleven (July 10) – Did you know the Indiana 11th Regiment, formed during the Civil War, inspired the name of our city’s new soccer team? Learn 11 fun facts about the Indy Eleven and meet members of the team from 5 to 6 p.m.
Picturing Your Way Through History (June 26 and July 17) – Take a new look at the stunning architecture of the History Center through two interactive sessions at 5:15 p.m. or 6 p.m. Scope out creative shots to share on Instagram or even create a Vine.
What’s Red, White and Blue All Over? (July 3) – Is wine really good for you? Join us for a special wine and cheese tasting from 5:15 to 6 p.m. and hear what a member of the medical community has to say about the benefits of social time with friends and libations that serve you well.
Hoosiers Helping Hoosiers (July 4) – As you celebrate our country’s birth, spend a day here and find out how you can help others in our community.
Cool Sundays Programming
Racing Through History (June 1, June 15 and July 27) – Using toy cars, race on a track like no other in Indianapolis for a chance to win tickets to another favorite Indianapolis pastime, an Indianapolis Indians game.
Recipes Gone By/Recipes Made Anew (June 8, June 29, July 20) – Join us as we taste and explore dishes from Indiana’s history and make them new. We are pulling recipes from our collections and having local chefs interpret them with contemporary flare and local ingredients.
Snappier Pics (June 22 and July 13) – Tired of taking photos that don’t turn out? Learn from The Indianapolis Star photographers how to take the best possible photos from your smartphone
Hoosiers Helping Hoosiers (July 6) – As you celebrate our country’s birth, spend a day here and find out how you can help others in our community.
For more information, visit http://indianahistory.org/, or call 317-232-1882.