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Winterlights at Newfields Opens Nov. 18 @newfieldstoday

September 20, 2018 Leave a comment
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Part of the beautiful Winterlights Holiday Light Show at Newfields last year.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Mattie Lindner
Newfields

Following a tremendously successful first season, Winterlights returns this holiday season from Nov. 18, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019 at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

This year’s curated outdoor lights experience is presented by Bank of America and features more than 1.5 million lights shinning upon you and your guests, a new Wintermarket and a transformed finale.

Last year, Winterlights debuted in The Garden at Newfields and welcomed nearly 70,000 guests to experience the magic of the season, thousands of whom were first time visitors.

More than 40 couples got engaged, creating a lifetime of memories and traditions for new families during Winterlights. Because of its commitment to the community, Bank of America is thrilled to help bring Winterlights to life this year.

“Newfields provides a spectacular lights display and venue for families and friends to explore and celebrate the magic of the holiday season,” said Andy Crask, Indianapolis Market President, Bank of America. “Bank of America recognizes that the Winterlights experience is a wonderful opportunity to not only shine a light on Indianapolis but also to help support cultural experiences that have a positive impact on our community.”

New this year, guests are invited to start and end their Winterlights journey inside a glowing Wintermarket, a toasty place for a treat and the first stop for a warm cup of hot chocolate or apple cider—with spiked options available for adults.

Inside the market, local artisans like Goose the Market, Gallery Pastry Shop and Sun King Brewing Co. will be selling popular food and beverage options, as well as unique holiday gifts and goodies for everyone on your list.

Guests can also purchase this year’s exclusive brew crafted by Sun King Brewing Co. and only available for purchase at Winterlights. Love the taste? Take home a two-pack gift set in the Wintermarket on your way out.

Before heading to the lights, stop for a group photo in front of the giant towering poinsettia tree.

For the main attraction, guests of Winterlights will once again explore The Garden at Newfields and stroll beneath 80 foot-tall trees glowing to the tips of each tiny branch. With the addition of 300,000 more lights, this year’s display features more than 1.5 million glowing lights.

The outdoor journey begins with Snowflake Bridge, where glistening handcrafted snowflakes illuminate the sky above and music draws guests across the historic span.

The Landscape of Light returns in front of the grand Lilly family mansion, where over 300,000 lights dance in many different colors to the Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Guests are then welcomed inside the front door of the Lilly House to discover this year’s theme of sophisticated handcrafted design inspired by Mr. Lilly’s famed book collection.

The library will bring the magic inside with a dramatic display filled with hundreds of glowing LED candles. Other rooms in the home will be transformed by unexpected holiday installations like handmade origami butterflies soaring from the piano and a giant paperchain chandelier flowing onto the dining room table.

As guests continue their stroll through The Garden, the bright vibrant colors of the Whimsical Terrace will draw in visitors of all ages. Karl Unnasch’s whimsical 50-foot-tall tree of toys, Playtime in Indy, returns to The Garden and the toys will once be donated to families in need this season.

Warm your hands over wood burning fires, while listening to holiday music and making your own s’more provided by local Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Last year, the Girl Scouts raised over $25,000 that helped send 160 girls to summer camp, who otherwise could not have attended.

To delight guests as they exit the experience, a new finale has been added to this year’s Winterlights. The Ice Storm Walk, will immerse guests into a whirling blizzard of light. A digital snowstorm will descend over you along a 400-foot promenade, enhanced by dramatic music and sound of winter. Along the path, guests will pass through the Ice Cave, a tunnel of light featuring more than 30,000 lights.

“We are thrilled that the community accepted our invitation to Winterlights last year, and made it part of their holiday celebration,” said Jonathan Wright, The Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources. “In hopes of delighting everyone again this season, the Newfields team has enhanced this year’s display with hand-crafted design and more lights to surprise guests around every turn.”

Due to enthusiastic crowds and sold out evenings, new ticket times have been added to expand capacity. This season, tickets will be available every half hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. with the experience concluding at 9:00 p.m.

Save 20 percent by purchasing your tickets online at DiscoverNewfields.org beginning Oct. 1. This year, guests can purchase a premium ticket, which includes 3-D holographic glasses that bring Winterlights to life, a complimentary drink ticket and a pass for BOGO general admission January 8–Valentine’s Day weekend. A deal you don’t want to miss.

Newfields members receive additional discounts and exclusive access to Winterlights at the member preview evenings on Nov. 16 and 17 for just $10. During Winterlights, the Access Pass is still available for $2 per qualified family member.

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at Newfields this holiday season. Give the gift of Winterlights to your family and friends with our new gift tickets, featuring large group orders of Winterlights tickets (minimum order of 15). Don’t miss Newfields’ annual Holiday Hullabaloo shopping event on Dec. 6, featuring trunk shows in The Museum & Garden Shop. Members receive a 20 percent discount all day long. Or, give the gift of Newfields all year long with an annual membership, which offers free general admission, discounts on programs, invitations to exclusive preview events and more.

During the run of Winterlights, The Garden, The Café and IMA Galleries at Newfields will close at 4 p.m. daily.

Seasonal music made possible by the generous support of Marianne Williams Tobias. Lead support for Winterlights is provided in part by JPMorgan Chase & Co., Klipsch Group, Inc., The Hagerman Group and RJE Business Interiors. Additional support provided by Marian Inc., Ann W. King, and Sycamore Advisors, LLC. In-kind support provided by Sunbelt Rentals, Celadon Trucking Services, Tway Lifting Products, and Airworx Construction Equipment.

* Winterlights will be open Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Want to be a part of the magic this holiday season?
Last year, volunteers donated over 4,000 hours to help bring Winterlights to life. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and large groups. Email volunteer@discovernewfields.org if interested.

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“Sensual/Sexual/Social” Exhibit opens Sept. 30 at Newfields @newfieldstoday

August 24, 2018 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Mattie Lindner
Newfields

Explore the artistic legacy of renowned American photographer George Platt Lynes through this exhibition of photographs from the collection of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. Sensual/Sexual/Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes runs from September 30 through February 24, 2019 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lynes’ visionary work catapulted him to notoriety as a New York-based commercial fashion and ballet photographer, but he drifted from the spotlight when it was revealed that he also photographed male nudes. Lynes also turned his lens on his social circle, many of the artistic and literary minds of the mid-20th century, who accepted him as a gay man during a period of harsh anti-LGBT oppression in America.

“This timely exhibition explores the life of an artist who was marginalized by society for being gay and places him where he should be, at the forefront of the history of photography, alongside his more famous peers,” said Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO. “We at Newfields are passionately driven by efforts like this that add context and depth to art and the world we live in today.”

George Platt Lynes (1907-1955) grew up in New Jersey and attended boarding school in western Massachusetts where he first met Lincoln Kirstein, who later co-founded the New York City Ballet. In the early 1920s, Lynes traveled to Paris where he connected with members of the Parisian avant-garde, including the couple Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, who welcomed him into their social circle. During this time Lynes started to photograph his new friends and their shared life experiences.

After returning to the United States in the late 1920s, Lynes inherited a friend’s photographic equipment, which inspired him to spend more time photographing. Many important figures in the art world, several of whom were his close friends, agreed to sit for portraits including artists Paul Cadmus, Pavel Tchelitchew and Marc Chagall.

In 1935, Lynes became the first photographer for the American Ballet, later renamed the New York City Ballet, and remained their primary photographer for 20 years. The photographs that resulted from the personal and professional relationship between Lynes and Lincoln Kirstein are considered some of the finest ballet photographs ever made. Lynes was passionate about beauty and refinement and proved to be incredibly skillful at documenting dancers’ bodies in light and space.

The following year, Lynes was invited to participate in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, Fantastic Art, Dada, and Surrealism. His surrealist photograph, The Sleepwalker, was exhibited alongside his peers and fellow modern masters, such as Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and René Magritte.

Lynes was a rising star in New York City’s photography scene, celebrated for both his fine art and commercial work. He photographed for renowned fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and created ad campaigns for Barneys and Henri Bendel. As a Vogue photographer, Lynes had the opportunity to create portraits of numerous writers and performers, including author/entertainer Kay Thompson (creator of the Eloise children’s books) and playwright Tennessee Williams.

During a time of restricted societal norms and repression of homosexuality, Lynes and his gay friends created a tight-knit community where they could express themselves. Support from this community allowed Lynes to explore his interest in the male nude as a photographic subject, something that was considered radical, as the female body was generally the only acceptable subject in the nude at this time. When Lynes began photographing nudes in the 1930s, he understood how the male form had historically been represented in fine art. His interest in Greek classical representations of the male body grounded these photographs and presented the male form as beautiful and desirable.

Lynes was fully aware of the personal risk he took during this time and took measures to protect the identity of his subjects and body of work. Outside of the relative safety of his social circle in New York City, the country was not a safe place to live life as a gay man or to be a male nude model. Lynes and the men who modeled for him took considerable risks to produce these photographs during a period when those who engaged in perceived gay activities, like male nude photography, risked imprisonment and rejection from mainstream society.

In the late 1940s, Dr. Alfred Kinsey was working on his 1948 book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. Kinsey was in the process of building his research institute and its art collection and wanted examples of the male nude, particularly photographs that illuminated gay lifestyles. It was Lynes’ nuanced photographs of the male form that brought the artist and Kinsey together. Kinsey was a crucial supporter of Lynes and the two men coordinated the donation of many of Lynes’ photographs and negatives to the Kinsey Institute.

The simple act of sending the photographs and negatives to Indiana from New York City was extremely risky. At this time, the law prohibited sending materials deemed obscene through the United States Postal Service. Kinsey and Lynes took extreme measures to ensure that his male nude photographs in particular were not transferred through the USPS by arranging numerous cross-country trips. The transfer of photographs to Indiana was successful and Lynes’ legacy and work has been preserved at the Kinsey Institute for nearly 70 years.

“We are excited to be working with an esteemed institution like Newfields to share the work of this wonderful artist, George Platt Lynes,” said Sue Carter, Kinsey Institute Director. “The Kinsey Institute Special Collections preserve art and artifacts that document the richness and variation of human sexual expression and relationships. Collaborations like this allow us to bring wider visibility to those artistic voices and life experiences that might otherwise be lost to history.”

In the exhibition guests are invited to explore Lynes’ personal and professional life through a multi-layered timeline. Midway through the experience, guests can learn about the large format printing process by viewing a 200 sq. ft. studio recreation, play a photo negative game, watch a step-by-step video and touch vintage darkroom tools. Guests will also have the opportunity to listen to a narration of the letters Alfred Kinsey and George Platt Lynes exchanged and craft their own letter using a typewriter.

Sensual/Sexual/Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes is curated by Rebecca Fasman, of the Kinsey Institute, and Robin Lawrence and Anne M. Young of Newfields. Prior to Newfields, Young was the photographic archivist at the Kinsey Institute and worked on digitizing and condition reporting their collection of more than 2,300 George Platt Lynes vintage negatives.

Don’t miss the Opening Celebration of Sensual/Sexual/Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes on September 27 at 7 p.m. The evening begins with Indianapolis Ballet performing George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, followed by an exclusive viewing of the exhibition. On September 28 and 29, Newfields members can see the exhibition first at the Member-Only Preview. At the Members-Only Talk on October 14, members can connect with the exhibition curators Robin Lawrence and Anne M. Young as they share in-depth stories about Lynes’ life and experiences as a commercial and fine art photographer in mid-century New York City.

Sensual/Sexual/Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes is on view in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery from September 30, 2018 through February 24, 2019.

Organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Framing support for this exhibition is provided by The Great Frame Up. Studio photography equipment is provided by Roberts Camera.

“Orchids” Opens at Newfields, Feb. 9, 2018 @newfieldstoday

January 23, 2018 1 comment
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“Orchids” Exhibit at Newfields. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Mattie Lindner
Newfields

Spring starts early with Orchids at Newfields
Orchids returns for the third year providing vibrant color Feb. 9 – Mar. 4

This winter, experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids in The Garden at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Returning for the third year, Orchids gives guests a tropical escape from the cold and welcomes early signs of spring from Feb. 9 through Mar. 4, 2018.

Curated by the Newfields horticulture staff, this year’s Orchids provides a new and fresh plant display. Explore diverse varieties of elegant orchids from around the world with hundreds of plants blooming inside the toasty Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, where experts are on hand to tell visitors about the blooming masterpieces.

Discover the historic Lilly House filled with colorful décor and intoxicating aromas. Take home your own pop of color by stopping by the Pop-Up Shop located in The Brett Waller Gallery inside Indianapolis Museum of Art, where staff and volunteers will be happy to share advice on orchid care.

For guests looking to expand their knowledge of these incredible plants, Newfields will offer workshops on mounting, repotting and basic care of orchids on Feb. 17, Feb. 22 and Mar. 3. Workshops are $45 and $50 for the public, with special discounts for Newfields members.

Keep the celebration of orchids and spring going with a special one-of-a-kind tour created by Newfields docents that explores stories of orchid collectors and orchid lore in The IMA Galleries. Expand your knowledge about these delightful tropical plants and their connections to our art collection with Orchid Stories in the Galleries, a daily tour at 2 p.m. during the run of the exhibition.

Don’t miss another sign of spring, the return of animals, with the debut of a giant, 10-foot long, blue snail. On Feb. 9, the snail will welcome guests into the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion, waiting for the rest of its brightly colored friends to invade The Garden on June 1 as part of the Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures exhibition.

Explore the tasteful side of orchids in The Café and through an expert-guided food tasting. Guests can also enjoy an evening in the Elder Greenhouse sampling wine and desserts inspired by the form, color and history of these fascinating plants at Edible Orchids on Feb. 23. The Café will feature orchid inspired menu items during the exhibition, including a mixed green salad topped with strawberries, candied almonds, orchid blossoms and a vanilla citrus dressing, other options include a mixed berry trifle with white chocolate vanilla mousse, and a blackberry vanilla prosecco cocktail.

Orchids is included with general admission and free for members. During the opening weekend, members will receive a special 20 percent discount in the Museum & Garden Shop and in the Pop-Up Shop.

The full list of orchid related programming includes:

EVENT: Orchids opening preview
Feb. 8 / 5:30–9 p.m.
Free / Members only
Members get an exclusive first look at the new Orchids exhibition in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse. Enjoy a pop of color as hundreds of these rare and beautiful flowers fill the Greenhouse.

ADULT CLASS: Watercolor Painting
Feb. 8, 15, 22 & Mar. 1 / 6–8 p.m.
Studio 3
$160 Members / $200 Public
Join us for a four-session class exploring the art of watercolor painting. Experiment with liquid watercolors, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, and watercolor pans. Visit the Elder Greenhouse to do a watercolor study of orchids and visit the IMA Galleries to view examples of watercolor works in the IMA’s collection. Artists of all abilities welcome, adults 18 and over, please. Tuition includes cost of all materials, studio tools, and equipment.

EXHIBITION: Orchids
Opens Feb. 9, 2018
Included with general admission and free for members
Experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids at Newfields. These colorful and exotic plants will welcome guests with the first signs of spring. Escape the cold and discover colorful orchid varieties from around the world blooming inside the Greenhouse. Explore the historic Lilly House as orchids fill the rooms with colorful décor and intoxicating aromas and buy a plant (or two) to take home in the Pop-Up Shop inside the Museum.

TOUR: Orchid Stories in the Galleries
Feb. 9–Mar. 4 / Daily at 2 p.m.
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Keep the celebration of orchids and spring going with a special one-of-a-kind tour created by Newfields docents that explores stories of orchid collectors and orchid lore in The IMA Galleries. Expand your visit to Newfields by discovering Orchid Stories in the Galleries, a daily tour at 2 p.m. during the run of the exhibition.

EVENT: Horticulture Society Symposium
Feb. 10 / 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
$99 public / $89 members / $49 students
The Toby
Join fellow garden enthusiasts for an inspiring day of presentations on a wide range of horticultural topics from in-depth plant lectures to inspiring design ideas. Get inside the head of Newfields’ horticulturist Patty Schneider, who will share tips and inspiration for dynamic, textural, creative and whimsical combinations for your own garden. David Mattern, horticulturist from Chanticleer Garden, will illustrate how he has transformed their vegetable garden from something utilitarian into a beautiful and inspirational display. This year’s keynote lecture will be presented by Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

TALK: Member Only Talk: Ian Wilhite, Greenhouse plant specialist
Feb. 11 / 2 p.m.
Free / Members only / Advanced registration required
Once a month, members get to go behind the scenes to learn more about exhibitions. This month, join Ian Wilhite for a special presentation on the Orchids exhibition. Learn more about these exotic, beautiful flowers and what inspires the intricate displays. Wilhite will host a Q&A for attendees in the Orchids Pop-Up Shop after his presentation.

EVENT: Book Club: Deadly Slipper: a Novel of Death in the Dordogne
Feb. 15 / 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Lilly House & Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
Wine Tasting / $6 Members / $8 Public
Book Club discussion / Included with general admission and free for members
Orchids turn from mysterious to fatal in the fictional world of Michelle Wan’s Deadly Slipper: a Novel of Death in the Dordogne. Join Ian Wilhite, Newfield’s orchid specialist, as we discuss the amazing reality and allure of orchids. Before the discussion, stroll over to the Greenhouse to view the Orchid exhibition and sample wines paired with featured orchids, selected by Director of Hospitality and certified sommelier Josh Ratliff.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Epiphyting
Feb. 17 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$35 Members / $45 Public
Many orchids in nature are epiphytes, meaning they grow without soil. In this hands-on workshop, learn to grow orchids in the air with a Newfields orchid expert. Mount your own orchid to take home and learn which varieties are best suited for thriving without soil.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Terrariums
Feb. 22 / 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 / 10–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$40 Members / $50 Public
You don’t need to travel to tropical jungles to see miniature orchids growing and blooming, but with a little help from Greenhouse Specialist and Orchid Expert Ian Wilhite you can make an orchid terrarium. You will be provided with a fashionable glass container and all the material you will need including a miniature orchid.

EVENT: Edible Orchids
Feb. 23 / 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse & Pop-Up Shop
$65 Members / $75 Public / Recommended for guests 21 & over
Do you enjoy delicious food and gorgeous flowers? Spend an evening surrounded by orchids while sampling tasty treats inspired by the exhibition. We’ve commissioned local chefs to develop tasty treats inspired by the geometry and color of these captivating plants. Sample two wines, and then choose a glass of your favorite.

TALK: Orchid Discussion
Mar. 1 / 7 p.m.
Lilly House
Free
Do you have pressing orchid questions you just can’t seem to find the answer to? Stop by Newfields for an exclusive talk with resident orchid expert Ian Wilhite. After learning more about the intriguing plants, make your way across campus to experience hundreds of orchids in the toasty Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Basics
Mar. 3 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$40 Members / $50 Public
If you’ve been reluctant to grow your own orchids at home, this workshop is what you need to get started. Using plants from the Greenhouse, staff will provide insights and insider tricks on watering, fertilization, and re-blooming for next year.

ADULT CLASS: Beginner’s Bonsai
Mar. 17 / 10 a.m.–noon
Mar. 22 / 6:30–8 p.m.
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$75 Members / $95 Public / Advanced registration required
This beginners’ workshop is designed to both instruct and inspire. Led by bonsai stylist Paul Weishaar, learn how to find the basic elements of a tree and recognized its potential. Style a tree and repot in a traditional bonsai container. All supplies included.

ADULT CLASS: Make a Hypertufa Container
Mar. 24 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$55 Members / $70 Public / Advanced registration required
Join instructor Carol Dale for a new spin on the traditional hypertufa, a fabricated porous rock, planter. Carol is a local artisan specializing in handmade hypertufa pots, garden ornaments, and felted items. This class is perfect for beginners and experience gardeners alike.

About Newfields
Newfields offers dynamic experiences with art and nature for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic mansion, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, to a stroll through The Garden with a glass of cheer, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information visit www.discovernewfields.org.