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Closed Tuesday

In anticipation of the storm that has been getting words like “epic” attached to it by the local weather teams, the IMA will be closed on Tuesday.  Stay safe, stay warm, and we will keep you posted with any updates!

Filed under: Local

 

Sweet Sounds from Iceland

Sometimes manna drops from the sky.  As when I get an e-mail from an agent in Chicago seeking concert venues for 23-year-old Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds.  This fair fellow composes delicate pieces for chamber ensembles, tinted with a hint of electronica.  I tell the agent: you had me at Iceland.

Angelic sounds from the mystical country that produced Bjork, in the month of January, in The Toby, made by a musician headed for Istanbul and London once his US tour is done?  A poetic no-brainer.  So it stands to reason: you must join us at the IMA for Ólafur Arnalds this Saturday evening.

Here’s a sample from Arnalds’ new record, …And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness:

I find these sounds delicate as a paper-thin sheet of ice on a lake.  Resplendent as white fondant on a winter wedding cake.  Patterned like lace, or bird tracks in the snow.  At the concert, there will be long-haired ladies playing cellos.  And moody sweetness with the lights low.  A little peace; a fairy-tale feel.

Read what one concert-goer had to say about the show in Detroit on Wednesday night.

Oh, I’m supposed to also tell you that you can enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to Iceland, courtesy of Iceland Naturally.

So, tomorrow, our crack IMA public programs team will fire up the lights and sound in The Toby, tune up the Bösendorfer, provide plenty of smoothies and beer (as requested in the rider), tear the tickets, and then let Arnalds’ sonic sheen wash over us all.

Filed under: Public Programs

 

Frankly Scarlett, I Do Give a Damn

Well, I’d planned to go out and take some new pictures for the blog but the snow just would not stop Thursday and today it is plain too damn cold. I love you all but I ain’t going out in sub-zero windchill for you. It’s called tough love. I know you can handle it. I mean, look, there’s even frost on the window.

So what to do instead? I was looking at the plants in my window and thinking that would be a good start. I brought several things in from home so I would be sure to take good care of them. It’s hard to ignore an Abutilon gasping for water when you can see it for eight-plus hours a day. And it is really paying off. The windows face…. What direction do they face? Just a second I’ll ask Chad. South. They face south. I actually figured that out before I asked him. But I did ask just to be sure. No wonder the plants are happy. That’s the Number One direction for a winter plant window in the Midwest. Hmmm, I’ll be damned. Isn’t that fortunate? Beats the hell out of a cubicle. Not that there’s anything wrong with a cubicle. But let’s go on.

Number one on my list of window plants that are making me super happy despite the crappy weather is Euphorbia fulgens.

Scarlet Plume appears to be the common name. I guess it does have a scarlet flower but it’s not a plume. Or not my idea of a plume. Anyway, it has beautiful burgundy leaves all year so it makes a great plant for containers in summer. I love the color and texture.

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Filed under: Horticulture

 

Indy Fashion

When I moved home from college, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to start my career, Indianapolis did not have much to offer me in the way of fashion design work. I interviewed at all of the three places in town and finally got a position as a Production Designer for a company working on sports licensed apparel. While I can’t complain because this job ultimately led me to museums and the IMA, I was forced to admit there was a dearth of style in my beloved Circle City. I thought this was something I was just going to have to deal with.

Fast forward four years, (five? I can’t keep track,) and a legitimate scene has developed in Indianapolis. Maybe it’s the hubbub surrounding the Big Game (you know the one), but things are abuzz.

First, there were a few blogs I started to see references to everywhere. I can’t decide if they were simply made more visible to me by social media, but all of a sudden, stylists, photographers, make up artists, dealers, and aficionados started coming out of the woodwork.

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Filed under: Around the Web, Local, Musings

 

Today at the IMA: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

100 plus volunteers are on duty, the shuttles are lined up – the Museum is a hustle and bustle of activity today. Celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has become an annual IMA tradition and it is historically one of the Museum’s busiest days each year. This is the IMA’s sixth year of celebration and we typically have between 2,500 and 4,000 visitors celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and acknowledging the importance of creativity in our daily lives.

So what do we have going on? A full list of activities is below, but a few of the highlights include: a 4pm conversation with poet Mari Evans and jazz composer and musician David Baker, A Screening of Mr. Dial Has Something to Say and Jacob Lawrence: An Intimate Portrait, and free admission to Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection. We’ll also be handing out buy one get one free admission vouchers for the upcoming special exhibition: Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. The Museum is open until 5 pm today so you still have time – stop by and visit us!

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Filed under: Art, Current Events, Exhibitions, Thornton Dial

 

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