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The Embodied Power of Punk-i-fied Barbies

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry,” wrote Emily Dickinson.  Emily’s wham-bang factor applies to the documentary film Marwencol, showing in The Toby on Thursday, December 9.  Here’s a peek:

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Filed under: Film, Public Programs, The Toby


Onion Noise

And carrots and bell peppers and pumpkins and….

I’m here at the Indianapolis International Airport waiting for the 11 members of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra to arrive.  They perform at The Toby this Saturday night, 7 pm.

Since seeing their picture in a cooking magazine five years ago, I’ve been obsessed with bringing them to perform at IMA.  I love that they take an everyday object like an eggplant and mine it for its expressive sonic properties.  I love that they wear all black and let the colorful veggies create a visual pop.  I love that they treat vegetables as sculptural objects.  I love that their music is experimental.

Here’s a listen to their latest CD, Onionoise. I especially like Brazil.

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Filed under: Public Programs, The Toby


New Trailers!

Most museum staff live at least 6 months in the future. Life at the IMA is no different- we are always looking ahead to the next exciting things happening in the Museum or on our grounds. So, what’s up next? Right now, we are preparing to open the highly anticipated Andy Warhol Enterprises with much fanfare on 10.10.10, and the crisp weather always means lots of new programming in the Toby.

Have you checked out our fall calendar? Schedule your cultural adventure now. Here are the trailers to whet your appetite:

Filed under: Current Events, The Toby


The Care & Feeding of Contemporary Art

This Thursday at The Toby I’ll be participating in a panel discussion about the new exhibition, Tara Donovan: Untitled. Here’s a taste of what we’ll be discussing, from this exhibition’s TAP tour.

The event is free, open to the public, and offered in conjunction with the IMA’s Educator Sneak Peek Program. To accommodate multiple audiences, the program will be divided into two sections (feel free to come to one or both parts):

Part 1 — 5:00 pm
We’ll discuss the roles of staff members in selecting, displaying and caring for contemporary art.

Part 2 — 6:00 pm
We’ll discuss in greater detail the process of commissioning new artworks, complexities of working with installation art, and the long-term care of contemporary artworks.

Joining me on the panel will be a friend and special guest, Jill Sterrett, Director of Conservation and Collections at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); and

Lisa Freiman, IMA Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art;

Greg Smith, IMA Senior Conservation Scientist.

Here’s a link for more information about the program. I think we’ve got just about all the angles covered in this panel, but if you have any questions that you’d like us to address, please leave a comment and we’ll see if we can add it into the conversation.

Detail of Tara Donovan's Untitled (© Tara Donovan, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York)

Filed under: Art, Conservation, Current Events, Education, Exhibitions, Public Programs, The Toby


Summer Nights!

Every year, the people of Indianapolis anxiously await the announcement that means summer is surely right around the corner… the list of movies that will play at Summer Nights!

Without further ado, here is the list!

  • June 4 Across the Universe / 2007
  • June 11 Rebel Without A Cause / 1955
  • June 18 The Usual Suspects / 1995
  • June 25 Pee-wee’s Big Adventure / 1985
  • July 2 Stella Dallas / 1937
  • July 9 North by Northwest / 1959
  • July 16 The Rocky Horror Picture Show / 1975 (midnight showing; gates open at 10pm)
  • July 23 Monty Python: The Holy Grail / 1975 (midnight showing; gates open at 10pm)
  • July 30 The Muppets Take Manhattan / 1984
  • August 6 A Fish Called Wanda / 1988
  • August 13 Stand By Me / 1986
  • August 20 L.A. Confidential / 1997
  • August 27 O Brother, Where Art Thou? / 2000

We also have exciting news for members:

  • Presale Tickets Beginning April 8, members will have exclusive access to online tickets for all Summer Nights films. This means no waiting in line on the day of the movie!
  • Priority Seating Members get the best spots on the terrace! Gates open for members a half-hour earlier than for the public (6 pm).
  • Big Savings Members receive tickets for 50% off the public price (Public $10 / Members $5)

I am thrilled we can offer these savings to our most devoted fans. I have attended several Summer Nights films that have sold out, and it’s hard when we have to turn people away.  Become a member and get your (half price!) tickets early.

Also, I will be here for the midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.  I guarantee it is going to be a wicked good time.  Won’t you come join me?

Filed under: Current Events, Film, Local


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