Autumn Equinox


The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres

"E is for Equinox" by Stuart Hyatt

Listen up! Experience 100 Acres of sonic explorations, performances and aural experiments spread throughout The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. For this special audio-themed Equinox, the Park becomes our recording studio, featuring playful harmonies and cacophonous melodies for all ages. Listen to a headphone concert at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion, frolic in a sonic playground led by Minneapolis sound-duo Beatrix*JAR, and hear debut pieces by local artists Stuart Hyatt and Brian McCutcheon. There will be food trucks and other amenities to make it an all day adventure. So bring your friends and family to discover your inner sound artist at the IMA!

Beatrix*JAR: Sonic Playground

3 – 6 pm with a special performance at 6 pm

Become the star in Beatrix*JAR with a sound exploration and hand-on audio playground where you get to play the modified machines of the unique sound art duo Beatrix*JAR. To end the show and hear how this dynamic duo makes some sounds, listen to an experimental performance from the band themselves.

Beatrix*JAR is an American sound art and electronic music duo formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2004. The duo is composed of sound artists Bianca Pettis, "Beatrix," and Jacob Aaron Roske, "JAR." Noted for their unique performances and non-traditional approach to music the band draws its inspiration from AM Radios paired with Flash Cameras, Modified Children's Toys, Samples and electronic beats. Beatrix*JAR self-released three albums of note: I Love You Talk Bird (2005), Golden Fuzz (2007) and Art*Star (2010).

Brian McCutcheon: Water Mining

Ongoing with special performances at 4:30 and 5:30 pm

Indianapolis artist Brian McCutcheon debuts a new piece titled “Water Mining,” an interactive sculpture built to collect and amplify the underwater sounds of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park lake. Through the sculpture, visitors will experience underwater soundscapes that will be broadcast into the open air. The piece will also feature project collaborators Michael Drews and Jordan Munson performing on a boat - a live musical response to the sculpture broadcasts using amplified water and electronic sounds. The specially outfitted boat will be launched at various intervals during the Autumn Equinox event.

An Indianapolis-based con­cep­tual artist, Brian McCutcheon uses video, pho­tog­ra­phy, and sculp­ture to explore the rela­tion­ships between play and mas­culin­ity. He is the recip­i­ent of a num­ber of artist grants, awards, and res­i­den­cies. Over the past decade, his work has been fea­tured in a wide range of exhi­bi­tions on a national and inter­na­tional scale. McCutcheon is a co- founder and part­ner of Indi­anapo­lis Fab­ri­ca­tions (iFab), a cus­tom fab­ri­ca­tion studio.

Jordan Munson is a sound and video artist whose work explores memory, ephemera, and our relationship to technology. Munson has performed alongside artists such as Matmos and Nico Muhly. He is also a member of electro-acoustic ensemble Big Robot and a Lecturer in Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI.

Michael Drews is a composer, sound artist and computer musician. His work explores the use of computer interactivity to expand traditional ideas of musical performance and creativity. Drews is also a member of the computer-acoustic ensemble, Big Robot and Associate Professor of Music at IUPUI University in Indianapolis. For more information:

Stuart Hyatt: E is for Equinox

5 pm

E is for Equinox is a one-time only public sculpture, performance, and sound installation that is both thunderingly powerful and lightly ephemeral. The piece assembles a large group of electric guitar players in the forest underneath the existing sculpture Team Building (Align). At 5 pm, the circle of musicians will begin to gently strum the E major power chord. Over the course of a few minutes, the volume and intensity of the chord will grow until all players have reached maximum volume, transforming the clearing in the woods into a charged sonic volcano. The work has dual roots in both academic - think John Cage compositions and Fluxus events - and popular culture - think Wayne’s World and Spinal Tap. The setting pays tribute to land and environmental art by responding to the existing topography, but leaves nothing behind except the visual and aural memories of the event. It should appeal to both contemporary art aficionados and a general public of all ages.

For information on how to participate in E is for Equinox, click here.

Stuart Hyatt is a Grammy-nominated artist and musician who creates interdisciplinary media projects in the public realm. His work facilitates collaboration with people and places often overlooked by conventional contemporary art practice. Projects follow rigorous conceptual frameworks yet present themselves through simple pop and folk aesthetics.

He is the founder of TEAM Records, an imprint for his collaborative music recordings and performances. He creates site-based work with M12, a collective known for creative projects that explore the aesthetics of rural cultures and landscapes. Hyatt also works independently via commission as Stuart Hyatt Studio, Inc. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.

Headphone Hangout

3 - 7 pm

Hang out on hammock listening stations in the forest surrounding the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. Mix alternative soundscapes composed of natural and manmade sounds for others to enjoy.

Sound Making

3 - 7 pm

Signal your presence in 100 Acres and call others to join in the creation of simple wind instruments. Connect with others through sound, forming walkabout bands while wandering the park.

Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN