New Programming Gives Visitors a Unique Way to Experience the Indianapolis Museum of Art

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Museum works to grow and engage audience through innovative public programs.

The new programming lineup aims to provide engaging, accessible experiences for museum visitors. Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The upcoming programming lineup is just a taste of what future holds in the coming years at the IMA.

Inventive variety shows, local art rallies, exclusive tasting parties and more films (both good and bad) are just a few of the things visitors can expect to see this fall at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The IMA’s new fall programming lineup boasts accessible, innovative public programming designed to engage the local community and attract non-traditional Museum visitors.

“The IMA is an industry leader in the art field, with an encyclopedic collection of more than 54,000 works and stunning, internationally-recognized exhibitions,” said Dr. Charles L. Venable, the IMA’s Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO. “But we also have beautiful grounds, a sprawling sculpture garden and other unique spaces designed for community gathering, exploration and play. Along with this, we have a new curator whose mission is to enhance our programming and audience experience. It’s important that we take advantage of all that we have to offer and give our visitors different ways to experience the IMA.”

Spearheading the new programming is Scott Stulen, the IMA’s first-ever curator of audience experiences and performance. Stulen, who joined the Museum in the spring, spent the last six months intertwining interactive components into existing programming, such as adding trivia, music, costume contests, dance parties and photo booths to the popular The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series.

“The fall programming lineup showcases a renewed commitment to supporting and working with local and regional artists, like Know No Stranger and the artists involved in the Monster Drawing Rally, to both highlight their work and also help grow their practice. In addition, we are developing original programming and working with national artists to bring new events and activities to Indianapolis,” said Stulen. “I want the Museum to be a welcoming place where visitors will come to ‘expect the unexpected’ and discover activities ranging from b-movies to bee colonies, pumpkins to pop-up performances. The upcoming programming lineup is just a taste of what future holds in the coming years at the IMA.”

This season’s lineup includes:

Know No Stranger: Optical Popsicle 7
Oct. 11, 8 p.m.
The Toby, IMA
Cost: $15
Indianapolis artist collective Know No Stranger debuts the newest edition of their wacky variety show—a mishmash of puppets, videos, dance and live music featuring guest performers from across the Midwest.

Artist Led Pumpkin Carving
October 24, 3-7 p.m.
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, IMA
Cost: $5 per pumpkin
Join local artists and IMA staff for family-friendly pumpkin carving with an artistic twist. Carving tools and design templates included with fee.

The Blair Witch Project, in partnership with Indy Film Fest Roving Cinema
October 24, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. screenings (10 p.m. screening is sold out)
Park of the Laments, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, IMA
Cost: $10
Experience the ‘90s cult classic, The Blair Witch Project, in an appropriately scary setting in the IMA’s wooded 100 Acres park, inside Alfredo Jaar’s secluded Park of the Laments. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life: Opening Party
Nov. 1, 7-11 p.m.
Pulliam Family Great Hall
7-9 p.m. $25 for members and $35 for non-members (Price includes exhibition ticket, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar access)
9-11 p.m. $12 (Cash bar and exhibition ticket only)
Create your own still life painting, snap a selfie in the Southwestern-inspired photo booth, watch local artists draw still life works and explore the newest exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life, before it opens to the public.

Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life is presented by The Alliance of the IMA, with additional support provided by Barnes & Thornburg LLP. O’Keeffe Education Supporters, including the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation at the platinum level as well as the Buckingham Foundation and the Lacy Foundation at the silver level, underwrite all public programs, educational outreach, and gallery experiences related to the exhibition.

B-Movie Bingo with Wolf Choir and Hollywood Theater: The Stabilizer
November 21, 7 p.m.
The Toby, IMA
Cost: $10
Started at the Hollywood Theater in Portland and now franchised to the IMA, these one-of-a-kind screenings make an interactive game out of some of most awesome movie clichés ever committed to celluloid. To play, the audience grabs a bingo card and looks to fill squares like “Long Boring Scene or Male Ponytail,” “Teamed up with a Rookie or Animal,” and “White Suit or Tropical Ending,” while watching some of the worst/best movies of all time. The new quarterly film series will kick off with the 1986 action flick, The Stabilizer.

Silent Night
Nov. 29, 5-8 p.m.
Museum-wide, IMA
Free
Experience the joy of silence during one of the most hectic weekends of the holiday season. A variety of solitary activities will be available for visitors looking for an alternative to the shopping mall chaos, including whisper tours, headphone concerts, yoga, silent movies and meditation spaces throughout the museum.

Monster Drawing Rally
December 11, 6-9 p.m.
Pulliam Family Great Hall, IMA
Free
Grab a drink and watch local artists in action as they create original artworks at this community night spectacle. Artists will participate in one-hour rounds at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and produce as many drawings as possible in their allotted time. Each of the completed drawings is available for sale as soon as it hits the wall (first come/ first serve) for a flat price of $35. Funds will go to support a new IMA Alliance Endowment to support the Museum’s education programming.

Along with these new events, the IMA will continue to offer its regular programming lineup, such as the popular “wee Wednesdays” program, Thursday Night Book Club, Yoga in the Galleries, guided tours and more. Learn more at http://www.imamuseum.org.

About the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Founded in 1883, the Indianapolis Museum of Art serves the creative interests of its communities by fostering exploration of arts, design and the natural environment. Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the IMA is among the 10 oldest and 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary art and design arts that spans 5,000 years of history. Additionally, art, design and nature are featured at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens, a historic Country Place Era estate and National Historic Landmark on the IMA grounds, and the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, one of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences. For more information visit http://www.imamuseum.org.

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