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iMOCA Moves to the Eclectic Fountain Square ‘Hood on December 4, 2009

Fountain Square, the working-class cultural district of Indianapolis, has received an influx of energy on lots of levels in the past few years. On December 4, it will see the return of Indianapolis art entrepreneur, Jeremy Efroymson, when he and the rest of the iMOCA powers that be put on a grand opening of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art in Fountain Square’s Murphy Art Center.

As the “iMOCA” executive director, Efroymson has made the auspicious decision to move iMOCA from its location in the heart of the Indianapolis downtown sector to gradually-expanding Fountain Square. Part of the reason is the amazing response to a recent “mobile museum” show produced by iMOCA at the Murphy Art Center. It’s hard to ignore 500 attendees on a single occasion.

Indianapolis culture lovers get a good chance to discover the many downtown Indianapolis art galleries every month during “First Friday, put on by the IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association). Since Fountain Square is only about a mile and a half away from the heart of downtown Indianapolis, it makes perfect sense for the two districts to team up, and First Friday has been a real winner in Fountain Square for quite some time now.

The opening of iMOCA’s new show, called “Projected Curiosity,” is set to coincide with the all-important December First Friday on the 4th of the month. The new museum will occupy some 2000 square feet of prime Fountain Square space, flanked by two other intriguing newcomers, the Red Lion Grog House on one end, and IndySwank, a clothing boutique, on the other.

The  44,000-square foot Murphy Art Center covers nearly a full city block in the Fountain Square neighborhood. It is a bustling center of creativity, housing many of the most active participants in the Indianapolis art community. The facility dates from the late 1800’s and is a proud piece of Indianapolis history in its own right. The Murphy Art Center is also a feature player in the Indianapolis music scene and Indianapolis nightlife in general, along with its specific role on the Indianapolis art circuit.

iMOCA is presently located at 340 North Senate Avenue. On December 4, it will unveil during Indy‘s downtown gallery walk at the grand Murphy Art Center on 1043 Virginia Avenue in the Fountain Square Indianapolis cultural district.

Read more about spiffing up Fountain Square here in the Indianapolis Fun City Finder news pages.

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