Art Talk: Art, Gardens, and Life

The IMA is an Indianapolis attraction that gives Indianapolis people ample opportunity to engage with Indianapolis art for FREE. On Thursday, May 13, 2010, the Indianapolis Museum of Art hosts Art Talk: Art, Gardens and Life in the Tobias Theatre, another free Indianapolis event. Learn about two genius of contemporary gardening Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson, and how they changed the way the world looked at gardens and gardening forever. Also on Thursday, May 13, the IMA hosts a Gallery Conversation on Barbison and Impressionism in 19th century European Art. This Indianapolis art event is $10.00 for the public and $5.00 for members of this Indianapolis museum. More information at the end of this article.

Art Talk: Art, Gardens and Life

For more than half a century, Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson were collaborators in the art of garden making. As the most well known figures of English gardening, Jekyll and Robinson offered both genius and insight into the great possibilities a garden can hold. Robinson’s writing is credited as the catalyst for the movement that evolved into the English cottage garden. As a parallel to the era’s search for honest simplicity and vernacular style in the British Arts and Crafts movement, Robinson applied similar ideas to the art of gardening. As one of the first practitioners of the mixed herbaceous border of hardy perennial plants, Robinson championed the “wild garden” moving trends away from the high Victorian pattern garden of planted out bedding schemes.

Gertrude Jekyll operated under similar pretenses as Robinson did, with an interest in less organized garden art. Though she incorporated hardy flower borders into her work, she did not use herbaceous borders. Remembered primarily for her “painterly” approach to landscaping, Jekyll’s work is known for its brilliant colors and the brush like strokes of her planting arrangements. Some garden historians even credit the Impressionistic style of painting to Jekyll’s schemes, which may have been due to her deteriorating eyesight. As one of the first to consider color and texture as she designed gardens, Jekyll’s work was seen in more than 400 gardens throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

Landscape architect, Richard Bisgrove, sketches the lives and works of both Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson in the upcoming Art Talk: Art, Gardens and Life at the IMA. His discussion centers not only around the prominence and influence of their work, but also the reasons for their different fates in the annals of garden design and garden history. Bisgrove is the author of several books including William Robinson: The Wild Gardener and The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll, which will both be available for purchase and signing at this Indianapolis education event. In addition, he has served as the Senior Lecturer and Course Director for Landscape Management in the Centre for Horticulture and Landscape at the University of Reading. His preeminent mind for gardening earned him the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for “outstanding contribution to horticultural education, garden design and plant research.”

This event is sponsored by the IMA Horticultural Society and Indianapolis Hosta Society. Though Art Talk: Art, Gardens and Life is free, limited seating makes tickets required. Head to the Tobias Theatre on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm for an interesting discussion on garden history.

Gallery Conversation: Barbizon and Impressionism in 19th Century Art

Barbizon is a school of thinking in the art world during the 19th Century that focuses on realism. The movement arose in the context of the Romantic Movement that was dominant at the time. Rural, natural scenes were the primary subject source for the Barbizon movement, which encouraged artists to abandon formalism. With an interest in painting peasants rather than the wealthy elite, the work tended to focus on those at the bottom of the social ladder, and the hard work they endure through their daily lives.

Impressionism abandons realism altogether, though it does place the importance of nature at the forefront of the art form. Characteristics include visible brush strokes, open composition, an emphasis on light and its changing qualities and ordinary subject matter. With many similarities and difference when compared to Barbizon, both schools of thinking in the art world changed the way we view the world.

Join a docent lead tour to the Indianapolis art galleries at the IMA for a conversation about Barbizon and Impressionism in the 19th Century. This Indianapolis education event is only $10.00 for the public and $5.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum. This tour is being held on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm and on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm.

After you experience all that the IMA has to offer, head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for a bite to eat. Enjoy any of the Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars there, eagerly waiting to serve you. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis sports to Indianapolis theatre and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground.

Art Talk: Art, Gardens and Life
Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Gallery Conversation: Barbizon and Impressionism in 19th Century European Art
Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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