Art and architecture go hand in hand. Their relationship is a hot topic for Indianapolis art galleries, Indianapolis museums and Indianapolis art patrons as Evans Woollen’s new exhibit at the iMOCA and lecture event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art delves into the six decade career of this visionary Indianapolis artist. The Indianapolis Art Center joins the architecture and art conversation with three new exhibits featuring Frank Lloyd Wright, Matthew Woodard and Xavier Niez.
Located in Broad Ripple Village, the Indianapolis Art Center opens its doors for FREE to Indianapolis people starting June 11, 2010 with a host of new exhibits. Don’t miss the art happening at this important Indianapolis nonprofit organization. The Indianapolis Art Center offers interesting exhibits, cool classes at the Marilyn K. Glick School of Art and a wonderful ARTSPARK, filled to the brim with sculptural public art. Read on for a preview of the upcoming Indianapolis art shows at the Indianapolis Art Center.
Bent Gathering the Bony Apples: Works by Matthew Woodward
Though this exhibit doesn’t technically open until June 18, 2010, the Indianapolis Art Center places it front and center on their list of upcoming exhibitions. Woodward is a Chicago native who studied at the New York Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Garnering deep inspiration from the design of Frank Lloyd Wright, Woodward presents large scale drawings of architectural facades from past eras.
His work is ever conversing with Frank Lloyd Wright’s aesthetic as he wanders the streets of Chicago looking for interesting architectural elements created in contemporary of Wright’s distinctive style. Woodward’s body of work is “an overarching and reconstructive study of architectural detail such as decorative finials and cast iron work that are both contemporary and in conversation with the aesthetic of Frank Lloyd Wright.” In Bent Gathering the Bony Apples, Woodward takes a site specific look at the side streets and buildings in Chicago that most likely influenced Wright as he created his masterworks.
Woodward’s work both responds to and compliments Wright’s Prairie School design. With an eye for intense craftsmanship and design logic, Woodward presents a new look at one of the twentieth century’s most influential architects.
SAMARA: The Realization of a Usonian Dream
Dr. John Christian, of Lafayette, Indiana, was lucky enough to hire Frank Lloyd Wright to design his house, which he occupies to this day and maintains in strict accordance with Wright’s wishes. In this Indianapolis Art Center, Christian lends a collection of works including furniture, architectural plans and dinnerware for the viewing pleasure of Indianapolis art enthusiasts.
A series of Usonian homes were developed by Wright in 1936 as a response to the Great Depression. Wright cleverly cut costs by leaving out attics, basements and ornamentation. Usonia is a term Wright derived from the United States of North America, and refers to an architectural style which was distinctly American and affordable for common people.
These tiny one story structures were often made of brick, wood and other natural materials, and set on concrete slabs with piping for radiant heat. Other features of the Usonian home includes low roofs, open living areas and car ports. However, Wright’s interest in simplicity and economy could not keep many Usonian homes from going over budget.
Alleys and Passageways: Photographs by Xavier Nuez
Photographer Xavier Nuez presents a dark, bleak and often dangerous look at back alleys and abandoned buildings. Despite his dismal subject, Nuez is able to present life affirming photographs. His work reflects a skewed sense of the world that places society into perspective in a new way.
Nuez has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States. His work has appeared in many reputable institutions such as the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in California, the Museum of the Living Artist in San Diego, the Farmington Museum in New Mexico, the Schneider Gallery in Chicago and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Don’t miss your chance to see through the eyes of this exceptional photographer.
U.S. 40, the National Road in Indiana: Photographs by Hadley Fruits
U.S. Route 40 is an East West United States highway, which once traversed the entire country. Today it stretches through twelve states, making it one of the longest roads in the United States. The route stands for a connection of states both literally and figuratively and is explored by photographer Hadley Fruits in his latest exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center.
Known as the National Road to Hadley, this Indianapolis artist has spent an entire year as a volunteer to capture his personal vision of cultural identity on U.S. Route 40. The body of work that comes from Hadley vision of the National Road serve as both artistic expression and historic documentation about Indiana’s connection to the rest of the country.
Remnants Series by Kate Oberreich
Artist Kate Oberreich’s inability to throw things away has led to her inspiration for a new exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center. Hoarders meets art in her Remnants Series, which features the odds and ends of her failed paintings with the addition of hand drawn elements and other ephemera. The “upcycled” works have become small scale, intimate collages as an artist gets in touch with her perceived failures to make the successes. Diverse subjects like recognizable landscapes to abstract color studies give a wide perspective on an artists attempts at greatness.
Indianapolis Art Center
Located in the Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, the Indianapolis Art Center has prime Indianapolis real estate. After a walk through these FREE Indianapolis art galleries treat yourself to dinner at any of the number of nearby Indianapolis restaurants. Or discuss Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence on the world over drinks at any of these great Indianapolis bars. There is always fun to be had in this Indianapolis nightlife hot spot. Whether you are searching out great Indianapolis shopping at unique boutiques, delving into Indianapolis culture, or just looking to hang with fellow Hoosiers, Broad Ripple has it all.
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