ORANJE Exposition 2010: Squeeze the Juice from Indianapolis Culture

In September of 2007, an empty warehouse on Illinois Street was transformed into the center of Indianapolis art, Indianapolis music, and Indianapolis culture. For one night only, the warehouse was alive with vibrant art displays, music of all kinds and volumes, the chatter of hundreds of Indianapolis residents dissecting everything they’d seen, and the sound of good times. The warehouse was transformed into something special, a sort of microcosm of creative life in Indy, but by the break of dawn it was all gone, vanished in an orange puff of smoke. The event was ORANJE, and on Saturday, September 18, the warehouse on Illinois Street will once again take its rightful place as a hub of art, music, and culture for one invigorating night.

Video of an interview with the founders of the ORANJE exposition; ORANJE 2010 will take place September 18 in Indianapolis


ORANJE 2010 will take place on Saturday, September 18; those not in attendance will miss out on one of the greatest Indianapolis festivals of the year. ORANJE is an annual showcase of creative Indianapolis people that seeks to “create an interactive experience of art and music presented in a stimulating, urban environment.” And, for the past eight years, they’ve done just that. The first ORANJE festival was held in 2002, when friends Adam Crockett and Ryan Hickey decided to bring together some of their friends for an artistic exhibition. Over the years, more than 12,000 people have soaked up the tunes of over 125 Indianapolis bands and the works of more than 250 Indianapolis artists.

Video of walkthrough of the 2008 ORANJE exposition; ORANJE 2010 will take place September 18 in Indianapolis


Up until 2007, ORANJE was held in a variety of unique locations, among them an old auto factory on the north side of Indy, an industrial building on Orange Street, two fused warehouses, an abandoned television station, and, in 2005, the Herron School of Art and Design. Since 2007, however, the 60,000 square foot Ross-Gage Building at 2323 North Illinois Street has been the site for ORANJE, thanks to its huge amounts of space and open design. Last year’s ORANJE event was one to remember, putting together the largest collection of musicians (including The Last Good Year, Jookabox, and The Twin Cats) and artists the Indianapolis event had yet seen; the 2009 ORANJE saw the introduction of the socially caustic Fashion Lounge and a screening lounge for the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

Promotional video for the 2009 ORANJE exposition; ORANJE 2010 will take place September 18 in Indianapolis


ORANJE 2009 may have been big, but ORANJE 2010 will be even bigger. Once again held in the Ross-Gage Building, ORANJE 2010 will feature over 45 artists and 35 bands and musicians, spanning every medium, message, and genre you can imagine. Artists this year at ORANJE include Jason Rowland, a stencil artist and painter who works mostly on canvas; Pete Brown, an acrylic artist who founded Brownbulb Productions; Rhiannon Sweet, a mixed media artist with degrees from the Herron School of Art and Design and Marian University; Mallory Marty, a Fishers artist whose works are concerned with femininity and domesticity; Bruce Loewenthal, an architect and “functional art” designer; Mallory Hodgkin, who enjoys images of “middle-aged men and monsters”; Jacquelyn Braxton, an Indianapolis surrealist; and many, many more unique artists and visionaries.

Video of a display at ORANJE 2009; ORANJE 2010 will take place September 18 in Indianapolis


The musical lineup at ORANJE 2010 is nothing to sniff at, either. This year’s iteration of the popular Indianapolis festival will feature almost all varieties of Indianapolis music, with bands from all around the Indianapolis cultural districts and beyond. Metalheads, club fiends, pop rockers, headbangers, bubblegum and sunshiners, snobbish hipsters, and boot stompin’ line dancers will all find something to love at ORANJE 2010.

Putting on performances throughout the night at the warehouse on Illinois Street will be Bashiri Asad, an Indianapolis R&B and jazz musician; Kink Ador, a Nashville based rock group; Neon Love Life, Indy’s favorite socially conscious all-girl group; Psynapse, an Indy drum and bass DJ who has a residency at the Melody Inn; Slothpop, a dreamily percussive pop band fronted by Kristin Newborn; Beta Male, voted the “Sexiest Band in Indianapolis” and purveyor of trippy hula hoop shows; Indy songstress Kate Lamont, and plenty, plenty more. If you stay for the whole event, your body will be exhausted, but your ear drums will be irreparably joyous.

Promotional video for the 2009 ORANJE exposition; ORANJE 2010 will take place September 18 in Indianapolis


Such a massive event wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Indianapolis community. The fact that ORANJE can be put on each year with a minimum of fuss is a testament to the respect and admiration paid to the arts and culture in the Circle City; there’s always been several Indianapolis businesses, Indianapolis media outlets, and Indianapolis non-profit organizations that step up to the plate to help ORANJE out. ORANJE 2010 is underwritten by NUVO, WRZX 103.3, Matchbook Creative, Barefoot Wine, Indianapolis blog My Old Kentucky Blog, Sun King Brewery, ARTBOX, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc., and many more.

Video of the ProjecTheory booth at the 2009 ORANJE exposition; ORANJE 2010 will take place September 18 in Indianapolis


ORANJE 2010 promises to be a bigger event than even last year’s spectacularly successful ORANJE. 45 artists in all mediums will be displaying their work throughout the warehouse on Illinois Street, some of them for the first time anywhere in Indianapolis. Top Indianapolis music acts will be performing all night long. Throw in the “Enviro-Lounges” (this year features the Interactive Fashion Lounge, the Indie Film Lounge, and a Food and Beverage Lounge), lots of people watching, and other engaging Indianapolis things to do, and you’ve got an event that has to be seen to be believed. Plus, this Indianapolis event only costs $20, so you have no excuse not to go. ORANJE 2010 begins at 8:00 p.m on Saturday, September 18 and goes until 2:00 the next morning. There’s no finer thing to do in Indianapolis on a Saturday night, so be sure to squeeze all the juicy Indianapolis culture you can out of ORANJE!

ORANJE 2010: Indiana’s Premier Art and Music Exposition
Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 cash at the door

Ross-Gage Building
2323 N Illinois St
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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