January Events at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a wealth of experience to Indianapolis people. Take in a film as part of their Winter Nights Film Series. Enjoy a lecture on a new and interesting aspect of art. Or enjoy an Indianapolis performing arts event in the Tobias Theatre or on the grounds of the IMA. Marvel at the landscape of the 100 Acres Art and Nature Park and take a tour through the Lilly House. Not to mention the amazing Indianapolis art galleries on all three floors of this Indianapolis attraction. Take advantage of all of the engaging Indianapolis events happening at the Indianapolis Museum of Art during January 2012.

January at the IMA

Martin Luther King Jr Day at IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana Open Free on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Make a visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art a tradition this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This Indianapolis attraction opens its doors to the public for free. Acknowledge the importance of creativity in our daily lives with a fun filled day exploring the galleries, playing art-related games and even creating some of your own work. Projects include a community paper quilt based on traditional African symbols, Native American and African symbol rubbings and bead making. Plus enjoy a Drumming Performance from Dr. Djo, a master hard drummer from West Africa.
Eames the Architect and the Painter, IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana Eames: The Architect and the Painter – Charles and Ray Eames were a power couple of American design. This husband and wife team are best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture and other mid-bending products including splints used by soldiers in World War II and multi-media art exhibits. Their reign over the design world saw the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age. Go inside their beautiful lives in this 2011 documentary narrated by James Franco. The New York Times writes, “…the most gratifying thing about Eames is that it shows, in marvelous detail, … how their distinct personalities melded into a unique and protean force.”
Black Pirate, IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana The Black Pirate and the Mystery of the Wax Museum – Enjoy a double feature that transports back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. First up, the 1926 film “The Black Pirate” presented with live improvised soundtrack by pianist Roger Lippincott. In this swashbuckling film, go on an adventure with the athletic star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. as a brave buccaneer and lone survivor of a pirate attack that killed his father. Then enjoy the 1933 “Mystery of the Wax Museum.” The beauty of two-strip Technicolor yields a cinema-graphic masterpiece featuring art deco settings and grand costumes in this stylish horror classic.
Leave Her to Heaven, IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana Leave Her to Heaven – Gene Tierney took home the 1946 Academy Award for the thriller “Leave Her to Heaven.” As the green-eyed, scarlet lipped femme fatale, Tierney plays Ellen, whose chance meeting with Richard on a train puts her on a whole new path. When the two prematurely tie the know, Ellen’s pathological jealousy drives her and her marriage over the edge. One of only two film noirs shot on Technicolor, the film photography offers “lovely lacquered images with a deliciously sinister story.” Arrive early to enjoy a thow back trailer of “Charade” starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.
Reel Injun at IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana Reel Injun – Explore the history of the Hollywood Indian in this powerful homage to North American Native people. This highly personal quest goes behind the stoic Indian image that dominated television and movie theaters around the world. Cree filmmaker, Neil Diamond, compares his own experience growing up in Northern Canada to the one conveyed by Hollywood stereotypes. He presents a visual feast of clips from Hollywood classics paired with candid interviews from Clint Eastwood, Graham Greene, Sacheen Littlefeather and Jim Jarmusch. This film is presented by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the IMA in conjunction with the IMA’s “Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection” and the Eiteljorg’s “We Are Here!: Native Expression in the 21st Century.”
A Matter of Life and Death, IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana A Matter of Life and Death – This British romantic comedy is a result of the artful collaboration between Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. In it, a Royal Air Force pilot jumps from his craft without a parachute, with the last words of a female radio operator ringing in his ears. He then must plead his case to a heavenly committee and convince them to give him a second chance at life and love. The film making team Powell and Pressburger influenced an entire generation of filmmakers with their work including the likes of Martin Scorsese. See the “second greatest British film ever made” as named by Total Film magazine in 2004, a feast on visual inventiveness, finely-wrought storytelling and unabashed fantasy.
Frozen River, IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana Frozen River – Don’t miss this Grand Jury Prize winner from the Sundance Film Festival as it plays on the big screen in the Tobias Theatre. Frozen River is the story of an upstate New York trailer park mom, Ray (Melissa Leo), who was left broke after he husband made off with the down payment for their new double wide. When she meets Lila (Misty Upham), a Mohawk girl who smuggles illegal immigrants across the St. Lawrence river, the two women connect during a shared economic depression. Critics write, “Frozen River works best as a knuckle-gnawing, blue-collar genre thriller” (Dave Jenkins, Time Out) and “… the kind of work that helps independent American cinema retains its good name.” (Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine)
The African Queen, IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana The African Queen – See Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart as the two stars team up for this classic technicolor film during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Bogart plays an alcoholic captain of a broken-down East African riverboat and Hepburn takes on the roll of straitlaced, iron-willed missionary. Together the team must take on a menacing German gunboat during World War I on the Ulonga-Bora river. The combined charisma and talent of these two stars results in an explosion of on screen chemistry. The film was nominated for four Oscars including actress, actor, director and original screenplay. Bogart took home his only Academy Award for his work on the film.
The Power of Objects, IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana The Power of Objects – For millions of year, humans have used objects in creative ways to gain wisdom, heal sickness, avert suffering, navigate life and more. The relationship indigenous North Americans have with the material world differs vastly from Western relationships with objects. Join Pomo and Cherokee speaker, White Wolf James, who serves as the assistant curator of Native American art, history and culture for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians. His discussion delves into the meanings of natural and man-made objects in traditional indigenous cultures.


Enjoy these events this January at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Afterward, head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for a meal at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Or discuss your shared experiences at the IMA over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.

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