Events Abound at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Feb. 2012

As not only one of the best museums in Indianapolis but one the best in the nation, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is known for its amazing exhibits and outstanding public programs. Presenting dozens of Indianapolis events this February, enjoy a day at the IMA taking tours and classes or watching classic films and unique performances. Not to mention the Indianapolis art galleries housed at this Indianapolis attraction as well as the Gardens of the IMA and the 100 Acres Art and Nature Park. Here is a preview of what to expect at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in February 2012.

Winter Nights Film Series

Indianapolis-Museum-of-Art-fountainFour Sheets to the Wind – Presented as part of the Thaw Collection, this Winter Nights Film Series selection centers on Cufe Smallhill, a Seminole-Cree from Oklahoma. After his father’s death, he leaves home and heads for Tulsa to visit his hard-partying sister (Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner Tamara Podermski). In this coming of age fable about family, communication and forgiveness, the shy Smallhill must open himself up to a new world.

Gentleman Prefer Blondes and La Cucaracha – In one of her most celebrated roles, Marilyn Monroe plays Lorelei, an American showgirl aboard a luxury liner on its way to Paris. In the film, she is unknowingly tracked by a private investigator hired by her future father-in-law. But when the investigator falls in love with her brunette on stage partner (Jane Russell), his job takes on a whole different direction.

Then see La Cucaracha (1934), a lighthearted short which was designed to highlight the expressive potential of the then-new 3-strip Technicolor process. This larger than life musical is sexy “South of the Border” story about a nightclub dancer and his singer girlfriend.

Indianapolis-Museum-of-Art-foyerThe Exiles – This 1961 film is a lush black-and-white piece of cinema verite. It follows one night in the lives of young Native American men and women residing in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles in 1955. Based on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film chronicles this group of exiles, who are transplants from Southwest reservations, as they flirt, drink, party, fight and dance. Directed by Kent Mackenzie, its been described as a “magnificent, long-undisturbed, unclassifiable first feature [that] stands a a rare consideration of the inner and outer lives of American Indians in a big American city.” — Boston Globe.

The Quiet Man – John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara team up to create unmatchable on-screen chemistry. The film is an idealized portrait of a mythical rural Ireland. Ex-boxer Sean Thorton (Wayne) must face his native land after a traumatic experience. In search of domestic tranquility, he courts the headstrong Mary Kate (O’Hara). The film won two Academy Awards in 1952, including Best Director (John Ford) and Best Cinematography (Winston C. Hoch).

Indianapolis-Museum-of-Art-Lilly-HouseCharade – Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matthau star in this suave thriller that is both macbre and droll. The recently widowed Regina (Hepbrun) is on a mission to recover a fortune hidden by her late husband. But three crooks are also on the hunt for the loot. When she teams up with the dashing Cary Grant, her trust is tested as she must discover his true motives. One critic wrote: “Few thrillers are this tight and compelling and few love stories are this believable. To get both in the same film is a rare treat.”

We Are City Film Series: A Matter of Taste – This 2010 film is a compelling profile of top New York chef, Paul Liebrandt. The film follows him over the course of a decade as he defines his artistic culinary vision and reveals the highly competitive world of haute cuisine. After the film, stick around for a conversation about Indianapolis’ food culture centering on the question: “How do chefs and restaurateurs contribute to our city’s quality of life?”

Number-Art-at-IMA-540The God Father: Part II – See the most celebrated part of Francis Ford Coppola’s three part epic about Italian immigrants to America and organized crime. Arguably the greatest sequel ever made Part II sees Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) as the Don of the family managing business with an iron fist. In tandem, the story also follows Don Vito’s (Robert DeNiro) journey from Sicily to New York and his rise to the top of one of the biggest crime families in the area. Also staring Diane Keaton, the film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (DeNiro). It was also voted as the second best American film in history by the American Film Institute. Experience it on the big screen like never before.

Oscar Surprise – On the Eve of the Academy Awards telecast, screen on of the Oscar nominated films that has yet to be shown in Indianapolis. See it first then cheer it on to see who takes home the big golden man.


Shuffle.Play.Listen – Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz collaborate on a fabulous mash-up in true iPod shuffle form. The first half of the concert is pre-arranged, while the second half is programmed from the stage. Hear works by famous composers like Leos Janacek and Igor Stravinsky along side covers of Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead and Radiohead. The Billings Gazette called the performance “sublime interpretations of classical works… followed by jaw-dropping new works massage into magic like Radiohead’s ‘Pyramid Song.'”


History of Color in Film – The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Night Film Series features many of the first technicolor films. Explore the technical and cultural story behind color film from Pathe to Kinemacolor to Technicolor and beyond. Join film historian Eric Grayson as he guides visitors through clips to make discussion points.

Make Your Own Terrarium – Terrarium’s a little portable eco-systems easily made by hand. Whether you know them as Bottle Gardens or Wardian Cases, these magical little worlds present endless hours of fun. Sign up for this class ($35 to $40) and receive all the ingredients and instructions to make your own 9″x9″ world.

Special Events

Member Night – The second Thursday of each month is member night at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. On February 9, enjoy a last chance tour of the IMA’s special exhibition, Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection before it closes.

Love-Sculpture-IMA-540Valentine’s Day LOVE BrunchRobert Indiana’s famous “LOVE” statue on the grounds of the IMA has become a well-known Indianapolis attraction. Now the IMA honors this work and the love Indianapolis people have for each other with a special Valentine’s Day Brunch. Enjoy a brunch buffet at Nourish Cafe in the Deer Zink Events Pavilion as you see breathtaking winter views of Indianapolis. Then browse the museum arm in arm with your special someone.


Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection Tour – Go inside this amazing temporary exhibit at the IMA with a docent lead tour. The collection features more than 100 outstanding works by Native artists.

Impressions of the Sea – See how painters capture the fleeting motion of light on water. These stunning landscape portraits capture the sea’s atmosphere in beautiful and rugged ways.

Family Tours – Art museums can be challenging for little kids, whose tactile sense is in full gear. Take a family tour with a docent guide who will illuminate various pieces throughout the museum on a level your kids can grasp fully. Plus, enjoy art activities with your Indianapolis kids. The February family tour honors Black History Month with the theme “Voices and Visions.”

Check out all of these Indianapolis events at the Indianapolis Museum of Art this February. Afterward, head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for dinner and drinks at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars.

Stay tuned to Fun City Finder for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and more. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Most of the Circle City.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208