IDADA’s February First Friday 2012: Art for Super Bowl XLVI

The first weekend in February is the moment all of Indianapolis has been waiting for since it was first announced that the Circle City would be hosting Super Bowl XLVI. Now that the New York Giants and the New England Patriots have fought for top spots at the Super Bowl, all that’s left to do is wait for the big game as we enjoy tons of Indianapolis events. With so much happening at the Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis downtown and the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center, many visitors to Indianapolis may miss the vast cultural fabric that runs through our city.

With several museums, Indianapolis art galleries and Indianapolis theaters serving up wonderful programs and events, there is more to Indianapolis than just sports. The Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) hopes to make an impression on visitors to Indy with their February First Friday including several Indianapolis art galleries that have football focused exhibits. Here is a preview of what to expect in Indianapolis art the weekend of February 3, 2012.

Big Car Service Center

World Party: International Marketplace Super Celebration – This official Super Celebration Site welcomes sports and food fans alike. Head to the Big Car Service Center for three nights of cultural parties and celebrations of authentic music, dancing, food, drink and art. Sample local and international beers and wines. Partake in a new kind of dance, and enjoy music curated by Kyle Long in partnership with Cultural Cannibals. Thursday, February 2 features the Americas with a focus on Central and South America. Friday, February 3 features Africa. And Saturday, February 4 features Asia and India.

This Indianapolis event is 21 and up only. If you are under 21 or want to bring your Indianapolis kids, feel free to stop by the Big Car Service Center during its daytime hours.

Big Car Service Center
3819 Lafayette Rd
Indianapolis, IN

Harrison Center for the Arts

Harrison Center for the Arts 7Super Ball – The Harrison Center for the Arts celebrates the Super Bowl with their Super Ball. In the Harrison Gallery peruse the work of Phillip Lynam in his “A Fast Thing Slow” show. In the City Gallery see “From a Car Window: 21 years of painting in the city” by Marc Jacobson. In Gallery No. 2 enjoy “Every Moment is an Epitaph” by Bobbly Gilbreath. Bicycle Polo returns to the Gym Floor, for a rousing new version of an old English game. Then see the main event by Shannon Hinkle: “Super Ball,” an installation on the Gym Ceiling. And of course, browse the open studio of all the Indianapolis artists who work regularly at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

The Stutz Artist Association

StutzArtSpaceTen Yards – The Stutz Artist Association presents a twist on the ten yards needed to gain a first down in regulation football games. The Stutz artists salute the Super Bowl (and the many yards gained and lost in the biggest game all year) by presenting a group exhibit inspired by ten locations or “yards” around Indianapolis. See 25 pieces of art work inspired by one of the following: the Bishop Chatard neighborhood, Broad Ripple, the Indianapolis Canal Walk, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Eagle Creek Park, Fountain Square, Irvington, the new JW Marriott, the Monon Trail and last but not least the Stutz Building that houses the exhibit.

Participating artists include Faith Blackwell, Kathy Blakenheim, Linette Bledsoe, Susan Brewer, Emily Budd, Martha Carlson, Shawn Causey, Andy Chen, Joseph Crone, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Wendy Franklin, Ritch Hanna, Sarah Kerchevel, Whitney Lake, Travis Little, JanetMarie, Terri McClatchie, Carol L. Myers, Adam Collier Noel, David Sloma, Kevin Smola, Mike Swolsky, Martha Vaught and Jule Zollman Wickes.

Stutz Art Space
212 W 10th St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Herron School of Art’s Herron Galleries

Herron School of ArtDavid Hick’s My Mental Inventory – David Hicks explore the fragile line between memory, the subconscious, fantasy and mental/emotional processes. See Hicks conclusions scribed on canvas featuring an assortment of people, objects and animals from typical Midwestern suburban lifestyles and pop culture media. “Each work is a resurrection of forgotten experiences, images, and moments that demand our full attention, grieving and celebration in today’s fast paced culture,” says Kicks. This up and coming Indianapolis artist offers a glimpse into his vivid imagination before he graduates from the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Herron Art Galleries at Eskenazi Hall
735 W New York St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art – iMOCA

iMOCA-Store-Front-Indianapolis-Indiana-300Hard Targets – As the Super Bowl rolls into town, its hard to ignore how the event caters to masculinity in popular culture. That is the focus of the latest exhibit at iMOCA, curated by Christopher Bedford of the Wexner Center for the Arts.

While feminine images, from Venus to the Virgin Mary, have been a classic subject in visual art. “Hard Targets” turns the spotlight on masculine images as it seeks to revise (or complicate) collective stereo-types of male athletes and athleticism. We see sports and male athleticism as aggressive, heterosexual, hyper-competitive and remote. Instead, the artists in this modern exhibit present alternative ideas and interpretations of these subjects. They explore sports and masculine identity through topics ranging from biology to business to celebrity, played out in locker rooms, stadiums and advertising campaigns.

See videos, photographs, paintings, sculptures and installations from Mark Bradford, Cary Leibowitz, Glenn Ligon, Catherine Opie, Joe Sola, Hank Willis Thomas and Jonas Wood. Their work will challenge the way you view and consume sports stars and athletic competition.

IMOCA at the Murphy Art Center
1043 Virginia Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Gallery 924 at the Indianapolis Arts Council

New Works by Nhat Tran – Known for labor intensive lacquer paintings and sculptures, Nhat Tran’s work is filled with organic, flowing shapes, rich texture and pattern. Her layered creations are based on Urushi, an ancient technique utilized in many Eastern cultures. The demanding technique involves work with Urushi lacquer that results in hundreds of layers of pigment and lacquer for each piece. Tran takes this task to the next level by incorporating digital collage into her body of work. Tran creates a “orchestral combination” through collage as she meditates on the rhythms found in nature.

Her work is on permanent display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of Women, the Indiana State Museum and the Indianapolis Airport Authority.

Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis
924 N Pennsylvania St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Kurt-Vonnegut-Memorial-Library9-300Extended Hours – Located in the heart of Indianapolis downtown, across the street from the Indiana State Capitol, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library has prime Indianapolis real estate for Super Bowl XLVI. In honor of the biggest show on earth rolling into Indy, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will offer extended hours through Super Bowl week and weekend, which coincides with IDADA’s February First Friday Event. Take a minute to see a gallery dedicated to one of Indianapolis’ most notable people.

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
The Emelie Building
340 N Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204

As your gallery hop on Friday, February 2 at this IDADA First Friday event, pop into any of these Indianapolis restaurants to warm up with a bite to eat. Afterward, enjoy a nightcap at any of these Indianapolis bars and discuss your favorite works of Indianapolis art this month.

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