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Learn how to Preserve Precious Heirlooms, Take a $10 Photography Class and Meet the Hoosier who Studied Under Ansel Adams

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For Immediate Release                                                        

For more information:
DeShong Perry-Smitherman
Public Relations Manager
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Learn how to Preserve Precious Heirlooms, Take a $10 Photography Class and Meet the Hoosier who Studied Under Ansel Adams
This April, conservators, curators and photographers will inspire Eiteljorg guests to protect the past, shoot the present and preserve the future.

April Calendar of Events, Lectures, Tours and Classes

Urban NDN League Art Market
Saturday, Apr. 5
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This art fair will feature Native flutes, drums and rattles, ceremonial pipes, stone carvings, Apache baskets and beadwork from Indian artists:  Sharon Patterson (clay flutes), Dennis Payne (pipes),Valdora Whitewater (Apache baskets), Brad Lorenco (beadwork and quill work Regalia), Teresa Webb (rattles and drums), Enoch Corson (silversmith and sculptor). *Included with museum admission.

Collections Care Fair
Saturday, Apr.  5
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Bring your beloved heirlooms and have a one-on-one conversation with a professional conservator who can show you how to better store, care for and preserve your family treasures. This fair is sponsored by the IUPUI Museum Studies Program and Museum Studies Club. *Included with museum admission.

Bidder 70
Documentary Film Screening
Saturday, Apr.  12 & Apr. 26
1 p.m.
Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. *Included with museum admission.

Class: Black & White Photography in a Color World
Saturday, Apr. 12
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Professional photographer and Roberts Camera staff member, Walter Kuhn
Cost: $10 per person, pre-registration required
During the first hundred years of photography, it was solely a black and white world. But with the introduction of color film in the 1930's things slowly started to change. Today's photographic environment revolves around color and black and white has become a dying art form practiced mainly by older photographers or young students just learning the art. In this class, students will explore black and white photography and how its unique look remains relevant today. They will also explore what the future may hold for this important art form.

Modernist Tour with curator Jennifer Complo McNutt
Contemporary art tour
Saturday, Apr. 12
2 p.m.
What do Ansel Adams, George Morrison and Georgia O’Keefe have in common? Find out with the Eiteljorg's curator of contemporary art Jennifer Complo McNutt. Then create your own modernist masterpiece with assistant curator of contemporary art Ashley Holland. *Included with museum admission.

Ansel & Me and Ansel’s Martinis
Lecture and Q&A
Saturday, Apr. 19
2 p.m.
Join Indianapolis professional photographer, Lyle Mannweiler, as he recounts his adventures in Yosemite with Ansel Adams and others while touring the Ansel Adams exhibition. Image credit: Lyle Mannweiler. *Included with museum admission.

Pictured: Lyle Manweiler with Ansel Adams

Storytelling Saturdays
Storytelling with Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe)
1 p.m.
Meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.

Stories of the West with Joanna Winston
1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m.
Hear the amazing true stories of two prominent African-Americans in the West: Stagecoach Mary Fields and mountain man, Jim Beckwourth, as told by actress and storyteller, Joanna Winston.

Open through July 13
Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

Blake Little features 41 black-and-white images of cowboys and cowgirls from the gay rodeo circuit, taken by award-winning, Los Angeles-based photographer, Blake Little. The Seattle native became captivated by the gay rodeo scene in 1988 and began documenting the lives of its contenders, victors and their devoted fans.  Blake Littleand associated public programs, at the Eiteljorg are a part of the museum’s Out West series. The series, created and produced by independent curator Gregory Hinton, illuminates the many contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities of the American West, and celebrates the diversity of the region.

About the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. This year, the Eiteljorg celebrates 25 years of telling amazing stories. The museum’s 25thanniversary is presented by Oxford Financial Group, LTD. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit


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