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Eiteljorg Museum Experiences Record-Breaking Attendance Following Ansel Adams Exhibit

by DeShong Perry-Smitherman | Aug 14, 2014


Ansel Adams, photograph by Jim Alinder

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art announced that Ansel Adams, the exhibit featuring 80 hand-picked images by the iconic photographer, was the museum’s best attended show in its 25-year history. Ansel Adams helped attract nearly 88,000 visitors from March to August – a 40-percent increase from Guitars: Roundups to Rockers, the museum’s previous exhibit attendance record holder.

“I'm thrilled to see our museum hit such an extraordinary milestone during its 25th anniversary,” said John Vanausdall, president and CEO of the Eiteljorg." Ansel Adams appealed to lots of regular visitors, but the shows we had to complement it – like Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo and Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, really gave our guests a welcomed and unexpected surprise.”

Blake Little, which featured dozens of photographs from gay rodeos from 1988 to 1992, closed in July. Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison is the first comprehensive retrospective of a key Native American modernist. It runs until Sunday, September 21.

The museum’s next major summer exhibit, Gold! Riches and Ruin, opens in spring 2015. This exhibit will explore the historical and cultural significance of gold in the American West. It will feature objects and images that tell the stories of people, their relationships with the landscape, and the gold they sought and took from it.

But visitors will not have to wait six months for another unforgettable experience at the Eiteljorg. This year is chock full of exhibits and events for everyone from new and experienced art collectors to families, couples and “culture vultures.” Here’s what visitors will find from now through December:

Jorgstock
Date: August 23
6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: FREE for Agave members. $20 for non-nembers (pre-sale) and $30 at the door.

Enjoy performances by local bands and singers, including Shimmercore, Kenney Garmon and Sam Lawton., plus free food and drinks on the museum's terrace. JORGSTOCK 2014, hosted by Agave, the Eiteljorg's young professional auxiliary group, is a summer celebration of local talent, vendors and of young Indiana residents. This year, Agave is teaming up with the Indiana chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to be the official after party for its annual “Festiv-ALE” Celebration.

Quest for the West® Art Show & Sale Opening Weekend
Dates: September 5-7
Art work is on exhibit until Sunday, October 5.

Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale offers coveted work from 50 of the nation’s top Western artists. As the museum’s signature art sale, Quest captures the spirit of the American West. Last year’s event helped raise more than $1.2 million for the artists and the Eiteljorg. There is a $250 - $500 fee for Opening Weekend depending on the package a visitor selects.

Beyond American Indian Stereotypes: A Symposium for Educators
Date: September 13
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $10

Define, discuss and learn to recognize stereotypes about American Indians. Guests will hear from nationally-known educators, including Adrienne Keene, Ed.D. (Cherokee), writer and creator of Native Appropriations blog and Melodie Lopez (Hopi/Navajo/Pueblo/Mexican), president of Indigenous Strategies. They will also participate in interactive breakout sessions. Attendees will leave with a toolkit of resources to incorporate information about American Indians in interdisciplinary studies. Call 317.275.1310 to register.

Meet Artist-in-Residence, Dawn Dark Mountain (Oneida of Wisconsin)
Dates: September 20, 27 and October 4
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

An Oneida artist specializing in transparent watercolors, Dawn has also been experimenting with painting “outside the box,” creating work extending beyond the painting’s surface. In addition to her paintings, Dawn creates linoleum and wood block prints that are then completed with watercolor. Visitors can meet Dawn and learn about her art, culture and watch as she demonstrates watercolor techniques.

Pendleton Trunk Show
Date: September 27
10 p.m. – 5 p.m.

For one day only a Pendleton representative will be in the Basile Museum Store. Guests can see the latest in Pendleton accessories and giftware for the coming holiday season. Plus, they’ll be able to purchase current fall jackets, sweaters and accessories.

Meet Artist-in-Residence, DG House (Cherokee of NE Alabama)
Dates: October 11, 18 and 25
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet contemporary Native American Artist DG House and learn about her art and culture, as well as, watch her demonstrate her mixed media and painting techniques.

17th Annual Buckaroo Bash
Date: October 18, 2014
7 p.m.
Price: $250

The Buckaroo Bash is the Eiteljorg Museum’s biggest fundraiser. Funds from the Bash go toward purchasing art supplies for visiting students and supporting education programs such as artists-in-residence, gallery interpreters, and Eiteljorg Museum to the Classrooms: Stories of Diversity, a program that sends an interpreter to schools to share the stories of historic African-American figures.

Day of the Dead
Date: October 25, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Experience Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead at the Eiteljorg. This year NOPAL, a young Indianapolis Latino arts and culture organization, is partnering with the Eiteljorg to provide an upbeat experience including festive and thoughtful ofrendas; art created by local artists; a mercado; and a Katrina fashion show. NOPAL Musicians will entertain between performances by Anderson Ballet Folklorico. Visit with New Mexican tin artist Richard Gabriel Jr, and local contemporary papel picado artist Beatriz Schlebecker. Guests will get to create their own papel picado and tin ornament to take home.

Freiteljorg with the ICO
Date: October 31, 2014
8 p.m. – Midnight
Price: $20 for non Agave members, $30 at the door

Guests can celebrate the opening of New Art 2.0 by partying until the witching hour in their most haunting attire. They will enjoy grown-up trick-or-treating (sample drinks from local vendors), while grooving to an unforgettable live mash-up of modern DJ experimental sounds and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. There will be an instrument “petting zoo,” costume contest and ghoulishly good food. (Costumes mimicking Native Americans or people of other races will not be tolerated.)

New Art 2.0
Dates: November 1 –January 4, 2015

New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints by contemporary Native and Western artists, many of them Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellows. It is a blend of landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. There is something for everyone in this culturally and aesthetically diverse group. Approximately 80 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $300 - $4,000. This exciting display of contemporary art is reasonably priced to help grow and nurture young museum patrons and collectors. Attached photo: Wendy Red Star (Crow), The (HUD) a two-color lithograph with archival pigment ink photographs on Rives BFK white. Paper size, 30’’ x 22 3/8’’. Collaborating printer, Frank Janzen, TMP. Edition 12.

Running Bravely through Life: Olympian Billy Mills comes to Indianapolis
Date: November 8, 2014
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills’ has led an incredible life. His journey started on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1938. That journey took him from the reservation to the Olympic medal platform at the 1964 Tokyo Games, where he won the 10,000 meter run – the first Native American to ever win a gold medal. On  Saturday, November 8, the Eiteljorg Museum will present Running Bravely Through Life. The event will first feature "Running Brave," the movie about Mills’ journey to the Olympics. Following the film screening, Mills will take questions from audience members surrounding the movie, his fight against racism and his work as a humanitarian for Native American causes. Mills will also sign his book, Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding.

Meet artist-in-residence, Shirley Brauker (Little River Band of Ottawa)
Dates: November 8, 15, 22
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Shirley Brauker teaches pottery, traditional crafts, wilderness emergency survival, campfire cooking and traditional storytelling at Indian Village camps in Manistee, MI, an outdoor wilderness program for troubled Native youth. Shirley has also taught Native crafts, language and pottery workshops at Anishinabe Language Camp and at the Ziibiwing Cultural Center. Meet Shirley and learn about her art and culture on several Saturdays in November.

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure
Dates: November 22 – January 18, 2015

Enter a locomotive wonderland --a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and wrapped up in holiday trimming. Jingle Rails is a journey to the Great American West – the real West and the West of the imagination. Watch seven trains wind past the local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg, Monument Circle and the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The exhibit also features natural materials like twigs, moss and nuts that are molded and shaped into local sights and national landmarks like Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful and more.

Thanksgiving Weekend
Dates: November 28 – November 29
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend at the Eiteljorg Museum. Watch artist demonstrations, listen as Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) tells stories, create art, and see the museum’s annual holiday exhibit, Jingle Rails.

Winter Market
Date: December 6
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Shop the season’s best regional art market with handmade art from more than 30 artists. Winter Market features activities for the whole family.

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