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  • This month | Learn how to Preserve Heirlooms, Take a Photography Class and Meet Ansel Adams' Student

    by User Not Found | Apr 04, 2014

    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).

    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 local professional photographer, Lyle Mannweiler, as he recounts his adventures in Yosemite with Ansel Adams and others while touring the Ansel Adams exhibition. *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. 

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  • Learn How to Preserve Your Family Heirlooms This Saturday at the Eiteljorg

    by IUPUI Museum Studies | Mar 31, 2014

    IUPUI Museum Studies 2nd Annual Collections Care Fair
    Saturday, April 5
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Free with museum admission
    IUPUI students who show their ID are admitted free of charge

    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. Sponsored by the the IUPUI Museum Studies Program and Museum Studies Club.

    New this year: XRF Testing
    New this year, attendees will have the rare opportunity to bring their metal items for free non-invasive X-ray fluorescence testing. Whether a wedding band or meteorite, XRF testing can report an object’s elemental composition almost instantly.

    “People can bring in their jewelry or any other metal family heirloom pieces to find out exactly what type of metal it contains,” said Holly Cusack-McVeigh, assistant professor of anthropology and museum studies and public scholar of collections and community curation in a press release provided by IUPUI. “Sometimes people discover that their 'trinket' is a true 'treasure.' This is a really fun addition to the 2014 Collections Care Fair, and we wish to extend a special word of thanks to Bruker Elemental for contributing equipment and staff to this public event."

    IUPUI museum studies students will work alongside the professionals at the event. The fair allows the students as emerging museum professionals to share specialized knowledge they have learned in classroom and lab settings.

    Items being examined include:
    Metal objects
    Furniture... and much more!

    Click here more information and a look at the press release about Saturday's event.

    SOURCE: From IUPUI press release

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  • Modern Spirit | The Art of George Morrison opens this Saturday

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, Eiteljorg curator of contemporary art | Mar 25, 2014

    George Morrison (Chippewa), Cumulated Landscape, 1976, wood, 48 x 120 x 3 in.

    In 1999, the Eiteljorg gathered artists, the Native American advisory council, board members, and staff to determine the format for the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. There was one aspect of the program that elicited no discussion, only agreement. It was unanimous; George Morrison (Chippewa) would usher in the program as the first distinguished artist.

    “An artist who happened to be Indian,” as he liked to say, Morrison worked with the abstract expressionist in the1950’s and is an important modernist and role model for generations of young Native and non-Native artists. The Eiteljorg will exhibit Morrison’s prolific work beginning Mar. 29, 2014, in the Harvey and Hunt galleries.

    To celebrate the work and importance of this artist, the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) in St. Paul, Minnesota has assembled the first comprehensive retrospective of this key Native American modernist. The exhibition, Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture that bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape, and spiritual reflection. A total of 80 works in all, most from MMAA, represent Morrison’s life’s work in breathtaking depth. The exhibition is curated by W. Jackson Rushing III, Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art at the University of Oklahoma.

    The Red Painting (Franz Kline Painting), ca. 1960, oil on canvas, 47 x 79 in. Loan courtesy of Dorit and Gerald Paul

    This stunning group of artwork holds one piece with special significance to the Eiteljorg. It is owned by our friends and supporters Gerald and Dorit Paul. The Red Painting is an example of Morrison’s facility with the paint and his interest in the landscape, especially of his beloved Red Rocks, his home in Grand Portage, Minnesota. Not only is this painting incredibly significant in modernist terms, it also holds a fascinating story. While in New York City, Morrison became friends with Franz Kline, another important modernist painter. Morrison and Kline agreed to art barter and Morrison gave Kline The Red Painting. However; prior to fulfilling his end of the bargain, Kline died. It took some negotiations to retrieve the painting from Kline’s widow! For collectors, like the Pauls, it is always satisfying to have interesting stories as part of the artwork’s provenance.

    George Morrison died in 1999, months after he was honored by the Eiteljorg. The museum is proud to exhibit his work through Sep. 14, 2014.

    Opening Day Schedule
    Saturday, Mar. 29
    Doors open at 10 a.m.
    Public talk by exhibit curator Jackson Rushing
    1 p.m.
    Join us for an illustrated lecture by Morrison curator Jackson Rushing that documents, celebrates, and investigates the artistic achievement of George Morrison - a distinguished and beloved Chippewa modernist (1919-1999) whose artwork is held in numerous public and private collections.

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  • Women in Art Sneak Peek | Take a look at what you can purchase this Saturday, Mar. 22 at the Eiteljorg

    by Jaq Nigg, Eiteljorg festivals and markets manager | Mar 18, 2014
    Take a look at some of the the work you can purchase this Saturday, March 22, from 10a.m. to 5p.m., during Women in Art Market at the Eiteljorg Museum!

    Peacock lantern
    Wish Art Glass, Modern,stained and fused art glass by Anne Simon

    The Ambient Stranger
    Emma Overman, Original art and art prints

    Lori Hutchins, Glass jewelry artist

    Lisa Dunn, Specialty crochet items

    Ruby Ballard-Harris, Wearable art

    Celebrate creativity from a woman’s perspective at the Women in Art Market. See and buy one-of-a-kind handmade artwork from more than 40 regional artists, including works in basketry, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, painting, photography, and more. You will also be able to enjoy guided tours of the museum focused on the work of female artists.
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  • Eiteljorg Exhibit Specialist Belinda Cozzy Wins Lifetime Achievement Honor at Rose Awards

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Mar 13, 2014
    We congratulate our very own Belinda Cozzy for winning a Lifetime Achievement Rose Award for excellence in public service. Belinda was one of 11winners announced at Wednesday night’s banquet honoring 86 nominees from all areas of the service industry across Indianapolis. Congratulations Belinda!

     Belinda Cozzy wins Rose Award  
    Belinda shows off her Rose Award plaque.

    Working on exhibit tear down.

    Here's where you often see Belinda - on a lift - fixing lights in the ceiling.  
    Belinda at colts community day
    She likes to have fun too! Here she is at Colts Community Day.

    About Belinda
    Once nominated, Belinda received letters of support from all over the city and even the nation. She is known for acts of service that go above and beyond. For example, she once drove to a nearby firehouse to borrow a piece of equipment to help an artist change the tire on his RV after working two back-to-back, twelve-hour work days. She also cared for a diabetic artist having some trouble in the Indiana humidity by giving him a ride on her golf cart repeatedly through a misting tent. She cares so much about the artists with whom she works that she cried with one and his wife as she helped them pack to leave a festival early due to an emergency. No stranger to emergencies, she was also instrumental in evacuating museum goers to a safe area during a tornado. While there, she entertained the crowd with stories and behind-the-scenes tours of exhibit production areas. Due to her 25 years in the industry, Belinda receives a Lifetime Achievement Award. 
    - From
    Belinda joins a long line of Rose Award recipients at the Eiteljorg. They include:
    2011 Maureen Surak
    2010 Eric Hinkle
    2009 Nicki Kasting
    2007 Benny Grider
    2005 Jan Eason


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