Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • Important Charles Russell Painting to Travel

    by James Nottage, Eiteljorg vice president and chief curatorial officer | Apr 09, 2014

    From the Gund Collection of Western Art, we are loaning Charles M. Russell’s important 1913 oil painting, Crippled but Still Coming to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  There, it will be featured in the exhibition, Harmless Hunter: The Wildlife Work of Charles M. Russell.  This notable exhibit for the first time examines a little known aspect of Russell’s art: the depiction of wildlife.  Our painting will be included in the accompanying book and will travel with the show to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, New York, the Sam Noble Museum of the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, and the Charles M. Russell Museum, in Great Falls, Montana.  It will be returned to the Eiteljorg in the fall of 2015.

    In place of the Russell painting, we will be featuring two wonderful watercolor paintings by the same artist that were also donated as part of the Gund collection.  Both of these works are watercolors that have been resting from light exposure for a short while.  They will go on exhibit in mid-April when Crippled But Still Coming is shipped to Wyoming. Be sure to stop in and see these wonderful watercolors.  They remind us that the artist painted a wide variety of Western subjects.  His imagination never took a rest and he once said, “if I lived a thousand years I could not paint all the things that come into my mind.”

    Charles M. Russell (American, 1864-1926)
    The Scouts, 1900
    Watercolor on paper
    The Gund Collection of Western Art, Gift of the George Gund Family

    Charles M. Russell (American, 1864-1926)
    Prairie Pirates, 1904
    Watercolor on paper
    The Gund Collection of Western Art, Gift of the George Gund Family

    Charles M. Russell (American, 1864-1926)
    Crippled But Still Coming, 1913
    Oil on canvas
    The Gund Collection of Western Art, Gift of the George Gund Family

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  • We couldn't do it without them | Eiteljorg volunteers to be recognized tonight

    by Eiteljorg director of museum collections Amy McKune, festivals and markets manager Jaq Nigg and vice president of development Susie Maxwell | Apr 09, 2014

    In honor of National Volunteer Recognition Week, the Eiteljorg is recognizing our volunteers with a wonderful dinner tonight. Tonight's private event will focus on the impact and power of volunteerism as an integral aspect of their civic involvement. Two very special Eiteljorg Museum family members will receive special recognition tonight. They are Claire Quimby and Rosie Steinmetz.

    Claire Quimby racked up the most hours as an Eiteljorg intern for 2013 at a whopping 496.5 hours.  As festivals and markets intern, Claire assisted with the planning of the 2013 Indian Market & Festival. She sharpened her communication skills talking with artists and vendors on the phone, her research and writing skills creating blog posts, and her crafting skills laminating all of the paper.   In the fall, Claire was awarded a Clowes Fellowship by the Indiana University Purdue University Museum Studies Program.  As the Clowes Fellow, Claire has become an integral member of the Eiteljorg’s collections department, helping with such essential skills as creating customized storage mounts and boxes for Hopi Katsina carvings and Inuit stone and ivory carvings; downloading environmental data to help monitor the museum’s temperature and humidity; and unpacking and repacking art loaned to the Eiteljorg for the Quest for the West™ exhibition and the 2013 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship.

    Rosie Steinmetz is the top Eiteljorg volunteer with 282.25 hrs for 2013.

    Rosie Steinmetz, “volunteer extraordinaire,” plays such a vital role for the development team.  Although she started volunteering for the museum in 2009, she really hit her stride in 2012 when she became a permanent volunteer for the development team.  Rosie does anything and everything we ask her to do …. with a smile!  She helps with preparations for special events, does research for the department, works on membership renewals, fulfills donation requests for outside organizations (and we get an average of 5 requests each day!), serves on the Eagle Committee and the Gala Committee and is a prize sponsor for Quest for the West and Indian Market and Festival.  She is very involved outside the museum, so we are most pleased and happy that she has chosen the Eiteljorg as one of her priorities. 

    Congratulations Claire, Rosie and all the many volunteers who help make the Eiteljorg one of the most special places to be in downtown Indianapolis.


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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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