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  • Eiteljorg Insider | 5 Questions with Photographer Blake Little

    by Johanna Blume, Eiteljorg Assistant Curator of Western Art | Jan 17, 2014

    Blake Little is a sought-after commercial and celebrity photographer in Los Angeles, and his client list includes publications such as Time and Entertainment Weekly, and celebrities Steve Carell, Colin Powell, and Jane Fonda. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he competed in the gay rodeo. On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Eiteljorg will open Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo. It showcases photos taken by Blake during that time.

    Johanna Blume, Eiteljorg assistant curator of western art, asked the renowned photographer five questions to help you learn about how he works, his favorite people and his dream project.

     1. If you had to spend a day not using any technology, what would you do? 
     If I was in LA, I would hike in the hills near my home and make a trip to Los Angeles County Museum of Art or MOCA downtown and stop in a local neighborhood restaurant for a great lunch. 

     2. What do you listen to while you work?
    KCRW Radio (NPR's Local Station). It has the best music, news, and commentary. It’s one of the great things about LA.

     3. If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
     I would be a landscape architect, I love architecture and gardens. My mother taught me to garden and to appreciate the benefits of the earth.  

     4. If you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be and why? BONUS POINTS: What would you serve? 
     Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Nadav Kander; three incredible photographers I respect so much.  I would serve homemade pasta, fresh salad, dessert, and a great red wine.

     5. What’s your dream project?
    In June of 2012, I received an art grant to photograph cowboys in and around Calgary, Alberta. For 10 days we photographed cowboys and western culture; everyone from professional cowboys at the Calgary Stampede to feed lot workers in rural Nanton, AB.  I would love to do another grant project like this in Europe, Australia, or another part of the world.  It was so rewarding and creative to do an intense extended period of shooting on the subject of my choice with a full crew and production team…my dream project. 

     Here's a look at some of the photos you'll see in Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo.
    Gordon Fiedor
    Blake Little
    Gordon Fiedor Close Up, Los Angeles, California, 1989
    Image courtesy of Blake Little

    Blake Little
    Roping Practice, Scott Terry, Phoenix, Arizona, 1989
    Image courtesy of Blake Little

    Blake Little
    Chute Dogging, Phoenix, Arizona, 1989
    Image courtesy of Blake Little

    The Eiteljorg plans to travel Blake Little nationally after the exhibit closes on July 13, 2014. The timeline and venues for the traveling exhibit are to be determined.

    Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo and 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, illuminate the many contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities of the American West, and celebrate the diversity of the region.

    Meet Blake Little Friday, Jan. 31, at the opening party for his exhibit.

    Opening night preview party
    Friday, Jan. 31
    $20 per person for members
    $30 per person for nonmembers
    6:00 p.m.        Complimentary wine and food pairing course
    6:45 p.m.        Performance by the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus
    7:15 p.m.        Tour the exhibit with the artist

    Opening day
    Saturday, Feb. 1
    Included with general admission
    12:30 p.m.      Indy Men’s Chorus performs
    1:30 p.m.        Blake Little special program featuring Little, curators and gay rodeo participants
    3:00 p.m.        Informal gallery talks with visitors

     Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo is proudly sponsored by the Eiteljorg Museum with additional support provided by William L. Fortune, Jr. and Joe Blakely.

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  • Jingle Rails, Trickster Tales and FREE ADMISSION Jan. 20

    by DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager | Jan 10, 2014

    January Events at the Eiteljorg Museum
     
    Jump aboard Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure through Sunday, Jan. 19! Each year, Jingle Rails offers guests an amazing adventure through a locomotive wonderland, filled with imaginative landscapes created from natural materials. Features include: Eight ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains, nearly 1,200 feet of track, 13 overhead walk-under bridges, working waterfall feature and more than 30 structures including: N.K. Hurst Bean Company and Aspen ski scenes (NEW THIS YEAR), Indianapolis’ Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Lucas Oil Stadium, The Indiana State Fair, OneAmerica Tower, Chase Tower, Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and more! *Pictured: WTHR Crimebeat reporter Steve Jefferson checks out the Indianapolis scene in Jingle Rails.

    “Coyote This and Rabbit That”

    Native Trickster Tales by storyteller Tim Tingle
    Saturday, Jan. 18
    1p.m. – 2p.m.
    Tim will perform a story titled, “Coyote This and Rabbit That, Native Trickster Tales.” The definition of a trickster is a person who is either a mischievous messenger or menacing enemy. A trickster can also help mankind by giving us the sun and fire or cause death and destruction. Tim’s story will teach how tricksters have influenced our world, including what they’ve given us and what they’ve taken from us. Tim is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and memories of this family epic fuel his writing and telling.

    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    FREE ADMISSION with canned food donation
    Monday, Jan. 20
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    In honor of the life of civil rights activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Eiteljorg Museum offers FREE admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item to Gleaners Food Bank. Drop off your donation at the Eiteljorg or any WRSP institution and experience all the park has to offer.

    American Girl Josefina® Day
    Saturday, Jan. 25
    10 a.m. – 5p.m.
    Guests will enjoy games and activities inspired by the New Mexican culture of the American Girl doll, Josefina. Activities include creation of paper roses, colcha embroidery, playing loteria (a Mexican game of chance) and  a performance by the Anderson Ballet Folklorico.

    Rodeo_Partners_Gene_Hubert_Rick_Ferreira-SunValleyBlake Little: Photographs from the Gay RodeoExhibit Preview
    Opening Night Party
    Friday, Jan. 31
    6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    $20 per person for members
    $30 per person for nonmembers
    * Event features tour of the exhibit with the artist, wine and Hors d'oeuvres and a performance by the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus

    The Blake Little exhibitwill feature 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. The exhibit opens to the public, Saturday, Mar. 1. Please visit www.eiteljorg.org for details.

    Storytelling Saturdays throughout the month
     
    Stories of the West
    Saturdays                                 
    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.

    Storytelling
    Saturdays
    1p.m. – 3p.m.
    Meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.

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  • Botanical Architects

    by Cathy Kightlinger, Sky Blue Window, @ckightlinger | Dec 12, 2013

    The following excerpt is from a feature article, written by Cathy Kightlinger of Sky Blue Window.  Sky Blue Window is a weekly online publication focused on the arts in central Indiana...and beyond.

    A miniature American West, filled with doll-size buildings crafted from tree bark, tobacco-leaf tepees and even a teensy stagecoach fashioned from a gourd, awaits visitors at the Eiteljorg Museum's holiday model railroad display, Jingle Rails.

    Along 1,200 feet of track installed on platforms in what is normally the museum's banquet hall, seven trains travel from a tiny twinkling replica of downtown Indianapolis at Christmastime westward to wee versions of California's Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. On the way, they pass a miniature Eiteljorg, made of cork bark cut into blocks with a 3/8-inch bandsaw blade, over willow-twig bridges and through tunnels made of hollowed logs.

    MIKE POTTER
    • photo by Mike Potter

    Created to offer visitors a fantasy western vacation, the museum display will have been viewed by almost 200,000 people throughout its four-year existence when this year's incarnation closes Jan. 19.

    "We have children and parents and grandparents coming in huge numbers," says John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO.

    By the time spectators arrive to see Jingle Rails, though, the small crew of artists who pieced the show together will be back in their Alexandria, Kentucky, workshop. Doubtlessly they'll be taking a well-deserved breather.

    Most of the time, the employees of Applied Imagination are as busy as Santa's proverbial elves.

    Woodworking tools in hand and drawers stuffed full of botanical materials--nuts, berries, rocks, bark and the like--about 10 artists assembled the Eiteljorg's locomotive layout in the Applied Imagination's workshop, near Cincinnati. The largest part of the display was built there four years ago, but additions include a tiny Indiana State Fair last year and this year an Aspen, Colorado, ski scene.

    Click here to read more.

    Reporter Cathy Kightlinger and Botanical Architect Cindy Johnson. 
    Reporter Cathy Kightlinger with Applied Imagination botanical architect, Cindy Johnson.

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  • First Snow of the Season

    by DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager | Dec 06, 2013

    Kenneth R. Bunn, American, born 1938
    Whitetail Deer, 1989
    cast bronze
    The Richard D. and Billie Lou Wood Deer Fountain
    George Carlson, American, born 1940
    The Greeting, 1989
    cast bronze
    Gift: Courtesy of Harrison Eiteljorg 

    Allan Houser, Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, 1914 – 1994
    Morning Prayer, 1987, cast 1997
    cast bronze
    Museum purchase with funds provided by Joan and Mel Perelman
     
    (far left) Truman Lowe, Ho-Chunk, born 1944
    Water Whispers, 2005
    stainless steel, formed glass, stone, concrete
     
    Museum Purchase made possible with the support of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, and the Efroymson Fund, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation

    (far right) Doug Hyde, Nez Perce, Assiniboine and Chippewa, born 1946
     Southwest Summer Showers, 1989
    cast bronze
    Gift of the Friends of the Museum

    Other beautiful pictures outside the Eiteljorg Museum.
     



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  • Eiteljorg Winter Market | Handmade art for sale Saturday, Dec. 7

    by Jaq Nigg, Festivals and Markets Manager | Nov 29, 2013

    From 10 a.m. - 5p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, shop the season’s best regional art market featuring handmade jewelry, purses, crafts and edible art and more from over 30 artists.

    What makes the Eiteljorg Winter Market so special? We asked the artists:

    Cathy Claycomb
    Saddlebag Purses 
    Cathy Claycomb
    The time of year is just right for holiday shoppers and Winter Market is perfect for my product.  Where would be a better place to offer purses made from cowboy boots than the Eiteljorg?  The shoppers are excited about the museum and the artists.  It’s a fabulous day and one of my favorite shows!

    Tom O. Reed 
    Artistic Wooden Cooking Utensils

    Winter Market is lovely because the Eiteljorg is so beautiful and pleasurable to be in. Visitors are smart and seem to truly appreciate the arts. The mood of the event is full of the holiday spirit... and that makes for a pleasant and rewarding day for everyone.

    Holli La Vigne
    Boris Loved Natasha – Fun and colorful bags

    Winter Market brings together a diverse group of high-quality artists in a beautiful setting. The museum patrons, those first time museum visitors, the staff, and the fellow vendors make for an exciting, holiday-anticipating, fun-filled day that shouldn't be missed!

    Peg Neal 
    Ceramics
     
    I’ve had the privilege of participating in Winter Market since its origin in 2002. The things that bring me back each year:
    1. The quality and mix of the art for sale.
    2. The audience the market attracts is fun and has the holiday spririt. 
    3. The staff obviously has the artists in mind throughout planning.
    4. The ease of booth set up and tear down.
    5. The wonderfully helpful volunteers.
    6. I just love being in that beautiful building.

    Carrie Abbot
    New Fangled Confections – Sweet Treats

    I sell wholesale to many stores and restaurants, but interacting with people face-to-face at Winter Market feels right. I love to see the reaction when someone tries my crazy-delicious candy for the first time. I believe in the importance and power of local partnerships. The Eiteljorg has such an obvious respect and love for every kind of artisan – visual, musical, performance, edible. 
      
    Winter Market features activities for the whole family, including Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a locomotive wonderland featuring trains racing past astonishingly detailed local and Western landmarks made of natural materials.

    There's also our amazing Fellowship exhibit in our main gallery. There, you'll see the work of five Native contemporary artists whose work and respect in the field earned them a cash prize and the extraordinary opportunity to exhibit their work at the Eiteljorg.

    Kids of all ages can also explore The R.B. Annis Western Family Experience, an interactive area that immerses visitors in the lives of a diverse group of Westerners and offers the chance to decorate and raise a totem pole, build a sod house, climb aboard a true-to-life stagecoach and more.

    After a day of holiday shopping and exploring the West, take a break in the Café and warm up with some Southwestern fare. Finish your visit to the Eiteljorg with a stop in at the Museum Store, to find great gifts for your whole family.

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