Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • Deinstalling Motorcycles

    by User Not Found | Aug 14, 2012

    Big changes are underway at the Eiteljorg!  August 5 was the last day for Steel Ponies.  The special exhibits gallery will be closed for a few weeks as we prepare for the 7th annual edition of Quest for the West. 


    Last week all 23 motorcycles left the gallery to travel back to their homes.  You might be wondering how they are making the trip. 


    First, we used specially built ramps to roll the motorcycles down off the display platforms.



    Several came from museums and were packed into gigantic crates like this one:


    This high-tech crate came complete with a ramp to roll the motorcycle into place.  Here is a view of the inside before it was packed:


    Museum Registrar Kelly Carter looks over packing instructions for the Evel Knievel motorcycle on loan from the Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of American History


    Some of the motorcycles came from local lenders such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson.  These lenders came to pick up their motorcycles themselves and loaded them onto trailers.


    Senior Exhibit Specialist Belinda Cozzy helps the Harley-Davidson guys push their 1929 bike with double-wide sidecar onto their trailer.


    Most of the remaining motorcycles were shipped with a specialized motorcycle shipper.  They have a customized shipping platform that keeps the motorcycles safe and secure during transport.  I forgot to take a picture of the motorcycles all lined up on the truck strapped to their platforms, but I promise you it was quite a sight.  You can read all about the platforms and learn how to ship your own motorcycle here.

    By Kelly Rushing Carter, registrar

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  • A unique offering for young pros

    by Guest User | Aug 06, 2012

    Indianapolis has a lot to offer young professionals—and thanks to Agave at the Eiteljorg Museum—it has something extra unique! I joined Agave a couple of years ago because I love the Eiteljorg Museum and wanted a way to explore all that the Museum had to offer with a group of my peers. Agave turned out to be the perfect solution. Agave is geared towards an emerging audience of young professionals, grad students and future leaders. We come from all sorts of career backgrounds, live in different parts of the city and vary in age. What we have in common is a love of sharing cultural experiences. The Eiteljorg has a packed annual calendar of exhibitions, events and learning opportunities. Agave offers busy folks like me the chance to enjoy all of those great events in a convenient, fun context—the events are after-work, low key and super accessible. I’d love for you to be my guest at our next event. Join Agave’s mailing list for updates on all the events we having coming up. I’ve seen the calendar and I can tell you the next few months are going to be great!

    By Ashleigh Graves-Roesler, Agave board member

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  • Steel Ponies and Racing: “Easy Rider” Meets “Easy Hayden”

    by Guest User | Aug 03, 2012

    One thing I do to mentally and physically get away from day-to-day work every now and then is to spend time at the “Racing Capital of the World,” the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In fact, one of the cool things I have the privilege to do during race events at the Speedway is work for the public relations department. Yes, it’s hard work, but it allows me to get very close to something I’m deeply passionate about: racing.

    Since this past weekend was NASCAR weekend at the Brickyard, racing was heavy on my mind. If I wasn’t at the track, I was recording other racing series on the DVR (MotoGP and Formula One) and watching those races in the evening. With all of this diversion (a pseudo vacation of sorts for me), I still found a way to mentally steer back to the Eiteljorg and Steel Ponies.

    Steel Ponies is definitely in the local consciousness. And if the locals aren’t taking time to see the exhibit, they’re busy recommending it to visitors of our fine city. Over the weekend NASCAR’s Miss Sprint Cup 2012 tweeted about the Eiteljorg and Steel Ponies. Through Twitter, we also learned that a crew member for Columbus, IN native Tony Stewart (“Smoke”) came to see Steel Ponies. Clearly there’s a connection between the racing folks and motorcycles.

    More specifically, there was a direct connection between MotoGP and Steel Ponies this past weekend. One of the most popular and well-known bikes in the exhibit is “Captain America” from the cult classic film “Easy Rider.” With the international series MotoGP making it’s first of two consecutive United States stops last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, Owensboro, Kentucky’s Nicky Hayden sported a special helmet themed after Henry Fonda’s “Easy Rider” helmet.

    The helmet was painted like Fonda’s and featured a couple of tweaks. The back included a logo with the words 'Easy Hayden' and the lower front was painted to appear as an open-face, chopper style helmet just like Fonda’s.

    Although Steel Ponies will be gone by the time MotoGP makes its second U.S. stop in Indianapolis August 17-19, I’m hoping the “Kentucky Kid” will don the “Easy Rider” livery one more time…representing freedom, man.

     Bert Beiswanger is the marketing manager

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  • Eiteljorg mascot

    by Jaq Nigg | Aug 02, 2012

    by Deborah Kish, volunteer services manager


    Introducing, Ginger, possibly the most loved (spoiled) Australian Labradoodle ever. Her favorite activities are riding in convertibles, receiving treats, chasing rabbits and squirrels, and representing the Eiteljorg Museum out in the community.

    She loves to receive the attention of the Eiteljorg staff at our league softball games. She is an intimidating presence in her “Eiteljorg Pooch” uniform (complete with suede fringe) and she happily cheers on our runners from the sidelines. Says development manager and former coach, Sally Dickson, “Unlike the Curse of Chicago’s Billy Goat, Ginger has brought us good luck, inspiration and that happy-dog like wonder of believing that the whole world is our fire hydrant and that we can win a World Series!  Go Eiteljorg!’  Eiteljorg president and CEO and softball team member John Vanausdall adds, “You know what they say about the affects of dogs on people – and it is true!  We feel better about ourselves when she is around and as a result, we really gel as a team. A winning team!”

    But cheerleader is only part of her responsibilities as the Eiteljorg mascot, she also recruits volunteers. Once when the museum had a display table on the Circle for an event, she jumped right up on the table – which she had never done before – so that she could personally welcome guests with a shake and to offer information about volunteering.



  • Quest for the Best = 7th annual Quest for the West

    by Kay Hinds | Aug 02, 2012

    Quest for the WestThe countdown for the 7th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale has begun. Invitations landed in mailboxes in July. In no time at all, registrants participating in opening weekend activities Sept. 7-9 will enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at the Eiteljorg Museum. 

    What’s it all about? Many staff members describe Quest as their favorite annual event at the Eiteljorg. Each year 50 top notch artists, known for their outstanding Western-themed art, are invited to participate in a unique show which boasts the “best of the West.” Artists create original works of art which are available for purchase during an opening weekend sale.

    This year, 45 artists will attend opening weekend activities. Registered guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their work while enjoying the company of fledgling and long-time art collectors. Many friendships have developed during Quest weekend--between artists and guests and fellow collectors. The opportunity to meet nationally known artists in an intimate setting makes the Quest show appealing to registrants.

    On Friday, Sept. 7, an evening reception will honor outstanding sculptor and 2011 Quest Artist of Distinction Doug Hyde as he unveils his exhibit, Shaped by Stone: The Sculpture of Doug Hyde. Saturday highlights include a brunch followed by a panel of artists describing their “on location” experiences, an evening reception and the sale and a banquet and awards ceremony. A light breakfast will be available at the Eiteljorg on Sunday morning.

    Interested in joining the fun? Weekend registrations for couples cost $400 for members and $450 for non-members. Individuals may register for a $250 member or $300 non-member fee. To view the list of artists, the complete weekend schedule, registration forms and see images of some of the art available for purchase, go to the Eiteljorg Museum website Art images will be added to the website as art is received.

    However, you needn’t attend Quest to participate in the sale. Register as an Absentee Buyer for $150 and curators will see that your ballot is added to draw boxes before the sale starts.

    A “luck of the draw” sale means art is offered at fixed prices and may be purchased by individuals who select art and place ballots in boxes located by each piece of art the night of the sale. Suspense builds during the sale as participants learn who will be the proud owners of Quest art on display. Absentee buyers will be told about sale results via phone or e-mail. Art not claimed during the sale will be available for purchase by the public from Sunday, Sept. 9 – Oct. 7, when the Quest for the West exhibition is open to the public.

    Purchased art will remain at the Eiteljorg until the close of the Quest exhibit. After Oct. 7, art will be shipped to buyers. And art that graced the Eiteljorg during the Quest show will be displayed at homes and businesses located throughout the United States. 

    Want to join the 250+ individuals who are already registered for Quest’s opening weekend?  Call me at 317.275.1341 or e-mail to register. I promise you’ll have a memorable experience!

    Kay Hinds is the development coordinator

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