Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Celebrate the Opening of 100 Acres

100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park opens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, on 20 June. The Park site is bordered by the White River and adjacent to the IMA’s current 52-acre campus.

An Artists Forum is set for 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on 19 June in the IMA's Tobias Theater. The IMA commissioned eight contemporary artists from around the world to respond to the 100 Acres site with installations that comment on the nexus of art and nature. Hear the artists in dialogue about their work with the curators, park architects, and IMA staff who collaborated to bring 100 Acres to life. The forum will include park artists and architects as well as Lisa D. Freiman, Chair, Department of Contemporary Art at the IMA; Sarah Urist Green, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art; and Maxwell Anderson, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO.

A Preview with Artists & Architect begins at 6 p.m. on 19 June. Members and other VIPs will explore the site-specific works of art, see the completed Visitors Pavilion designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and experience the landscape journeys designed by landscape architect Ed Blake. Tickets are $125 (for IMA members only) and include both the preview and opening party, which is 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets just for the part are $50 for IMA members and $80 for others.

Performers at the opening party are Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Dayna Kurtz, Liz Janes, Arrington de Dionyso, Helado Negro, Jordan Munson, Epstein, The Outside Orchestra and DJ Kyle Long.

Casual festive attire is the dress for this "rain or shine" celebration. Note: Be sure to dress for the weather; there will be no tents.

On 20 June, bring the family and enjoy a free celebration of the grand opening between noon and 5 p.m.

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