Sunday, January 25, 2015

Field Trip to Indianapolis

What follows is a one person's biased account of a class visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The trip to the IMA coincided with the exhibition, Georgia O'Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life (no photos allowed hence their absence here). The Eiteljorg's collection complemented our discussion of Native American art last week and foreshadowed next week's topic on Western Expansion through the lens of photography and painting.

Edward Curtis' Coming for the Bride, Q√°gyuhi, 1941 may have been the most frightening photograph in the Eiteljorg's collection.

Inuit whale bone carvings including a man and a bear (top)

Sioux purse, c. 1890

Finally miniature tipis suitable for my cats (that dream of owning an REI tent model may have disappeared upon viewing this).

This is a terrible photograph because it was very dark. A theme of the day was the incorporation of technology into the display and that was also evident at the Eiteljorg. Here is a peace necklace next to a cell phone from the early 2000s that belonged to a tribe elder.

Richard Swanson's Radio, 1997 "suggested radio waves traveling through space." It was constructed from barbed wire which may be as important as gravel in our conversations about the West.

Rick Bartow, Fox Spirit, 2000

Collette Hosmer, Bucket with Dipper, 1998 (minnows and steel)

 Albert Bierstadt, Morning Thirst (Mount Hood)

We transition to Erwin Wurm's Euclidean Exercises at the IMA. Two hot dog sculptures were installed in between the early American and European galleries (wishing they were positioned in front of a Bierstadt).

Erwin Wurm's Estimate the Mass of Wood

Nikki demonstrating how difficult this is with Dan observing.

The instructions for Theory of Painting (photo courtesy of Kyla Tighe)...

... and the results thereof (photographs by Kyla Tighe, Sarah Lassiter, Kristina Powell, and Jacinda Russell)

Kyla holding two shoes in an awkward position (photo by Kristina Powell).

Erwin Wurm's Organization of Love instructions ...

as Sibley and Dan demonstrate.

Jacinda Russell

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