Monday, April 21, 2008

Artropolis vs. On Procession- This Week!

Is it perhaps the greatest art battle to sweep across the Midwest in recent years? Well, maybe not but these two event are both looking for your time. Being an Indy resident, I am very interested in seeing how this whole art parade, brought to us by the wonderful folks at the IMA, will play out. Simply on a surface level I have never been a fan of parades with Miss Corn on the Cob sitting in a convertible waving to the street side audience while a number of high school marching bands fumble through their sets while walking behind some horse that dumped in front of them. I have been comforted that this parade will be nothing like my terrible scenario and the parade should turn expectations around. I was beginning to look forward to seeing and perhaps participating in the parade but alas I will be out of town for Artropolis in Chicago. For those who are currently unaware, Artropolis is the umbrella name given to the art fairs connected to Art Chicago, NEXT, the Artist Project, and the Intuit show. All of these events will be held in the Merchandise Mart where the Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. Art Group has recently grown to include: The Armory Show, Art Chicago, NEXT, Toronto International Art Fair, VOLTA and VOLTA NY. With this new arsenal and a desire to once again put Chicago back on the map as a prime art destination, I feel things are once again exciting. I guess I shall see it first hand. With the weather being fairly nice now, everyone should make a point to catch one if not both of these events. See below for more info.

PS- Aside from myself, eight other Indiana based artists will be participating in the Artist Projects in Chicago this week, Casey Roberts, Susan Hodgin, Tom Brand, Michael Chelich, Michel Keck, Natasha Kerr, Martha MacLeish, and Fred Sichart.

Chicago's citywide celebration of arts, antiques and culture, Artropolis™ attracts thousands of visitors to savor a rich menu of art and entertainment experiences that are unique to Chicago. For the visitors’ convenience and enjoyment, The Artist Project will run concurrently with Art Chicago, The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, NEXT, and The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art – all within The Merchandise Mart. Educational programs, guided tours, music, theatre and dance performances are planned at a variety of venues throughout the city: from major museums to small galleries, from world-class concert halls to cutting-edge clubs, from lakefront parks to exclusive private parties.

April 25-28, 2008

The Artist Project is Artropolis’ key event dedicated to the independent artist. The second annual exhibition and sale will feature original work from a juried selection of 300 established and emerging artists who are currently unaffiliated within the gallery community. It is a rare opportunity to discover and obtain interesting and affordable art directly form a uniquely talented group of artists.

Dates and Hours:

Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. (Preview Opening)
Friday, April 25, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, April 27, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Monday, April 28, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

[image, Allison Smith, Hobby Horse, Photo credit Todd Johnson]


On Procession: Parade, Party & Preview
April 26, 2008
Parade: Noon / Fountain Square / FREE
Party & Preview: 3:00 – 7:00 pm / Indianapolis Museum of Art

March back to the IMA post-parade to celebrate on the Sutphin Mall. Surrounded by featured works from the parade, guests are invited to enjoy refreshments, karaoke and a special sneek peak On Procession in the Forefront Galleries.

IMA Members: FREE/ Students with ID: $5/ Public: $10

2 Responses to “Artropolis vs. On Procession- This Week!”

Anonymous said...
April 28, 2008 at 10:28 AM

I opted out of the journey to Chicago to save some money on gas and instead went to the parade. I enjoyed myself and thought it was a nice small art parade. However, I was a bit disappointed with attendance. There were fewer people then I had anticipated. What does it take to get people out to view art in this city? On Procession was for the most part an engaging and interactive presentation of art. I see more people at First Fridays then I saw this Saturday. Come on Indy... Come on...

Richard said...
April 29, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Well, this probably deserves its own post but I thought that parade was about as good as it gets anywhere. All of the projects were of high quality – from the national artists, to the regional ones, to the Indy folks – and all were worth seeing.

You can see tons of pictures (there are already over 600), and add your own at the Art Parades Flickr pool:

I uploaded the pictures I took to the flickr pool, and then stuck a few of the videos I took up on my youtube account.

Check out the moves on this tank from Lafayette-based Contemporary Arts Initiative (CAI):

Does anybody have any good videos of the robots from Arthole ( I heard that one of them had his robot underwear fall down … seems tragic. Those guys were serious robots.

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