Monday, November 17, 2008

Thursday: Two Talks

Last we week had the opportunity to hear Tyler Green's talk, "10 Things I Hate About Contemporary Art". I must say I enjoyed that talk greatly and was happy to finally have had the chance to meet Tyler after several years of reading his blog. For the next 48 hours, after his talk, I was in constant dialog with several people who were in attendance that night concerning different topics he brought up. Great fun.

Now, this Thursday, we have two more talks to check out..

You know, sometimes we can go weeks without much of interest going on locally, as far as art events go and then all of sudden we get multiple events that pop up on the same day. Well, that is the situation once again. This Thursday we have two interesting talks to choose from, artist Orly Genger will be speaking at the IMA and over at the Harrison Center for the Arts, IDADA's keynote speaker will be Chicago based arts advocate Paul Klein. While I would love the opportunity to see both talks you will see me at the IDADA event. For those of you who are attending the Orly Genger talk, please drop us a line and let us know what you thought.

IDADA's Annual Member Meeting & Holiday Party
Thursday, Nov 20
Doors Open 5:30 pm
Harrison Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public

Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) will host its 5th Annual Membership Meeting and Holiday Party. The event will take place at the Harrison Center for the Arts located 1505 N. Delaware Street on the near northside of downtown Indianapolis, from 5:30 - 8:00PM.

The event is open and free to all interested in supporting the continued cultural development of the city. The meeting will highlight the accomplishments of IDADA in 2008 and expand on initiatives for the organization in the coming year.

The keynote speaker is Paul Klein, a Chicago arts advocate and publisher of ArtLetter, a nationally recognized and highly respected online art newsletter. Mr. Klein will share his thoughts on the current art market and strategies for developing a viable regional collector base. This years speaker was made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

The annual meeting is also an opportunity to renew IDADA memberships or join the organization for the first time. For details on membership, please visit the IDADA web site at: and click on the "Join Now" icon at the bottom of the home page.

For additional information, please contact Mark Ruschman at (317) 634-3114.

Orly Genger: Artist Talk
Thursday, Nov 20
6:30 pm
DeBoest Lecture Hall
Join New York–based artist Orly Genger as she discusses her newest work at the IMA. Known for transforming common nylon climbing rope into elaborate, monumental sculptures, New York-based artist Orly Genger will create a unique site-specific installation for the IMA’s Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion. Genger’s project for the IMA is her largest and most ambitious to date, incorporating thousands of feet of rope, which she hand-knots, paints, and stacks, creating immense sculptures that engulf the viewer. Genger’s work challenges typical associations with craft and textile through its highly physical creation process, in which she wrestles rope into knots and amasses it into persistent and imposing sculptural objects. According to Genger, her sculptures are suggestive of "things that are beyond our control, they spill, flood and spread through space. Even as they stand still like steel monuments bolted to the ground, they threaten to envelop their surroundings like molten lava chasing anything in its path."

Orly Genger: Whole will be on view at the IMA November 21, 2008 through June 14, 2009.

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