The Indianapolis Museum of Art has unveiled plans for its Final Fridays program. Starting in January, visitors will enjoy a vibrant evening line-up that includes cultural experiences, tours, live music, food, beverages and extended evening hours from 6:30 to 11 p.m. All Final Fridays are free and open to the public.
“With late hours, tours, drinks, music and more, Final Fridays will not only be a great party, but it will be a wonderful way to become acquainted with diverse works of art,” said Preston Bautista, IMA director of audience engagement.
DJ Kyle Long is the guest musical curator for the Final Fridays series. A native of Indiana, Long has always been interested in building bridges between his home state and ideas, people and music from around the world.
“The IMA’s collection spans hundreds of years and represents the cultural heritage of civilizations across the planet. The collection contains challenging contemporary work and familiar classics; deeply spiritual religious paintings and pop art; pieces by unknown folk artists and works by the Old Masters,” Long said. “I’m excited to develop a music program that encompasses all these concepts.”
Each Final Fridays will feature new activities, tours and a different guest performer that will draw from international influences and works on display at the IMA. The schedule for each Final Fridays will include the following:
n 6:30 p.m. — Sunset Bar opens in contemporary galleries
n 7 p.m. — Program in The Toby
n 7:30 p.m. — Adult tour
n 8 p.m. — Art activity
n 8:30 p.m. — Final Fridays Music Series featured performer
Program in The Toby — A film, talk or other program will be featured in The Toby for each Final Fridays. “Days of Heaven” and “Night of the Hunter,” shown in January and February, are part of the Winter Nights Film Series. Additional programs scheduled for Final Fridays include the silent film “Sparrows” and the film “Ghosts with S--- Jobs” (in conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?).
Adult tours — Visitors are invited to take an adult tour of the IMA’s collection. Not the usual fare, these tours will include themes like Voyeurism: Scene through the Windows at the IMA; Dissed and Disowned, or Mysterious and Majestic?; Marriage a la Mode; and Where are all the Male Nudes? Each tour will explore the IMA’s collection by taking an in-depth look at the techniques, wit and subjects that artists use in their work.
Art activities — Guests are invited to participate in group or individual art projects. Creating anything from a community drawing to a LEGO bricks structure, art activities will be interactive and designed for all levels of ability. Beginning at 8 p.m., the activity will be available throughout the remainder of the evening for visitors to create at their leisure.
Music series — A musical performer will begin at 8:30 p.m. each month. Long selected each performer with the goal of creating a fun and exciting cultural experience that reflects the creativity and innovation of the works on display in the IMA galleries. Diverse and internationally inspired performers include Kaleidoscope Jukebox, Jefferson Street Parade Band, Party Lines and Sweet Poison Victim.
More information is available at www.ima
The museum is at 4000 Michigan Road in Indianapolis.