Friday, July 30, 2010

100 Acres Encore: Indianapolis Museum of Art

Hannah, her nephew, and I drove to Indy and biked 15 miles RT to see the now open 100 Acres today. Previously, Amelia gave me a sneak peak in the spring before it was completely finished. I was still left with the impression that MORE ART needs to be installed but it is a good start. Jeppe Hein's Benches Around the Lake with Hannah and Jonas:

Nancy Holt's influence found it's way into the park. From the IMA's website, Type A's Team Building (Align): "is constructed of two 30 foot-wide metal rings suspended from telephones poles and trees, oriented so that their shadows become one during the annual summer solstice." This was the most impressive work because the poles are disguised so well when you initially walk toward the sculpture, it really does give the illusion that they are hovering.

Kendall Buster's Stratum Pier was an ideal viewpoint. We saw a tiny turtle attempting to avoid the two fishermen on the shore.

Andrea Zittel's igloo was afloat. We observed, as Hannah said, as if we were watching animals in a zoo, wondering if this summer island residents, Jessica Dunn and Michael Runge would make an appearance. They did, along with two others - they hopped into a row boat and circled the island and that was all we saw. The blog Give and Take documents their residence on the island for the summer and also explains a little of what Hannah, Jonas, and I saw them doing. Of most interest is their routine rowing around the lake to pick up messages floating in the water. I also enjoyed seeing what the interior space looks like as seen here.

Alfredo Jaar's Park of Laments is a square within a square once emerging on the other side of the tunnel. Jaar describes the work as "a place for lamentation and purging the global atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries." That is a STRETCH as far as I am concerned. The weather was bordering on oppressive after a bike ride and standing, sitting, meditating in the grassy and shadeless interior, let alone of atrocities, was the last thing on my mind.

Hannah photographing Tea Mäkipää's Eden II (the penalties of an iphone camera = no zoom which also equates to wishing I could get a little closer to the sculpture than the environment provided).

Overall it was a great experience and I loved the fact that we just rode our bikes right into the middle of the park. I'm looking forward to seeing more additions in the future.

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