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Who says nothing is ever free?

June 11, 2009

Looking for affordable (re: FREE) fun this summer? Head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which continues to offer free admission to its galleries, historic Lilly House, and gardens and grounds, as well as a variety of art experiences at no cost.

Visitors can enjoy a range of cultural experiences at no cost, including:

  • Exhibitions: The numerous free exhibitions taking place at the IMA in summer 2009 showcase contemporary video installations by artists such as Eve Sussman; women’s fashions throughout two centuries by designers such as Norman Norell and Givenchy; photography by Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, among others; Japanese woodblock prints; and 18th-century furniture designs. The summer 2009 exhibition schedule follows:
    • Adaptation: Video Installations by Ben-Ner, Herrera, Sullivan and Sussman & The Rufus Corporation (May 8–August 16, 2009)
    • Eighteenth-Century Furniture Design (May 23, 2009–February 21, 2010)
    • Tajima Hiroyuki (April 11–October 11, 2009)
    • Fashion in Bloom (April 4, 20099–January 31, 2010)
    • Judith G. Levy: Memory Cloud (July 10, 2009–January 17, 2010)
    • Paired Photographs (July 18, 2009–March 21, 2010
    • Julie Dash: Smuggling Daydreams into Reality August 8, 2009–January 18, 2010)
  • Gallery tours: The IMA offers free, regularly scheduled tours of its permanent collections for all visitors Tuesdays through Sundays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. The Museum also offers free, 30-minute Family Tours designed for visitors of all ages, available on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Tours meet at the entrance of Pulliam Great Hall. Tour size is limited. Special tours highlighting exhibitions and events are also offered. For a schedule of upcoming tours, visit www.imamuseum.org/calendar/permanentcollectiontour.
  • Garden tours: Free guided walks through the IMA’s gardens are offered April through September on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tours meet at the main visitor entrance to Lilly House.
  • Art-making activities: The IMA offers free, drop-in art-making activities each Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in Pulliam Great Hall. Activities change monthly and are designed to be enjoyable and accessible for visitors of all ages and levels of experience with making art.
  • Artist talks, films and performances: The IMA engages visitors with talks by visiting artists, films and performances throughout the year, many of which are offered at no cost, including a free opening reception for Judy Levy: Memory Cloud on July 9, 2009, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For details about other upcoming free events, visit www.imamuseum.org.
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