Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New dance academy in Carmel

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from Carmel...

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble to celebrate 10th Anniversary with opening of new Academy

The Central Indiana Dance Ensemble is pleased to announce that it will celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season with the opening of the Central Indiana Academy of Dance. Artistic Director, Suzann DeLay, will add the title of Owner/Director to her name when the new dance academy begins classes on August 10, 2009. Located in Carmel at 14950 Greyhound Court , the new facility will feature three large state of the art studios with sprung floors.

From preschoolers experiencing dance for the first time to high school students aspiring to a dance profession, the Central Indiana Academy of Dance will provide a full schedule of programs for every level of dance enthusiast. "My goal is to provide excellent training for every age and every ability" said Ms. DeLay.

With an emphasis on classical training, the academy will offer classes in ballet, pointe, pas de deux, jazz, tap, modern, character and Men's classes. Ms. DeLay and her faculty bring many years of professional dance and teaching to the Central Indiana Academy of Dance.

"As CIDE has grown and evolved over the past 10 years, from an ensemble of 6 dancers to a regional pre-professional company of 60 dancers, the creation of the academy was the natural next step to round out the program with excellent dance instruction" Said Ms. DeLay.

As for the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble Ms. DeLay promises another exciting season highlighted by the 10th annual production of The Nutcracker, CIDE's annual Spring Concert and in May The Sleeping Beauty. Central Indiana Dance Ensemble continues it's membership with Regional Dance America and was again designated Honor Company status.

For more information please visit the academy's website at www.ciaodance.com or contact Ms. DeLay at 317-844-7453 or 317-581-2423.

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State Arts Commission forced to make cuts

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from the Indiana Arts Commission concerning cuts it has had to make after the state legislature cut its budget in excess of 20 percent.

Arts Commission to cut two programs and scale back others to meet budget reduction

(Indianapolis, Indiana) — The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that two grant programs will be eliminated and additional programs scaled back to help address State budget reductions in excess of 20 percent for the current fiscal year.

The announcement came as the result of an emergency session of the Commission on July 20th to review budget options resulting from the two-year State budget approved last month by the Indiana General Assembly which calls for a 20 percent reduction in the appropriation for the IAC. In addition, the State Budget Agency has mandated an additional 5 percent holdback to be added to State reserves for all state agencies.

"During the regular session of the legislature it appeared we, along with most other state agencies, would receive a budget reduction of about eight percent," explained IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. "When the Commission met in June they reviewed a number of budget scenarios ranging from 10 to 15 percent reductions, which at that time we felt would be realistic expectations. The additional reduction made it necessary to call a special Commission meeting earlier this month to finalize our FY2010 budget."

As a result of the reduction, the Commission considered three new budget plans for the current fiscal year. Each would impact internal as well as external grant programs and services. Two IAC grant programs, the Presenter Touring Program and the American Masterpieces Program will be eliminated for the current fiscal year. The IAC's Arts in Education Program will be cut by 50 percent, and the Individual Artist Program will be reduced by 20 percent.

Grants to Major Arts Organizations (those with statewide or multi-region programming) will be scaled back by 23 percent, and block grants to the IAC's Regional Arts Partnership will be reduced by 21 percent.

"Of the three budget scenarios the Commission considered, the one they approved will have the smallest fiscal impact to all grantees and sub-grantees in our state while keeping intact our highly-effective decentralized, regional service system," Ricci said. "We are also taking a number of steps internally including staffing, travel, and office relocation to further reduce agency expenditures."

Several grant awards approved by the Commission at its June meeting had been placed on hold pending the outcome of the Special Session of the General Assembly. With the Commission's approval of this new FY2010 agency budget, grant recipients should begin receiving notification about their pending grant awards within the next several weeks.

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

IndyFringe tix on sale now

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

IndyFringe (which kicks off August 21) announces that tickets are now on sale. Here are the details...

Indyfringe.org - Your guide to the festival! Start planning NOW!

With 280 shows on 6 stages the site will guide you through with shows descriptions, photos and listings.

Download your daily calendar and start planning your shows.

Advance Ticket Sales - don't miss all your favorites from past years.

Download the official NUVO program.

First time Fringing? Read the FAQ for Fringe tips.

Buy advance tickets - The only way to skip the line at the festival!

$10 adults/$7 students/$5 children under 12.

$3 Backer Button - one-time only purchase, needed for festival admission.

$40 Fiver Pass - See any five shows for the cost of four.

Three ways to get your advance tickets - Through Aug. 14 only!

By Phone: (317) 522-8099

Credit card (except American Express - sorry!)

Online: www.indyfringe.org

All major credit cards via PayPal - plus $1 transaction fee.

In person: IndyFringe Building, 719 E. St. Clair St. (Near Mass Ave. and College)

Cash or credit card (except American Express - sorry!)

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Weekends Noon - 5 p.m.

Backer Buttons, Fiver Pases, $5 T-shirts and canvass tote bags also for sale at the IndyFringe Building.

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International Interfaith Initiative volunteer opportunity

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The International Interfaith Initiative is looking for volunteers for a trip to the Children's Museum...

Volunteer opportunity: III is seeking volunteers to assist with transportation for Iraqi refugee families to visit the Children's Museum on August 6th at 4pm and a trip to Dearborn, MI on Saturday August 8th. Dearborn has the largest Arab community outside of the Middle East and many of the refugee families have expressed an interest in traveling there to buy supplies in preparation for Ramadan which begins on August 21st. If you have access to a minivan and would like to participate in either or both of these culturally enriching experiences contact Charlie cwiles@peacelearningcenter.org or call (317) 466-0114.

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Mike Beas: on athletes and privacy

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

It's common for professional athletes from bygone eras to grumble under their breath about today's preposterously high salaries. Others have been known to skip directly over grumbling, leapfrog the urge to voice sternly and go straight to screaming.

But the hip-replacement crowd needs to lower the volume a tad because today's celebrities manufactured by sports have their own buffet spread of issues to deal with. First and foremost, that little thing called privacy. The advent of the internet, picture-taking cellphones, blogging, YouTube and the like force celebs — sports and otherwise — to exist in a world of uncertainty.

Guaranteed, more nervous peering over one's shoulder goes on today than 10 years ago.

Ask Olympic hero Michael Phelps, whose reputation went up in smoke inside a University of South Carolina frat house once pictures of him smoking marijuana showed up in a British tabloid. Gauge the opinion of Erin Andrews, whose broadcasting credibility absorbed a sucker punch when images of her in various states of undress surfaced on the internet. Go quiz LeBron James about the grainy footage leaked showing some college kid dunking over him.

Big stories all three. Huge. And every one made possible because of modern technology, the kind that has made amateur photographers out of billions worldwide.

Somewhere along the line, Mark Spitz, the man whose Olympian standard of seven gold medals stood for 36 years until Phelps came along, must have exhibited some form of behavior of which he wasn't proud. Former CBS broadcaster Phyllis George, a head-turner in her own right during the 1970s, wasn't accumulating worry lines wondering if some creep with a cellphone would be filming her through a motel wall peephole.

Which brings us to Michael Jordan, the player James goes out of his way to emulate. Great as Jordan was, I'm betting there were times he was dunked on in practice. Doubtful Luc Longley or Bill Wennington had anything to do with it. Or Craig Hodges or Stacey King. Much easier to visualize is Scottie Pippen or Dennis Rodman storming to the rim over His Airness and making a point en route to two points.

Travel further back in time and, really, do we want cellphone photos of Ty Cobb climbing into the stands to pummel a heckler who due to an industrial accident had been reduced to one hand and lost three fingers on the other? Or images of Mickey Mantle passed out or Paul Hornung bellied up to a Las Vegas black jack table? Or Wilt Chamberlain . . . uh . . . never mind.

In most cases, yes, we do. We're nosy that way. Yet in other eras, fast-moving rumors were the first building blocks, the ground floor, of sports legend. Not having visual proof to back them up has given these and other stories about long-ago sports icons a mysteriousness that is attractive and stands the test of time.

So the retired athletes and coaches need to quit complaining. Maintaining their privacy meant securing their dignity, and you can't slap a pricetag on that.

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Ruschman's last week

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This reminder from Mark Ruschman, whose gallery closes once and for all this Friday...

There still remain many opportunities to buy great art at great prices. Works remain on sale throughout the week at 20% - 50% off regular prices. The gallery will keep normal business hours: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Friday the 31st. For more information please call 317-634-3114.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

And the winner is...

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Robby Ginepri upset the last great hope for American tennis, Sam Querrey, in straight sets today to win his second Indianapolis title.

Ginepri's placement in the All-American final was nearly perfect, as he ran Querrey all over the court with dangerous tact and poise. Sam was unable to land his first serve, and--on a couple of important occassions-- his second serve, and without the threat of this 130-mph thunder to keep Ginepri honest, the 32-year old American was able to seize control of most every exchange.

After losing the first set 6-2, Querrey rallied back to take control in the second. However, he lost a crucial break point with the advantage to Genepri, after blowing a 40-0 lead. He then double-faulted and went down 5-4. Ginepri then went up 40-0, and his serve was returned a foot deep of the baseline. Robby went to one knee, pointed to the sky, and claimed his second Indianapolis title-- the only two ATP events he has won in the last four years. His prize is $91k.

Top-seed Russian coward Dmitry Tursunov was still afraid to play me in Wii Tennis on the concourse, but got some small retribution for his quarter-final loss to Frank Dancevic by winning the Doubles title, in league with Latvian whipper-snapper Erensts Gulbis. They defeated a pair of well-seasoned Australian teammates in Ashley Fisher and Jordan Kerr for a cool 30-grand a piece.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Tursunov vs. Dancevic II: The Reckoning

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

I was compelled by nostalgia to shift my schedule around and make it out for a rematch of the 2007 final between Dmitry Tursunov and Frank Dancevic this afternoon.

That impossibly hot day of July '07, Tursunov handily beat Dancevic in straight sets; the Canadian had nothing left in the tank and was simply over-matched, having defeated Andy Roddick a day earlier in one of the great sports upsets I have ever witnessed live.

My affection toward Dancevic for humiliating Roddick was reinforced when Roddick threw a temper-tantrum and yelled at a reporter in the post-match press conference. One of my great memories as a journalist was seeing Roddick, on the verge of tears, slam his towel down and yell at a stocky, kind, mustached gentleman from the Indy Star for asking him what this loss meant for American tennis. Brilliant.

For the first time since 1990, five Americans have survived to the quarter final. The winner of Tursunov/Dancevic will hopefully face Sam Querrey tomorrow in the semi-finals - and I fully expect the winner of that match to win the final on Sunday.

Though if Querrey is able to win even one break point, it is unlikely that Dancevic or Tursunov would have the strength to deal with his serve, given their lackluster showing on the court this afternoon.

Seven games into the match, neither player had lost a break point, and both men seemed to be quite content resting comfortably along the baseline; the crowd did not see much fire. It's as if they had someplace else to be, but both of them came anyway, just because they thought the other one would be really mad at them for not showing up. The hardest working people on the court were the ball-kids.

Dmitry is still alive in the doubles draw as well, and may have spread himself too thin, fresh off of an ankle injury. He admitted to me on Tuesday that while it doesn't hurt very much, it is affecting his play as he is subconsciously "protecting it."

His first serve from the left side was consistently terrible, often soaring several feet wide of the alley. However, in the second set, after he fell behind-- Tursunov began to use more finesse, rather than overpowering him as he had been trying to-- and won a crucial breakpoint on a beautiful drop shot that spun back toward him with ferocity, and Dancevic flatly hit it into the net.

Tursunov then served out the next game in consecutive points, making it 5-5. The two then traded wins to send it to a tie-breaker, which Dancevic won 7-5, tying Dmitry at one set a piece, and sending the match into a third set, which an exhausted Dmitry Tursunov seemed to all but completely concede to the younger and fresher Canadian.

There were several forehands that Dancevic simply slapped past Tursunov, though he was seemingly within reach of them. Dmitry spent most of the final set shaking his head in frustration, only going after any balls that happened to fly within his arms' reach... like a venus fly trap.

In 180-degree turn from 2007, it was Dancevic who ultimately out-hustled Tursunov and came out on top. Frank now awaits the winner of Querrey and Gicquel, while Dmitry prepares for his doubles quarter-final...which he has 45 minutes to prepare for...barely able to stand up at the moment.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Indy BANG! Cultural luncheon

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Indy BANG! Monthly Cultural Luncheon - July 31, 2009 with Hugh Vandivier of Primary Colours

Indy BANG! presents Indy's Business and Arts Networking Get-togethers

bringing together business and arts professionals for their mutual benefit and to support our community.

On Friday, July 31, 2009 the business and arts speakers will be Hugh Vandivier.

Hugh Vandivier was recently named the first Executive Director of Primary Colours, an Indianapolis-based arts non-profit. Primary Colours was established in 1998 as an Indianapolis-based charitable organization comprised of visual artists and art enthusiasts. Its mission is to facilitate interaction between visual artists and the community. It strives to create a thriving environment for the visual arts through unique exhibitions, workshops, and special events, among these Allotropy, Installation Nation, TOYS, the Professional Development Series, and Art vs. Art. To find out more about Primary Colours, please visit them on the web at www.primarycolours.org.

Presentation Topic: Indianapolis arts and cultural organizations currently face threats from all sides: a city and state with a waning vision of how the arts contribute to the community, dwindling financial support from once-reliable but now cash-strapped foundations and businesses, and the constant fight to inspire and enlighten a sports-hungry populace inclined to artistic ennui. As Primary Colours prepares for its sixth staging of Art vs. Art, new executive director Hugh Vandivier discusses the challenges facing his organization and other nonprofits; some strategies for partnering with other organizations and marketing your organization in the digital age; and some lessons learned from successes and failures of running an arts organization on a shoestring.

This month's cultural luncheon is a special culinary event aimed at giving back to the community. Our speaker will be Nora Spitznogle, Director of Operations of Second Helpings, Inc. Nora will provide us with an educational tour of the Second Helpings Community Kitchen and Food Pantry at 11:30 followed by a FREE buffet lunch at 12:00 noon. Please bring a monetary or food donation (rice or pasta has been requested). To learn more about Second Helpings, please visit them on the web at www.secondhelpings.org.

Date & Time

Friday, July 31, 2009

11:30AM - NOON (Educational Tour of Second Helpings, Inc.)

NOON - 1PM (Speakers/Luncheon)

Location

Second Helpings Community Kitchen and Food Pantry

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Center

1121 Southeastern Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46202

(317) 632-2664

Web: www.secondhelpings.org

Driving directions

Please join us

* if you are a small business professional

* if you are an arts professional

* if you are an arts and culture consumer

* if you are interested in how small business supports the arts ?and the arts inspire small business

Founded by James Moriarty, Indy BANG! is the nonprofit arm of Moriarty Media.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tursunov to field: "I MUST BREAK YOU."

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 4:00 AM

With Roddick's preemptive pull-out (insert Jessica Simpson joke here) from the Indy Tennis Championships, Russian Dmitry Tursunov has assumed the top seed, and in his first match he won a hard-fought brawl with a big German brick-house named Michael Berrer.

Tursunov came out firing mercilessly and it looked like he was going to end it in 12 minutes,but a mess of double-faults and hail-mary backhands gave Berrer an easy second-set victory. Ultimately the Russian's vicious forehand left Berrer lifeless and dumbfounded, as a flurry of unforced errors by the German repeatedly flew into the net and two feet deep of the baseline.

I had a chance to speak with Dmitry after his match, and true-to-form, he was mercilessly frank. "His serve was crap," he said of Berrer.

We also spoke about his recent injury, the appeal to the players of Indy Tennis, and how he's been spending his time in town. I challenged him to a match of Wii Tennis out on the concourse, and called him a coward (in so many words) for saying he was "too tired" after his 3-set match with Berrer... (pfft). He did agree to play me later in the week, so if he keeps winning, we should be able to get that video up on the NUVO web. The stakes are high... if I win, he has to play for the U.S. instead of Russia in the Davis Cup. The full video of the interview will be posted on nuvo.net later in the week.

Before Tursunov slapped around Berrer for a couple hours, Israel's Dudi Sela (No. 2 seed) had defeated Chicago's own Vincent Spadea handily in straight sets. Spadea currently leads all ATP players in career losses, and also has the longest consecutive losing streak in the circuit. The 35 year old also has been named "The World's Worst Person" and it is rumored that his kids wish he was dead. I'm only being sarcastic about that last bit. I think it's time to hang 'em up, Vince.

Also today, Carmel resident Rajeev Ram defeated Devin Britton (6-3, 7-5) and goes on to face Sam Querrey. It should be an interesting match, as both of the young American athletes are built like basketball players and have huge serves. As I mention every single time I write about tennis... Querrey broke the all-time record for consecutive aces at this tournament two years ago.

More soon--

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kennnedy Center head to meet with local arts folk

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from Butler...Michael Kaiser, head of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., will speak at Butler in August about "The Arts in Crisis." Kaiser has been touring the country, offering ideas to arts advocates about how to get through this troubled economy. The program is aimed at especially at local professionals in the field.

INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Kaiser, president of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will bring his 50-state national program "Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative" to the Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11.

Kaiser will address the challenges facing non-profit performing arts organizations today through such areas as fundraising, building more effective boards of trustees, budgeting and marketing.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to www.cloweshall.org/artsincrisis.

More information is available at artsincrisis.org.

"Arts in Crisis" is a response to the emergency facing arts organizations throughout the United States.

"Each locality is dealing with its own unique and specific challenges, and there is no better way to understand each region than through in-person visits," Kaiser said. "Communicating in person allows us to be more effective in advising organizations in need."

The "Arts in Crisis" program, open to non-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts organizations, provides free and confidential planning assistance in areas pertinent to maintaining a vital performing arts organization during a troubled economy. The program is currently working with more than 350 organizations in 40 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Over 100 experienced arts leaders from across the country are volunteering their time to serve as mentors to organizations in need.

Non-profit performing arts organizations that would like to participate in the program should visit www.artsincrisis.org to submit an online request. The Kennedy Center will quickly match organizations in need with a member of the Kennedy Center executive staff or a volunteer mentor in their local area.

"Arts in Crisis" also enables senior arts managers across the United States to volunteer to serve as mentors to other arts organizations. "There are many talented arts administrators around the country, and we encourage them to lend their expertise," Kaiser said. "If all of us work together, we can turn a time of crisis into a time of opportunity."

Since 2001, Michael M. Kaiser and his executive staff have shaped numerous arts leaders through the Kennedy Center Institute for Arts Management. The Institute provides a wide variety of training and support for arts management, including a capacity building program for culturally specific arts organizations; a program to train board members of arts organizations throughout the United States; international capacity building programs for arts organizations in 60 nations; a capacity building program for over 280 arts organizations in New York City; and artsmanager.org, an interactive web resource for arts management professionals.

The Kennedy Center also offers internship and fellowship programs, exposing arts professionals to various facets of arts management.

"Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative" is funded by Helen Lee Henderson and Adrienne Arsht.

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Midwestern art show/road trip

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago; a show devoted to Midwestern contemporary art that also features Indy's Artur Silva. Here's hoping the show is more interesting than its title.

HEARTLAND

October 1, 2009 — January 17, 2010

Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Exhibition presents new and innovative work by artists who are redefining the cultural terrain of the American Heartland.

The University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art presents Heartland, a new exhibition that examines innovative forms of artistic creation taking place in the geographic center of the United States. Organized by the Smart Museum and the Van Abbemuseum, one of Europe's premier contemporary art institutions, the exhibition illuminates a diverse assembly of artists who are responding to the world around them and reshaping it in unexpected ways.

On view from October 1, 2009 to January 17, 2010, Heartland features site-specific installations and performances as well as drawing, photography, and video by artists and artist groups who are working in - and in response to - Detroit, Kansas City, and other cities and rural communities across the region. The artists and artist groups - both denizens of the region and outside artists-in-residence - include Carnal Torpor, Cody Critcheloe, Jeremiah Day, Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop, Design 99, Scott Hocking, Kerry James Marshall, Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor, Greely Myatt, Marjetica Potr?, Julika Rudelius, Artur Silva, Deb Sokolow, and Whoop Dee Doo.

Much of the work on view was discovered as the exhibition curators - Charles Esche and Kerstin Niemann from the Van Abbemuseum and Stephanie Smith from the Smart Museum - embarked on a series of road trips throughout the American Heartland. Infused with the spirit of the open road, Heartland presents the unfettered, alternative visions of artists whose work challenges our understandings of place, community, and the role of contemporary art in shaping our changing world.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

For high-resolution images of works in the exhibition, please contact C.J. Lind at 773.702.0176 or visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/pressroom.

In 2007 and 2008, the Heartland curators, eschewing traditional research methods, set out on a series of old-fashioned road trips through the vast center of the United States. During the trips, they explored the independent networks of cultural production that are thriving outside of traditional centers of artistic creation. (The curators documented these experiences in a research blog, http://heartland.vanabbe.nl.)

The road trips informed two distinct exhibitions. The first presentation, which opened in October 2008 at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, sought to uncover new ways of thinking about the American interior during the U.S. presidential election and gave European audiences access to a broad survey of the Heartland's culture, art, and music. The second, reconceived presentation at the Smart Museum, offers U.S. audiences a more focused look at an inventive selection of artists who are responding to and remaking the world around them. Together, the two presentations offer a richly layered reading of artistic production that is connected to and yet on the periphery of the global contemporary art world.

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW and SECTIONS

Responding to the Van Abbemuseum's kaleidoscopic survey of regional art and music, the Smart Museum of Art's presentation of Heartland focuses on ideals of resourcefulness and invention. The exhibition balances a select group of works from across the wider region with deeper explorations of interrelated groups of artists working in Detroit and Kansas City. Like Chicago, these cities have proven particularly hospitable to artists who approach their work with a do-it-yourself sensibility that the curators describe as "making the world you want to live in." Heartland will premiere new commissions and present recent works by artists and artist groups active in these areas, featuring performances and sculptural installations that echo Heartland's overarching theme of community by inviting viewer participation. The exhibition concludes with an epilogue that leads visitors into a related display featuring Chicago-based artists in the Smart's permanent collection.

Introduction: Visitors to the Smart Museum will be greeted by two major works that suggest Heartland's breadth of subject matter, media, and perspective. The Brazilian-born, Indianapolis-based artist Artur Silva brings an immigrant's perspective to Decadence Avec Elegance (2009), a rainbow-hued digital collage that will be presented in the Smart's outdoor sculpture garden. Memphis-based sculptor Greely Myatt makes playful reference to intensive agricultural labor in the large-scale Cleave (2008), which will be installed on the grand wall of the Museum's reception hall. Artists featured: Artur Silva and Greely Myatt.

Detroit: Finding resources where others have generally only seen decay, the Detroit-based artists featured here transform the underused buildings and vacant lots of the city's depopulated urban landscapes into optimistic, socially engaged works of art. One example of this worldview can be seen in the work of Design 99, a husband-and-wife team who use their storefront space as a base for a range of activities that make inventive use of local resources. For the exhibition, Design 99 hit the road to create a new work. Built from materials gathered during road trips to independent art spaces around the region, Heartland Machine (2009) transforms the empty framework of an old boat into a portable and expandable sculpture. Artists featured: Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop, Design 99, Scott Hocking, and Marjetica Potr?.

Kansas City: If Heartland's Detroit artists adapt the world as it is, the artists seen in this section are working to restructure the world entirely. A proponent of this aesthetic is Whoop Dee Doo, the artist-led dance and variety show central to an emerging community of artists' groups in the city. The Smart will present Whoop Dee Doo's first museum commission. In a performance at the Experimental Station on October 2, the artists will partner with homegrown Chicago talent to present a kid-friendly faux public access television show. Whoop Dee Doo will also create a sculptural installation within the Smart, featuring a scale model of the set and video outtakes from the performance. Artists featured: Carnal Torpor, Cody Critcheloe, and Whoop Dee Doo.

Radical Center: This section considers the region's legacy of progressive social and civil rights movements. The Midwest Radical Culture Corridor (MRCC), for example, is a far-flung group of artists, writers, and thinkers whose work illuminates the interconnectivity between rural communities and global concerns. For the exhibition, the MRCC's Compass Group will map regional energy- and food-related infrastructure through an installation at the Museum as well as a text-and-image piece that will be circulated to wider audiences within AREA magazine. Artists featured: Compass Group working in the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor, Jeremiah Day, and Kerry James Marshall.

Epilogue: Heartland concludes with two works that offer distinct counterpoints to the optimism of the central exhibition while exploring what happens when one ventures out of the Heartland. The epilogue features Deb Sokolow's text-and-image wall drawing Dear Trusted Associate (2008—2009). The work's paranoid narrator - the artist's alter ego - investigates conspiracies that lurk just beneath the surface of daily life, first in Chicago, then on a journey to Eindhoven, and finally back home in the Heartland. In collaboration with the Smart Museum and Chicago Public Schools, Sokolow will be an artist-in-residence at Daniel Boone Elementary School during fall 2009. Artists featured: Deb Sokolow and Julika Rudelius.

Related works from Chicago: This related installation reflects the Smart Museum's long-standing commitment to innovative presentations that situate Chicago-based art within a global context - a commitment grounded by a significant permanent collection featuring Chicago artists from the 1950s to the present. Sokolow's wall drawing will act as a hinge between the exhibition and this presentation, which suggests connections between Heartland and the exhibitions and ephemera produced by the Chicago Imagists.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Additional educational programs, including lectures, tours, and family activities will be announced in the near future.

Thursday, October 1, 5:30—7:30 pm

Opening Reception and Special Performances

Celebrate the opening of Heartland and explore the new and innovative work being made in the middle of the United States. The evening features an in-gallery performance by Jeremiah Day and a special guest appearance by members of Whoop Dee Doo.

Saturday, October 2, 2 pm

Whoop Dee Doo

Experimental Station,6100 S. Blackstone Ave

The artist-led dance and variety show Whoop Dee Doo performs live. Join Whoop Dee Doo and local Chicago talent as they present a kid-friendly faux public access television show with a colorful set, wild costumes, and tons of dancing.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

While this publication stems from the Heartland exhibitions, it is much more than an art catalogue. Contributors - including novelist Dave Eggers, scholar Hasan Kwame Jeffries, and journalist Rebecca Solnit - explore the region through topics ranging from art to music to urban farming to political history. An illustrated section introduces all of the artists involved in both iterations of Heartland, including established figures like Kerry James Marshall and exuberant newcomers like Whoop Dee Doo. An appendix surveys the lively state of independent and artist-run cultural initiatives from New Orleans to Detroit. With essays by: John Corbett and Frank Veenstra, Joshua Decter, Dave Eggers, Charles Esche, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Andria Lisle, Hesse McGraw, Kerstin Niemann, Stephanie Smith, Rebecca Solnit, Matthew Strauss, Dan S. Wang, and Matt Weiland. Distributed by the University of Chicago Press, the book will be available this autumn at the Smart Museum Shop.

PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven | October 3, 2008 — February 8, 2009

The Heartland project in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, consisted of a group exhibition in the Van Abbemuseum together with a musical program in the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips. It included ancillary events, such as debates, lectures, a photo exhibition, a magazine, and an artists-in-residence program. The Heartland project was an ambitious collaboration between the Van Abbemuseum and the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips in Eindhoven, with the Smart Museum of Art as an American partner. Heartland in Eindhoven took place from October 3, 2008 until February 8, 2009.

For more information about Heartland in Eindhoven and to view the online version of the Heartland magazine, please visit http://heartlandeindhoven.nl.

CREDITS

Heartland is curated by Charles Esche, Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Kerstin Niemann, Research Curator at the Van Abbemuseum, and Stephanie Smith, Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum of Art. The exhibition is co-organized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Major funding for the Smart Museum's presentation of Heartland was provided by Janis Kanter and Thomas McCormick and the Kanter Family Foundation. Generous support was also provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and the University of Chicago Arts Council. Major support for the Heartland project was made available by Mondriaan Stichting, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

ABOUT THE SMART MUSEUM OF ART

As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art takes a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to the collection, display, and interpretation of art. Founded in 1974, the Smart Museum is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a permanent collection that spans five thousand years of artistic creation. Working in close collaboration with scholars from the University of Chicago, the Smart has established itself as a leading academic art museum and an engine of adventurous thinking about the visual arts and their place in society.

ABOUT THE VAN ABBEMUSEUM

The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven is one of Europe's leading museums for contemporary art. The museum's extensive international collection of around 2,700 works of art includes key works by Lissitzky, Picasso, Kokoschka, Chagall, Beuys and McCarthy. The museum has an experimental approach towards the issues of art and society. Openness, hospitality and knowledge exchange are important to the Van Abbemuseum. We stimulate ourselves and visitors to think about a range of subjects, like the role of the collection as a cultural 'memory' or the museum as a public place. International cooperation and exchange have made the Van Abbemuseum a place for creative cross-fertilization. A source of surprise, inspiration and imagination.

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