Allora & Calzadilla's 'Body in Flight (Delta)' 

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click to enlarge Sadie Wilhelmi (right) and Kelsie Sexton rehearse "Body in Flight (Delta)" at the IMA.
  • Sadie Wilhelmi (right) and Kelsie Sexton rehearse "Body in Flight (Delta)" at the IMA.

Taken as a whole, Allora and Calzadilla’s exhibition at last year’s Venice Biennale, Gloria, might have packed a satiric wallop about the state of America’s national soul. There was the full-size army tank that doubled as an exercise machine, a pipe organ that functioned as a cash-dispensing ATM.

Popped from the this context and parachuted into the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion, however, “Body in Flight (Delta),” a cartoonish representation of an airliner’s business class seat fabricated from wood, is dismayingly slight. It seems meant to be a commentary on the banality of our high-flying brand of capitalism, but it’s really little more than pretext for a strenuous, 17-minute gymnastics routine, choreographed by Rebecca Davis and performed with technical mastery on opening night by Sadie Wilhelmi. The result was impressive but not truly interesting. But then, that seems to be Allora & Caldzilla’s point. Exhibition performances Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; Fridays at 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays/Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 22.

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