Falling leaves, meditation, colored string... is this heaven? 

A previous Ball/Nogues creation
  • A previous Ball/Nogues creation

In the style of NUVO's calendar categories, here are some arts-and-entertainment events coming up at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA; 4000 N. Michigan Road) in September. Some are weeks away but they sound so darn cool that I just can't help myself:

Festivals+Special Events

Dude. Penrod. That is all.

Performance Arts

On September 22, Leaf Collective: An Autumn Equinox Concert, billed as "a kinetic performance in the woods," will take place in the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion at 7:00 p.m. The free event is presented by Pharm Accident, Big Car Gallery’s performance group. You can't get much more poetic than a symphony based on falling leaves.


Every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the museum offers meditation hikes (both silent and voiced) that travel through the grounds and gardens. I went to the IMA a few times with writing classes and I can say sitting on the benches, all protected by the greenery, is a luscious way to spend time. Moving through those spaces while working to better understand the self sounds pretty great. Everyone gathers at the Efroymson Entrance Pavilion.

Visual Arts+Museums

Um... all of it. Among the museum's myriad choices of things to do, there are ongoing exhibitions on display until after the first of the year. Selections include "Shots in the Dark: Photos by Weegee the Famous," "Drawings to Prints," and "The Viewing Project: The Pleasures of Uncertainty." There's also "The Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji," which I wrote about here.

Written+Spoken Word

Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, the gentlemen behind Los Angeles-based designer/architecture firm Ball-Nogue Studio, will talk about their installation, Gravity’s Loom, on September 2 at 7:00 p.m. Any talk discussing art, design, architecture, and multicolored string has GOT to be interesting. At least enough to go out to one of the gardens and start meditating. Ball and Nogue will speak in The Toby. The event is free, but a ticket is required.

So there you go. This is but a taste of what the IMA has to offer. Visit www.imamuseum.org or call 317-923-1331 for more information.

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