First Friday itinerary, Dec. 2013 

Toyin Odutola, Hold It In Your Mouth a Little Longer (at iMOCA through Jan. 25)
  • Toyin Odutola, "Hold It In Your Mouth a Little Longer" (at iMOCA through Jan. 25)
We'll open this week's rundown with iMOCA, the locus for a lot of activity this month. First off, you have Phil Kline's Unsilent Night, a parade of boombox-wielding, ambient music-deploying carolers making two trips through downtown: leaving from iMOCA at 6:30 p.m. (preceded by a 6 p.m. opening reception in the museum), and from 410 Massachusetts Ave. (the pocket park adjacent BRU Burger and Starbucks) at 8 p.m. You are, of course, invited to bring your own portable music-making device; organizers will provide a CD or cassette, or participants can download a free Unsilent Night app. More info about the local edition here - and check out the official site to get a sense of the international scope of Unsilent Night, celebrated since 1992.

But wait, there's more inside of iMOCA. Two shows: in the front room, The Highwaymen, featuring work by 26 Florida-based African-American landscape artists who created over 200,000 works over 35-plus years, selling them door to door and from the trunks of their cars. And in the back, The Constant Struggle: Toyin Odutola, featuring ballpoint pen portraiture by a 28-year-old Nigerian artist named by the visual arts experts (maybe they are?) at Forbes magazine a "30 Under 30" art and design up-and-comer. Odutola talked with Interview magazine this week; note the first paragraph mention of iMOCA as the host of her first museum exhibition. And here's more on the Highwaymen, from NPR.

Works by Barbara Zech (vases) and Lon Hall included in Grey Gardens at the Harrison Center for the Arts.
  • Works by Barbara Zech (vases) and Lon Hall included in 'Grey Gardens' at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

Now for a few other good bets:

Stutz holiday open house
The Stutz is opening up this First Friday for what it calls a "holiday version of its annual open house," featuring open studio hours for 30-some artists, an exhibition in the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery including giftable small and large works - and starting from 7 p.m., the bicycle selection ceremony for reCYCLE pARTS II, a juried art show coming up in May 2014. Artists will draw numbers, then select an entire used bike that piques their interest; all art in the show must be created using three pieces from said bike.
Stutz Business Center, Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m.

Toys
It's the 11th go-round for Toys, Primary Gallery's exhibition of toy-inspired work that's often but not necessarily playful or funny and charming.
Primary Gallery, opens Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m.

TINY II
Purportedly back by popular demand at Gallery 924 is TINY, a show made up of hundreds of original pieces, each 216 square inches or smaller, most available for $100 or less.
Gallery 924, Dec. 6-Jan. 3 (opens Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m.)

Grey Gardens
The color of the month is grey; the film of the month is Grey Gardens, the Maysles' (about whom we are mad) documentary about the eccentric, lovable perhaps tragic mother-daughter shut-in duo of Big Edie and Little Edie, related to Jackie O. Expect plenty of grey oddities in the Harrison Gallery and Annex. Plus: INDIEana Handicraft Exchange in the gym, Jed Dorsey in City Gallery and Borshoff and Herron's annual show in Gallery No. 2.
The Harrison Center for the Arts, Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m.

Marta Blades
Director for 30 years of Editions Limited Gallery, the now Winston-Salem-based Marta Blades returns to Indy this week for a solo show showcasing her work this year.
Arch at Chatham, Dec. 6, 4-9 p.m. and Dec. 7, noon-6 p.m.

Celebration of Nature
And here's one more gift-centric exhibition: Eagle Creek Park's 26th annual Celebration of Nature, featuring photography, woodcarving, oil and watercolors by local artists and inspired by the natural world.
Earth Discovery Center at Eagle Creek Park, Dec. 7-15

Samuel E Vazquez: Our Romance Cannot Last
Graffiti artist turned abstract expressionist Samuel E Vazquez says his upcoming IUPUI solo show will be his last in Indy.
IUPUI Cultural Arts Gallery, Dec. 4-Jan. 3 (opens Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m.)

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