iMOCA reopens with 


Is iMOCA (the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art) really a “museum,” a nifty gallery or an organizing principle that enables cool things to happen? The question arises because, for the past two months, the gallery space at 340 N. Senate Ave. has been undergoing a makeover, extending the area available for exhibits, blocking natural light and reconfiguring office space.

July 13, iMOCA will hold a grand re-opening featuring Robert Boyd’s four-part installation, Xanadu, from 6-10 p.m. Boyd is a New York-based artist who uses rapid editing to combine images from vintage documentary films, TV and Internet clips and cartoons into a history of apocalyptic thought. Trigger Magazine called Xanadu a “horrific Disney-esque thrill ride accompanied by an Ecstasy-laden, cocktail-dripping ... disco beat.” Xanadu has previously been seen in London, Beijing and New York.

Boyd will be on hand, as will the Naptown Roller Girls, a lineup of DJs and food from the Jazz Kitchen. Then Boyd will appear at an informal Q&A on Saturday at noon. Xanadu runs through Sept. 1. For more information, visit


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