Three essential First Friday stops 

From Wendy Red Stars solo show at iMOCA.
  • From Wendy Red Star's solo show at iMOCA.

Wendy Red Star
iMOCA gets back into action this month with a solo show of new work by Wendy Red Star, a Portland, Oregon-based multimedia artist from a Crow tribal background. She was named an Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow in 2009, when we wrote the following: "Wendy Red Star's 'Fancy Shawl Project' incorporates images that epitomize life on the Crow Indian reservation. From a distance, each of the five tasseled shawls could be construed as brightly colored variations on a traditional theme until, upon closer inspection, photo-transferred images depicting aspects of reservation life emerge: reservation dogs, crackerbox houses, storage cars, basketball, and television sets - subjects not typically associated with fine art, and certainly defying stereotypical images of sacred objects."
iMOCA, opens June 6, 6 p.m.; artist talk June 7, 1 p.m.; up through July 19

Social Photography: Art in Progress
Social Photography, a hybrid show intended to, according to press materials, "inspire a dialog about the roles of photography and art in social media," will open in both the physical and digital realms Friday night. The physical gallery at Indy Indieopens at 6 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. unveiling of the virtual gallery on Instagram at @socphotogallery. Work by twenty photographers from around the globe will be featured in the virtual realm, and those photos will be complemented in the physical world by furniture designed by Herron students. Herron and Indy Indie partnered on the show, with local photographer Aaron Pierce curating.
Indy Indie Artist Colony, opens June 6, 6 p.m.; up through June 27

Indiana Avenue Music Crawl
Start at Bethel AME at 6 p.m. for this music crawl down the Avenue, then stick around as long as you like as the crowd moves through Bourbon Street Distillery, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Memorial, New Orleans on the Avenue, an IUPUI stage, Ransom Place Pocket Park and the Madame Walker Theatre Center. Bands will play outdoors at each venue, and attendees are encouraged to bring along lawn chairs. The crawl was organized by an affinity group holding what they call Monster Meetings, with the hope to, as group member Malina Jeffers writes in Sky Blue Window, "make sure the soul of the area stays intact" against the backdrop of new construction.
June 6, 6-9 p.m. on Indiana Ave.

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