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AUTUMN 2015

A CELEBRATION OF CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSION CONVERSATIONS

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A MONTANA ARTISTS UTOPIA P4 A BIGGER, BETTER JINGLE RAILS P5 BLAKE LITTLE HITS THE ROAD P11


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Patrons place their bids during opening weekend of the 10th anniversary Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale.

Celebrating 10 years of Quest for the West The 10th anniversary Quest for the West ® Art Show and Sale was a success! This year, the annual event generated nearly $1.2 million dollars for the museum and artists. Opening weekend activities kicked off Sept. 11 and attracted more than 300 collectors and art enthusiasts to the Eiteljorg to meet and purchase the work of 50 of the most celebrated Western artists in the country. To commemorate Quest’s milestone anniversary, the weekend featured a first-ever event—a live auction of a painting by artist Martin Grelle that netted more than $155,000.

Artist DG House wraps up a second residency When Montana artist, DG House (Cherokee of NE Alabama) speaks, people listen. A consummate storyteller, DG once again captivated audiences of school children, university students, museum visitors and seniors in the Indianapolis community during her three-week residency at the museum in October. Her enthralling tale of the 1876 Battle of the Greasy Grass (also known as the Battle of Little Big Horn), told from both the Native and U.S. Cavalry perspectives, illustrated the importance of Native American ledger art in documenting historical events. Students and adult learners were inspired to tell their own stories through ledger art and left with a fresh perspective on the battle.

On the cover: Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation) Undulations (Red), 2012, waxed cloth, nuts, bolts, welded steel, 48 x 80 x 7 in. Collection: Eiteljorg Museum. Image courtesy of the artist.

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER Donors make a difference at the Eiteljorg Friends, In the last issue of Storyteller, James Nottage, vice president and chief curatorial officer, wrote about a historic collection of Native and Western art, given by an anonymous donor to the Eiteljorg Museum. I am honored now to share the name of our benefactor with you. Late businessman Kenneth S. “Bud” Adams, owner of the Tennessee Titans, generously willed his collection of Western paintings and Native American artifacts to our institution. The multi-million dollar Kenneth S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams Collection, formerly housed in the Adams’ Houston home and office, includes significant paintings by Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, N. C. Wyeth, Thomas Moran and more of the most notable painters of the West. The collection also

contains Plains Indian beadwork, clothing and hundreds of other Native American artifacts. It is one of the largest and most important gifts of Western and Native art the Eiteljorg has received since its founding in 1989. The Adams Collection will enrich the museum and its offerings to the public in a meaningful way. And we are profoundly grateful for this generosity. Donors have been invaluable to the life of the museum. We rely on the generosity of the community, in part, to build our world-renowned art collection, to support our educational programs and to keep our building functioning. If you appreciate what we do at the Eiteljorg Museum—iconic events like the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship (Page 2) or new things like

The Sails along the Downtown Canal or our new Juneteenth celebration—know that you make them possible. You will notice an envelope affixed to the left of this letter. I hope that you will use it to contribute to our Annual Fund and help the Eiteljorg Museum continue doing the work that led the Adams family to entrust their coveted collection to us and the Indianapolis community. Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate it. We have accomplished a lot this year, but there is much more to come. I hope to see you soon. Sincerely,

John Vanausdall President and CEO Eiteljorg Museum Curator Scott Shoemaker and collections assistant Rebekah Ryan examine baskets donated recently by K. S. “Bud” Adams.

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2015 Fellowship starts a Conversation by Jennifer Complo McNutt and Ashley Holland (Cherokee) Since its creation, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship has awarded 50 artists a total of more than one million dollars in direct support, produced nine exhibitions with accompanying scholarly catalogues, added by purchase more than 200 works of art to the permanent collection and promoted contemporary Native art and artists to a broad audience. The 2015 Fellowship, Conversations, marks the ninth round of the program and the continuing tradition of Native expression. This year’s fellows are Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation), Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/Nisga’a), Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee), and invited artist Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui). 2

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Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee) setting up her piece, Retracing the Trace, 2015, cord, ink, pastel, dimensions variable. Collection: Eiteljorg Museum. Photography by Hadley Fruits. Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui) The Conversation, 2004, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 84 x 144 inches. Collection: Eiteljorg Museum. Photography by Hadley Fruits.

Luzene Hill is a conceptual artist specializing in installation, sculpture and drawing. She has exhibited throughout the southeast United States and contributed to the exhibition, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservations 3, produced by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Her work has evolved over the years from a two-dimensional medium to performance and installation that is conceptual in nature with the continuing theme of silence, which plays a part in all of her expression. Autumn 2015

Brenda Mallory is a Portland, OR-based sculptor whose work can often take the form of large-scale installations. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, such as the Oregon Arts Commission’s Career Opportunity Grant and a project grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland. Mallory’s sculptures incorporate natural materials such as cotton and wax with more industrial implements such as nuts and bolts. (continued on page 9)

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PROGRAMMING Out West with the Women of Basin: A Montana Artists Utopia by Gregory Hinton Can dreams bring us home? ‘Dream’ is the theme for Indy’s 2015 Spirit and Place Festival and “Out West at the Eiteljorg” is bringing Montana-born jazz vocalist and trombonist, MJ Williams, to answer that very question. Beckoned by the music scenes of 1960s San Francisco and Seattle, Williams headed for the coastal west, which ultimately proved not to be a great fit. In 1971, missing Montana, MJ, along with her life partner and two friends, returned to the mountains she loved, settling in the historic mining town of Basin (pop. 212). Basin’s crisp air, rushing rivers, and dense national forest proved an immediate antidote for the caffeinated cacophony of Seattle. Several abandoned turn-ofthe-century houses offered inexpensive sanctuary and potential income, if fixed up. The historic mercantile Hewitt

Building on Basin’s Main Street, with its beveled windows and large airy rooms could be converted into artist studios. MJ and her friends envisioned an arts utopia, where diverse artists from all over the world might converge in Montana’s Rocky Mountains to make art. Ceremoniously writing down the dream, they read it aloud, burning it in a roaring campfire. It would take nearly two decades for the Montana Artists Refuge to be born. First, they were nearly broke and needed to support themselves. As sculptors and set designers, they could swing a mallet, install drywall and paint a backdrop. That said, basic contracting supplies were required. And they didn’t own the property. Odd jobs and a chance $6,000 inheritance gave them a start. Another obstacle presented itself in the form of a local pastor and his flock, deeply

fearful of four strong women openly living life on their own terms. A shunning was decreed. Physical threats were made. MJ and her friends stuck close. Then, their offer to paint murals in the new church ultimately softened the hearts of the community. In 1991, the Montana Artists Refuge opened its doors, nurturing more than 300 artists over the years—painters, dancers, writers and musicians—from as far away as Poland and China. When she’s not performing in France, MJ religiously works in her music studio and plays local gigs around Montana. The Stone House she and her friends tastefully restored is now a popular Montana Bed & Breakfast. If a pipe bursts during her studio time, MJ Williams puts down her trombone, grabs a wrench and fixes it. Another day on the mountain.

MJ Williams and her trombone

A Montana Artists Utopia: Out West With The Women Of Basin— a Spirit & Place event Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Discussion led by Gregory Hinton followed by a jazz performance by MJ Williams and a dream-sharing activity.

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FEATURE Expect to be wowed by new Jingle Rails additions by Hyacinth Rucker Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a one-ofa-kind G-scale train display illustrating a journey from Indianapolis to the West, past intricate re-creations of American icons, has become an Indianapolis family tradition. In this sixth year of the popular winter locomotive wonderland, the Eiteljorg will reveal exciting new additions: Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam and, for the first time ever, a train will speed from inside the museum’s Clowes Court, over the heads of visitors, into Eagle Commons. The construction of the new features took place at Alexandria, KY-based Applied Imagination (AI) where designer Paula

have been one of her most challenging projects. “I have to build it [so] the hexagonal pieces can all come apart, yet fit back [together] like a glove,” she said. “Just like a puzzle.” (continued on page 10)

Edwards started working on the Vegas and Hoover Dam additions in April 2015. Edwards, an 11-year veteran of AI, knows from experience that projects like Jingle Rails require extensive research on the locations to be re-created. Once the research was completed, Edwards’ task was to replicate the locations in detail, at a fraction of their original size. She shared that this year’s Jingle Rails additions

JINGLE RAILS

THE GREAT WESTERN ADVENTURE

NOV 21 – JAN 18

Paula Edwards

Highlights: • Seven ultra-sized G-scale/ gauge model trains • More than1,200 feet of track • Thirteen overhead walkunder bridges • More than 30 features including the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Lucas Oil Stadium, One America Tower, Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, Old Faithful geyser (It actually erupts!), Golden Gate Bridge, The Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Normandy Barn and, new this year, Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Strip

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Paula Edwards at Applied Imagination works on a model of the Hoover Dam—one of the additions to this year’s expanded version of Jingle Rails.

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CALENDAR

Visit www.eiteljorg.org for details or call (317) 275-1310 to register or purchase tickets. All events are included with general admission unless otherwise noted. Parking is free when visiting the museum, café or museum store unless otherwise noted. Saturday

Sunday

12:30 p.m.–3 p.m. More than Frybread film screening and frybread competition Join us for a screening of More than Frybread, a comedy about 22 Native American frybread makers, representing all 22 federally-recognized tribes in Arizona, as they compete for the inaugural Arizona Frybread Championship. After the film, stick around for the inaugural Indiana Collegiate Frybread competition where representatives from local universities will mix, knead, roll and fry it out to be named Indiana Collegiate Frybread Champion. Meet team members and sample frybread from each team, then cast your vote for the best. The team with the most votes will be crowned the Indiana Collegiate Frybread Champion and awarded the coveted Golden Frybread Award.

2 p.m.–4 p.m. A Montana Artists Utopia: Out West With The Women Of Basin— a Spirit & Place event Hear the story of Montana jazz artist MJ Williams and how she, her partner, and friends created the Montana Artists Refuge. Gregory Hinton —creator and producer of Out West™, a national program series dedicated to LGBT history in the American West— will lead a guided discussion (see page 4). Following the discussion, enjoy a jazz performance by Williams and a dream-sharing activity. Pre-registration by calling 317.275.1310 is strongly encouraged, but not required.

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Saturdays

DG House

OCT 17, 24

1 p.m.–4 p.m. Meet artist-in-residence, DG House (Cherokee of NE Alabama) Meet contemporary Native American artist DG House, learn about her culture, and watch her demonstrate mixed media and painting techniques. Wednesday

OCT 21

7 p.m. Tracing Roots: A Weaver’s Journey with Delores Churchhill (Haida) and filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein Master weaver Delores Churchill goes on a journey to understand the origins of a spruce root hat found with a 300-year-old traveler in a retreating glacier in Northern Canada. In partnership with the School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI.

Saturday

OCT 31

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free Admission Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Eiteljorg Museum with partner Nopal Cultural (an Indianapolis-based Latino-American arts organization) and enjoy free admission. Watch performances, create art, check out ofrendas (altars) designed by local artists and organizations, shop at the Mercado (marketplace), enjoy a Catrina parade and so much more. Visit the Día de los Muertos Contemporary Photography and Altar Exhibition by Nopal Cultural, on display Oct. 12 through Nov. 1.

NOV 8

This event is in collaboration with the 2015 Spirit & Place Festival (#SPIndy). This festival reaches 20,000 people each year through dozens of “never before seen” programs that promote growth of the human spirit.

Friday–Sunday

OCT 23–25

(Fri, Sun) Noon–5 p.m. (Sat) 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Inuit art trunk show For three days only, the museum will host the Iqaluit Arts Studio of Canada’s Nunavut Territory, making available a wide selection of Inuit paintings, tapestries, sculptures and jewelry, ranging in price from $50 to $20,000. 6

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Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/ Cherokee) Belonging (detail), 2014, bronze and geode. Collection: Eiteljorg Museum. Photography by Hadley Fruits.

Friday

NOV 13

5:30 p.m.–Midnight Contemporary Art Fellowship opening celebration and party Hosted By Agave Celebrate the opening of the Eiteljorg’s Contemporary Art Fellowship, Conversations. The museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners and recognize their artistic accomplishments. Later in the evening, guests can party through the night at the Contemporary Arts Party featuring nationally recognized Native American blues and rock band, Indigenous, plus Native American hip-hop artist, Supaman and DJ Kyle Long. Tickets are available for purchase at cap2015.eventbrite.com.

Sunday

NOV 22 Thursday & Sunday

Dec. 3 & 6 Holiday photo sessions inside Jingle Rails 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Donate at least $50 to the museum in support of educational programming to reserve your private mini-session in Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure with a local professional photographer. To make your donation, please visit https://causes.com/ eiteljorgmuseum. For gifts greater than $100, please call 317.275.1333. After your donation is processed, you will be contacted with available session dates and times. Friday & Saturday

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Saturday

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thanksgiving Weekend Celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend at the Eiteljorg. Meet artist-in-residence Katrina Mitten (Miami) and learn about her beadwork and Miami culture. Visit Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, create art, and see the museum’s annual holiday display, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure.

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10 a.m.–5 p.m. Winter Market Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the annual art market, which features hand-made one-of-a-kind art. Monday

JAN 18

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free Admission Martin Luther King Jr. Day Admission to the Eiteljorg Museum and other White River State Park (WRSP) venues is FREE on this day with the donation of a non-perishable food item to Gleaners Food Bank. Drop off your donation at any WRSP institution and experience all the park has to offer.

NOV 21

All Day Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure opens Be one of the first to experience the Eiteljorg’s popular holiday exhibit and three new additions this year: Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, and for the first time, the chugging trains will spill out into the hallway leading into the locomotive wonderland. We’re adding new programs and events all the time. Visit www. eiteljorg.org and sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on Eiteljorg Museum happenings. Autumn 2015

Saturdays, 1–3 p.m. Storytelling Meet storyteller, Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.

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AGAVE Young professionals kick off Fellowship by Sarah Farthing The Eiteljorg and guests will fete this year’s Fellowship artists (see pg. 2) with two can’t-miss celebrations on Friday, Nov. 13: Conversation Celebration! (Tickets $40) and the Contemporary Arts Party (Tickets $15). Beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Conversation Celebration!, our five Fellowship artists will be honored in a formal program, followed by a performance by popular Native blues rock band, Indigenous. At 8 p.m., we turn up the music (And the fun!) at the Contemporary Arts Party, featuring Native hip hop artist

Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship 2015 CONVERSATIONS CELEBRATION! FRIDAY NOV 13 5:30–7:30 p.m. • Ribbon cutting and official opening of the exhibition • Cocktails and contemporary cuisine by Kahn’s Catering • Presentation of the 2015 Eiteljorg Fellows • Performance by Native blues rock group Indigenous CONTEMPORARY ARTS PARTY 8 p.m.–Midnight • Performances by Indigenous and Native hip-hop artist Supaman and DJ Kyle Long • Hands-on creative opportunities with local art partners • Complimentary snacks, adult beverage samples and cash bar

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Pictured (left to right) Erinn Wold, Shae LeDune, Maria Keyler, Brian Cusimano, Trevor Bruner, Taylor Whitaker and Jasmin French.

Supaman, DJ Kyle Long and more from Indigenous. We’ll keep the party going until midnight. The evening, filled with provocative art and eclectic performances, was conceived by the museum’s young professional’s auxiliary, AGAVE, which is dedicated to engaging young professionals and developing the next generation of Eiteljorg visitors and leadership. Led by an executive board, three executive committee chairs and an executive auxiliary board, AGAVE’s general membership has more than tripled over the past two years! Learn more about Fellowship opening events and purchase tickets, including special $45 member bundles, at: http://cap2015.eventbrite.com.

Want more from AGAVE? At 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, AGAVE will host a happy hour and 2016 membership mixer, featuring a private evening inside Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. The evening is free for AGAVE members, $10 for non-members, and will include complimentary food and adult beverages. For tickets, please visit: http://agavejr.eventbrite.com. General individual AGAVE membership is $30 annually and includes free admission to all AGAVE-hosted happy hours and events as well as all the privileges associated with general museum membership. For further information about AGAVE membership, visit: http://www.eiteljorg.org/ support/agave.

Co-President: Brian Cusimano Nexus Group Co-President: Trevor Bruner First Financial Bank Fundraising Chair: Taylor Whitaker Sycamore School Marketing Chair: Maria Keyler Indiana Blood Center Special Projects & Events Chair: Shae LeDune Indiana Railroad Company Executive Committee Auxiliary Members: Jasmin French Ice Miller LLP Justin Paicely City of Indianapolis Justin Sufan Indianapolis Power & Light Company Sarah Tagtmeyer Farthing Eiteljorg Museum staff liaison Erinn Wold Eiteljorg Museum

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Da-ka-xeen Mehner is a multimedia artist who uses mediums such as sculpture, installation, photography and film. Mehner’s work demonstrates his direct relationship with his culture. It is often conceptual in nature and engaging to the audience. Mehner was a 2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellow in Visual Arts and he currently works as an assistant professor of Native Arts and Alaska Native Art History at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Holly Wilson is a sculptor and photographer. Wilson has shown throughout the United States and extensively in Oklahoma and Texas. From 2009–2014, she was a member of the Urban Indian 5. Storytelling plays an important part in Wilson’s work and her delicately-small pieces create imaginative narratives much larger than their size. Invited artist Mario Martinez is a Brooklyn-based painter who has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. His work is found in collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Tucson Museum of Art and The Heard Museum. Martinez’s work incorporates ideas of

Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation) Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes (detail), 2015, waxed cloth, hardware, nuts, bolts, steel, various dimensions. Image courtesy of the artist.

place and culture into abstract, large-scale paintings. This Fellowship round’s independent artists selection committee consisted of 2013 Fellow Julie Buffalohead (Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma), former contemporary art curator for the National Museum of the American Indian and 1999 Fellow Truman Lowe (HoChunk), and independent art curator and consultant Mindy Taylor Ross, owner of Art Strategies, LLC. It is from Mario Martinez’s purchased work, The Conversation, that the title for this Fellowship derives. In looking at the Fellows’ work, as studio

visits took place and the exhibition checklist was completed, curators realized that through their work, all of this year’s Fellows were having a conversation of sorts—with themselves, their culture, the past or in hopes of the future. These conversations are an integral part of what makes contemporary Native art so important. They force the viewer to look past misconceptions and stereotypes. They ask for a new reality, a different story, a better world. The work demands to be heard and seen without apology. This is what the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship strives toward: giving a platform to Native artists so that their voices, their important conversations, can be heard by everyone.

Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/Nisga’a) Call and Respond 1 & 2 (details), 2014, wood, rawhide, 20 x 20 x 8 in. (each). Collection: Eiteljorg Museum. Photography by Hadley Fruits.

Holly Wilson (Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma/Cherokee) Masked (detail), 2014, bronze, African mahogany, 22.5 x 3.5 x 4 in. Collection: Eiteljorg Museum. Photography by Hadley Fruits.

Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui) Inside–Outside, 2004, acrylic, charcoal, on canvas, 84 x 132 in. Collection: Eiteljorg Museum. Photography by Hadley Fruits.

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FEATURE (CONTINUED)

Membership Advantages

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In May, Edwards was in the very early stages of creating the Nevada icons. By July, she had re-created an iconic Vegas sign, a billboard, Caesar’s Palace and a wedding chapel with a drive-thru. She also created a pair of dice out of red oak leaves and eucalyptus pods, and poker chips from slices of wood. (You can actually see the rings revealing the age of the tree from which the wood was harvested!) When Jingle Rails opens on Saturday, Nov. 21, Edwards

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Applied Imagination artist working on models for the Vegas Strip addition to Jingle Rails.

says she wants visitors “to feel like, ‘Wow! I’ve been there! That’s what it really looks like!’” She adds that she feels gratified when people are amazed at how the essence of a place, like Vegas, or other Jingle Rails favorites, such as the Grand Canyon or Yosemite

Some of the detail going into the Las Vegas Strip addition to Jingle Rails.

National Park, can be re-created in a small space on a train layout. Whether you are a Jingle Rails newbie or have made the display a holiday tradition, prepare to be wowed by this year’s new additions. The exhibit closes Jan. 18, 2016.

Gifts to the museum from the Forest Fund/William Kortepeter Family and an anonymous donor have funded the additions to Jingle Rails in 2015.

Jingle Rails Volunteers Needed! Since Jingle Rails opened in 2010, nearly 50 volunteers have given over 4,000 hours of service to help maintain this holiday tradition! “Volunteers are the key to a great visitor experience,” volunteer services manager Deborah Kish explains. Volunteers are our train experts. They talk with visitors about trains, maintain the Jingle Rails trains and lines, and help families explore and discover the unique aspects of this magical creation. If you are a model train enthusiast, like working with the public or have a love of the Eiteljorg and want to have a fun and rewarding experience this November, December and January, we could use your help! Jingle Rails opens Nov. 21 and closes Jan. 18, 2016, and volunteers are needed every hour the museum is open during that time. Please contact Deborah Kish at dkish@eiteljorg.com or 317.275.1325 to learn more and to volunteer.

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Give a gift of lasting value —a gift that opens up a world of history, education and exploration! A membership to the Eiteljorg is easy and convenient to purchase—and you’ll be giving a gift that will be treasured, enjoyed and appreciated throughout the year. Your gift recipient will be amazed to see Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, and the exciting new elements that will be added this year—the glittering allure of the Las Vegas strip, and the majesty of Hoover Dam. It will be bigger than ever with an expansion into the hallway, bringing trains flying overhead as visitors approach the exhibit. Also new this year, visitors will be able to interact with Jingle Rails through a kiosk that lets them choose eight different train’s-eye views, allowing them to experience the railway wonderland from within this magical world! Order your GIFT MEMBERSHIP online at www.eiteljorg.org, under the “support” tab or call Sheila Jackson at 317.275.1360.

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UPDATE Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo Hits the Road This summer, Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo began its five-year tour of the country. Through its partnership with the MidAmerica Arts Alliance (MAAA), the Eiteljorg is able to send the exhibit on the road in support of the MAAA’s mission and commitment “to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by

providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services.” Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo opened at its first venue, the Salina Art Center, in Salina, Kansas, on July 5, 2015. The exhibit’s 41 photographs and an accompanying gallery talk by Eiteljorg curator Johanna Blume, on opening night

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo at the Salina Art Center. Image courtesy of the Salina Art Center.

were well-received by the community. The presentation contributed to building new relationships between community organizations including the Salina Art Center and Equality Kansas of North Central, a regional LGBTQ rights advocacy group. During its six-month run at the Eiteljorg, we witnessed first-hand the power of this exhibit to challenge and move our local, urban audience. Blume says, “I was deeply gratified to see it have a similar effect on a smaller, more rural community like Salina.” The next stop for the traveling exhibit is a five-week run at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, in Tucson, Ariz., beginning on Dec. 19, 2015. Blume says, “I look forward to hearing about the ways in which Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo inspires and challenges audiences in Tucson, and beyond.”

Blake Little, Rodeo Partners Gene Hubert and Rick Ferreira, Sun Valley, California, 1991, archival pigment printed on Epson exhibition fiber paper, 30 x 13.5 inches. Collection: Eiteljorg Museum.. Image courtesy of Blake Little.

A UNIQUE HOLIDAY PARTY VENUE We are currently taking reservations for the 2015 holiday season.

Host your holiday party in a locomotive wonderland. Let your guests immerse themselves in an enchanting experience while enjoying delicious cuisine by Kahn’s Catering. Call and speak with one of our professional event planners today! 317.275.1340/317.275.1329 or spacerental@eiteljorg.com.

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MEMBERSHIPS & DONATIONS Thank you to the following donors for memberships and gifts received April 1 to July 31, 2015. Due to space limitations, only contributions of $100 or more are listed—with the exception of annual fund, memorial and honorarium gifts. If your name is not listed as you would like it to be, or if it has been omitted, please accept our apologies and call 317.275.1311. Membership gifts ($100 and over) Vision Circle Cumulative giving for 2015 $25,000 and above Anonymous Chairperson’s Circle Cumulative giving for 2015 $10,000–$24,999 L.G. and Alyce Edwards President’s Society $5,000–$9,999 Joseph and Gita Osborne Marion Wolen Golden Eagle Society $2,500–$4,999 John and Karen Colglazier Lori Efroymson-Aguilera and Sergio Aguilera James and Sara Gutting Terry and Connie Marbach Jim and Jackie Morris Ellen M. Reed Dr. and Mrs. Randall G. Rowland William and Jane Salin Chris and Whitney Trede Eagle Society $1,500–$2,499 Ben and Sandy Blanton Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Borinstein Georgia Buchanan Catherine and Michael Coscia Angie and Dick Darlington James and Rebecca Fehsenfeld Tim Garnett and Peter Slaymaker Perry and Michelle Griffith Brian T. Lee Delores Muller Dr. Ora Pescovitz Jerry and Linda Stark Rosemary Steinmetz Brian and Carrie West Dorothy M. White Dr. Oksana and Peter Withey Mr. and Mrs. Timothy T. Wright Advocate Members $1,000–$1,499 Nancy Dunn Steven and Sharon Klusman Patron Members $500–$999 Toni and Robert Bader John and Dawn Fazli Stephen and Elizabeth Holmes Boris E. Meditch Gail and William Plater Don K. Shuck Ann M. and Chris Stack

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Coming soon

GRAND CANYON OPENS MAR 26 The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder and a national park that draws millions of visitors. Grand Canyon, is a multidisciplinary exhibition filled with art and artifacts about people interacting with this amazing place. This exhibition is the next in the Museum’s popular and highly-successful series of major spring-summer shows. Do not miss it!

Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon, 1917, oil on canvas. Bequest of Kenneth S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams.

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Eiteljorg Museum Storyteller Member Magazine—Autumn 2015