VISUAL EVENTS A Very Special Christmas with Dan Wakefield Dec. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m. NUVO CVA winner and renowned author, Dan Wakefield will have a reception for a re-release of his novel Under the Apple Tree. The story is based off of Wakefield’s childhood in Indianapolis during World War II. One of Wakefield’s most vivid memories of the time was MICHELLE CRAIG / FILE PHOTO sitting on his porch Dan Wakefield. with binoculars looking for German airplanes above the Indy skyline. The event will also have music by The Sophie Faught Trio and refreshments courtesy of Hawthorne Publishing. The Benton House, 312 S. Downey Ave. TINY IV. A Really Big Show Dec. 4, 6-10 p.m. and Dec. 5-Jan. 8. Gallery 924’s annual show features over 100 central Indiana artists with more than 200 pieces of original art. The hook is they are all 6”x6”x6” or smaller. The artwork ... not the artists. The small scale work can often hold as much detail as some of 924’s larger shows. TINY is the perfect opportunity to begin a collection of original art of your own, encourage a new collector with a gift of original art, or discover new artists. Gallery 924 at the Arts Council, 924 N. Pennsylvania St., FREE Art Bäks portable art show Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. Chris Dance will be curating the first show of the new portable art space Art Bäks. The urban show will be near the Mass Ave. Starbucks and will show the interactive installations of Chad Hankins and more. Mulitple locations, FREE Black Tie artist reception / open studio night Dec. 4, 6-10 p.m. The Harrison Center for the Arts has its annual holiday Black Tie party. Feel free to dress the part. The show is actually a color-themed group show with over 75 local artists. That same night the City Gallery will be showing Genna Pianki; Religion, Spirituality & the Arts in Gallery No. 2; and the Abstract Group Show in Hank & Dolly’s; along with the 26 open studios throughout the Center. Go to Tinker Street for dinner beforehand and make it a night. Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware, FREE
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GENDER ROLES AND GUERILLA ART Ball State grad students using art to examine societal biases
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ake him handsome.” “Make her beautiful.” “Make me amazing.” These are all statements that will be plastered on mannequins during December’s First Friday. And the implications have been on Elise Lockwood’s mind for the last few months. Lockwood is in the first semester of a new graduate program at Ball State University, an advanced degree in Emerging Media Design and Development. The program uses design, multimedia and art to find new approaches to storytelling. As a final project for one of the classes, her group is putting together a pop-up art show about gender roles that will make its way to Fountain Square and Mass Ave. The group is setting up three mannequins; each with a rack of clothes next to it and a sign with the “make them …” statements listed above. “[They’re] gendered, gendered and non-gendered,” says Lockwood referring to each of the three. Her group (Sean May, Elise Lockwood, Emily Cornetet, and Jared Lynch) has spent the last few weeks conducting 78 interviews. They also utilized surveys, bumping the total to over 200 people involved in the entire process. “When we asked people to write down the top three problems that the gender binary caused, physical appearance came up in 60 something of the 200 people we asked, and 150 of those were sort of related to it,” says Lockwood. “You know like, ‘men have to be stronger than women,’ or something like that.” How people interact with the mannequins will be documented as well. The group has chosen locations where it won’t be immediately clear that the installation is about gender (unless you read NUVO of course). Each one will be far enough removed that they will be individually experienced. They will also be documenting the outfits on each through the >>>
W H E N : D E C . 4 , 7 -10 :3 0 P . M . WHERE: THREE MANNEQUINS WILL HAVE RACKS OF CLOTHES AROUND FOUNTAIN SQUARE AND WILL CHANGE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT.
WHEN: DEC. 5, 7 :3 0 -8:3 0 P . M . WHERE: ONE MANNEQUIN WILL BE AT THE TOOLBOX
An example of what the installations will look like. SUBMITTED PHOTO