TOURS:

Permanent Collection Tours

The IMA offers free, regularly scheduled tours of the IMA’s permanent collection for all visitors Tuesday through Saturday at 1 p.m.; Fridays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; and Thursdays at 7 p.m. ASL interpreted tours occur each month on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. and third Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tours meet on the second floor near the Welcome Desk. Assistive listening devices are available by request. For a schedule of upcoming public tour topics, visit: www.imamuseum.org/programs/tours.

Special Exhibition Tours

Special exhibition tours ofAi Weiwei: According to What?are available with exhibition admission. Times vary. For a schedule of upcoming tours, visit:www.imamuseum.org/programs/tours.

100 Acres Tours

Saturdays and Sundays, April to October

Noon

Meet at Lake Terrace

Free

Explore art and nature in 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park with a guide.

Garden Walks

Saturdays and Sundays

1 p.m.

Meet at the Lilly House entrance

Free

Guided walks through the IMA‘s gardens are offered April-September. Tours meet at the main visitor entrance to Lilly House.

Family Tours

Saturdays, May 11 and 25

1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Meet on the second floor near the Welcome Desk

Free

Participate in 30-minute docent-facilitated tour of the IMA’s permanent collection. Tours are appropriate for families and children of all ages.

Lilly House Tours

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

2 p.m.

Meet in the Lilly House lower level lobby

Free

The IMA offers free, regularly scheduled tours of Lilly House, the American Country Place Era home of

the late Indianapolis businessman, philanthropist and collector J. K. Lilly, Jr.

Meditation Hikes

Every Friday

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Meet at the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion

Free

Each Friday, the IMA is the site of Meditation Peace Hikes facilitated by Global Peace Initiatives. In the spirit of mindfulness, the hikes move through the IMA’s grounds, gardens, or 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, sometimes in silence and sometimes with dialogue. Hikes occur regardless of the weather. Tours depart promptly at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit globalpeaceinitiatives.net.

EXHIBITIONS:

Ai Weiwei: According to What?

Through July 21

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Noon–5 p.m. Sundays

Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery

$12 Public, Free IMA members

Throughout his career, Ai Weiwei has offered insights into the interrelation between art, society, and individual experience. A major retrospective of the artist’s work, Ai Weiwei: According to What?, includes examples from the broad spectrum of the artist’s practice, from sculpture, photography, and video to site-specific architectural installations.

The exhibition includes new works from Ai Weiwei, including a sculpture made from steel rebar that was salvaged from schools destroyed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The piece points to the inferior construction that caused the schools to collapse, while other buildings remained unscathed. Wenchuan Steel Rebar (2008 – 2012) is a powerful indictment of the Chinese government and a monumental reminder of the many young people who died in the earthquake.

Spencer Finch: Following Nature

Through August 25

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Noon–5 p.m. Sundays

Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion

Free

Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch creates mixed-media installations, photographs and drawings that explore the limits of perception. Bringing together a scientific approach with a nuanced sense of poetics, Finch’s works call attention to various phenomena of the natural world through his investigations of light and color. Finch’s new installation for the IMA’s Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion,Following Nature, is composed of an array of nearly 200 panels of glass suspended from the Pavilion’s ceiling, as a reinterpretation of Claude Monet’s iconic water garden in Giverny, France.

Timeless Beauty

Closes May 5

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Noon–5 p.m. Sundays

Frances Parker Appel Gallery

Free

“Timeless” can refer to something that is not restricted to a particular time period or age. It also describes things that are enduring, ageless and unaffected by time. Using prints from the last three decades of the 18th-century to modern times, spanning the Edo (1600–1868), Meiji (1868–1912), Taisho (1912–1926) and Showa (1926–1989) eras, this exhibition looks at the genre calledbijinga, or pictures of female beauties, from both vantage points. On one hand it allows one to compare which aspects artists from different periods seized upon as markers of feminine grace and attractiveness. On the other, it includes prints that have been damaged over time but that still retain appreciable elements of beauty.

Gabor Peterdi

Through October 13

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Noon–5 p.m. Sundays

Susan and Charles Golden Gallery

Free

This exhibition of 31 prints from the permanent collection features the work of master printmaker Gabor Peterdi (1915–2001). After beginning his career at Stanley William Hayter’s trendsetting Atelier 17 in Paris in 1934, he immigrated to New York at the onset of World War II and settled in the United States permanently, teaching first at Brooklyn Museum School of Art and then, until the end of his active life, at Yale. His independent prints are known for his mastery of complex intaglio techniques to create images that lie between abstraction and a surrealist investigation of the inner forces of nature. The Museum’s collection spans most of Peterdi’s career, and while the first prints were collected in the 1960s, most of the rest have been given over the past 20 years by Dr. Steven Conant.

Graphite

Through June 2

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Noon–5 p.m. Sundays

McCormack Forefront Galleries

Free

This exhibition presents a glimpse into recent and innovative uses of graphite. A form of crystallized carbon, graphite is a naturally occurring mineral as well as a synthetic, industrial product that can be processed in multiple ways. It can be machined or carved, used as a powder or liquid, or handled as a lump, stick, or pencil.Graphite gathers together works that reveal the material’s potential to take a variety of forms and yield a wide range of visual effects. The first major museum exhibition to explore graphite as a medium in works beyond drawings,Graphite includes sculpture, drawing, and installations created over the past decade—including several newly commissioned works—by emerging and established artists.

MOLA: Kuna Needle Arts from the San Blas Islands, Panama

Through July 14

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Noon–5 p.m. Sundays

IMA Alliance Gallery

Free

In 2008, a collection of more than 350 molas was donated to the IMA by Irene Hollister, whose late husband, Paul Hollister – a writer, lecturer, painter and photographer – collected them in the 1960s and 1970s. Living in New Hampshire, Hollister sought out the IMA from her research of textile collections. The molas represent the textile arts of the Kuna Indians, the indigenous people of Panama and Columbia. The Kuna are famous for their bright, colorful and meticulously appliquéd textiles, which adorn the front and back of Kuna women’s blouses.MOLA: Kuna Needle Arts from the San Blas Islands, Panama includes a selection of about 50 of the finest molas from the Museum’s collection. Ranging in date from the early 1900s to the 1970s, the molas represent a myriad of motifs and designs.

William Hogarth: The Painter of Comic History

Through June 2

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Noon–5 p.m. Sundays

The Conant Galleries in Memory of Mrs. H.L. Conant

Free

William Hogarth (1697–1764) was born in London and rarely strayed beyond its precincts. Hogarth’s London, overcrowded with a million people, raucous and bawdy, provided a limitless source of subjects for his observant eye and sharp wit. His first satirical engravings appeared at the age of 24 in which “the then reigning follies are lashd,” and he continued in that vein, revealing the foibles of all strata of English society, for forty years.  His print cycles—A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake’s Progress andMarriage à la Mode—made Hogarth the artistic parallel to his contemporary literary satirists, Henry Fielding and Jonathan Swift.  Serving as his own designer, engraver, publisher and advertiser, and selling his prints inexpensively from his own shop, Hogarth reached the broadest possible audience, was by far the most popular artist of his day and was the first truly English artist.William Hogarth: The Painter of Comic History features Hogarth’s 57 most-noted engravings, drawn from the IMA’s permanent collection—proving that even after 250 years, Hogarth remains a knowing observer of human behavior.

Indiana Artists’ Club Annual Exhibition

Through June 9

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Noon–5 p.m. Sundays

North Hall Gallery

Free

Since its inception in 1917, the Indiana Artists’ Club has held an annual juried exhibition. This spring the Club returns to the IMA for its 81st annual exhibition. The top 57 works as selected by juror and Chicago-based artist Clayton J. Beck, III will be on display through June.Works are composed of a wide variety of styles and mediums both contemporary and traditional, with many works available for purchase.

FILMS:

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Thursday, May 16

Friday, May 17

6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

2 p.m.

The Toby

$9 public, $5 IMA members, Free for CAS members

(2012, dir. Alison Klayman, 91 mins., R)

Between 2008 and 2011, director Alison Klayman was given unprecedented access to artist Ai Weiwei- beginning with his work on the Olympic “Bird’s Nest” stadium following to the aftermath of his government detention. The resulting film is a touching, inspirational and sometimes humorous portrait of a man whose roles as artist and activist cannot be separated. Presented with the Contemporary Art Society. Come early and see the exhibitionAi Weiwei: According to What in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery. Receive $1 off film admission at the IMA box office by showing yourexhibition ticket stub.

Style Wars

Friday, May 31

7 p.m.

The Toby

$9 public, $5 IMA members

(1983, directed by Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver, 69 mins., NR)

Documenting hip hop culture in 1980s New York,Style Wars focuses on the struggle for young graffiti artists to express themselves in the face of those who called their work vandalism. Introduction by graffiti artist and painter, Samuel E Vazquez. Following the film, enjoy a graffiti demonstration by Samuel on the Alliance Scuplture Court. Style Wars received the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.

CONVERSATION:

Thursday Night Book Club

Thursday, May 2

6:30 p.m.

The Conant Galleries in Memory of Mrs. H.L. Conant

$12 public (includes exhibition admission) and free for IMA members

Explore art from an author’s fresh perspective in the unique setting of the IMA’s galleries. Each volume was selected by Indianapolis Public Library staff. Book club starts with a short tour of the related exhibitions, followed by conversation facilitated by IMA staff. Henry Fielding’sTom Jones will be discussed in May. The event will be facilitated by IMA curator of prints, drawing and photographs, Martin Krause, in conjunction with the exhibitionWilliam Hogarth: The Painter of Comic History.

TALK:

The Art of Making a Living in Indiana 1850-1950

Thursday, May 9

7 p.m.

The Toby

Free

Join Martin Krause, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the IMA, Rachel Berenson Perry, Art History Author, and Laurette McCarthy, Independent Scholar and Researcher, as they discuss the endurance of Indiana artists in the face of the ceaseless struggle to earn a living by their art. Much of the primary source material behind these remarks was collected by Wilbur D. Peat (1929-1965) director of the IMA from 1929-1965 to whom the evening’s program is dedicated. Peat was also a historian whose work resulted in the book “Pioneer Painters of Indiana”. The research materials related to this publication are now available in digital format through a partnership between IMA Archives and IUPUI University Library. Light refreshments will be available prior to the program. After the talk join Weisenberger Fellow Anastasia Tinari in the galleries to view the recently acquired and conserved T.C. SteeleMorning–Old Schofield’s Mill. Presented in partnership with IUPUI University Library and made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Alfred Sisley’sHouse in a Village: Real or Fake?

Sunday, May 19

2 p.m.

DeBoest Lecture Hall

Free

Has a crime been committed? Where will the evidence lead? In Fall 2012 IMA Conservation Scientist Gregory Dale Smith analyzed a painting in the IMA’s collection that was suspected of being a forgery by IMA Associate Curator for Research, Annette Schlagenhauff. Historical research had led Schlagenhauff to question whetherHouse in a Village was painted by the Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley. With the tools at Smith’s disposal, would he be able to corroborate this theory based on material analysis? Join Smith and Schlagenhauff for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the research they conducted on House in a Village.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES:

wee Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 1

11a.m.–noon

Star Studio classroom

$5 public, $3 IMA members

Play and Learn! Help foster a young imagination through pretend play, sing-a-longs, gallery art hunts and hands-on art activities. Designed for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

Hold It! Family Activity

Saturdays, May 11 and 25

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Clowes Courtyard

Free

Hold it! is a hands-on experience for visitors of all ages facilitated by docents. Discover carts filled with objects everyone can hold and see up close. Stop by the Welcome Desk on Floor 2 to find out where the Hold It! Family Activity is located on the day of your visit.

Make & Take

Saturdays and Sundays

1–4 p.m.

Star Studio classroom

Free

Drop by the Star Studio classroom to find art-making projects inspired by works of art on view at the IMA.  Projects are designed for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. May’s theme is bubble painting. Blow, Pop, Blend! Use bubbles to form a colorful design.

Art in the Park: Sticks and Stones!

Sundays

Noon–4 p.m.

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion

Free

Whether it’s a little dirt or paint under your nails – art and nature are both good for you! Mix some nature into your art with new activities each month at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion; great for ages three and older. May’s activity is sticks and stones. What can you make with sticks and stones? Turn nature into creative objects using materials found lying around outdoors. We promise no bones will be hurt in the making of your art!

* Meet artist Kim Beck on May 12 and 19 for a special activity that will help shape her upcoming 100 Acres art installation,NOTICE: A Flock of Signs.

WORKSHOP:

Teen Spoken Word Workshop: Speak Your Art Out

Saturdays, May 4 & 11

1 – 4 p.m.

Performance

Friday, May 17

8 p.m.

Free

Calling all teens who have something to say! Kick it with local spoken word artists Mr. Kinetik, Tony Styxx, aLLEN iMAGERY, and Nqobi for a two-session workshop, as we explore the work and life of contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei through poetry. To register call 923-1331, ext. 206.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Member Mornings: Bubble Painting

Saturday, May 4

10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Star Studio

Free (members only)

Blow, Pop, Blend! Use bubbles to form a colorful design.

Space is limited. Members register by calling 317-920-2651 or emailing membership@imamuseum.org.

Stargazing

Wednesday, May 9

9 p.m.

Art & Nature Park Meadow

Free

Witness the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and Mercury as the planets come within 5 degrees of each other on our horizon. When the conjunction has set, the planet Saturn will become visible. A showpiece in its own right, Saturn is always a crowd-pleaser. Following these exciting events we will be quietly viewing many other spring night-sky objects. Presented with Indiana Astronomical Society.

National Public Garden Day

Friday, May 10

11 a.m.–5 p.m.

IMA Greenhouse, gardens and grounds

Free

The fifth annual National Public Gardens Day is a nationwide day of celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education and environmental preservation. Just a few of the events happening at the IMA include:

Noon–4 p.m. Lettuce and Seed Giveaway

Greenhouse Parking Lot

Visitors will receive a fresh bundle of lettuce grown at the IMA, as well as a packet of either vegetable or flower seeds to start a garden at home (while supplies last). IMA Horticulturists will be on hand to answer questions on all garden related topics.

1 p.m. Public Garden Tour

Meet at Lilly House

Visitors are invited to join IMA horticulturists on a tour of the IMA gardens to see what is blooming and learn about our gardens and grounds.

2 p.m. Oldfields Centennial Talk

DeBoest Lecture Hall

Enjoy Polishing a Gem: Restoring Oldfields’s Country Place Era Landscape, a talk by Mark Zelonis, Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental & Historic Preservation. Zelonis will discuss the history of the Oldfields landscape and how his team upholds the historic integrity of this important property.

3 p.m. Public Garden Tour

Meet at Lilly House

Visitors are invited to join IMA horticulturists on a tour of the IMA gardens to see what is blooming and learn about our gardens and grounds.

All Day

Shoppers enjoy a 20% discount at the IMA Greenhouse Shop

Omnimic: Speak Your Art Out

Friday, May 17

8 p.m.

The Toby

Free

Join the participants of the teen spoken word workshop as they share their Ai Weiwei-inspired prose and poetry. Feeling inspired? Audience members arriving early may sign up to share in a handful of slots.

Final Fridays

Friday, May 31

6:30 p.m.–11 p.m.

IMA Galleries

Free

For this monthly event, the IMA extends its evening hours every final Friday of the month for food, beverages, music curated by DJ Kyle Long, tours, art-making and programs in The Toby. More details:

6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Sunset Bar open

Unwind at the Sunset Bar in the Contemporary Art galleries on Floor 4—one of the most amazing views in town.

7:30 p.m.

Take a Slightly Naughty Tour:Ai Weiwei: According to What?

Explore the works of this provocative and vocal artist.

8 p.m.–10:30 p.m.

Wire “Rapping”

Proactive artist, Ai Weiwei, focuses on human rights and social change. Choose a word that best represents who you are. Then, use wire to form your word. When finished, add it to a community sculpture.

8:30 p.m.

Final Fridays Music Series

May’s Final Fridays will be inspired by Ai Weiwei’s spirit of activism. Kyle Long’s musical selection this evening, The Kominas, is a Pakistani-American Desi protest rock band from Lowell, MA. Their music has been described by The Guardian as “irreverent and un-PC,” a world-ranging mix of punk and Hindi lyrics, bhangra and other South Asian beats. The Kominas claims “they are just trying to show both cultures how broad the spectrum of belief can be (CNN).”

IMA HOURS

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays

Noon–5 p.m. Sundays

PARKING

Visitors are charged a flat fee of $5 to park in the IMA’s underground garage or in the large surface lot. IMA members receive free parking in the garage or on the large surface lot by showing their IMA membership cards. Visitors who purchase more than $50 worth of merchandise at the Museum Store or the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse Shop also receive free parking. More than 170 free parking spaces are available in outlying lots at the Museum, including the 100 Acres parking loop.

WEBSITE

For regularly updated information about IMA exhibitions, programs and events, visit imamuseum.org.

SHOPS

The Museum Storeoffers souvenirs, books, handcrafted jewelry and Museum reproductions. TheGreenhouse Shop includes a retail garden shop and display area. Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday noon–5 p.m.