IMA turns car into giant ‘Pole Position’ video game


The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the first museum to turn a car into an Atari controller — and you’re invited to take the driver’s seat. In a project that will excite gamers and gearheads alike, the IMA invited car writer and artist Jason Torchinsky to partially gut a 1983 Lancia and rewire the car so it can play “Pole Position,” the classic arcade game that helped pioneer the driving game genre. “Basically, the whole car is a controller that plugs into the Atari,” he said on Wednesday at the IMA, sweating under the hood as he turned over a mercury sensor in his hand. Starting Friday, participants can sit inside the car and enter a real-life-meets-virtual world — one in which pixelated turf and race cars zoom past in a giant screen overhead.

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Open Field




From June to September, Open Field transforms the Walker Art Center’s big, green yard into a cultural commons. The space is designed in the spirit of the “gift economy,” to explore what happens when people get together to share and exchange skills and interests, to create something new, or delve into the unknown.

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E is for Equinox

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A one-time-only public sculpture, performance and sound installation— E is for Equinox—from Grammy-nominated musician and Indianapolis-based artist Stuart Hyatt. The ephemeral, powerful performance consisted of a circle of 75 electric guitar players simultaneously strumming the E major power cord over a two minute period. The cord gradually became louder, transforming the surrounding woods into a supercharged sonic volcano, before reaching maximum volume and intensity. This performance was curated by Scott Stulen as part of the IMA’s Fall Equinox event.

Office of Art Grievances


The Office of Art Grievances is a project by the Public Programs team at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The Office provides a system for the public to formally file a complaint against “Art,” either generally or specifically. The formal compliant is then processed and forwarded to the Office of Art Resolutions, where an official will attempt to remedy the art-related issue. All complaints are then permanently filed. The offices will take the form of two desks located on opposite axes of Monument Circle, and be staffed by IMA curators and programmers during business hours of the festival. The project creates a feedback loop between audience and institution, and an opportunity to examine the things about art that cause us distress and angst. #greivanceoffice

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The Internet Cat Video Festival

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Isn’t not about watching cat videos, it’s about watching cat videos together

The world’s first Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center in August of 2012 was an unparalleled and unexpected success. Crowds flocked to the lawn of the Walker to watch a curated selection of Internet felines with fellow cat lovers. The New York Times reported: “You could hear the meows nearly a block away, and also the “awwws.” The laughter too…An estimated 10,000 people turned out for an event that was, from its inception to its closing credits, an online meme made flesh (and fur).”  Since its stunning debut, the festival has inspired hundreds of news headlines worldwide, launched international tour and has become the premiere festival for Internet Cat Videos. The second edition of the Festival, in August 2013, drew over 11,000 to the Minnesota State Fair and launched a second tour including sold out stops in Brooklyn, Chicago, Oakland, Portland, Memphis and overseas to Vienna, Athens, Jerusalem and Northern Ireland. 

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Every Hole’s a Piece of Art In This Mini Golf Course

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In their own way, a lot of miniature golf courses—with their twisting layouts, devious obstacles, and over-the-top designs—can be considered art. Even if their sole purpose is to encourage tourists to pay to knock a ball around. But this spring the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden decided to join forces to take the idea of minigolf as art even further by hiring artists, architects, engineers, and students to design the museum’s annual artist-made minigolf course, Walker on the Green.

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mnartists FIELD DAY


After last year’s rousing success, Field Day returns!  This year promises a fresh slate of events and activities celebrating local artists and art supporters. Join the fun after work, or better yet, take the day off: Everyone is welcome, and members receive free gallery admission all day. In a summer bursting with exciting, intriguing and unexpected events on the Walker Open Field…..Field Day is sure deliver something for everyone.

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Nancy Rexroth: Iowa

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arch 10 – April 29, 2007

Curated by Scott Stulen

First published in 1977 Rexroth’s Iowa is a series of small black and white photographs shot between 1970 and 1976 using a cheap plastic “Diana” camera. Titled Iowa, though shot mostly in southern Ohio, Rexroth’s work recalls childhood family trips into Iowa and her mistaken assumption that the whole Midwest was called Iowa. Filled with a feeling of unmistakable familiarity her hazy tinted images capture universal themes of place and time far beyond the Midwest of the early 1970’s. Purposely nostalgic, thou never sentimental, Rexroth’s work reveals the deeper psychology within her simple subject matter. Now over three decades later, Rexroth’s photographs continue to resonate, influencing generations of photographers.

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That’s The News (and I am out of here)

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Jonathan Nelson
Found Sound Collage (3:47), 2007
Curated by Scott Stulen

I had fallen asleep watching Saturday Night Live. The year was 1991. I was around sixteen years old and had come to identify with that year’s cast for some reason. It was not the first time I had dreamt about the show.

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Music for Parking Garages


Part of a two week residency by Los Angeles based Machine Project, Music for Parking garages teamed Los Angeles and Minneapolis musicians to create site-specific sound works for the Walker Art Center’s parking garage. The pieces created a warm ambient environment for visitors as they parked their cars, stopped in to listen, or even napped to the music. The audience lounged in bean bag chairs, backseats or strolled through the space experiencing the acoustical charm of the parking structure.

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