In partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, the Arts Council of Indianapolis manages the award-winning temporary exhibition program at Indianapolis International Airport. The Arts Council curates rotating installations in closed cases in the main terminal, commissions new work for the video screens above the main escalator/staircase, and operates a long-term loan program for large sculpture outdoors in the North Terminal Garden.
The current exhibitions are on view from November 16, 2019 through March 15, 2020.
The Ticketing Hall cases host two photography exhibitions. Bloomington, Ind. based nature photographer Tom Duffy’s exhibition, Harvesting Limestone, is a collection of his photographs of the famed limestone quarries of his home city. The exhibition gives the viewer a behind-the-scenes look at the process of gathering the natural material of limestone, which we frequently see displayed on so many architectural marvels across the country. It is also a sensitive portrait of the humanity of the often-ignored quarry workers, whose difficult task it is to wrench the stone from the earth.
Keith “Wildstyle” Paschall’s exhibition, Indy Hip Hop Music, provides a personalized perspective on hip hop music culture in Indianapolis and the people who are actively creating the scene. Wildstyle, a musician and long-time hip hop producer as well as a visual artist, was concerned that the individuality of these storytellers and their audience wasn’t being documented. He took it upon himself to create a photographic archive of the singular culture of Indianapolis hip hop, including both concert action shots and artist portraits.
In the Concourse B display case, Heather Vickers presents a “mural” containing graphite drawings of wild horses. The horses are shown tumbling head over heels against a stark, white background. They symbolize health and strength, and their tumbling movement is representative of the challenges life can present. Vickers, who teaches at Purdue University in West Lafayette, aims to convey that even powerful minds can be upended by circumstances over which they have no control.
VIDEO PROJECT: Liz Wierzbicki: An Open Flight
July 1 - December 31, 2019
An Open Flight collages video taken on-site at Indianapolis International Airport into a fantasy composite of a flight experience. A disembodied arm pulls back the landscape of the airfield at night as if it were a curtain, to reveal several portholes of an airplane with a different “portrait” of a plane in flight visible through each window. The curtain is then replaced to reveal a bright morning with a rising sun.
Wierzbicki’s video and physical collages bring together various images that, in combination, attempt to visualize emotional states that are insubstantial and fleeting. She uses clouds and sky as metaphors for the infinite complexity of the mind, and views of the point where sky meets earth as a stand-in for the junction of mind and body. Curtains both reveal and conceal this complicated, immaterial landscape, the space between the physical and emotional self that Wierzbicki is interested in exploring.
Liz Wierzbicki received her BA in mathematics and fine art from Augustana College and her MFA in Visual Art from the Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. She is a co-founder and the program director at Cat Head Press Printshop and Artist Cooperative, with two locations on Indianapolis’ Near Eastside. Wierzbicki exhibits her printmaking, collage, and video work around Indianapolis and the Midwest. She lives and works in Indianapolis.
Tussle, by Chicago artist Ted Sitting Crow Garner, is on view in the North Terminal Garden.
Proposals are currently being sought for indoor installations at Indianapolis International Airport: visit our Artist Opportunities website for more information.