Art Trip: Indianapolis | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios

Art Trip: Indianapolis | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios


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    The Media Guy

    Great video, Sarah! I've lived in Indy for 14 years and didn't know we had so many little galleries!

    Some of my favorites are the city's two Dale Chihuly installations: "Fireworks of Glass" at the Children's Museum and "DNA Tower" at IUPUI. Also! Love Tom Otterness! "Boy and Dog" lives just off of Mass Ave and I believe "Free Money" still resides at the steps of the Convention Center.

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    Aimee Aikins

    I love seeing my city featured! I lived downtown during the construction of the Cultural Trail and am a frequent visitor of the 100 Acres Park. I was excited to see places in Fountain Square that were unfamiliar and now I want to visit The Alexander even more than before. Thank you!

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    maggieedna

    I spend a lot of time in hospitals (not because Im sick because of my job, no sympathy needed, except for capitalism) and I am slowly developing a fondness for hospital art.

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    Gabby K

    Alfredo Jaar's Park of the Laments in the 100 Acres Park has been the site of some of my most delightfully scary (…admittedly illicit and after hours) adolescent memories. Thanks for helping to facilitate those!

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    MsFredWeasley

    I love the art trip videos, though they do make my travel bucket list longer and longer. I would love to see how you would explore Philadelphia and our juxtaposition of the modern with old, well as old as our young country can offer.

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    Sarah Carman

    Awesome art trip! It was so cool to learn about art installations that I see almost every day, and really cool to discover some new things too! Makes me want to explore Indy and see some of these things in person.

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    itsbeenapleasure

    I visited the US last year and I wanted to visit Indi so bad! I am disappointed I didn't make it there, but I hope if find myself there in the near future and now I know there will be so many great things to see.

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    Carly Butler

    I've lived here my entire life but I had never realized how amazing the art around the city really is! definitely hopping on the cultural trail sometime soon. thanks for this beautiful video.

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    Mark Dowdy

    Cool! This awesome trip reminds me that I live in a cool city too (Harrisonburg, VA)and I should hit up art more often. Let's start with once per month. 🙂

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    Kendall Lynn Murphy

    This makes me so happy. I just moved up to Indianapolis and it feels so good to see all the wonderful things the city holds.

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    Empty Disco

    The industrial waste exhibit reminds me of the band Loone's new music video (where they go through the wreckage of a demolished building to decorate their house)

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    Travis Poling

    I've been waiting to see an art trip for Indy! My list would include Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. I still need to visit IMA.

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    99thTuesday

    The crocheted rifle reminds me of the traditional Afghan rugs which now feature Military aircraft. I think Seeker did a video on them

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    Jake Harris

    I really enjoy how these videos show off the often overlooked sides of well-known cities. You guys should come do an episode on the quickly emerging art scene of NW Arkansas, especially in May during the Artosphere Festival!

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    Mark W. Gray

    This was great. I was born in Indy, but, like Kurt Vonnegut, I guess, I've never spent more than a couple weeks at a time there since college. I'm shocked how hip and lovely it seems now. Since my Mom is finally selling her house there and leaving this year, I probably only have 1 or 2 more chances to see all this stuff. Thanks for this.

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    Robert Blokzyl

    I don't know if the bias crept out of the video but the way Indianapolis was showcased made me instantly fall in love with a city that I have never been to, never planned on going to, and now really want to.

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    adan fernandez

    I always love your videos, I know it would be very difficult, but I live in the mexican city of Monterrey, and i think you would have a very pleasant experience exploring and discovering the art in the architecture, the music, the people and the food if you could come. You are more than welcome and it would be very fun since I know there´s a lot of fun stuff that even we that live here ignore or don't get to appreciate like we should and this video made me think about that, i will start to try and enjoy more of what the city that I live in has to offer. Thank you very much!!!!

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    Walter Chambers

    Two notes.1) Bike helmets are not required in Indy. 2) the term "crossroads" of America was coined before highways, and referred mostly to railroads. Freeways in DT Indy are actually a problem, not a good thing.

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    chelseaoklahoma

    Yes yes yes!!! Plus – the Canal, the murals, the Monon, Broad Ripple, the Art Center, the Memorials, the library, the sensory art on the Cultural Trail (smell and Care/Don't Care), White River State Park! This truly scratched the surface of a place I miss so dearly!!

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    Ali Markus

    I love this! I was hoping throughout that y'all would be going to Crown Hill since at the beginning you used the shot from James Whitcomb Riley's grave–that is my absolute favorite spot in Indy, with such a weird history and a beautiful view. Plus I just love wandering around Crown Hill looking at all the monuments.

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    Oliver Bollmann

    Wow, that is incredible, there is a lot of great stuff in Indy! What really struck me over and over again was how many were site- and context-specific — really wonderful. That cultural trail is great, prairie modules 1&2 are fantastic, the book shares are both wonderful and playful!, that the Alexander hotel hosts so much art is cool, I really want to see that parking garage (how often do you hear that? :P), PUP, Marlon Blackwell, and the pieces in the 100 Acres… you've got me convinced. I wanna go to Indy to check it all out. 😀

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    constance19551

    Thank you for this tour of what I call "the creative vortex" of Indy artists. I have escaped Indianapolis many times during my art career but always get pulled back here because of the truly superior art thinking and art making. You showed me some new things, too!

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    Sylvia Morris

    "And Ann really is always dancing. There is something supremely comforting about Ann dancing morning, noon, and night through snow, rain and presidential transitions. That Ann, she never quits." – I had a very strong sense that I was in Night Vale during this section and it was joyous.

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    Rod Swanstrom / SKYLIGHT STUDIO

    INdianapolis – cool ! Makes Boudler, CO a shallow shanty town + retirement shaming LOVE IT!!  Lets get going everyone – time is a wastin' ….

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    ARTiculations

    There's a Julian Opie near where I live too in Toronto! Although it's not Anne dancing, but People Walking. You guys have such great art in Indianapolis! I passed through there about ten years ago but never really got to see much of the city. Would love to return for a longer visit some time. Now I'll have lots of great places to check out.

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    That girl Lillie

    Can't believe you didn't shoot some of the blown art at the Children's Museum. You have two kids and live in Indy, surely you have a membership. Come on, Sarah 😉

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    Chris Helms

    Thanks for featuring some locations I have yet to visit in my closest large city. And it was really cool to see you biking around town with my friend Stuart! (He is the coolest, isn't he?!)

    I have one of the People for Urban Progress wallets (that I got from Silver in the City on Mass Ave) and it has been going strong for over 5 years now! I love it! It's so good what they have been able to do with upcycling the materials they acquire.

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    Surya YouTube

    love this art trip! had no idea indianapolis had so much going on. after hearing so much about the 100 acre park from john and tfios, now i really wanna visit after watching this.

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    Surya YouTube

    could you do Birmingham?! I spent year interning there and grew to love it, would also be nice to see you and john back in your old stomping grounds!

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    Alexis Gauger

    I would be interested in exploring how gentrification is connected to all this beautiful public art. Cincinnati doesn't have quite as awesome art infrastructure, but it has a lot of similar things… boutique art hotels, museums, outdoor spaces, bike shares, murals, hospital architecture, parks, farmers' markets, etc. However, so much of this art is located in areas that have been taken over by gentrification or are about to be. How do these things connect? Are we justified in taking over spaces to create art that benefits and beautifies the city?

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    Liz Holbrook

    So I never realized the dancing woman actually had a name. Good to know it's Ann so I can now call her by her name! I also didn't realize the Alexander had so much art on display as well. I've never set foot in there though because it seems to fancy for a lowly college student like myself. Actually there is so much art in Indianapolis I haven't known about. Sad I won't have enough time to explore more before I graduate in early May. Probably won't be in Indy past then sadly.

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    Roman Riesen

    I REALLY need this for zurich, where I live for studies. (I find this city mostly boring atm, hopefully because I don't know the awesome places).

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    Kevin Powell

    I’ve lived and traveled to many cities while serving in the navy. I’m originally from Indy and I’m ashamed to say that I never knew my city had this much to offer in art. I would put Indy firmly in the middle of the pact in the art category and it’s elevating its game every time you turn around. I think the city should support the arts even more and have an actual day that’s specifically dedicated to art. I’m starting to view Indy through a set of new lenses now. Excellent video and I highly recommend the locals to rediscover their city.

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    Kasey May

    @TheArtAssignment – if you haven't already, please stop by Garfield Park Art Center right by the Tube Factory. They have different exhibits featuring local artists throughout the year. Along with the conservatory and the beautiful park itself, it's really an underappreciated place. 🙂

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