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4 First Friday Shows to See

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This Friday, Indianapolis’ cultural outlets present a range of experiences, from a rare show by one of the city’s foremost and most reclusive artists to a mega-multimedia kickoff event for an arts, humanities and religion festival. Here are four solid bets for immersing yourself in creative and connected city life.

Wanderlust at iMOCA

Paul Harris’ most recent solo exhibit was nearly a decade ago. And, at the time, he thought it might be his final gallery show. So, why the new show at iMOCA? “I decided to have this show, because you’re only as good as your last barbeque,” says Harris. The new show, Wandlerlust, opens Friday at iMOCA’s Murphy Art Center location and incorporates doll heads, crosses and pine needles into a 3-D installation.

Paul Harris is the artist behind Wanderlust. - COURTESY OF IMOCA
  • Courtesy of iMOCA
  • Paul Harris is the artist behind Wanderlust.

Yoga, Paintings & More

The Harrison Center for the Arts presents an eclectic blend of visual art and community topics in its galleries. Kyle Ragsdale’s In the Evening Air will occupy the main gallery and present new directions that developed during his August residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Painters Douglas David, Jason Zickler and Dave Voelpel will all have their work on display at the Harrison Center too. But beyond the watercolors and oil paints on canvas, Growing Places Indy will present interactive opportunities to explore the expanding role of yoga throughout the Circle City.

This is In the Evening Air by Kyle Ragsdale.
  • This is In the Evening Air by Kyle Ragsdale.

All In Good Spirit
Spirit & Place Festival aims to spark ideas, engagement and exploration through events that are decidedly cross-sector and inter-cultural. The festival’s opening event, held at The Hall and in collaberation with a number of partners, exemplifies that approach. On the agenda: rides on the graffiti-covered IndyGo bus featuring ComedySportz entertainment; diverse musical selections courtesy of Cultural Cannibals; an Indiana Humanities All-IN scorecard to guide your explorations; and a preview of the Magic #8 Bus art and memoir exhibit.

A Different Indy 11
Pop-up shops have become a bit of a seasonal specialty in Indianapolis. This weekend, about a dozen local artists (The 11) will present their work in a space that someday soon will serve as the home of Amelia’s, Bluebeard restaurant’s bakery. Motivated by the demise of a number of galleries and a desire to expand their collective audiences, the group hopes to create space for both conversation and commerce from Thursday through Sunday, with a First Friday reception in the mix.

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