Image credit: Chinese, Qing dynasty, imperial censer in shape of ancient ritual food container (gui), (detail), 1736–1795, enamel cloisonné, 3-1/2 x 6 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Gift of James R. Hebden in memory of Ruth Hebden, 1997.82.
Mastering Materials: Rare Objects from the IMA’s Asian Collection
This exhibition features groupings of intricate artworks masterfully created from a wide array of materials including: wood, lacquer, ivory, bone, horn, paper, metal and stone. These materials were used to make objects that served a variety of purposes across multiple cultures. These intriguing treasures and curios herald from the IMA’s permanent collection, and many have not been on display for more than 50 years.
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Natural Abstraction: Brett Weston and His Contemporaries
Brett Weston and his contemporaries were masters of the craft of black-and-white photography who used their cameras to capture increasingly-abstract forms in the world around them.
New year. Newfields. Join us for a series of events across Newfields’ campus meant to expand your horizons and carry you into 2019.
Sensual/Sexual/Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes Tour
Explore the legacy of American photographer George Platt Lynes through this exhibition of photographs from the collection of the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University.
Winter Nights Film Series
Winter Nights returns to The Toby for its ninth season, this year exploring the themes of the special exhibition Sensual/Sexual/Social: The Photography of George Platt Lynes.
Rise: A Saturday State of Mind
Has the winter weather gotten you down? Change the vibe and kick your weekend off with Rise: A Saturday State of Mind.
Why Design Matters: Michael Bierut
In collaboration with the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), DAS presents a talk by Michael Bierut.
Ben Russell: River Rites
Filmed in one take and played in the reverse, this captivating and ambitious work is an exercise in what the artist called “psychedelic ethnography.”
Experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids at Newfields.
2019 Newfields Horticulture Symposium
Join fellow horticulture lovers for a day of talks that will inspire you for your spring planting.
Adult Class: Orchid Basics
Newfields’ own plant specialist Ian Wilhite will guide you through the basics of orchid care.
Artful Living Series
Join Ian Wilhite, Newfields’ gregarious orchid expert, for an “insider’s look” at the secrets of orchids, brought to you by the Alliance.
Love is in the Air
Celebrate a growing Indianapolis Ballet tradition – IB’s Valentine’s Weekend residency at The Toby.
Adult Class: Orchid Terrariums
Join Greenhouse Specialist Ian Wilhite as he guides you in making your very own micro-orchid habitat in glass.
Adult Class: Advanced Orchid Care
A new class for people ready to meet the challenge in orchid growing with fabulous spray orchids.
Artist Talk: Studio Drift
Join Shelly Selim, Newfields’ Associate Curator of Design & Decorative Arts, for a conversation with the creative duo behind Meadow.
Meadow Opening Party
Following the public talk with artists collective Studio Drift, join the Contemporary Art Society and the Design Arts Society to celebrate Meadow.
Studio Drift: Meadow
Amsterdam-based art and design collective Studio Drift is known for its large-scale installations centered on the relationship between humans, nature, and technology.
Step into the Seasons of Japan
Step into the Seasons of Japan invites guests into an immersive, interactive, multi-sensory experience.
Adult Class: Kokedama Bonsai with Orchid
Newfields’ Lyss Woods shows you how to create this exquisite construction with a small blooming orchid.
NIC Kay: pushit!
“Can resistance be choreographed?” This is the question that drives pushit!.
Michelle Reinhold—master gardener, docent, and president of the Asian Art Society President—will take guests on a tour of Orchids, installed for the first time throughout the IMA Galleries.
Book Club: The Orchid Shroud
Fall into a mesmerizing world of wild orchids and a chilling murder with Michelle Wan’s The Orchid Shroud.
Man’s best friend looks a little different in this DreamWorks tale.
Yoga at Newfields
Stretch your limbs and realign mind, body, and spirit while surrounded by inspiring art and nature with Yoga at Newfields.
Game Night: Puzzles and Games
Shake up your game night and meet your friends at Newfields.
Rafiq Bhatia: Breaking English
Heralded by The New York Times as “transcending real sound in real time with the unexpected,” New York composer and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia seeks to shatter preconceptions about how much can be said without a word—and, for that matter, who can say it.
Adult Class: Beginner’s Bonsai
This beginner’s workshop is designed to both instruct & inspire.
Samuel Levi Jones: Left of Center
Jones provides striking visual commentary on the duplicitous and oppressive nature of American power structures.
Dining by Design: Silver 1925–2000
20th-century designers and craftsmen produced a glistening array of objects that can still enchant the eye.
Imagine an idyllic, vernal campus carpeted with over half a million blooms.
Adult Class: Make a Hypertufa Planter
Join instructor Carol Dale for a new spin on the traditional hypertufa planter.
Indianapolis Ballet will close its 2018/19 Season in epic fashion with a full staging of the Tchaikovsky masterpiece, Swan Lake.
Nihontō: The Samurai Sword
Explore the history, physical attributes, symbolism, aesthetic qualities and utility of the Japanese samurai sword from the vantage point of beauty and function.
May We Dance Showcase
The Indianapolis School of Ballet will culminate its 13th year as Indiana’s premier destination for dance instruction at The Toby with its annual May We Dance showcase.
Outside In is a visually rich and instructive display of the work of noted block printmaker William Rice (1873-1963).
This exhibition examines the story of the ‟47 Rōnin”, one of the most widely-known and popular historical tales in Japan.
Sensual / Sexual / Social
Explore the artistic legacy of photographer George Platt Lynes through this exhibition of photographs.
Foster a young imagination through pretend play, sing-a-longs, gallery art hunts, and hands-on art activities.
Fashion Redefined: Miyake, Kawakubo, Yamamoto
Innovative designs set new standards for shape and proportion and coined a contemporary definition of “universal beauty.”
Life and Legacy: Portraits from the Clowes Collection
See the extensive collection of portraiture from Dr. George H.A. and Edith Whitehill Clowes in a whole new light.
A Brush with Beauty
This exhibition will feature the best of the Edo collection, as well as works from several other periods.
Newfields Adult Art Studio
Discover and enhance your art skills in the galleries, gardens, and studios.
MLK Day Celebration: Speaking LOVE
Join us in remembering Dr. King’s legacy as local artists speak LOVE through poetry, music, and dance.
Ask Me! Docents
Curious about something you see? Just ask one of our Ask Me! docents.
Permanent Collection Tour
Get the most out of your visit to the IMA Galleries with a trained docent as your guide.
Family Day: Bidou Masks
Be inspired by the masterful masks of the contemporary Japanese artist Bidou Yamaguchi.
Orchid Stories in the Galleries
In celebration of Orchids 2019, we've developed a special tour that will treat our guests to stories of orchid collectors and orchid lore.
Member Only Talk: Ian Wilhite
join Newfields’ own plant specialist Ian Wilhite for a special presentation on the Orchids exhibition in DeBoest Lecture Hall.
Inaugural Horticulture Volunteer Fair
We’re looking for volunteers to spend a season getting dirty.
A Closer Look
Participants are invited to observe, question, and discuss a selected artwork in the galleries with a museum educator.
Samuel Levi Jones: Left of Center Exhibition Opening
Join us in celebrating the first major museum survey of works by Indiana native Samuel Levi Jones.
Society Gallery Talk with Kelli Morgan and Bryn Jackson
Join curators Kelli Morgan, Associate Curator of American Art and Bryn Jackson, Assistant Curator of Audience Engagement and Performance, for a talk on Samuel Levi Jones - Left of Center.