We are excited to be apart of the journey of so many artists in Indianapolis. This month’s show will be featuring the latest releases from some of our favorite artists.

Sylvia Thomas with the release of DIVINE (written by Sylvia Thomas, foreword and edited by Elle Roberts) is a series of poems reflected on my experiences with sex, religion, love, divinity, and my trans body. In order to heal my spirit, faith, and womanhood from the violence I have experienced, my own self-love became my religion

Gritty of Gritty & The Craftsman with his latest release

Join VOCAB, Iconoclast, and Indy Pride as we band together to hunt for Indianapolis’ very first Pride Poet Laureate. Kicking off as a portion of VOCAB’s renowned open mic event, this series will take the form of a literary death match tournament. Anyone interested in competing must perform at VOCAB’s open mic to be considered by a panel of judges and advance to the next round. Those selected to move on must appear again before judges at Iconoclast’s event Thursday, May 16th. When our final few are chosen, they’ll face each other one last time at a curated reading, no open mic, where each will feature for 15 minutes. This is when YOU, the audience will pick our winner! Follow along with each event and meet some of Indianapolis’ premier poetry community at two of the best open mics in the city. Or if you dare, COMPETE for your shot at the title, The 2019 Poet Laureate of Indy Pride.

To participate in the prelims for the poetry death match for Indy Pride you must email esmith@indypride.org Signup is limited to 12 people and you must email to participate

21+ event $10 cash door opens at 7pm/ show starts 8pm

Yvette Mayorga’s multi-media installation “High Maintenance” is a flamboyantly chilling revelation, offering unsettling insights into how the forces of violence, make-believe, and consumerism infiltrate the contemporary immigrant experience, and subvert our understanding of identity.

Drawing inspiration from the politics of America’s southern border with Mexico, her own life as a first generation Latinx-American, and her parents’ often dangerous experiences as immigrants in the 1970s, Mayorga’s work examines how pain and uncertainty are covered with a veneer of celebration.

“High Maintenance” conjures up an absurdist, Rococo Candy Land, where frivolity intersects with fear, as soldiers and ICE agents come face to face with quinceanera cakes, white swans, and Polly Pocket adventure sets.

Every aspect of Mayorga’s built world is adorned with spectacular, rapacious iconography. Monumental fashion accessories and gendered toys interrogate the true meaning of “status,” while decadent, Colonial aesthetics remind us how fragile national identity is, and how frequently it depends on appearances.

Is this a place of joy or fear? Does it welcome us in all our diversity, or demand our assimilation? Like the guileless inhabitants of Mayorga’s thickly impastoed paintings, the second we enter this uncanny, celebratory-looking tableau, we realize we are caught between a nightmare and a dream.

Yvette Mayorga lives and works in Chicago. She earned her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. Recent solo exhibitions include the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, EXPO Chicago 2018, The Vincent Price Art Museum, The Chicago Cultural Center, and The National Museum of Mexican Art. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, The Guardian, Art News, and Teen Vogue, among others.

The exhibition runs May 3-July 20 in partnership with Nopal Cultural and University of Indianapolis.

Made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Managed Health Services – MHS , Arts Council of Indianapolis, and Sun King Brewing Company.

As the influential design school of Bauhaus turns 100, architects, designers and other creatives all over the world are talking about how its ideas have shaped their work. Known as the art school that changed the world, Conner Green will provide an overview of Bauhaus, what it is and why it’s important today.

Each month we begin our event at 7PM with a local art gallery curated with local artists and a few new specialty craft beers from one of your favorite local breweries, us of course! Our April display will feature whimsical, golf themed photography by the amazing Christine Rooney Merchent . We will move the night along with this months musical guest, Jake Dugan and Friends at 8pm and we will, of course, have a tasty selection of craft beer on hand for your pleasure.

Event at 7pm
Music at 8pm
21+ only

Did you miss the CREATE FS team at our March First Friday event? Not to worry, we’re bring the experience to Fletcher Place Arts on April 5, from 6pm – 9pm.

* Talk with the CREATE FS team and let us know what your big ideas are for arts and culture in the area.

* See Fountain Square through Your Eyes, a photography and live painting exhibition highlighting artists perspective of the people, places and events that reflect the cultural of Fountain Square.

* Experience interactive digital content produced by White Tree Creative that showcases the Fountain Square Cultural District.

Sam Welch will be showing a new body of ceramic work. Come check it out!

Make your own ceramic flask at Hotel Tango while enjoying a cocktail!

Fountain Square Clay Center leads this ceramics class at Hotel Tango. You will roll out, texture, and design clay slabs to build a flask. Fountain Square Clay Center instructors will lead you through the process of hand building the clay flasks, teaching basic hand-building and decorative techniques.

Every person will create one ceramic flask out of clay. All flasks will be fired and glazed by Fountain Square Clay Center. Finished flasks will be available for pick up at Hotel Tango two weeks after class.

Your ticket includes:

Ceramic-making and carving instruction
Your own handmade ceramic flask to take home
TWO cocktails (one batched, one of your choice)
Get tickets now. We only have 20 seats available in this class!

Join us for our March exhibition with work from Jedediah Johnson! Below is a statement by Jedediah on his works.

“Our New Body is a series in which I photograph nude and near-nude subjects, bathed in colored light, in order to composite them together in Photoshop to create new bodies. I do this to demonstrate the beauty and oneness of all human bodies, not just the ones inside the incredibly narrow societal beauty standards. This oneness is apparent when body parts across race, gender, and body type lines blend together seamlessly, demonstrating that those lines don’t really exist. Subjects choose their own level of nudity and anyone may pose. This work strives to make people believe that their own bodies are beautiful and to try to break people of the habit of shaming people for having bodies that have absolutely nothing wrong with them.”

Join us for the closing reception of Fences/Imperia and a discussion with Nakagawa and Green.

About the artists:

Osamu James Nakagawa was born in New York City in 1962 and raised in Tokyo. He returned to the United States, moving to Houston, Texas, at the age of 15. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas, Houston in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 1993. Currently, Mr. Nakagawa is the Ruth N. Halls Distinguished Professor of Photography at Indiana University, where he directs the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies. He lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana.

Nakagawa is a recipient of the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 Higashikawa New Photographer of the Year, and 2015 Sagamihara Photographer of the Year in Japan. Nakagawa’s work has been exhibited internationally, solo exhibitions include: Eclipse, PGI, Tokyo (2018); Kai, sepia EYE, New York (2018); OKINAWA TRILOGY: Osamu James Nakagawa, Kyoto University of Art and Design (2013);GAMA Caves, PGI, Tokyo; Banta: Stained Memory, Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan (2009); Kai: Osamu James Nakagawa, SEPIA International Inc., New York (2003).

His work is included in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; George Eastman Museum; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa; The Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Grand Rapid Museum of Art and others. Nakagawa’s monograph GAMA Cavesis available from Akaaka Art Publisher in Tokyo, Japan.

Conner Green (born 1984) is an artist from Indianapolis, IN. He studied art and literature at Indiana University and received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Much of his work combines disciplines, incorporating found sculptural and print-based elements. His work explores concepts of institutional critique, myth, desire, and master narratives. He finds all of these concepts rife for excavation in the consumer-based material world and the built environment. His process allows for a certain degree of chance or disorder to come into play, which he believes enables the phenomenal world to speak for itself.

Made possible by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

When it comes to cocktail pairings, nothing complements craft cocktails quite like a quirky DIY project. You’ll get plenty of both when you join Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery and Manayunk Calligraphy for a DIY Illustrated Cocktail Chalkboard Workshop on Wednesday, March 20 from 7 – 9 p.m.
In this class, you’ll receive:

– Two illustrated cocktail designs created by professional calligrapher Kimberly Shrack of Manayunk Calligraphy
– Two tasty cocktails
– a chalkboard & white chalk marker to take home
– oodles of colored chalk markers to spice up your board
– two hours of instruction and fun at the Hotel Tango Tasting Room