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Newfields to honor Indy's Black Lives Matter mural artists with exhibit

Just a few steps from the LOVE sculpture, visitors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art can learn more about the mural and the 18 artists who created it.
Posted at 11:51 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 11:56:25-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Newfields is celebrating 18 artists who created the #BlackLivesMatter mural on Indiana Avenue in downtown Indianapolis with an upcoming exhibit called DRIP: Indy's #BlackLivesMatter Street Mural.

Visitors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art will have nearly six months starting in April to see the exhibit just steps from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, in its Damon C. and Kay D. Davis Lab. According to Newfields, this placement will "challenge guests to reflect on their own contributions and/or experiences with racial inequity and will encourage positive action."

The 18 Indianapolis-based artists will each be showcased following the letter they created. An image of each letter will be associated with a QR code that directs visitors to a two-minute video with more information about the artist.

Below are the names of artists associated with each letter:

#: Jarrod Dortch
B: Nathaniel Rhodes
L: Rebecca Robinson
A: Amiah Mims
C: Billy Hoodoo
K: Kevin West
L: John G. Moore
I: Gary Gee
V: Deonna Craig
E: Rae Parker
S: Ess McKee
M: Wavy Blayne
A: Harriet Watson
T: Israel Solomon
E: Shamira Wilson
R: Ashley Nora
Fist: Fingercreations

Through the exhibit, guests will also learn about the mural as a whole, why Black space is important, and the life of Indianapolis' street mural.

“Art has always been the storyteller of society,” Mali Jeffers and Alan Bacon, co-founders of GANGGANG, stated in a release. Jeffers and Bacon are both guest curators at Newfields for the exhibit. “From the civil rights movement of the 60’s when music cried tears we couldn’t, to today when visual artists have taken their brush to the streets—people of culture and art specifically, have always been the voice of the movement and a catalyst for change.”

The 18 artists were recently featured in a showcasing at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple. The artists will also be featured at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis for Black History Month.

The exhibition is included in general admission to Newfields and free for members. Due to COVID-19, all guests are required to reserve tickets online in advance of their visit. The Museum & Garden Shop will have a selection of items by the artists available for purchase as well.

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DRIP at Newfields
April 16 to October 3