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    August 29 8:00am
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Saturday, August 27, 2016
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    • Field Day
      August 27 4:00pm
      Form a team for some friendly competition and join us for field day classics and fun! more »
    • Alumni Night at Symphony on the Prairie Concert with a Cause
      August 27 6:00pm
      WHO'S BAD: MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON Saturday, August 27       Thrilling fans for more than a decade, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band brings the chart-topping music and jaw-dropping dance moves of the undisputed King of Pop to Conner Prairie. Sing and dance along to your favorite Michael Jackson hits more »
    • SAPB Late Night & Weekends: Laser Tag
      August 27 8:00pm
      This event provides an opportunity for students to connect with each other on campus. It also provides an opportunity for students to have fun and relax after the first week of school. This event will have a laser tag arena, food, and other games.  more »
    • IUPUI Discovers Indy
      August 28 2:00pm
      Register for this great event to spend the day explore new places in Indianapolis and learn what this great city has to offer. more »
    • Student Support Centers Resource Fair
      August 29 8:00am
      The Student Support Centers Resource Fair will include academic support services from around the IUPUI campus.  Groups will share program information, discuss valuable material from their area, and answer any questions.  Students will gain an increased awareness of academic resources on campus that can assist them in their academic suc more »
    Saturday, August 27, 2016
      IU Calendar




      • Field Day
        August 27 4:00pm
        Form a team for some friendly competition and join us for field day classics and fun! more »
      • Alumni Night at Symphony on the Prairie Concert with a Cause
        August 27 6:00pm
        WHO'S BAD: MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON Saturday, August 27       Thrilling fans for more than a decade, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band brings the chart-topping music and jaw-dropping dance moves of the undisputed King of Pop to Conner Prairie. Sing and dance along to your favorite Michael Jackson hits more »
      • SAPB Late Night & Weekends: Laser Tag
        August 27 8:00pm
        This event provides an opportunity for students to connect with each other on campus. It also provides an opportunity for students to have fun and relax after the first week of school. This event will have a laser tag arena, food, and other games.  more »
      • IUPUI Discovers Indy
        August 28 2:00pm
        Register for this great event to spend the day explore new places in Indianapolis and learn what this great city has to offer. more »
      • Student Support Centers Resource Fair
        August 29 8:00am
        The Student Support Centers Resource Fair will include academic support services from around the IUPUI campus.  Groups will share program information, discuss valuable material from their area, and answer any questions.  Students will gain an increased awareness of academic resources on campus that can assist them in their academic suc more »
      Saturday, August 27, 2016
        IU Calendar




        • Field Day
          August 27 4:00pm
          Form a team for some friendly competition and join us for field day classics and fun! more »
        • Alumni Night at Symphony on the Prairie Concert with a Cause
          August 27 6:00pm
          WHO'S BAD: MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON Saturday, August 27       Thrilling fans for more than a decade, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band brings the chart-topping music and jaw-dropping dance moves of the undisputed King of Pop to Conner Prairie. Sing and dance along to your favorite Michael Jackson hits more »
        • SAPB Late Night & Weekends: Laser Tag
          August 27 8:00pm
          This event provides an opportunity for students to connect with each other on campus. It also provides an opportunity for students to have fun and relax after the first week of school. This event will have a laser tag arena, food, and other games.  more »
        • IUPUI Discovers Indy
          August 28 2:00pm
          Register for this great event to spend the day explore new places in Indianapolis and learn what this great city has to offer. more »
        • Student Support Centers Resource Fair
          August 29 8:00am
          The Student Support Centers Resource Fair will include academic support services from around the IUPUI campus.  Groups will share program information, discuss valuable material from their area, and answer any questions.  Students will gain an increased awareness of academic resources on campus that can assist them in their academic suc more »
        Saturday, August 27, 2016

          About This Event

          Summary

          Couched Constructions will move viewers beyond their comfy seats

          Sometimes a couch is just a piece of furniture…and sometimes—through the eyes of a visionary—a couch becomes a source of alternative building materials, a commentary on our prodigious solid waste stream and a view into the lives of the most economically disadvantaged citizens of our city.

          Couched Constructions, A new exhibit opening at Herron School of Art and Design on March 2, will challenge the viewer’s concept of the couch’s purpose. The reception begins at 5:00 p.m. outside the Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries in Herron’s Grand Hall. The exhibition will run through April 19.

          Wes Janz, a professor of architecture at Ball State University and the exhibition’s curator said, “the show considers both our casual, almost unconscious, life with couches even as it reveals potentials to be found in the architecture of the couch.”

          Janz has been recognized as an outstanding teacher. The cadre of artists—many of them architects by training—who have been invited to join him in providing the installations will use couches retrieved from curbsides of Indianapolis as their raw materials.

          Exhibition participants

          Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher, University of Kentucky

          Rod Fluker, Tuskegee University http://www.rodfluker.com/

          Timothy Gray, Ball State University http://www.grayarchitecture.com/

          Charmalee Gunaratne (Kansas City), Kate Lengacher and Rebecca Staley (Indianapolis) http://www.ecoabet.org/

          Wes Janz with Tayler Mikosz and Ashley VanMeter http://onesmallproject.org/

          Kevin Lair, IU-Columbus http://www.mod-eco.net/ and http://www.westbrookdesign.com/

          Paul Puzzello, Oksana Tretyak, and Wil Marquez, Indianapolis http://www.wpurpose.com/

          Cory Robinson, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis http://coryrobinsonstudio.com/home.html

          Janice Shimizu and Josh Coggeshall, Ball State University http://www.splusca.com/

          Sean Starowitz, Kansas City http://thepaintswatch.blogspot.com/

          Interest in the sustainability issues examined by Couched Constructions has triggered a full slate of companion activities.

          Opening Day Events

          Workshops and a panel discussion around themes of the exhibition, such as structures built from found materials, will take place at Herron throughout opening day:

          9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Found Objects Workshop led by

          Ana de Brea, Ball State University

          Andrea Swartz, Ball State University

          Donna Sink, Architect/Educator, Indianapolis

          Parker Williams, Graduate Architect, Indianapolis

          Shaun Krenzke, Architect, Crown Point

          12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch with participants

          1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conversation with Couched Constructions exhibitors and Discarded Indianapolis photo study artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, Transylvania University.

          Reading by Brian Willingham, author of Soul of a Black Cop.

          All events are free and open to the public, but reservations are kindly requested. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Herron Gallery Director Paula Katz at katzp@iupui.edu or at 317-278-9419.

          Other Related Events

          The Fourth World Film Festival

          An entertaining, yet thought-provoking films with social justice content in a 24-hour movie marathon from 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 30 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Selected by Olon Dotson, Ball State University

          Films may include but are not limited to:

          The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History

          Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Sidewalk

          In The Soup

          Killer of Sheep

          The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975

          Down By Law

          Darwin's Nightmare

          Basquait

          Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton

          Dirty Pretty Things

          Wall

          When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts

          Smoke Signals

          Couched Constructions: Part 2

          The Jewish Community Center will host Couched Constructions: Part 2 March 6 through May 4 at the JCC Art Gallery, 6701 Hoover Rd. The opening reception is Wednesday, March 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

          IndyTalks Collaboration

          JCC will also host a moderated panel including local Couched Constructions artists on March 28. http://www.indytalks.info/

          “This is such an exciting opportunity for partnerships on so many levels,” said Katz. “I was blown away when I saw Wes’s exhibition Big/Small at the Swope Museum in Terre Haute. The depth of exploration achieved in sustainability issues was tremendous. I knew this was the type of learning I wanted to bring to the Indianapolis Community.

          “It is thrilling to have so many participants,” she continued, “and the joy (and fear) of the unknown outcome of having completely original new projects. All the pieces for the show are still in production at this point. It is also delightful to work with the JCC and share this innovative show with them. A big thank you goes to the Efroymson Family Fund and Jeremy Efroymson, a CICF fund, for their support of and interest in the project.”

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          • Field Day
            August 27 4:00pm
            Form a team for some friendly competition and join us for field day classics and fun! more »
          • Alumni Night at Symphony on the Prairie Concert with a Cause
            August 27 6:00pm
            WHO'S BAD: MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON Saturday, August 27       Thrilling fans for more than a decade, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band brings the chart-topping music and jaw-dropping dance moves of the undisputed King of Pop to Conner Prairie. Sing and dance along to your favorite Michael Jackson hits more »
          • SAPB Late Night & Weekends: Laser Tag
            August 27 8:00pm
            This event provides an opportunity for students to connect with each other on campus. It also provides an opportunity for students to have fun and relax after the first week of school. This event will have a laser tag arena, food, and other games.  more »
          • IUPUI Discovers Indy
            August 28 2:00pm
            Register for this great event to spend the day explore new places in Indianapolis and learn what this great city has to offer. more »
          • Student Support Centers Resource Fair
            August 29 8:00am
            The Student Support Centers Resource Fair will include academic support services from around the IUPUI campus.  Groups will share program information, discuss valuable material from their area, and answer any questions.  Students will gain an increased awareness of academic resources on campus that can assist them in their academic suc more »
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