indianapolis museum of art

I ventured to the Indianapolis Museum of Art today with Chandler and this particular piece stood out to me. It’s titled Terrain by Julianne Swartz. It’s a very interesting, eerie work of art that is constructed of numerous speakers hanging from the ceiling that loop a track with 37 recordings of different people whispering a message to someone they hold dear to them. 

After spending a few minutes listening to the recordings, I was able to differentiate the varying voices and messages from one another. As the track started from the beginning, I honed in on one voice in particular; a clear, quiet male voice. The more I listened to his message, the more I was amazed at the sensitivity of it. He spoke to his long-lost lover, saying things such as, “I love you….I still miss you….Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you….I wish you were here….I am so thankful for the love that you gave me and the time we shared, no matter how short….I will always love you….I wish you didn’t have to leave….Sometimes I wake up and realize you were in my dreams….”

This was the most heart-breaking, touching piece of art I’ve ever experienced in a museum. I had to leave the room before I lost it. Great, great time spent at this museum today.

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Had such an amazing time at Heartland Film Festival this weekend for Gimme Shelter! I’m soo proud of this film, it has such a powerful message. We filmed it back in 2011 so I’m really happy to finally be sharing it! 

The trip was amazing… loved visiting the Indianapolis Museum of Art and soaking up the culture. And, of course, playing dress up ;) More pix coming later this week. Happy Tuesday Lovebugs Xo V

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Behind the Scenes: Ledger Digitization

Last year the registrars at the Indianapolis Museum of Art were very eager to get access to two ledgers of loans in and out for exhibition that dated from 1910 to 1920. Unfortunately, the condition of the ledgers was cause for some concern, as the binding had been so strained that the spine had come completely off of one. Repeated use would almost definitely lead to the other spine falling off, and potentially to additional deterioration of the pages and binding. 

For this reason it was decided that preservation digitization would be essential, and allow registrars unlimited and close-up access to the ledgers at any and all times–through digital images of each page.

Once again, the Photography Department let us borrow one of their studio spaces, equipment, and set-up to completely photograph both 200+ page ledgers. Though the process was a bit tedious, requiring each page to be turned and set before photographing, the result has been increased access to and the continued preservation of these ledgers packed full of important loan information!