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The Eiteljorg hosts a variety of events over the course of the year that you won’t want to miss. Most of our events are included with the price of admission, so you can come enjoy the excitement of a special occasion as well as the beauty of our unique museum.

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Leon Jett Memorial Lecture with Dr. Kyle T. Mays (Saginaw Chippewa)

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Dr. Kyle T. Mays (Saginaw Chippewa), author and Assistant Professor of African American Studies and American Indian Studies and History at UCLA, for an important discussion about hip-hop music by Native artists. Dr. Mays is the author of Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America (2018), An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States (2021), and City of Dispossessions: Indigenous Peoples, African Americans, and the Creation of Modern Detroit (2022). His work explores three…

Free Members-Only Inside Look at “Contemporary Native Art 101”

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join Eiteljorg Museum staff and hear more about exhibit development, how art and objects are selected, and the strategy behind placement. Dorene Red Cloud (Oglala Lakota), curator of Native American art, will lead this behind-the-scenes tour of the items currently on display in Contemporary Native Art 101. This exhibit is a survey of contemporary Native art from the mid-to-late 19th century to today. As a bonus, Dorene will showcase art that did not make the final exhibition and discuss the…

Arts n’ Culture and the African American Influence Panel Discussion

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are partnering with the Steward Speakers organization to host their “Arts n’ Culture and the African American Influence Panel Discussion” on Feb. 23 from 6-8p.m. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson -Returning to Indy to moderate a panel discussion about black artists and the role that race plays as it relates to cultural representation and equity throughout the profession. The panel will include 9th Wonder, Alan Bacon, Mali Jeffers, and Ashley Chew. Get Tickets

Behind the Scenes Talk: New Native Galleries – The Three Overarching Themes

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Dorene Red Cloud (Oglala Lakota), curator of Native American art, to learn more about Relation, Continuation and Innovation, the three themes of the museum's new exhibition, Expressions of Life: Native Art in North America. This program is included with general museum admission.

two photos. one of Dorothea Lange atop a car with her camera, and one of her photograph "Migrant Mother"

Curator’s Tour and Talk: Changing Views

March 4 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Join Jessica Nelson, Ph.D., museum director of religion and culture initiatives, on the exhibition's opening day for a gallery tour of the show at 10:30 a.m. followed by a lecture at 1 p.m. This program is included with general museum admission.

Western Book Club: Tracing Time, Season of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Virtual/Zoom Cost: Free The Eiteljorg Museum’s Western Book Club, like the museum itself, is committed to including works that represent many different cultural values, attitudes, and points of view. Members come together bimonthly to discuss books that represent the diversity of the American West and Indigenous peoples of North America. Meetings take place via Zoom, and are open to all. Join us for a discussion of Tracing Time, Season of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau by Craig Childs.…

Jews of the Wild West Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come join us for a screening of the award winning documentary, Jews of the Wild West in partnership with JCC Indianapolis. Learn about how Jewish people have impacted the American West from historians, rabbis and descendants of the people highlighted in the documentary. Following the screening there will be a virtual Q&A with Amanda Kinsey the documentary’s filmmaker. Registration is required for this event. The cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for Eiteljorg and JCC members. Link to register…

Artist in Residence: Elise Paschen (Osage Nation)

March 29 - April 1

Artists in Residence: The Eiteljorg's artist in residence program brings Native and Western artists from across North America to the museum and to classrooms, libraries and senior centers in the local community. Visiting artists provide a mix of small onsite and virtual online offerings. Elise's Bio: Elise Paschen, an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, is the author of, most recently, The Nightlife (Red Hen Press, 2017), Bestiary, Infidelities (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), and Houses: Coasts. As an undergraduate at Harvard, she received the…

Wildstyle Paschall Talk

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Wildstyle in a talk about social justice photography and what it means to be both an observer and participant in social justice movements About Wildstyle: Wildstyle is a producer, photographer and curator for All317HipHop; roving illustrator for The Learning Tree; and Central Indiana Community Foundation Ambassador. Registration is required for this event but walk-ins are welcome, unless the event sells out ahead of time. The cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Link to register coming soon.

Film Photography Workshop and Photo Walk with Roberts Camera

April 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Browse our Changing Views: The Photography of Dorothea Lange exhibition then join us, in partnership with Roberts Camera, for a film photography workshop. This event will be a 45 min workshop followed by a 45 min photo walk. Your registration will include a roll of film and supplies. About Roberts Camera: Roberts is a local photography shop, open since 1957, that sells photography equipment and offers rentals, classes and a photo lab. This event will be registration only and will be…

Chrissy Lau Lecture

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Chrissy Yee Lau, Assistant Professor of History at California State University- Monterey Bay, for a lecture focusing on Reverend John Misao Yamazaki and members of the St. Mary’s Japanese Episcopal Mission in San Francisco as they dealt with anti-Japanese discrimination and forced relocation to internment camps in the 1940s. About Chrissy Lau: Chrissy is the Author of New Women of Empire: Gendered Politics and Racial Uplift in Interwar Japanese America (2022) and co-editor of The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide…

Western Book Club – Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Virtual/Zoom Cost: Free The Eiteljorg Museum’s Western Book Club, like the museum itself, is committed to including works that represent many different cultural values, attitudes, and points of view. Members come together bimonthly to discuss books that represent the diversity of the American West and Indigenous peoples of North America. Meetings take place via Zoom, and are open to all. Join us for a discussion of Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the…

Black and white photo of Dorothea Lange sitting atop a car holding her camera

Behind the Scenes Tour: Changing Views

July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the Changing Views: The Photography of Dorothea Lange exhibition with curator, Jessica Nelson. This program is included with general museum admission.

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Yearly Events

June

Indian Market & Festival

Since 1993, the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has been one of the preeminent summer cultural events in downtown Indianapolis. Artists from more than 50 Native American or First Nations groups present art across multiple disciplines to be awarded, purchased, and enjoyed.

Sept – Oct

Quest For The West

Quest is one of the top Western art shows in the country. Opening weekend registrants will be the first to see and bid on paintings and sculptures by some of the most prominent artists in a “luck of the draw” sale and a miniature art sale.

Oct – Nov

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Every October, visitors can enjoy free admission to the Eiteljorg Museum during a day of celebration with performances, art-making, Mercado vendors, community groups, and a community-curated art and altar display.

Nov – Jan

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

Every winter, visitors explore the Eiteljorg’s popular annual holiday model train display, featuring reproductions of the landmarks of the American West and the skyline of downtown Indianapolis.

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10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday:
Noon – 5 p.m.

500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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