Please Touch!

The Sculptures of

Michael Naranjo

Now Open – July 26

This fascinating exhibition features touchable sculptures of bronze by renowned artist Michael Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) as part of an initiative to make exhibitions accessible to all individuals.

Touchable Sculptures Provide Multi-Sensory Experience

History on Michael Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo): Naranjo is a prolific and talented Native American sculptor.  He is the son of a noted Santa Clara Pueblo potter, Rose Naranjo and part of a family well-known for their work in clay. Naranjo began sculpting in earnest after serving in the army during the Vietnam War where, at the age of 23, a grenade took his sight and permanently damaged his right hand. While recovering from his injuries he began to use his left hand, creating animals and small figures in clay as he had done as a child at his mother’s side. Despite all odds, Naranjo has been able to realize his lifelong dream of being an artist.

What is it: Most exhibitions do not allow visitors to touch the art on display.  This exhibition encourages visitors to experience the sculpture in multi-sensory ways. Including touch, Braille, audio descriptions and video of Naranjo working.

Being blind makes the pace of life slower; you can’t walk fast or grab for things quickly. Life is more gentle and soft and the change brought my creative energies out.—Michael Naranjo

Thank you to the TIA Collection and the Naranjo’s for their generous loans and efforts to make this exhibition happen.

Come experience this exhibit

How to visit: See exhibit Mon-Sat 10-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission

Celebrate with Michael Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Friday, Feb. 7
Curator’s Choice Series: Renowned artist Michael Naranjo talks about his exhibition – Noon – 12:20 p.m.
Eiteljorg Museum, Paul Gallery

Saturday, Feb. 8
Artist Talk – 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Eiteljorg Museum, Paul Gallery

Choose from two wonderful opportunities to meet renowned artist Michael Naranjo and learn about his fascinating exhibition of touchable bronze sculptures.

Eiteljorg Members: Artist Talk is Free
Non-Members/Public – Artist Talk is included with museum admission

Saturday, Feb. 8
Reception – 2 – 4 p.m.
Hotel Tango Distillery, 702 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Join us at Hotel Tango to hear Naranjo share his inspiring story of resilience. Enjoy a free drink and light snacks! Space is limited, so make your reservations today. For reservations, click here or call 317.275.1316. Must be 21+ to attend.

Reception – $35

You’re invited!


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