Please Touch!

The Sculptures of

Michael Naranjo

Opens Jan. 18 – July 26, 2020

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 sculpture.  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, 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

Call for Community Art

NOUN: 1. A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form
that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. (Oxford English Dictionary)

A Sense of Beauty
As a part of the museum’s 30th anniversary celebration, you (and everyone else you know) are invited to create artwork inspired by the theme, Beauty. Artwork will be on display in conjunction with the exhibition, A Sense of Beauty, which opens March 9. So get out your paints, pencils, tablets or whatever medium you choose and create some art! (Public artwork will be hung within ten days of receipt after March 9, 2019 and be on display through August 4, 2019.)

Criteria: artwork must be original and inspired by the theme Beauty
2-D only; 4” x 4” size (unframed)
a signed consent form must accompany the entry

Send your entry to:
Public Programs
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-270

Please download the consent form by clicking here, fill it out and include it with your submission.

You’re invited!


Join us for a special 30th Anniversary Party, which will kick off a yearlong celebration at the museum.


Thank you to Our Contributors

Capital Group Eiteljorg Corporate Sponsor
Barnes & Thornburg Corporate Sponsor at the Eiteljorg
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