Indianapolis to be hub city for ambitious arts tour

April 1, 2011
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If things go to plan, six 18-wheeler trucks full of art—a museum and more on wheels —will be rolling into Central Indiana as part of the ambitious "America: Now and Here" show. While the schedule has yet to be announced, Indianapolis is listed as a hub city on the event's website.

This isn't just a collection of paintings on tour. The exhibition includes visual art, short plays, poetry, music (by the likes of Lou Reed and Roseanne Cash) and film screenings.

Each stop will include two weeks in the main city, a week each in two smaller towns, a week at a state or community college, and a week at a military base.

Don't watch the roads yet, though. The special trucks needed have yet to be built. The plan is for the convoy to hit the road in 2012. 

This May, non-rolling previews will be held in Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit.

The project is the brainchild of artist Eric Fischl. More details on "America: Now and Here" can be found here.

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  • Looking Back
    This project brings to mind a similar project that rolled thru Indianapolis (literally rolled through) about 25 years ago. The "Art Train" came thru the city via the old Union Station depot in the early 90's featuring converted train cars that contained museum quality Pop and Contemporary Art by all the big names. It was really quite an event and a great deal of fun. Sounds like this production will be more ambitious, with theatre and music in the mix. Looking forward to seeing it.

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