If you haven’t been to the Indiana State Museum in a while (or ever), now is a good time to go. Three temporary exhibits are nearing the end of their time at the museum, located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis.
In Her Honor will close on August 8, 2011. This exhibit honors the World War II Women’s Air Service Pilots (WASP). Members of WASP volunteered their services to fly miltary planes from base to base to free male pilots for combat duty. They also often flew B-26s and B-29s to test their safety. More than 1,000 women served as WASPs; 38 lost their lives while flying. In recognition of their service, the WASP were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.
Odd Indiana will close on September 4, 2011. If you’ve ever thought some things in Indiana are a bit strange, then this exhibit will confirm your suspicions. Actually, while some of the items on display can be considered strange — artwork made from human hair — others are quite clever. For a taste of what you might find at the Odd Indiana exhibit and for a quiz with an end prize of $5 off a family, grandparent or patron membership, click here.
Women in the Winner’s Circle will close on September 6, 2011. This traveling exhibit was created by race car driver Lyn St. James, the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 1992, in collaboration with the Henry Ford Museum. The purpose of the exhibition is to celebrate the history and accomplishments of women in motor sports.
Indiana Realities: Regionalist Painting 1930 to 1945 will close on September 11, 2011. Hoosier artists such as T.C. Steele, Johnny Gruelle and Robert Indiana are well-known names. But there are many talented, yet unknown artists from Indiana whose work is worth appreciating. This exhibition includes 37 original paintings from the Robert L. and Ellen E. Haan Collection.
If you missed the Frugal & Fancy: Indiana Quilts exhibit, which closed in mid-July, you can still download a free guide with photos and descriptions of all the quilts that were on display.