Herron School of Art and Design's 2019 summer exhibitions showcase diversity of art forms, identities and cultures

The Galleries at Herron School of Art and Design will kick off another summer season Wednesday, June 5, with two group exhibitions – "The Alchemy of Paper" and "After & Because Of" – plus a solo show featuring the work of Kentucky-based folk artist Minnie Adkins. A video-and-sound installation by Shirin Neshat opens Monday, July 15.

"The Alchemy of Paper" features 15 contemporary artists utilizing the expressive properties of handmade paper to investigate content and form. Among a range of fiber-and-water-based works in the exhibition are socially engaged papermaking experiments by Megan Heeres, incorporating foraged invasive plants; large-scale, vibrant pulp paintings by Hong Hong, using traditional Tibetan and Japanese papermaking techniques; and a site-specific, immersive book by Veda Rives Aukerman and Meda Rives Smith. Additional exhibited artists are Eric Benson, Melissa Jay Craig, Helen Hiebert, Susan Warner Keene, Drew Matott, Lydia Musco, Catherine Nash, Melissa Potter and Maggie Puckett, Mark Rospenda, and Michelle Wilson. "The Alchemy of Paper" continues in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul Galleries through Aug. 28.

In the Marsh Gallery through July 5 is "After & Because Of," celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ artists today – fifty years after the Stonewall riots. Through paintings, photography, textile constructions and video, Paolo Arao, Danny Ferrell, Dani and Sheilah Restack, Devan Shimoyama, Chris E. Vargas and Rana Young present diverse reflections on LGBTQ+ life.

In the Basile Gallery through Aug. 28 is a selection of painted wood carvings by 85-year-old Minnie Adkins, one of America's renowned living folk artists who began whittling in the 1930s. Adkins' brightly colored animals are in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Opening July 15 in the Marsh Gallery is "Rapture," Shirin Neshat's 1999 two-channel, synchronized video installation exploring the gender politics of Islam. As an Iranian-born artist, Neshat's groundbreaking work in film, video and photography explores the complex intellectual and religious forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world. "Rapture" closes Aug. 28.

A closing reception for Adkins' and Neshat's solo exhibitions and "The Alchemy of Paper" will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St.

In-kind support is provided by Sun King Brewing. Parking is free in the Sports Complex Garage adjacent to Eskenazi Hall or on levels 5 and 6 of the Riverwalk Garage, courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis, with validation from the Herron galleries. Visit HerronGalleries.org for more information.

The Galleries at Herron, located in Eskenazi Hall on the IUPUI campus, are free and open to the public with reduced summer hours from 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Herron galleries will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

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