Sunday, March 23, 2014

Trip to Indy, Part 1

The past few days, Dudeboy and I joined Dr. J for a trip to Indianapolis where she had a conference for those English-Rhet-Comp type people.  While she was all business, we played.
 Our first stop was the Morris-Butler House.  Unfortunately, it is now closed to tours while they "implement a new vision for the property."  Needless to say, Dudeboy was very bummed about this development.

Indiana War Memorial . . . this massive memorial houses a museum dedicated to Indiana's involvement in the various wars throughout our nation's history .  . . from Tippecanoe to our most recent endeavors in the Middle East.

One exhibit is a recreation of the radio room of the USS Indianapolis.  If you are not familiar with the harrowing story of the Indianapolis, you will want to take a few moments to look into it.

The Shrine Room is "the emotional and architectural core of the Memorial" being a striking remembrance of the Great War.

The Benjamin Harrison Home . . . the last home of the 23rd president (wedged between the non-consecutive terms of Grover Cleveland).  The home is amazing for the sheer amount of original furnishings that make up the collection.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art . . . Dudeboy in front of the iconic "LOVE" statue by Robert Indiana. Unfortunately, time didn't allow us to do justice to both the permanent collection and the temporary exhibit The Essential Robert Indiana, so we elected to limit our Robert Indiana to this permanent piece.

 Dudeboy interacting with the A Room installation by Sopheap Pich.

Dudeboy's first in the flesh encounter with Bosch.

The recently acquired Dream of Spring by Bouguereau.  After our brutally cold winter, I admit no shame in being totally enamored with this over-the-top celebration of the season.
Amazingly, on this first full day we were also able to visit the Indiana State Museum, but none of the pictures I took are worth sharing.  I must note they have a nice exhibit on the natural history of Indiana . . . lots of trilobites and such!

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