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  • Writer's pictureJoey Amato

Celebrate Black History Month at Newfields

Join Newfields throughout February to celebrate Black History Month. From now until February 28 guests can explore the theme of Black Resistance through film, visual art and discussion.

For the first time at Newfields, In a Time of Panthers, a new photography exhibition will debut in Waller Gallery. The photographs taken by Jeffery Henson Scales, New York Times photo editor, highlight the Oakland chapter of The Black Panther Party he took as a teenager.

These powerful images were recently acquired by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) at Newfields. This is the first time they've been on display at the IMA and are the focal piece of Black History Month programming, on view through March 1, 2023.

Programming for the rest of the month includes:

Free First Thursday presented by Bank of America Thursday, February 2 Free for members and public /Advance tickets recommended but not required Newfields offers free admission to all guests for the entire day on the first Thursday of each month throughout the year. Bring your friends and family and explore the Newfields campus indoors and out for FREE.

History on Film: Black Resistance Saturdays in February at 1 & 3 PM Free for members and public / Tickets not required, first come, first seated Join us every Saturday in February for a series of free double feature screenings—pairing a documentary with a narrative feature—focused on Black Resistance in America in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Slow Down Sundays: Black History Month Sundays in February in the IMA Galleries Included with general admission and free for members / Advance tickets recommended but not required Step into the IMA Galleries every Sunday in February to slow down. “Slow Art” is a movement to encourage us all to look at art a little longer, not only to see more, but also to know the works in greater detail without being an expert.

Film Screening & Discussion: Norman Parish III presents Wall of Respect: Norman Parish and the Parish Art Gallery Sunday, February 19 at 1 PM in DeBoest Lecture Hall Free for members and public / Tickets not required, first come, first seated The documentary Walls of Respect honors the life and work of Norman Parish, Jr., the artist and groundbreaking gallerist in Georgetown, DC. The film will be introduced by Norman Parish III and there will be a post-film Q&A with him as well.

Newfields Speakers Series: Perspectives in Portraiture Socio-Historical Implications in Portrait Art from 1700-2023 Sunday, February 26 at 1 PM in The Toby Free for members and public / Tickets not required, first come, first seated Indianapolis-based artist and musician Joshua Thompson pairs classical masterwork performances from composers of African descent with work by local visual artists in this engaging cross-cultural discussion on identity, status, and the arts.

*The 2023 Black History Month theme, Black Resistance, was developed by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

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