First Thursdays

Start your evening at the museum. Mix and mingle, enjoy world music in the atrium, plus a cash bar and food, participate in interactive art events, and catch live performances. Our May First Thursday program will be the final major event before the museum closes for renovations. We will be giving away 1,000 triangle-shaped brownies in honor of the museum's architect I.M. Pei who turns 100 on April 26, 2017. Please join us in celebrating the museum and the upcoming renovation. See a full list of the activities taking place at our May event below. See you at the museum!


Art Museum Director Shares Renovation Plans, 4:30-5:00 p.m., Location TBA
David A. Brenneman, the Wilma E. Kelley Director of the Eskenazi Museum of Art will share the vision and plans for the Eskenazi Museum of Art's upcoming renovation.


Re-Imagining Your Museum, second floor
See images and renderings of the museum's upcoming renovation. You can build your dream museum with architecture series Legos. And tell us what you'd like to see, hear, do in your new art museum, by adding ideas to a wishing wall.

Playing with Abstraction, first floor
This playful exploration of abstraction will be hosted by Eskenazi Museum of Art volunteers, and is related to our current special exhibition Abstract Painting in Europe, 1949-1968.

Surrealist Poem and Exquisite Corpse Making, first floor
Create a surrealist poem or an exquisite corpse drawing using a twist of chance. Brought to you by Wounded Galaxies, Bloomington's Festival of Experimental Media, in conjunction with our current installation The Fountain at 100.

Solidarity Wrap: Global Wrap Fashion Exchange, second floor
Head wraps and scarves are a global commonality among people of many cultures. Solidarity Wrap will bring people together to share wrapping methods, helping each other create head wraps and taking selfies and portraits to share. Presented by the AsGoodAsMine_Collective.

Tour: Art of Archtecture, second floor
Bret Rothstein, Associate Professor of Art History at Indiana University will lead a tour of the archtecture of the art musuem. Learn how to look and listen to how buildings affect us.
Faces of Our World Family / Coloring Craze, second floor
Create and color a mask or other images from the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection

Open Sketch Night
5:30-7:00 p.m., Gallery of the Art of the Western World, first floor
With local artist and Eskenazi Museum of Art conservation assistant, Ellen Lyon


Classical Guitar, 5:00-6:00 p.m., second floor
with the IU Jacobs School of Music's Nikola Begovic

African Rhythms: Yael Litwin, 6:30-7:30 p.m., third floor

DJ White Light White Heath, 5:00-8:00 p.m., atrium
Great music in the museum atrium throughout the night by Heath Byer ofLandlocked Music.

Angles Café and Gift Shop Spring Sale
Select items will be on sale at Angles througout the night.

First Thursdays