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Charles Venable

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Hot Tickets: Seven Indy Arts Mavens Share Fall Favorites

“Evening with the Stars brings together the best ballet dancers in the world that we would never have a chance to see here,” says Travis DiNicola of Indy Reads. “It’s the must-see event of the year.”

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Photo of the Day: HJR-3 Foes See Red

Also: The IMA’s recently wed director, Charles Venable, announced his organization’s opposition this week to the proposed gay-marriage ban.

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Knot Here: Where Gay Hoosiers Are Getting Hitched

“Everybody who is anybody has their weddings there,” says Zach Adamson about Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, says Charles Venable about New York City, “We wanted a civil service. There is a chapel-like room in the city clerk’s office. You’re not just handed a piece of paper, which is really nice.”

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First Look: Contemporary Design Galleries at the IMA

The IMA’s new Contemporary Design Gallery has the largest collection of modern design in the United States, boasting hundreds of pieces from three different eras.

Zach Adamson and Christian Mosburg walk in the 2013 Indy Pride Festival Parade
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Councilman Zach Adamson’s Wedding Bells Will Ring out a Political Statement

City-county councilman Zach Adamson and partner Christian Mosburg flew to Washington D.C. today, only partly by choice: The two can’t tie the knot in their home state, so they’re going where same-sex marriages are legally recognized.

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Painting By Numbers: The State of the IMA

“What didn’t happen is enough people showing up to populate the structure we had built,” Venable says. But “Art is not for everybody,” says one IMA critic. “Art is for anybody, which is very different.”

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Editor's Note: September 2013

Will the value the IMA’s curators provide—challenging our thinking with shows like Ai Weiwei’s, telling us what art we should be clamoring for—continue as the museum is democratized?

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Senior Curator Lisa Freiman to Leave IMA

Freiman’s impending evaporation from Indy is the latest move at the IMA, where relatively new director and CEO Charles Venable, who started in October 2012, has made an array of changes.