Portraits of Our City
What can a photography portrait tell us about a person? What can you learn from someone by asking them a single question? What can the dreams of a city’s residents tell us about the city?
Portraits of Our City discusses these questions with an exhibition featuring hundreds of black and white photographs of local residents and invites the community to discover human connections through people and place. This exhibition is a conversation between Indianapolis residents and an exploration of the people that make up our city, using one question as a jumping off point. The answers to that question, captured with still photographs and audio, become the exhibition.
Discover the soul of our city and take part in a dialogue on what a portrait can reveal about a person’s hopes, fears, and memories. In turn, discuss what these things tell us about Indianapolis.
Featured EventsDiscover Newfields
Summer Camp for Teachers: Science + Art
Educators, please join us for the third year of the IMA summer day camp for teachers.
Bes-Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago Tour
Explore the mind(s) behind the madness of Chicago’s “Mad Hatter.”
Miller House and Garden Tour
Visit one of the most important mid-century modern residences in the country.
Permanent Collection Tour
Get the most out of your visit to the IMA Galleries with a trained docent as your guide.
Adult Class: Orchids & Beers
Come out and enjoy a cold one while Newfields’ Ian Wilhite leads an informal discussion with you about orchids.
Lilly House Tour
Take a docent-guided tour of the American Country Place Era home of the late Indianapolis businessman, philanthropist, and collector J.K. Lilly, Jr.
Ask Me! Docents
Curious about something you see? Just ask one of our Ask Me! docents.
Collecting Contemporaries: Recent Acquisitions from the Koch and Wolf Collections Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of this exhibition featuring two of the largest gifts of modern and contemporary art in IMA history.
Take a 45-minute guided tram and walking tour of The Garden.
Meet Me at Newfields Tour: Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Tour
Art appreciation and social opportunities help enhance the relationship between persons with a dementia diagnosis and care partners, as well as providing an opportunity to develop new relationships with fellow participants.
Design Gallery Re-opening for Design Arts Society Members and The Newfields Society Donors
After a four-month closure, the Design Gallery will re-open featuring an updated layout, new curatorial perspectives and interpretive content, and an interactive Design Lab.
Indy Shorts International Film Festival
Indy Shorts at Newfields features short films—under 40 minutes—in a new partnership event to support the annual Heartland International Film Festival.
Evening Tour of The Garden with Newfields' Director of Horticulture
Stroll The Garden with Newfields’ director of horticulture, Chad Franer, and learn about what’s in bloom.
Design Gallery Re-Opening Members-Only Preview
Preview the gallery’s new interactive spaces, including a Design Lab for digital and hands-on learning.
Family Day: Explore India
Dance, create, and sing your way throughout Newfields as you explore India.
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres Tour
Lace up your walking shoes for this guided tour of Fairbanks Park, featuring 100-acres of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.
KP Singh Lecture
Join Indiana artist and author, KP Singh, as he brings his vast knowledge and artistic experience to Newfields.
Members Only Talk: Shelley Selim
Join Associate Curator of Design and Decorative Arts Shelley Selim to hear about the gallery highlights and the curatorial vision behind the reinstallation.
A Closer Look
Participants are invited to observe, question, and discuss a selected artwork in the galleries with a museum educator.
Choose Your Own Adventure: Members-Only Talks
In celebration of Member Appreciation Month, come to Newfields for a “choose your own adventure” afternoon with our Members-Only Talks.
Members-Only Trivia in the Beer Garden
Celebrate Member Appreciation Month with some good old-fashioned competition.
Stroll Winterlights at Newfields from November 18 through January 6 amid the glow of a million bulbs