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A sample secret that has appeared on the PostSecret website
  • A sample secret that has appeared on the PostSecret website

The joy of First Friday is that there are so many great events to attend all over the city. I haven’t made a list of all the galleries and museums (etc.) that I want to visit because it would be so long it would probably make me a party-pleasing combo of sad and anxious. Here are a couple shows opening this Friday that I plan to attend.

Book Club: This exhibit, which showcases books that have been created as art — as flip books or accordion-fold books, to name a couple examples — is in its third year at the Harrison Center for the Arts (1505 N. Delaware Street). I’ve been seeing a lot of reimagined books lately, such as Elizabeth Abernathy’s twig notebooks that were made from stuff like twigs and lunch sacks. I have no idea what to expect from the artists whose ranks include Hector del Campo, Gatis Cirulis, David Johnson, Katya Reka, and Sarah Strong. The anti…pation is delightful. Things kick off at 6:00 p.m. The show is on display until August 27. Call 317-396-3886 for more information.

If I had a “star” event, PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God would be it. I am STOKED that this exhibit is going to be in town, period, but also because Indy is the only Midwestern stop on the tour. Us! We win! In case you’re not familiar with the project, PostSecret is a community art endeavor that has garnered national attention. People anonymously write their secrets on homemade postcards and then mail them to the project’s founder, Frank Warren. A select number of secrets, generally around 20 per week, appear on www.postsecret.com every Sunday. The site receives more than six million visitors each month. Deliciously, Warren says, "This project has shown me that art can be like a new tongue that allows us to speak and pray in ways that might otherwise be impossible.” The show’s title comes from Warren’s fifth and most recent collection of PostSecret books. Stop by the reception between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. at iMOCA’s Murphy Building Gallery (1043 Virginia Avenue, Suite 5). The exhibit is on display until September 18. Go to www.indymoca.org for more information.

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