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Exhibitions and Events at the Haan Museum in Lafayette, Indiana

Exhibitions and Events

100 Cups: One Artist's Journey
The work of artist Julia Livingston

April 7 through July 8, 2017
Opening Reception with the Artist is April 7, 2017

Admission is $5 - Free to members

The Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art presents a series of 100 wheel-thrown porcelain cups by Julia Livingston in an exhibition culminating her life's work as a ceramic artist. Livingston began her exploration as a simple idea to create 100 cups in prolific succession, and it unfolded into a dramatic documentation of a life-affirming creative process.

Each of the hundred cups is a separate unique work, and the "100 Cups" collection is itself an artwork that is a unity of the individual pieces forming a continuous flow. The cups are displayed in succession along a series of tiered pedestals encircling the upstairs landing of the museum. As each cup points to the next, the exhibition provides an invitation to experience how earlier forms are at work in shaping our perceptions of the present one as well as those to come.

During the two year project, the cups became energetic life forms and the cup handles a point of emergence from which vines, seeds, and budding life-forms flowed outward. Cups began to express emerging life events such as the arrival of spring at Cup 69, the death of her mother at Cup 84, and her own life-threatening diagnosis at Cup 94, "Splitting Apart" (from which she has recovered). The final Cup 100, named "End Point" marks the end of the project yet points to an unknown more.

Along with the 100 Cups series, many of Livingston's art nouveau inspired works from her 40 years as an Indiana ceramic artist will be displayed at the museum and are part of our permanent collection.

Admission to the exhibit is free with regular admission to the Haan Museum, and tickets for the reception on April 7 are available for $5 at the door or online at Special Events.

Click here to view 100 Cups and Archived Work.


Tuesday on the Trail - "A Walk in the Woods"

Tuesday on the Trail is a new series at the Haan Museum that will use the nature trail as a focal point in learning about nature. The hike will go the entire length of the trail, but there are turn-around points for those not wanting to hike the more strenuous sections.

This walk will be led by Bob Haan who conceptualized and build the trail. Among the subjects he often covers are identification of native plants, invasive species and their effect on wildlife, good wildlife habitat, and some of the issues he faced in building the trail.

The Many Faces of Indiana Art

Opening Reception Aug 4 at 6 pm
August 5 through October 28, 2017 -Open during regular Museum hours

Our fourth special exhibition, entitled "The Many Faces of Indiana Art", features the work of contemporary Indiana artists. Art can take on many forms, and everyone defines art according to their own vision. This exhibit offers an exploration into the vast possibilities of what can be defined as art. Paintings, ceramics, glass in many forms, photography, woodcarving, metalworking, mosaics, jewelry, and textiles are just a few of the many art forms being showcased during the exhibition.

What qualifies as art? This exhibit examines the question by showing many different forms of art, and providing thought-provoking questions that help individuals challenge their own definition of art. It is an exhibit designed to educate and enrich the public about art and as a museum exhibit, the works are not offered for sale.

Admission to the exhibit is free with regular admission to the Haan Museum, and tickets for the reception on August 4 are available for $5 at the door or online at Special Events.

Prospectus for Artists

Artists may click here to view and download the prospectus.

Build a Stage in the Theater Garden Project

Help us build a stage in the Theater Garden for Lafayette Civic Youth Theater and other performances. We have a grant to cover the foundation, but need lumber, bracket and volunteer labor.

We have received a $3,500 grant from the City of Lafayette to begin the installation of a Theater Garden stage for Civic Theatre youth performances and other events. Help us by buying one or more boards or one or more post brackets to attach the posts to the foundation. The boards are ground contact treated for maximum durability and will be used for beams and joists. The post bracket is made of a heavy galvanized metal made for use with treated lumber. The approximate cost of a 2 x 12 board 20 feet long is $50, and the cost of the post bracket is about $25.