PhotoBook Happy Hour(s)
6:00 PM18:00

PhotoBook Happy Hour(s)

Join Aurora for an evening of drinks, snacks, and a celebration of all things photobook. This will also be a private viewing party of photographic artist Conner Green’s series, Imperia, currently on display in Bluebeard’s Second Story, where he will be giving an informal artist talk.

The evening offers an opportunity to connect with people while looking at photobooks and sharing ideas. It is the first of an ongoing series of similar informal gatherings meant to bring photo enthusiasts of any genre (including commercial, fine art, and documentary) together in a casual, laid back atmosphere! To kick things off we’re keeping things simple with an open call to share a personal photobook from your own collection (or not, Aurora will have a curated selection of photobooks of its own to share with everyone).

This event is free and open to all, but please RSVP at so we know how big this party is going to get. Entrance to the Second Story is to the left of Bluebeard’s Courtyard seating and immediately up the stairs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the restaurant bar.

Conner Green is an Indianapolis-based artist. He studied art and literature at Indiana University and holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work has been exhibited both national and internationally. Much of his work combines disciplines while incorporating found sculptural and print-based elements. His work explores concepts of institutional critique, myth, desire, and master narratives. He finds all of these concepts rife for discovery in the consumer-based material world and the built environment. His process allows for a certain degree of chance or disorder to come into play, which he believes enables the phenomenal world to speak for itself. 

Imperia investigates the social ramifications of monumental architecture through collages of found materials, drawings, and photographs. “I understand ‘architecture’ to refer to more than just the design and decoration of buildings, but also to how thought or action can make order and meaning out of random space,” Green says. "My work, in part, attempts to excavate those embedded meanings." To create his work, Green digitally assembles his materials into sketchy, black inkjet prints that resemble schematic drawings or computer renderings, producing a sense of disorder in the otherwise highly organized and rigid, even scientific, discourse of architecture. The rendered forms do not refer to any extant structures, rather they attempt to portray a kind of composite of different built forms throughout history.

From the series,  Imperia , by Conner Green, currently on view at Bluebeard’s Second Story

From the series, Imperia, by Conner Green, currently on view at Bluebeard’s Second Story

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Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk: [hyphen] American
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk: [hyphen] American

Opening and Artist Talk
[hyphen] American
Keliy Anderson-Staley
Artist Talk: 5pm

Please join us for the opening of [hyphen] American, and installation of 150 unique tintype portraits by Keliy Anderson-Staley. The artist will give a brief talk about her work starting at 5pm followed by a question and answer period.

Keliy Anderson-Staley has been creating a collective portrait of America, and its great diversity, over the past decade. Working in tintype, a 19th-Century photographic process, she has crisscrossed the country to photograph the hundreds of people who make up [hyphen] American. Her portraits often feature people who did not have access to being photographed when tintypes were first invented back in the 1800s. This exhibition showcases portraits made during her stop in Indianapolis in June 2019, as well as subjects photographed in other American cities from New York to Cleveland to San Francisco. To make each tintype, Anderson-Staley mixes and pours the emulsion for each plate on site shortly before a portrait is made. Tintypes need long exposure times, so the subject must remain completely still for up to 30 seconds to produce a sharp picture. This process creates portraits that are atmospheric and very detailed, emphasizing an often intense and mesmerizing gaze. Anderson-Staley’s beautifully textured tintype portraits use 19th-Century technology to depict the wholeness of what “American” means in the 21st Century.

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Tintype Workshop: Keliy Anderson-Staley
9:00 AM09:00

Tintype Workshop: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Tintype Workshop with Keliy Anderson-Staley
June 15, 9am-12
Free; Reservation Required
Call 317.361.3703 or email for Reservation
Age Appropriate 13 and up

This is a hands-on workshop for those who would like to learn more about the tintype process. Materials will be provided. Participants will learn about the chemistry and process involved in making tintypes. Each participant will create a 5 x 7 inch tintype. Session will be limited to 5 participants. Call 317.361.3703 or email to make a reservation.

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Tintype Studio Sessions with Keliy Anderson-Staley
to Jun 16

Tintype Studio Sessions with Keliy Anderson-Staley

Free and Open to the Public
June 13-16, 2019
Appointments (required) start at 9am and end 7pm each day
Call 317.361.3703 or email to schedule an appointment

Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley will be making tintype portraits at Tube Factory June 13-16, 2019. Tintype is a 19th-Century photographic process rarely practiced today. Please call 317.361.3703 or email to make an appointment for your portrait. (Appointment is required.)

All participants should expect the shoot to take 20-30 minutes, and there might be a short wait, even if you have an appointment. By sitting for a portrait, you are participating in a long-term portrait project that now includes images of a couple thousand individuals. Everyone who sits for a portrait will be asked to sign a model release form and will receive a high resolution scan of the image via email 2-3 weeks after the shoot. Group portraits are possible, but family portraits need to be limited to 5 members. People of all ages, body types, orientations and ethnicities are encouraged to come participate in this free portrait shooting event.

What to Know before Your Portrait Sitting

• Exposure times for tintypes can last up to 30 seconds. Sitters must remain relatively still during that time to make a clear, sharp image (some blinking is okay). Small children or other subjects who may find it difficult to stay still for that amount of time may appear blurry in the final image.

• Due to time and material restraints, sitters will have only one image made.

• Please wear clothes that do not have text and are not all white or all black.

• Subjects who wear glasses may want to consider not wearing them for the portrait to reduce the chance of reflection in the final image.

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