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"Five Brushstrokes" by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is being unveiled Friday on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. To celebrate, museum organizers have planned a free community block party.


The Indianapolis Museum of Art is adding one of the most important and striking works of art in the world to its grounds this week.

Museum officials think that calls for a party.

The museum will unveil Roy Lichtenstein’s “Five Brushstrokes,” a collection of five massive sculptures by the seminal pop artist. To help the community welcome the pieces, it will host a block party from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Local DJs will spin records, food trucks will serve the best street food in the city, and organizers have put together a slate of pop art-related activities.

The public is invited to the museum grounds, 4000 N. Michigan Ave., Indianapolis, to get the first glance of the new addition.

Scott Stulen, curator of audience experiences and performances, explains what to expect from this artwork and this event.

Why is this such a big deal?

This is a significant public sculpture from a very well-known artist and something that’s going to go right on the front lawn, something we know will be an attraction for years to come. Any time we make such a large addition to the collection, that’s a momentous thing.

What does this piece represent for the museum?

We’re entering into something new for the institution. This is a new chapter for the museum, and this piece is part of that. We want people to really see that.

How did this block party come about?

What we really wanted to do was unveil it. It would be very cool if we could actually put material over it and actually unveil, but it’s 40-feet-tall, and we couldn’t do that.

What is the idea behind it?

We want to let people walk next to it and experience the piece as it’s meant to be experienced. We’re going to have a party — bring in food, bring in games — and really kind of kick off Labor Day weekend with a fun event.

What will the block party consist of?

At 3 p.m., we’ll have a short presentation and unveiling of the piece. We’ll set up a photo booth, so you can get your picture with the piece and the new vista of the museum. I have a drumline coming out to do a performance. We’ll have a painting activity that everyone can add to, give it their own brushstroke, so to speak.

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