Artist Dale Teachout with his baboon creation that is part of the exhibit, The Zoo, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. The Zoo features 22 pieces created by Teachout using items found along curbsides. Teachout said it took him three and a half months to create the animals in the exhibit.(Photo: John Terhune/Journal & Courier)
8 things to do: A zoo, Midwest rock and ballet
Journal and Courier, June 4, 2015
Domenica Bongiovanni, firstname.lastname@example.org
Although they're new in town, you might see something familiar in the life-sized zoo animals that have set up shop outside the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.
And that's because the lion, rhino, kangaroo and others contain the type of stuff you put out at the end of your driveway every week. Artist Dale Teachout said he culled objects from curbs in the Detroit area for the display, much of which was originally shown at the city's 2014 ArtPrize show.
Part of a magenta shoe forms the lower half of the ostrich's head. The gorilla leans on arms made from the base of a basketball hoop. The baboon is a Toro lawn mower cut in half.
"People like to kind of look at things and figure out where it came from, which is kind of fun, too," Teachout said. "It's almost a game."
"It's kind of like a zoo without all the smells," said Melanie Arvin, a fourth-year veterinary student at Purdue University.
She was part of a group jokingly asked to check the vitals of the animals at a preview Wednesday. Second-year veterinary student Andrew DeBoer said the exhibit made junk look cool.
Equally intriguing are the animals' environments. Michael Crowthers, the museum's curator of collections, exhibitions and education, spearheaded the designs for the habitats, which are roughly grouped into continents. He said he and other area artists created settings to help fasten the animals in place and give them context. About 75 percent of the objects used for installation, Crowthers said, are found materials.
There's a bigger message, too. Teachout said the exhibit gives people a chance to reflect on the excess stuff in their lives and how they can take more responsibility.
After Friday's opening event, "The Zoo" will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. To deter vandalism, bright lights will shine on the display at night, said Kendall Smith, the museum's executive director.
When the exhibit ends during the first part of September, people can buy the animals. Prices will soon be listed at the entrance.
1. "THE ZOO." Public introduction with bluegrass music, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy. (4 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday on the lawn of the Moses Fowler House next to the Art Museum at 102 S. 10th St. Free.)
2. THE JOSH BERWANGER BAND. Fans of Midwest rock 'n' roll, enjoy this treat. Those who have followed the regional — and national — scene for the past 15-plus years know Berwanger and his roots. The guitarist/vocalist first built a following as part of the Lawrence, Kansas-based Anniversary, which reached fame before disbanding in the mid-2000s.
His current outfit is one to watch. Its song, "I Want You Bad" made NPR's The Austin 100, which ferrets out the best from the South By Southwest festival. The band puts out a layered listening experience that's as thought-provoking as it is comfortable. The balance of vocals, instrumental solos, tempos and complex inner lines reveals a group of musicians that has internalized a variety of great music and then drawn from that arsenal to create its own sound. Dispersing 1960s-style country bass lines, call-and-response melodies, pop and solid rock riffs throughout its work, the Josh Berwanger Band leaves satisfied ears in its wake. (9 p.m. Tuesday at the Spot Tavern, 409 S. Fourth St. $5.)
3. REVIVALS. Lafayette Ballet will present a mix of works, including the neo-classical Paganini Variations; Danzas Antiguas, which takes viewers through Spain's golden age; and classical excerpts from Eugene Onegin, among others. (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday at Lafayette Ballet Ballroom, 226 N. Sixth St. Free seating available with reservation. 765-423-1633.)
More to do
•THE DOOM ROOM: Bizarre Noir, Farwatch, Antica Arcana with sideshow act Blue Moon Circus. 9 p.m. Saturday at Lafayette Theater, 600 Main St. $5. $4 for Doom Crew.
•JAZZ AND ROCK: Chicago trio Twin Talk and Columbus, Ohio pop rock band Day Creeper. 9 p.m. Monday at Spot Tavern, 409 S. Fourth St. $5.
•UNCLE BUCK'S MOJO BOX: Blues and classic rock. 10 p.m. Saturday at Knickerbocker Saloon, 113 N. Fifth St. $5.
•HOWL NIGHT: A quartet from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra plays (rain or shine) in addition to the Wolf Park After Hours program. 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Wolf Park, 4004 E. County Road 800 North in Battle Ground. $8 adults, $6 children ages 6–13. Free for kids younger than 6.
•CLASSICAL GUITAR: Neal Fitzpatrick. Concert: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday. Concert for kids and families: 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday. Teen guitar jam: 3:30 p.m.–5 p.m. Thursday. Bring your guitar or ukulele. Elm and the Walnut Room at West Lafayette Public Library, 208 West Columbia St. in West Lafayette. Free.