Please Touch! The Sculptures of Michael Naranjo (CLOSED)

A new exhibition is accessible to everyone, including the blind and visually impaired. The exhibit features bronze sculptures that guests are encouraged to touch. Created by renowned Native American artist Michael Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), who was blinded by an injury, the sculptures are touchable so that visitors with limited or no vision can experience and appreciate his art.

Please Touch! The Sculptures of Michael Naranjo features approximately 30 sculptures that span the artist’s 50-year sculpting career, including depictions of birds and animals in realistic poses, people in motion and mythical creatures. Naranjo, 75, grew up in Taos, New Mexico, where his mother Rose Naranjo was a noted pottery artist. While serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in 1968, Michael Naranjo suffered near-fatal combat injuries in a grenade blast. With a total loss of his vision and the loss of use of his right hand, Naranjo during his convalescence began to sculpt clay with his left hand. Eventually that pursuit led him to a professional career as a sculptor whose works are highly admired.

Pieces in the exhibition are on loan from the TIA Collection in Santa Fe, N.M., and from the personal collection of Michael and Laurie Naranjo. The exhibition Please Touch! The Sculptures of Michael Naranjo is curated by Jennifer Complo McNutt, Eiteljorg curator of contemporary art, and Dorene Red Cloud (Oglala Lakota), assistant curator of Native American art.



Following the direction of Governor Eric Holcomb and recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the White River State Park (WRSP) Frank Lloyd Visitors Center and the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum are temporarily closed beginning Mar. 17, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. In addition, all scheduled programs, activities, and events, including those in Military Park have been postponed or suspended during this period. 

This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, to protect the safety and health of our staff, volunteers and visitors. As the situation continues to unfold, a date to reopen and resume activities will be established, based on recommendations from ISDH.

  January 18, 2020–July 26, 2020
  Every Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  Museum admission


Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

At the Eiteljorg Museum their goal is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the American West and the indigenous people of North America. Bring family, friends, or come solo to experience amazing exhibitions, collections, festivals and more!

500 West Washington Street

(317) 636-9378

Facility Address / Phone Amenities
White River State Park Garage 650 West Washington Street Accepts CC Motorcycle Parking Overnight
White River State Park South Lot 801 West Washington Street Accepts CC Bus Parking Overnight
Government Center Washington St. Parking Facility 401 West Washington Street Accepts CC Motorcycle Parking Overnight
Washington & Senate Indoor 325 West Washington Street
Marriott Downtown Garage 350 West Maryland Street Accepts CC Overnight
Government Center Senate Ave. Parking Facility 220 North Senate Avenue Accepts CC Motorcycle Parking Overnight
Capitol Commons Garage 10 South Capitol Avenue Accepts CC Motorcycle Parking Overnight
IUPUI Law School Garage (Lot 90) 530 West New York Street
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center Lot 450 West Ohio Street Accepts CC
PNC Centre/Hyatt Garage 5 South Capitol Avenue Accepts CC Motorcycle Parking Overnight
Attraction Address Phone
Medal of Honor Memorial Canal Walk
IMAX Theater Indiana State Museum (317) 233-4629
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites 650 West Washington Street (317) 232-1637
White River State Park 801 West Washington Street (317) 233-2434
Wheel Fun Rentals 801 West Washington Street (317) 730-2290
The Amphitheater at White River State Park 801 West Washington Street (317) 231-0000
Segway of Indiana, LLC 801 West Washington Street (317) 253-1910
Victory Field 501 West Maryland Street (317) 269-3542
Indianapolis Indians 501 West Maryland Street (317) 269-3542
Indiana Government Center South 402 West Washington Street
Celebration Plaza & Amphitheater White River State Park (317) 233-2434

Other Events on January 13, 2020

Holiday Hangover: Tickets $25 or less

6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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American POP: The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture (CLOSED)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit (CLOSED)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw (CLOSED)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Other Events the Week of January 13 - January 19, 2020

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Studio Drift: Meadow (CLOSED)

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Indianapolis Scavenger Hunt: Get out and explore with the Let’s Roam scavenger hunt app!

12 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

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Nebulous Navigation

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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