• Amy O'Neill, still from 1965 Rose Parade, Super 8 film transferred to DVD.

    “On Procession”

    Indianapolis Museum of Art
    4000 Michigan Road
    May 2–August 10, 2008

    Curated by Rebecca Uchill

    Everyone loves a parade, but not everyone thinks of parades as art. The Indianapolis Museum aims to change that with “On Procession,” billed as “the first exhibition of contemporary art exploring parades and street pageantry” and featuring recent work by Francis Alÿs, Jeremy Deller, Paul McCarthy, Amy O'Neill, Allison Smith, art collective Friends with You, and six others. Several of the events documented in the show's twenty-some works, including Alÿs's and Deller's, were staged in art-world contexts. In contrast, O'Neill's Parade Float Fragments, 2008, replicates artifacts from civic festivities. The exhibition not only features parades gone by but also had a prologue in the form of its own ambulatory festival in April in downtown Indianapolis, overseen by Los Angeles–based artist Fritz Haeg.