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October 17 to October 26, 2017


Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions















"Dark Water" Artist's Talk and Reception
Tuesday, October 17; 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Jakkai Siributr, an internationally-recognized artist and IU alumnus, will discuss his work and his exploration of the lives of refugees from Myanmar working in Thailand. The talk will be free and open to the public, and will be sponsored by
the IU School of Education, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University Alumni Association, and Center for International Education, Development, and Research.

Jennifer Miller Performs Her Signature Sideshow Acts!
Friday, October 20; 8 p.m.

Those stigmatized as "other" have a range of options for managing their stigma, and have historically been expected to try to cover and minimize their otherness. However, these demands--and categorization itself--can be resisted by choosing to present and perform publicly. Performing artist Jennifer Miller has used circus and sideshow platforms, and her own gender-bending bearded-ness, to challenge norms of self-presentation in society. As a bearded woman, Miller confronts gender confusion on a daily basis. As a skilled circus director and performer, she has used her personal experience of being "othered" to create performances that help audiences see into an experience of gender fluidity that can be liberating and joyous. This free public event will be sponsored by Themester: Diversity, Difference, Otherness.

Otherness and Identity: Connectedness in Diversity
Thursday, October 26; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In considering notions of 'diversity, difference, and otherness" visual identity is key, says Deb Christiansen, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and Director of Undergraduate Studies in IU's School of Art and Design. She notes that we have much in common cross-culturally in both identity development and self-concept formation. Self-conception is influenced by our actions and interactions in the world, and appearance is one important outward manifestation and form of communication. This presentation by Christiansen will tie together thoughts about appearance and identity with visual details from the varied cultures being explored by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures this year. From Osage wedding traditions to the material culture of Syria, and from an urban arts colony in China to everyday objects from Pakistan, the elements that define us also connect us, and they tell us what is important, where we come from, and how we are more alike than different. The lecture will be free and open to the public.

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Community Altar
Through Wednesday, November 1
Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

You're invited to add gifts to a community altar in honor of those who've passed, as it's customary to leave small offerings of items they would have enjoyed. The altar nurtures the memory of their lives, and each year it's built upon the foundation of the previous years’ offerings. The event will be free and open to the public


"Beijing’s 798 Art Zone" introduces the district and its ever-changing artistic landscape through photographs. (Closes 12/17/2017)

"Dark Water" features a series of works, including large scale embroideries and photographs, created by Jakkai Siributr, an IU alumnus and artist who explores the lives of refugees from Myanmar working in Thailand. The exhibit is sponsored by IU’s School of Education.(Closes 10/22/2017)

“A Different Look at Syria” draws upon the Dee Birnbaum Collection to offer a glimpse into the richness and diversity of material culture and deep history of an ancient nation. Syria has served as a crossroads of strategic trade routes and cultural exchange since 10,000 BC. Today, we hear of Syria in the context of its bloody civil war, a conflict that has cost nearly 450,000 lives, and caused the displacement of nearly 12 million of its citizens. While acknowledging the tragedy of Syria's present, the exhibit invites visitors to connect or reconnect with Syrian culture by learning about its jewelry and textiles to honor and preserve the work of its craftsmen, its women, and their stories. (Closes 1/21/2018)

"A Giving Heritage: Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community" explores the history of bridal attire among the Osage, a Native American people.The exhibit is sponsored by IU's American Indian Studies Research Institute, Committee on Native American and Indigenous Studies, Department of Apparel Merchandising and Design, and Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.(Closes 12/17/2017)

"The High Stakes of Macedonia’s ‘Colorful Revolution'" brings together the visual testimonies of three photographers--Robert Atanasovski, Vanco Dzambaski, and Kire Galevski--and their documention of the “Colorful Revolution.” The exhibit is sponsored by IU's Russian and East European Institute, School of Global and International Studies, and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. (Closes 12/17/2017)

"Show and Tell--Making Craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School" looks at contemporary craft through the lens of the John C. Campbell Folk School, located in Brasstown, North Carolina. (Closes 7/27/2018)

"A Snapshot of Pakistan, 1965: The Madge Minton Collection" examines the common needs all people share. (Closes 12/16/2018)

"Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?" explores the nature of culture. (Ongoing)

"Tools of Travel"
This exhibit features objects that people in different times and places have used to transport themselves and their belongings, exploring the technology of travel (wagon, saddle, sled, and canoe) and how it is powered (horse, camel, dog, and human). (Closes 12/17/2017)

Museum Store and Visitor Information






The Mathers Museum of World Cultures Exhibition Hall and Museum Store are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to Museum exhibits and programs is free.

Free visitor parking is available by the Indiana Avenue lobby entrance. Metered parking is available at the McCalla School parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue. The parking lot also has spaces designated for Indiana University EM-P, EM-S, and ST permits. During the weekends free parking is available on the surrounding streets.

An access ramp is available at the southwest corner of North Fess Avenue and Ninth Street, at the entrance to the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology. Parking is available at the northwest corner of Fess Avenue and 9th Street, across from the ramp. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873 for directions and assistance.



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Mathers Museum of World Cultures
416 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408