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February 1 to February 28, 2017

Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions


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Image of Steve Raymer



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Bridges: Children, Languages, World
Saturdays, February 4-April 15; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This award-winning language program for children provides free instruction in beginnng and intermediate Chinese for Pre-K through 8th grade students. The program is supported by IU's School of Global and International Studies, the Center for the Study of the Middle East, the Center for the Study of Global Change, the East Asian Studies Center, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and the Russian and East European Institute. For more information, or to register, please contact Suriati Abas at or visit

Exhibition Opening: The Middle East: A Photojournalist's Perspective, 1975-2016
Friday, February 10; 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Join us for a gallery talk by Steve Raymer, photographer of The Middle East: A Photojournalist's Perspective, 1975-2016. Raymer notes the exhibit "retraces my travels from the Western Sahara on the Atlantic Ocean coast to Afghanistan during a 40-plus-year career that began at National Geographic Magazine and migrated, at midlife, to the Media School at Indiana University." He'll speak about his work and observations from the field, and a reception will follow the talk. The event will be free and open to the public.

Community Jam Session
Sunday, February 12; 4 to 6 p.m.

Do you play banjo, fiddle, drum, or another instrument? Interested in jamming with other musicians? This low-pressure, free, fun-filled session will be hosted by IU's Folklore and Ethnomusicology Student Association, and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

Reimagining Opera for Kids: Rufus and Rita
Friday, February 17; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Rufus and Rita is musical/theatrical work for young audiences featuring the adventures (and sometimes MISadventures) of a silly dog named Rufus and his owner, Rita. Through a "flexible libretto," the audience votes on what happens next at several points in the story. Thanks to audience participation and the contributions of the individual performers, every show is different! The 30-minute performance is sung in English, is appropriate for all ages, and will be free and open to the public.

Instruments of Culture: The Historical, Social, and Performative Lives of Musical Instruments in China
Friday, February 24; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sue Tuohy, Senior Lecturer in IU’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, will discuss musical instruments of China. The event will be free and open to the public.

Family Craft Day: Mardi Gras
Sunday, February 26; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Get ready for Mardi Gras with some fun family-friendly crafts! The event will be free and open to the public.

Image of detail from photo by Steve Raymer

200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State (closes May 7)

Hózhó: Navajo Beauty, Navajo Weavings (closes May 7)

The Middle East: A Photojournalist's Perspective, 1975-2016 (opens February 10; closes March 12)

Quilts of Southwest China (closes May 7)

Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture? (closes May 7; reopens August 15)

Tools of Travel (closes May 7; reopens August 15)

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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 the 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 located at the Fess Avenue entrance, on the corner of Ninth Street and Fess Avenue. Reserved parking spaces are available on Ninth Street, between Fess Avenue and Indiana Avenue. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873.


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