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February 24 to March 31, 2017

Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions


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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.

First Thursdays: Spring Flowers (Fine Arts Plaza)
Thursday, March 2; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Help us welcome spring with flower making activities based on the Dutch Bloemencorso (flower pageant) festival, as well as other hands-on activities during First Thursdays. The event will be free and open to the public.

Interpreting the Queer Past
Friday, March 3; 4:30 to 6 p.m.

In the United States, mainstream discussion of the history of same-sex love and desire is still relatively uncommon, although that fact is rapidly changing. Spurred on by growing social acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and the federal government's nationwide LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, more and more museums and historic sites are introducing queer topics into their programming and exhibitions. This presentation by Susan Ferentinos, author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites (winner of the 2016 book award from the National Council on Public History) will offer an overview of recent efforts in this area, as well as considering some ongoing challenges for bringing the queer past to a wide audience. Ferentinos is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant, specializing in inclusive interpretation and project management for historical organizations. Her clients include the American Association for State and Local History, the National Council on Public History, and the National Park Service. The lecture will be free and open to the public.

Chinese Zodiac
Friday, March 24; 3 to 5 p.m.

2017 is the Year of the Rooster, but why is that? Why isn't there a Year of the Cat? Explore the Chinese Zodiac and learn more about the traditions surrounding the animals of the zodiac and their symbolic meanings during this free family event. The IUB Chinese Calligraphy Club will present a number of fun hands-on activities and treats centered on the Chinese Zodiac, including calligraphy, paper cutting art, sugar drawing art, clay animals, games, a pipa (stringed instrument) performance, and delicious food. Everything will be free and open to the public.

Mystery at the Museum
Sunday, March 26: 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Oh jinkies, something's gone missing and we need your help! Come join Scooby, Shaggy, and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang for a mysteriously good time for the whole family at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Zoinks! This event will be free and open to the public, but will require registration by emailing or calling 812-855-0197.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Reception
Tuesday, March 28; 5 to 6:30 p.m.

To kick off the month-long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Asian Cultural Center and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures are co-sponsoring a reception featuring a special one-time showcase of works--paintings. books, and digital arts, among others--by Asian and Asian American students, staff, and faculty. Special guest Popo Fan will help us learn more about his work as a film director and LGBTQ advocate as we begin to explore the theme of this year: "Belonging." The event will be free and open to the public, but please RSVP by contacting or

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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 (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. During IU's Spring Break the Museum will be closed Monday, March 13 - Monday, March 20.

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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