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October 24 to November 3, 2017


Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions




















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.

Family Craft Day: Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Sunday, October 29; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Come learn more about Día de los Muertos as we make sugar skulls, paper flowers, and more. The Latin American Music Center is sponsoring a musical performance as part of our free and fun celebration.



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.

Altar Lighting and Reception
Wednesday, November 1; 5 to 8 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. On November 1, join us to light the Día de los Muertos Community Altar during a closing ceremony and reception to celebrate and honor the memories of deceased loved ones. The event will be free and open to the public.


First Thursdays (at Showalter Arts Plaza)
Thursday, November 2; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Winter is on its way and it is time for some hockey--box hockey that is! With no skating required box hockey is perfect for people of all ability levels. Join the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in learning about and playing Box Hockey. The event will be free and open to the public



Chinese Calligraphy Club presents the Silk Road
Friday, November 3; 4 to 6 p.m.

IU's Chinese Calligraphy Club will present activities and crafts for exploring the Silk Road--an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction originally connecting the East and West. Try your hand at calligraphy, printmaking, or cross-stitching, or attend a Pipa or Chinese Traditional Dance performance. There's more to learn and more fun to have! 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)

“Creative Aging,opening November 7, explores the making and use of memory art in the lives of older adults in the U.S. Some elders use their creations to assist in recalling and sharing important life stories. Others use these works to elicit interest, facilitate personal narratives, and share beliefs and values. Whether painting pictures of past events, piecing a quilt with material from family clothing, or woodburning important names onto a walking stick, life-story objects often anticipate social interactions and storytelling events, which is just one aspect of their creative utility and complex role in the lives of elders. (Closes 7/27/2018)

"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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Bloomington, IN 47408