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November 28, 2016 to January 9, 2017

Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions


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Mathers After Hours--Star Weaving with Lotus
Thursday, December 1; 7 to 9 p.m.

Learn to weave an 8-pointed star and join a worldwide movement. Instructors will teach the Samoan star-weaving technique and share this Australian-led initiative inspired by a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Lotus is one of only three US group partnering with the Australia-based initiative "One Million Stars to End Violence," and has committed to weaving and contributing at least 10,000 stars to this project. Registration is not required, but if you are planning to bring a large group, please let us know (contact Light refreshments will be provided. The event will be free and open to the public.

Family Craft Day: Toys
Sunday, December 4; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Help us celebrate Indiana's 200th birthday with a fun afternoon of crafting Hoosier homemade toys. Learn how to make dolls, ball and cup games, and whirlygigs were made as we celebrate Indiana's bicentennial (and we'll have a chance to make some "global" toys, too). The event will be free and open to the public.

Book Party
Friday, December 9; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

We're celebrating the fall semester release of books written or edited by Mathers Museum faculty, research associates, and colleagues--Folk Art and Aging: Life Story Objects and Their Makers, by Jon Kay; Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation, edited by Jon Kay; Material Vernaculars: Objects, Images, and Their Social Worlds, edited by Jason Baird Jackson; Quilts of Southwest China, edited by Marsha MacDowell and Lijun Zhang; and Tennessee Delta Quiltmaking, by Teri Klassen. Join us to congratulate them and learn more about their work.

Study Space/Craft Place
Tuesday, December 13 to Friday, December 16: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Need a quiet place to study, or a fun place to relax? Come to the Mathers Museum during finals week for both. We'll have study tables and lots of power outlets, as well as free food and coffee to get you through the week. Or, if you want to take a break, we'll have a crafting area for relaxing and unwinding. It's all free and open to the public.

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200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State

Costume: Beauty, Meaning, and Identity in Dress

Hózhó: Navajo Beauty, Navajo Weavings

(closing December 18, 2016)

Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa (closing December 18, 2016)

Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?

Tools of Travel

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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. The MMWC will be closed December 19, 2016 through January 9, 2017 for the IU's Semester Break.
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416 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408