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November 28 to December 17, 2017


Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions








Giving Tuesday
TODAY--Tuesday, November 28

Take part in today's global day of giving by showing your support for the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and its free and public programming at www.mathers.indiana.edu/museumsupport.html





La Gran Milonga: A Winter Tango Ball with live music by Tamango
Friday, December 1; 7 to 10 p.m.

Celebrate the season with dance and music! The event is sponsored by the IU Arts and Humanities Council and the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and is free and open to all ages and all levels of experience.


Latino Family Parranda and Community Celebration
Saturday, December 2; 2 to 4 p.m.

Join with friends and family to celebrate Parranda! You're invited to take part in singing, dancing, and enjoying great food, cultural traditions, and great company. The event will be free and open to the public, and will be sponsored by the Latino Faculty and Staff Council, the Latino Graduate Student Association, and La Casa/Latino Cultural Center.

Winterfest: Storytelling
Sunday, December 3; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Winter is the perfect time to tell stories or listen to them. Come make puppets, storybooks, and other crafts that tell a story. Special guests from the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation will teach cranky making (storytelling scrolls) and the Bloomington Storytellers Guild will share some winter themed stories. Winterfest will be free and open to the public.

Museum Collections Research Symposium
Tuesday, December 5; 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

This symposium, organized by the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, will feature brief research reports from students in the department's F497/Advanced Seminar. Students in the class, taught by Jason Baird Jackson, have been researching artifacts from the Mathers Museum's collection. 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” 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 Store has new gifts from around the world this holiday season. The store offers a wide range of merchandise, including toys and games, books, masks, figurines, pottery, and jewelry from the four corners of the globe. All items featured in the Mathers Museum Store reflect the diversity of cultures found in the rest of the museum. Come find out-of-the-ordinary gifts for friends and family, or to treat yourself to unique items with an international flair. All proceeds from the Mathers Museum Store support a variety of museum activities,

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. The museum’s exhibition hall will be closed December 18-January 8.

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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