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October 17 to November 1, 2016

Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions

Tomás Lozano.





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Image of Jan Boettcher.



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Image of Fantasy Creature, Mexico.

Day of the Dead altar image.



Sensual Knowledge: Visiting Performing Artist Series
Tomás Lozano
Friday, October 21; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Vocalist, instrumentalist, and composer, Tomás Lozano links his destiny with Spanish poet and 1956 Nobel Prize in Literature, Juan Ramón Jiménez, resulting in stunning artistic purity. The poetry of Jiménez is a conduit to truth and eternity. Lozano channels the poetry into inspired and inspiring songs, and what emerges from this bond is a musical journey through Jimeniano landscapes in which Lozano embraces the transcendent and translates it with stunning beauty. Lozano will present a workshop, using the poetry of Juan Ramón Jiménez, addressing flow in the written word and flow in song, and the particular aesthetic of each genre. The event will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series
Jan Boettcher (rosemaler) and Carol Powers (pysanky artist)
Thursday, October 27; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstrations), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstrations)

Jan Boettcher practices rosemaling, a type of traditional decorative painting. Her desire to connect with her Norwegian ancestry led her to learn the art from her aunt Dorothy. Carol Powers learned the Ukrainian art of pysanky from her aunt. Using a wax-resist method, Powers draws a pattern onto an egg and then dyes it. Through ornate figures and designs, Boettcher's painting and Powers's decorative eggs express their ethnic identities and personal creativity. Their demonstrations and narrative stage discussions will be free and open to the public, and are sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

Halloween Family Fun Fest: Monsters!
Sunday, October 30; 2 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Halloween season by making monsters, playing monstrous games, and hearing Halloween stories. There will also be a scavenger hunt through the MONSTERS! exhibition, and a special presentation by the "mad scientists" of the IU Chemistry Department at 3 p.m.! The event will be free and open to the public.

Day of the Dead Altar
Friday, October 7 to Tuesday, November 1
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays
1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays
Altar Lighting and Closing Reception
Tuesday, November 1; 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate and honor the memories of deceased loved ones at Bloomington's annual Día de los Muertos Community Altar, curated by local artists Rachel DiGregorio and Michael Redman. You're invited to add gifts to the altar in honor of those who've passed, as it's customary to leave small offerings of items they would have enjoyed. Join us to light the Día de los Muertos Community Altar during a closing ceremony and reception On November 1. The event will be free and open to the public.


Image of detail from Siyazama exhibit.

200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State

Costume: Beauty, Meaning, and Identity in Dress

Hózhó: Navajo Beauty, Navajo Weavings


Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa

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

Tools of Travel

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