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November 3 to November 28, 2016
 

Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions

Events

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Image from Miss Navajo

 

 



Image of Nora Naranjo Morse


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Image from Siyazama exhibit




Image of Marcos Bautista

 

 

Image of Seasons of a Navajo

 

 

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First Thursdays--Crafting Sound: 5 Indiana Instrument Makers
Thursday, November 3; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures will feature five musical instrument makers at November's First Thursdays event. After being inspired by these accomplished instrument makers, you can try your hand at making your own with our instrument building challenge. Need more inspiration? Visit the "Instrument Petting Zoo" to see a selection of musical instruments from the museum's Education Collection.

Mathers After Hours--Miss Navajo (2007) and New Things Club
Thursday, November 3; 7 to 9 p.m.

Directed by documentarian Billy Luther (Navajo-Hopi-Laguna), Miss Navajo explores Navajo culture through the story of Crystal Frazier and the Miss Navajo pageant, which centers around tradition and the perpetuation of Navajo culture and values--a reframing of the more typical pageant focus on the female form and beauty. Additionally, in partnership with the Student Academic Center the Mathers Museum will host the inaugural meeting of the New Things Club after the film screening.The screening 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.

Cause and Effect: Nora Naranjo Morse
Friday, November 4, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

This illustrated lecture by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Nora Naranjo Morse, looks at environmental concerns and cultural transitions by examining a traditional Pueblo value system that encourages sustainable living. Nora Naranjo Morse is a sculptor, writer, and producer of video films that examine the continuing social changes within Pueblo Indian culture.

Chinese Calligraphy Club Night
Friday, November 4; 4 to 6 p.m.

Come for the Chinese board games and other activities hosted by IU Chinese Calligraphy Club. Besides learning and playing mahjong or Gobang, you can try your hand at Chinese calligraphy. The event will be co-sponsored by the Asian Culture Center, and will be free and open to the public.

The Art of the Matter: Exploring HIV/AIDS Education through the Arts
Tuesday, November 8; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Hear from panel of international students who bring a variety of perspectives to a discussion concerning art and AIDS sparked by the dialogue that has emerged around the Mathers Museum's exhibition of Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa. The event will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.

The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Marcos Bautista (Zapotec weaver)
Thursday, November 10; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstration), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage), 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Demonstration)

Marcos Bautista is from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico, a community known for its Zapotec weaving. He grew up helping his family in their weaving business, often operating the standing loom. Bautista's art combines his innovative designs with Zapotec patterns and techniques, which he'll share through demonstrations and narrative stage discussions. The events 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.

Mathers After Hours--Seasons of a Navajo (1983)
Thursday, November 10; 7 p.m.

In the Navajo worldview beauty is a key concept. It extends into concepts of balance, harmony, and peace and is fundamental to understanding individual and community health. Seasons of a Navajo presents the way this broad and deep conceptualization of beauty permeates the yearly cycles of Navajo life, and the movement of children into adulthood and adults into elderhood. The film screening 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.

Family Craft Day: Inspired by Nature
Sunday, November 13; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

As the final leaves are falling, let's take the time to celebrate nature. Join us as we use materials found in nature to make journals, bird feeders, veggie-stamped goodies, and other fun objects. The event will be free and open to the public.

Exhibitions
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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

MONSTERS!

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

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 November 19-November 28 for IU's Thanksgiving break.
 
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