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September 5 to September 12, 2017

Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions


Painting Politics: A Panel Discussion on Macedonia's "Colorful Revolution"
Friday, September 8; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Several years ago, the government of the small Balkan country, the Republic of Macedonia, embarked on a "beautification" of its capital, Skopje. For the most part, this project consisted of hastily erected monuments to various historical figures and new, quasi-classical facades applied over old buildings. In 2016, these monuments and buildings came under attack as various groups of citizens rose together in street protests against the wide-spread perception of the government's corruption and disregard for the rule of law. Using paint as their ammunition, protesters defaced these buildings and monuments in an expression of their revolt. Those opposing the government policies saw them as art activists and heroes of a grass-roots movement, which has become known as the "Colorful Revolution." This panel (Marina Antic, Justin Otten, and Aneta Georgievska-Shine) will explore the movement. The program 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. The panel discussion 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)

"Dark Water" features a series of works, including large scale embroideries and photographs, created by Jakkai Siributr, an IU alumnus and artist who explores the lives of migrant workers from Myanmar working in Thailand. The exhibit is sponsored by IU’s School of Education.(Closes 10/22/2017)

"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.

Our exhibition hall ramp is temporarily closed due to construction, and we apologize for the inconvenience. However, an alternative access ramp at the museum's administrative annex is available. Please call 812-855-6873 for directions and assistance.

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