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January 10 to January 31, 2017

Mathers Museum Events and Exhibitions


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MLK Day Weave-In: One Million Stars To End Violence
Monday, January 16; 1 to 5 p.m.

Learn, weave, and make your voice heard on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017. Instructors will teach a 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." Bloomington's Lotus Education and Arts Foundation 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. The event will be free and open to the public, and is recommended for ages 8 and up, including families and groups. Pre-registration is not required for individuals, but groups/families (5 or more people) are asked to please register in advance; contact Loraine Martin at or (812) 336-6599. Attend one or both sessions (1-3 p.m. or 3-5 p.m.).

Curating Quilts of Southwest China
Friday, January 20; 12 to 1 p.m.

Lijun Zhang, an alumna of IU (Ph.D. in Folklore, 2014) and Research Curator at the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities, co-curated the exhibit Quilts of Southwest China. During this brownbag discussion, she'll discuss the challenges and joys of a bi-national and bilingual project, as well as the state of Chinese museums today. The event will be free and open to the public, and will be co-sponsored by IU's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology 2017 Colloquium Series.

Exhibition Opening: Quilts of Southwest China
Saturday, January 21; 2 to 4 p.m.

Join us for a family-friendly exhibition opening celebration of a groundbreaking international exhibition. The exhibition was organized by a bi-national consortium of Chinese and American museums, including the MMWC, that has worked together to document and research these textiles--art forms dating back over 3,000 years, but little known outside certain ethnic minority communities in China. Featuring 24 works expertly fashioned, patched, and appliquéd together to form artistic, yet functional textiles, the exhibition presents research and collecting that provides some of the first documentation of the making and use of these textiles.The event will feature music and food, and will be free and open to the public.

Oracular Tourism: Delphi as Truth-Spot, Then and Now
Wednesday, January 25; Noon to 1 p.m.

Tom Gieryn, IU's Rudy Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology, will discuss the opening chapter from his forthcoming book Truth-Spot: How Places Make People Believe and explore how some places lend credibility or legitimacy to beliefs and claims about the natural/social world, identity, justice, history and memory, and the future. Noting that the "oracle at Delphi is like the Mother of All Truth-Spots, both for ancient Greeks and for tourists today," Gieryn asks: "How do the three ingredients of place (location in geographic space; materialities, both natural and built; narrations that give meaning and value) get combined to persuade Greeks in the archaic period that the Pythia's prophecies are true, and--in different ways--to persuade contemporary tourists that Delphi is an honest and accurate window on Greek culture and practices long ago?" His hint: "museumization."

Family Craft Day: Chinese New Year
Sunday, January 29; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Help us welcome in the year of the Rooster! Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with cherry blossom painting, noise makers, and other family friendly crafts. The event will be 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 (closes January 29)

Hózhó: Navajo Beauty, Navajo Weavings

Quilts of Southwest China (opens January 21)

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 will reopen Tuesday, January 10. The 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.

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 located at the Fess Avenue entrance, on the corner of Ninth Street and Fess Avenue. Reserved parking spaces are available on Ninth Street, between Fess Avenue and Indiana Avenue. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873.


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