Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico with Sones de México Ensemble
Wednesday, April 5; 7 to 8 p.m.
Sones de México Ensemble was formed as a quartet in 1994 and through the years grew to a sextet of multi-instrumentalists. Today, the original founding members, Juan Díes and Gonzalo Cordova, are joined by Lorena Iñiguez, Zacbé Pichardo, Eric Hines, and Rudy Piñón to form the country's premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican 'son.' Their diverse repertoire, rich in colors, textures and rhythms demonstrates that there is more to Mexican music than mariachi! This Lotus Blossoms program will be free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
798: The Stage for China's Dreams
Thursday, April 6; Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Wenhong Luo, Assistant Curator of Yunnan Nationalities Museum and co-curator of Beijing's 798 Art Zone, will talk about the cultural space during an informal brownbag discussion at the Mathers Museum. In a group of 60 year-old decommissioned electronic components factories in Dashanzi, in Chaoyang District of Beijing, an art zone rises and thrives. Called 798, this art colony has become one of the "calling cards" of Beijing, a cultural landmark, a popular showcase of contemporary Chinese art, a booming locale of creative industries, and an important public space for citizens and visitors. The event will be free and open to the public.
Exhibition Opening: Beijing's 798 Art Zone
Thursday, April 6; 7 to 8:30 p.m.
After the turn of the 21st century, artists and cultural entrepreneurs began colonizing a former military factory complex in northeast Beijing. Taking its name from that numbered factory, the 798 Art Zone is an urban arts colony that now attracts visitors from around China and the world. Offering a glimpse of a compelling place that is both visually saturated and reflective of the state of contemporary arts and society in present-day China, Beijing's 798 Art Zone introduces the district and its ever-changing artistic landscape through photographs. The event will be free and open to the public.
FNECC Pre-Powwow Lecture: Walk a Mile in Size 15 Moccasins
Friday, April 7; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Nicky Kay Michael, Delaware Council Member and University of Wyoming American Indian Studies Professor, will discuss her experiences as an indigenous mother and academic. Her talk will examine Native American culture and dance in exploring one's "place" among her Tribe and the larger Indian community. "Walk a Mile in Size 15 Moccasins" relates to the imprint a footprint makes in history, while is also a humorous anecdote to the size of her son's feet. Learning how to adjust and accommodate the tasks of making and dressing her and her children to dance, she will explain the responsibility in being able to accomplish things that seem very big and will last for generations to come. The lecture and following reception will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center.
Peter Manseau: "Throw Me the Idol. I'll Throw you the Whip: Sacred Stories, Holy Theft, and the Task of the Religion Writer"
Friday, April 7; 5:30 p.m. (at Global and International Studies Building, Room 0001)
Peter Manseau is the Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. He is the author of six books including the travelogue Rag and Bone and the retelling of America's diverse spiritual formation One Nation, Under Gods. The event will be free and open to the public, and is hosted by the Graduate Religious Studies Association at Indiana University and co-sponsored by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.