EventsDay 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
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. The altar nurtures the memory of their lives, and each year it's built upon the foundation of the previous years' offerings. The event will be free and open to the public.
Sensual Knowledge Visiting Artist Series--Alfredo Minetti, "Beauty in Transcendence"
Wednesday, October 26; 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Alfredo Minetti is a musician, scholar, and director. Minetti, who has a PhD in Anthropology, has offered courses in International Studies on the arts and cross-cultural communication. He is a superb pianist in the classical tradition but also in the music of Argentine tango. His evening-long theatre pieces have toured the US, Europe, and China. He is working on a book that examines the questions of artistry, interpretation, and partnering. Minetti will be examining Garcia Lorca's concept of el Duende and demonstrating what it means with musical examples. The event will be free and open to the public, and will be sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty.
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 Lighting and Reception
Tuesday, November 1; 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Join us to light the Día de los Muertos Community Altar during a closing ceremony and reception. The event will be free and open to the public.
First Thursdays--Musical Instrument Makers
Thursday, November 3; 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Learn about contemporary Indiana musical instrument makers from around the state. Their presentations 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--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. Dedicated to inspiring students and community members to try new things, this club will engage in activities on campus and field-trips off campus. 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.
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.
The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Father Jerome Sanderson (iconographer)
Thursday, November 17; 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)
Father Jerome Sanderson prayerfully makes icons, which he installs in Orthodox churches throughout the United States. In the 1980s Father Jerome apprenticed to two iconographers, who taught him the techniques used to reproduce ancient portraits of prophets and saints. He'll share his work through demonstrations and narrative stage discussions, which 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--Star Weaving with Lotus
Thursday, December 1; 7 to 9 p.m.
Learn to weave an 8-pointed star and join a worldwide movement. Instructors will teach the 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." Lotus 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. Registration is not required, but if you are planning to bring a large group, please let us know (contact Loraine@lotusfest.org). Light refreshments will be provided. The event will be free and open to the public.
Family Craft Day: Toys
Sunday, December 4; 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Help us celebrate Indiana's 200th birthday with a fun afternoon of crafting Hoosier homemade toys. Learn how to make dolls, ball and cup games, and whirlygigs were made as we celebrate Indiana's bicentennial (and we'll have a chance to make some "global" toys, too). The event will be free and open to the public.
Friday, December 9; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
We're celebrating the fall semester release of books written or edited by Mathers Museum faculty, research associates, and colleagues--Folk Art and Aging: Life Story Objects and Their Makers, by Jon Kay; Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation, edited by Jon Kay; Material Vernaculars: Objects, Images, and Their Social Worlds, edited by Jason Baird Jackson; Quilts of Southwest China, edited by Marsha MacDowell and Lijun Zhang; and Tennessee Delta Quiltmaking, by Teri Klassen. Join us to congratulate them and learn more about their work.
Study Space/Craft Place
Tuesday, December 13 to Friday, December 16: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Need a quiet place to study, or a fun place to relax? Come to the Mathers Museum during finals week for both. We'll have study tables and lots of power outlets, as well as free food and coffee to get you through the week. Or, if you want to take a break, we'll have a crafting area for relaxing and unwinding. It's all free and open to the public.