Events

Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation--Harmonie State Park, New Harmony, IN
Saturday, October 1

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create.


The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artists Series--Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham (limestone carvers)
Thursday, October 6; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Demonstrations), 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Narrative Stage)

Master carvers Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham will demonstrate and discuss different techniques in limestone carving--a distinctive arts tradition from south-central Indiana. From nearby Mitchell, Indiana, Bruce works with an air-chisel to create imaginative carvings, and often helps participants try carving. Winningham carves by hand using a chisel and mallet to craft monuments. 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.


First Thursdays--Limestone Carving
Thursday, October 6; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Master carvers Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham will demonstrate and discuss different techniques in limestone carving--a distinctive arts tradition from south-central Indiana. From nearby Mitchell, Indiana, Bruce works with an air-chisel to create imaginative carvings, and often helps participants try carving. Winningham carves by hand using a chisel and mallet to craft monuments. Their demonstrations 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--Mister Lonely (2007) Costume Party
Thursday, October 6; 7 to 9 p.m.

Who are you? Who do you want to be? Don a costume of your choice and come to the Mathers Museum for a screening of Mister Lonely. This quirky film focuses on exploring characters who use costumes in their daily lives--a Michael Jackson look-a-like, and Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and Shirley Temple impersonators who live on a commune in Scotland. The film examines how costumes are used as a means to create a wearer's sense of beauty, and provides an interesting perspective on the intersection of identity and beauty. 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.


Day of the Dead Altar Opening
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.


Health, Healing, and the Arts
Tuesday, October 11; 4:30 p.m.

How does art influence the healing process? How does art promote health and well-being? From educational materials to popular songs on public health topics, art has an important role to play in our health. Bob Einterz, IU School of Medicine Associate Dean for Global Health; Donald E. Brown, Professor of Global Health, Professor of Clinical Medicine; Daniel Reed, Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and Ruth Stone, Laura Boulton Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology will discuss their research on the cultural, economic, spiritual, and educational dimensions of art within a public health context. 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--Larry Haycraft (hoop-net maker)
Thursday, October 13; 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)

Five generations of the Haycraft family have made hoop nets and fished the rivers of southern Indiana. As a child, Larry Haycraft learned the basics of the craft from his father, and is now teaching his son and daughter to make nets. He believes it is important for them to learn not only for the survival of the craft, but also for their own development, since net making teaches them patience and careful, deliberate thinking. Learn more about hoop-net making during Haycraft's demonstrations and narrative stage discussion. 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.


Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation--Brown County State Park, Nashville, IN
Saturday, October 15

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create.


Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation--Indiana State House, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, October 15

For more than 200 years Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. In celebration of the state's Bicentennial, a special traveling exhibit has been developed by Traditional Arts Indiana, a program at IU's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, with accompanying demonstrations by Indiana folk artists. Drop by and meet some of Indiana's master folk artists while they make and create.


Sensual Knowledge: Visiting Performing Artist Series--Tomás Lozano
Friday, October 21; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Vocalist, instrumentalist, and composer, Tomás Lozano links his destiny with Spanish poet and 1956 Nobel Prize in Literature, Juan Ramón Jiménez, resulting in stunning artistic purity. The poetry of Jiménez is a conduit to truth and eternity. Lozano channels the poetry into inspired and inspiring songs, and what emerges from this bond is a musical journey through Jimeniano landscapes in which Lozano embraces the transcendent and translates it with stunning beauty. Lozano will present a workshop, using the poetry of Juan Ramón Jiménez, addressing flow in the written word and flow in song, and the particular aesthetic of each genre. The event 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.


Sensual Knowledge: Visiting Performing Artist Series--Alfredo Minetti
Wednesday, October 26; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Alfredo Minetti, musician, scholar, director of "This is Tango Now," has been offering 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 and the less-well known form of Chamamé. His evening-long theatre pieces have toured the US, Europe, and China, and he's working on a book that examines the questions of artistry, interpretation, and partnering. The event 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, and IU's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Latin American Music Center.

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 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--Contemporary Traditions
Thursday, November 3; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn about contemporary Indiana folk arts from artists 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.


Sensual Knowledge: Visiting Visual Artist Series--Nora Naranjo-Morse
Friday, November 4; 1:30 to 3:40 p.m.

Known foremost for her work with clay, Nora Naranjo-Morse is an artist whose work spans from pottery and figurines to installation exhibits and large-scale public art. Born from an artistic family, she is the youngest daughter of Santa Clara-Laguna potter Rose Naranjo and her eight siblings have engaged in practicing this art form as well. She makes constant reference to the earth as an evolving organic whole by creatively employing natural and found materials in her work. From large earth works to clay and straw towers to a clay rope draped across streets and buildings throughout the city of Santa Fe, her works often feature notes of whimsy. Naranjo-Morse will present a workshop on poetry, pottery, indigenous art in museums, and Christina Burke, PhD, and Curator of Native American and Non-western Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art, will engage Naranjo-Morse in a conversation about Native American art. The event 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.
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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.


Book Party
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.