Events


Mathers Museum Re-opens
Tuesday, August 22; 9 a.m.

During Summer 2017 the Mathers Museum of World Cultures will temporarily close its exhibition hall for renovations. The museum's exhibitions will be closed Monday, May 8 through Monday, August 21. Although the museum's re-opening date had been previously announced as August 15, concerns about ensuring the building is compliant with accessibility guidelines have led to the university's decision to delay the re-opening until Tuesday, August 22.


"Show and Tell--Making Craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School" Curator's Talk and Reception
Friday, August 25; Reception from 4 to 6 p.m., Gallery talk at 5 p.m.

Kelley D. Totten, curator of "Show and Tell--Making Craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School," will discuss the exhibition. A reception will follow. The event will be free and open to the public.


First Thursdays (at Showalter Arts Plaza)
Thursday, September 7; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures will be celebrating September's First Thursday with fun ways to move and learn through dancing and games. Students from IU's Filipino-American Association will demonstrate and teach "tinikling," a traditional Filipino folk dance that involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other as dancers step over and in between the poles. After the dance you can try your hand (literally) at washer pitching, a popular American outdoor game and cousin to cornhole. The event will be free and open to the public.


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 addition to its divisive nationalist agenda, this project was hugely expensive. Growing evidence suggests that this project was not just an attempt at social re-engineering of Macedonian identity, but also a lucrative money-laundering scheme devised to benefit leading government officials.

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. The government and its supporters dismissed them as hooligans that should be prosecuted within the highly partisan judicial system. 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 Center for International Education, Development, and Research; 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.


"A Giving Heritage: Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community" Curator's Talk and Reception
Friday, September 15; 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Dan Swan, Curator of Ethnology, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, and curator of "A Giving Heritage: Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community" will discuss his work with the Osage Community in developing the exhibit, as well as the history, importance, and meaning of wedding coats in Osage culture. A reception will follow the talk. The program 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. The event will be free and open to the public.


Dressing the Bride Demonstration/Discussion
Saturday, September 16; 2 to 3 p.m.

Renee Harris and Leah Big Horse, of the Osage Nation, will demonstrate dressing the bride and discuss the meaning behind each of the items in her regalia. The program 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. The program will be free and open to the public.


Tango Before Dark: An Afternoon Milonga with Live Music from Tamango
Sunday, September 17; 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Introductory Talk by Prof. Jennie Gubner: "Argentine Tango and Folklore as Social Life" (3 to 3:30 p.m.)
Mini Chacarera /Argentine Folklore Dance Class (3:30 to 4 p.m.)
Open Milonga for dancing Tango and Folklore with live music by Tamango (4 to 6:30 p.m.)

Come dancing on a Sunday afternoon! Learn what a milonga is and take a tango lesson--the event is free and open to all ages and all levels of experience.


Putting Your Whole Self In: Queer Scholars Discuss Experiences in the Field
Wednesday, September 20; 4 p.m.

Faculty and scholars from Anthropology, Folklore, Gender Studies, and Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance will discuss their work in academia. The event will be sponsored by IU's Institute for Advance Studies, and will be free and open to the public.


Lotus in the Park (at Waldron Hill Buskirk/Third Street Park)
Friday, September 30; Noon to 5 p.m.

Lotus in the Park features music and hands-on activities from around the world--free and fun for all ages. As always, Mathers Museum staff will be on hand for cools crafts, including Osage ribbon work, a graffiti wall, and Pakistani tile-inspired coloring activities.


Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Community Altar
Tuesday, October 3 to Wednesday, November 1
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays; 1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays

You're invited to add gifts to a community 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.


First Thursdays (at Showalter Arts Plaza)
Thursday, October 5; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures will host more yard games during October's First Thursday. The event will be free and open to the public.


Celebration of New African Collections
Thursday, October 12; 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Join Mathers Museum staff and students as we explore new collections of African artifacts (the Kane Collection and the El-Shamy Collection) recently acquired by the museum. The event is free and open to the public.


"Dark Water" Artist's Talk and Reception
Tuesday, October 17; 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Jakkai Siributr, an internationally-recognized artist and IU alumnus, will discuss his work and his exploration of the lives of migrant workers from Myanmar working in Thailand. The talk will be free and open to the public, and will be sponsored by IU's School of Education.


Directing the Gaze: How Performance Can Challenge Negative Stereotypes About Otherness--Jennifer Miller
Friday, October 20; 7 to 9 p.m.

Those stigmatized as "other" have a range of options for managing their stigma, and have historically been expected to try to cover and minimize their otherness. However, these demands--and categorization itself--can be resisted by choosing to present and perform publicly. Performing artist Jennifer Miller has used circus and sideshow platforms, and her own gender-bending bearded-ness, to challenge norms of self-presentation in society. As a bearded woman, Miller confronts gender confusion on a daily basis. As a skilled circus director and performer, she has used her personal experience of being "othered" to create performances that help audiences see into an experience of gender fluidity that can be liberating and joyous. This free public event will be co-sponsored by Themester: Diversity, Difference, Otherness.


Otherness and Identity: Connectedness in Diversity
Thursday, October 26; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In considering notions of 'diversity, difference, and otherness" visual identity is key, says Deb Christiansen, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and Director of Undergraduate Studies in IU's School of Art and Design. She notes that we have much in common cross-culturally in both identity development and self-concept formation. Self-conception is influenced by our actions and interactions in the world, and appearance is one important outward manifestation and form of communication. This presentation by Christiansen will tie together thoughts about appearance and identity with visual details from the varied cultures being explored by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures this year. From Osage wedding traditions to the material culture of Syria, and from an urban arts colony in China to everyday objects from Pakistan, the elements that define us also connect us, and they tell us what is important, where we come from, and how we are more alike than different. The lecture will be free and open to the public.


Family Craft Day: Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Sunday, October 29; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Come learn more about Día de los Muertos as we make sugar skulls, paper flowers, and more. The Latin American Music Center is sponsoring a musical performance as part of our free and fun celebration.


Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Altar Lighting and Reception
Wednesday, November 1; 5 to 8 p.m.

Join us to light the Día de los Muertos Community Altar during a closing ceremony and reception to celebrate and honor the memories of deceased loved ones. The event will be free and open to the public.


First Thursdays (at Showalter Arts Plaza)
Thursday, November 2; 5 to 7:30 p.m.

More games from around the world with the Mathers Museum. The event will be free and open to the public.


Chinese Calligraphy Club presents the Silk Road
Friday, November 3; 4 to 6 p.m.

IU's Chinese Calligraphy Club will present activities and crafts for exploring the Silk Road--an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction originally connecting the East and West. Try your hand at calligraphy, printmaking, or cross-stitching, or attend a Pipa or Chinese Traditional Dance performance. There's more to learn and more fun to have! The event will be free and open to the public.


Community Jam Session
Sunday, November 12; 3 to 5 p.m.

Bring your fiddle, banjo, flute, tabla, or other instrument out of the closet and play with other musicians in this informal setting. Participants will take turns picking songs and perhaps even teaching a few traditional melodies. The event will be free and open to the public.


Folk Art Residency: Katrina Mitten (Bead work)
Thursday, November 16
Demonstrations (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.); Talk Stage (11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); Demonstrations (2:30 to 4 p.m.)

A member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Katrina Mitten was born and raised in Indiana. Although most of the Miami were removed from their ancestral lands, Katrina's family remained in Huntington County. She learned traditional beadwork by studying family heirlooms and museum artifacts. Her work combines the geometric designs found in Miami ribbon work with the floral patterns of Great Lakes tribes' beadwork, as she incorporates personal experiences and family stories into her art. Taking inspiration from family and community narratives, Katrina's artwork continues a storytelling tradition that predates statehood. Through her work, Katrina demonstrates that Miami history and culture is "not something from the past, it is still going on today in the present." The events will be free and open to the public.


From Infrapolitical Expression to Gentrified Beautification: Graffiti in the Hip Hop Tradition
Thursday, November 16; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Graffiti is an unauthorized inscription or drawing on a public surface, and it is meant to be confronted by a viewing public and elicit a reaction or perhaps a response, notes Fernando Orejuela. He also notes that graffiti born from the hip hop subculture of the 1970s can be understood as resistance through adornment. This talk, by Orejuela, aims to address a cultural phenomenon when the act of vandalism is transforms into a highly-stylized art form recognized and adopted all over the globe.

A Senior Lecturer and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at IU, Orejuela teaches courses on hip hop culture, subcultures, and youth music scenes; critical race theory and music; children's folklore and service learning; and play, gaming, and sports. His is the author of Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture published with Oxford University Press and currently co-editing a volume with fellow ethnomusicologist, Stephanie Shonekan on Black Lives Matter Movement and Music to be published by Indiana University Press. He is also a music consultant for the National Music of African American Music in Nashville, Tennessee and a member of the advisory team for Carnegie Hall's A History of African American Music. The lecture will be free and open to the public.


La Gran Milonga: A Winter Tango Ball with live music by Tamango
Friday, December 1; 7 to 10 p.m.

Celebrate the season with dance and music! The event is free and open to all ages and all levels of experience.


Winterfest: Storytelling
Sunday, December 3; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Winter is the perfect time to tell some stories or hear some stories. Come make puppets, storybooks, and other crafts that tell a story. Storytelling by Bloomington Storytelling Guild. Winterfest will be free and open to the public.