Exhibits at the Mathers Museum

  • March 14, 2017 - April 5, 2017
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Mathers Museum of World Cultures
  • 416 N. Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • 812-855-6873
  • 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Free

200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State
From butter churns and spinning wheels to music and bibles, this exhibit explores the objects that Hoosiers throughout the past 200 years have needed not only to survive, but to thrive. The exhibit will be on display through May 7.

Hózhó: Navajo Beauty, Navajo Weavings
This exhibit will introduce the famed wool rugs and blankets woven by the Navajo people of the Southwestern United States. Situating these textiles within regional history and Navajo culture, the exhibition will focus on the theme of beauty in Navajo cosmology as expressed in the artistry of these treasured weavings. Works presented will be drawn from several Mathers Museum of World Cultures collections, including that of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. The exhibit was curated by Associate Professor of Folklore and Mathers Museum of World Cultures Director Jason Baird Jackson, The exhibit, sponsored by Themester 2016: Beauty, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences, will be on display through May 7.

Quilts of Southwest China
This groundbreaking international 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 exhibit is sponsored by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support comes from the IUB Arts and Humanities Council in conjunction with China Remixed: Arts and Humanities in Contemporary Chinese Culture. Project partners include Yunnan Nationalities Museum (Kunming, Yunnan, China); Guangxi Museum of Nationalities (Nanning, Guangxi, China); Guizhou Nationalities Museum (Guiyang, Guizhou, China); Michigan State University Museum (East Lansing, Michigan, USA); Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA); the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA); the American Folklore Society; and the Chinese Folklore Society. The exhibition will be on display through May 7.

Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?
The first display when one enters the Mathers Museum of World Cultures exhibit hall initially seems uncomplicated. Labeled "Learning Through Objects," the case features a 2002 Coca-Cola can juxtaposed next to a skull from Papua New Guinea. The two artifacts, one seemingly mundane while the other something most Americans would call "museum worthy," both raise questions and give answers about the cultures from which they come. These comparisons, the seemingly mundane with the seemingly exotic, serve as the foundation of Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What is Culture?, an ongoing exhibit that examines the very definition of culture, and raises questions of issues surrounding it.

Tools of Travel
This exhibit features objects that people in different times and places have used to transport themselves and their belongings, exploring the technology of travel (wagon, saddle, sled, and canoe) and how it is powered (horse, camel, dog, and human). The exhibit will temporarily close May 8 through August 14; but will re-open August 15, and be open through December 17.

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 C 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.

 

Exhibits at the Mathers Museum