Mathers Museum of World Cultures

  • 416 N. Indiana Avenue
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 855-6873
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 14, but the exhibitions hall will re-open Tuesday, August 15 at 9 a.m.

The family-friendly Mathers Museum of World Cultures features a variety of exhibits and events that give you the chance to learn more about our world by exploring objects from near and far. The museum also provides research and training opportunities for IU students, and educational support and services for IU faculty and elementary/secondary school teachers. Admission is free.

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Community Altar

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday until November 1, 2017
  • (812) 855-6873

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... Learn more

Mapping Indiana Territory: Exploring Indigenous and Western Representations

  • October 6, 2017

As part of the Indiana University 2017 Themester, “Diversity • Difference • Otherness,” the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology is proud to open two new exhibits featuring historic 19th century maps of Indiana and the greater Ohio River Valley. The GBL’s James H. Kellar Library contains the... Learn more

Negotiating Homelands and Sovereignty in Indiana Territory

  • October 6, 2017

As part of the Indiana University 2017 Themester, “Diversity • Difference • Otherness,” the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology will host a public panel discussion exploring the intersections between difference, place, Indigenous identities, and tribal sovereignty in Indiana, past and... Learn more

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Community Altar

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday until October 29, 2017
  • (812) 855-6873

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... Learn more

Celebration of New African Collections

  • October 12, 2017
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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. Learn more

"Dark Water" Artist's Talk and Reception

  • October 17, 2017
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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. Learn more

Directing the Gaze: How Performance Can Challenge Negative Stereotypes About Otherness

  • October 20, 2017
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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... Learn more

Otherness and Identity: Connectedness in Diversity

  • October 26, 2017
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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... Learn more

Family Craft Day: Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

  • October 29, 2017
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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. Learn more

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Altar Lighting and Reception

  • November 1, 2017
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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. Learn more

Chinese Calligraphy Club presents the Silk Road

  • November 3, 2017
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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... Learn more

Community Jam Session

  • November 12, 2017
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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. Learn more

Folk Art Residency: Katrina Mitten (Bead work)

  • November 16, 2017
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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... Learn more

From Infrapolitical Expression to Gentrified Beautification: Graffiti in the Hip Hop Tradition

  • November 16, 2017
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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... Learn more

La Gran Milonga: A Winter Tango Ball with live music by Tamango

  • December 1, 2017
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Celebrate the season with dance and music! The event is free and open to all ages and all levels of experience. Learn more

Winterfest: Storytelling

  • December 3, 2017
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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. Learn more