Arts happenings conjure Halloween spirit around the IU Bloomington campus

Post courtesy of newsroom intern Tori Lawhorn: Halloween isn’t just about trick-or-treating. If you want to embrace the spooky spirit of the holiday, check out some of the Halloween-inspired arts events happening around the IU Bloomington campus. IU Auditorium “Dennis James Hosts Halloween“ — Before Dennis James, one of the world’s greatest cinema organists, traveled the world performing […]

William Siegmann’s cultural legacy shown in exhibitions at IU Art Museum, Mathers Museum

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Emily Davis: Indiana University alumnus William Siegmann (1943-2011) was a leading expert on the art and culture of the African countries Liberia and Sierra Leone. A photographer, collector, and overall connoisseur of art, his work transcended traditional aesthetic values and reflected his vast knowledge of the cultures in which […]

Traditional Arts Indiana to create traveling show with National Endowment for the Arts grant

Post by IU Communications colleague George Vlahakis In two years, the state of Indiana will celebrate its bicentennial. Prior to its statehood in 1816, incoming settlers encountered its indigenous peoples, including the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. The Pokagon band lived according to seven “grandfather’s teachings,” which were well accepted among the Great Lakes tribes […]

Mathers Museum makeover creates flexible exhibition space, hands-on learning area

From the outside, it might look like the Mathers Museum of World Cultures is having a sleepy summer. Yet behind shuttered doors, it is positively buzzing with activity. The museum is undergoing an unprecedented makeover before it reopens to the public Aug. 19. Instead of one or two display areas being changed, the entire exhibition […]

IU professor Stacie King receives grant to build a digital museum, organize workshops

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Jaclyn Lansbery: Libraries, newspapers, classrooms — everything is supposedly going digital. Some say that’s a bad thing; but Stacie King, associate professor in IU Bloomington’s Department of Anthropology, has a pretty good argument for why museums should go digital, too. King, a faculty curator for the Glenn A. […]

Pottery exhibit at Mathers features life-size replica of wood-fired kiln

Walk through the front doors of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures right now, and the giant replica of a wood-fired kiln in the front exhibit might just catch your eye. And here’s the kicker: The replica isn’t nearly as large as a real wood-fired kiln, which can easily be 12 feet long and more […]

IU professor is expert on little-known Native American tribe

Out of the handful of books written about the Yuchi people, nearly every single one has Jason Baird Jackson‘s name on the cover. That’s because Jackson — an associate professor of folklore in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures — is […]

Exhibit at Mathers draws president of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance to campus

An exhibit organized by the Institute of National Remembrance in Poland will be on display through Sept. 22 at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and the institute’s director will speak on the Bloomington campus on Sept. 10. The exhibit, titled “Operation AB – Katyn: The Destruction of the Polish Elite at the Beginning of […]

Mathers exhibit highlights Native Americans’ military contributions

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures is participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to recognize and support active-duty military personnel and their families through special programs and exhibits. At the museum on the […]

Exhibit suits IUCA+D to a T

If you’re like me, you’ve got entire drawers full of T-shirts. But somehow, those shirts are much more than just an item of clothing. In a way, they represent my personal history — the theme for my high school marching band’s senior show, the Greek letters adopted by my floor at a private Midwestern university, […]