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Events at Indiana University

Bee-Town Quilts

Bee-Town Quilts

Bee-town Quilts: Charm Club Retrospective
Now-March 13, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The Mathers Museum of World Cultures continues its tradition of highlighting the works of local quilters in conjunction with the annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. In "Bee-town Quilts: Charm Club Retrospective," the museum will display the works of a regional quilting bee that was organized more than two decades ago. The exhibit highlights pieces made by Charm Club members that range from traditional to contemporary designs. The Mathers Museum is located at 416 N. Indiana Ave. in Bloomington, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free. Free visitor parking is available by the entrance on Indiana Avenue, and on surrounding streets (during weekends). Metered and IU permit parking spaces are available at the McCalla School parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Ave. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, call 812-855-6873 or e-mail

Find a Fable, Tell a Tale: A Story of Story Telling
Now-April, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- A new exhibition at the Mathers Museum explores the world of storytelling beyond words on paper. In "Find a Fable, Tell a Tale: A Story of Story Telling," curator Amanda Hotz, a senior in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, focuses on the notion that all objects have a story to tell, although some are more obvious than others. The exhibition illustrates the variety of forms that stories can take beyond written representation. It explores stories that are told through music, physical actions, images and objects. The items in this exhibition tell stories that are known worldwide, as well as stories representative of a specific culture or of an individual. Hotz uses these particular objects to remind the viewer that stories are everywhere. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, call 812-855-6873 or e-mail

Functional Faces: Pottery with Personality
Now-April, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The desire of mankind to create things that look like us, even in the most utilitarian of objects, is the subject of a new exhibition at the Mathers Museum. In "Functional Faces: Pottery with Personality," curator Tiffany Carter examines the use of the human face in pottery from around the world. Carter, a graduate student in IU's Arts Administration program and a graduate assistant in the Mathers Museum Exhibits department, brings together anthropomorphic pottery from a variety of cultures to illustrate the universalism of facial expressions. While it may seem that expressions of happiness, sadness or anger might vary from culture to culture, these pots demonstrate that facial expressions are readable no matter what language one may speak. The items in this display all serve a variety of functional purposes, making the artistan's desire to include sculptural elements of the human form all the more interesting. The exhibition examines how the function of the pottery relates to the expression on its surface. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, call 812-855-6873 or e-mail

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Hiroshi Sugimoto, "Rockefeller Center"

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Transcendent: The Photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto
Now-May 10, Indiana University Art Museum, Special Exhibitions Gallery/Hexagon Gallery, first floor, 1133 East Seventh St., Bloomington -- Drawn from four private collections, this exhibition of 14 striking black-and-white photographs by the internationally recognized Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto highlights the elegance and simplicity that are hallmarks of his style. Sugimoto's interest in time and space -- as seen in his seascapes, theaters, architecture and conceptual form series -- transcends the physical limitations of a particular locale or subject matter to reveal a wider realm of ideas. The exhibition and all of the related events are free and open to the public. This exhibition is supported by the Thomas T. Solley Endowment for the Curator for Asian Art and IU Art Museum's Arc Fund. For more information, visit


Botanica: A Pharmacy for the Soul

Botanica: A Pharmacy for the Soul
Now-July 2, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The exhibition "Pharmacy for the Soul" centers on traditions of spirit healing and the practitioners and places associated with these beliefs. The Mathers Museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, visit

Images of Native Americans: The Wanamaker Collection
Now-July 2, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- This exhibition presents selections from one of the largest and most important collections of images of Native Americans, and features an overview of the collection's history and its holdings. For more information, visit

Eros in Asia: Erotic Art from Iran to Japan
Now through June 26, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment, The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Morrison Hall, third floor, Bloomington -- This exhibit features a variety of erotic artwork from Iran, India, Japan and China. In the 1940s and 1950s, Alfred Kinsey actively collected visual materials from around the world to enable him to study sexual behavior and attitudes across the Asian continent. Since that time, the institute has continued to acquire paintings, prints, illustrated books, sculptures and art objects from Asian countries, each of which has its unique artistic traditions and genres for the visual representation of sexuality. The Kinsey Institute was founded in 1947 as a private research institute affiliated with IU. Its mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender and reproduction.For more information, visit or call 812-855-7686.

Plein Air Painters to be featured in Meijer Artway
Now-March 13, Ed Thronburg Gallery, IU East, Richmond -- IU East will feature a group of artists from the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association in the Meijer Artway. The Indiana Plein Air Painters Association started in 1998 with a small group of artists who believed the best way to capture the essence of a scene is through interpreting nature in Plein Air (French for "in the open air"). The group has grown over the years, with more than 300 members that paint together and work toward spreading IPAPA's mission of educating artists and non-artists of the joys of painting from nature. For more information, visit

The Great Blue Ewe - Intaglio

The Great Blue Ewe - Intaglio, by Kathy McGhee

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IU East exhibit features printmaker
Now-March 18, IU East, Richmond -- IU East will be showcasing "The Works of Kathy L. McGhee" in The Gallery. As a printmaker, McGhee employs various printmaking processes including intaglio, lithography, serigraphy and relief (using primarily linoleum). McGhee is currently an instructor at the Columbus College of Art and Design, where she teaches printmaking. "Indirectly, through the use of stories and images, people can see and observe themselves in a new light. We have been exposed to fables, parables, myths and stories with hidden meanings and depth all of our lives," McGhee said. "This ability to assimilate ourselves into a story of image and to discover hidden meaning is something with which I have been experimenting for some time." Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit during gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call Ed Thornburg, gallery curator, at 765-973-8605 or visit

Zulu art

Clive Sithole, "Uphiso"

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IU Art Museum presents: Ukucwebezela: To Shine-Contemporary Zulu Ceramics
Now-May 24, third-floor of the Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, IU Art Museum, Bloomington -- Masterfully thin-walled clay containers, round as balls, with blackened, sooty surfaces, are among the most recognized -- as well as the most prized -- examples of the potter's art in the world of African ceramics. Featuring the work of more than 25 artists, "Ukucwebezela: To Shine" speaks to the changing cultural and economic realities of South African ceramicists. An important part of the cultural traditions of the Zulu peoples, the largest single ethnic group in South Africa, these vessels have a long history, but they are also part of the vibrant art scene in contemporary South Africa. "Ukucwebezela: To Shine-Contemporary Zulu Ceramics" takes a fresh look at Zulu ceramics, encouraging visitors to recognize subtle differences and to note the rich variety of form, color, texture and decoration of Zulu ceramics today. For more information, visit

Art from Cameroon

Kom Kingdom, Cameroon. Bowl Figure, early 20th century.

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Focalpoint installation focuses on art from Cameroon
Now-May 24, IU Art Museum, 1133 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- IU Art Museum visitors can still see some objects from northern Cameroon as well as Grasslands objects not usually on display (including some recent acquisitions) in this semester's Focalpoint Installation. The IU Art Museum's galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, visit


Mille-fleurs: An Installation by Eva Wylie

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Mille-fleurs: An installation by Eva Wylie
Now-March 13, SoFA Gallery, 1201 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- The School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at IU is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition "Mille-Fleurs" by Eva Wylie. She uses installation and constructed three-dimensional prints, in which she screenprints four-color process images directly on the wall. Her other screenprints are beautifully printed on fabric and cut paper. Wylie uses collected images from the Internet, commercial sources and personal photographs that she took as a tourist to construct elaborate configurations. Working with the architecture of the space, Wylie presents a cross section of a landscape. What appears to be disparate imagery finds coherence and significance through her compositions. Wylie has had several solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the SoFA Gallery at 812-855-8490 or e-mail or visit Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

"Rendering and Meaning" explores rapid prototyping digital technology
Now-March 13, SoFA Gallery, 1201 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- "Rendering and Meaning, Infinite Speed, Zero Errors & Total Memory: Creativity and Desire in the Digital Age," is an exhibition of artworks that explore rapid prototyping digital technology and traditional ceramic art. This is collaborative research by Anton Rejinders of the Netherlands and Malcolm Mobutu Smith of IU. It will present both rapid prototyped forms and ceramics forms, some as independent works and others as overlapping collaborative pieces. Rejinders is a ceramicist who lives and works in the Netherlands. He regularly leads workshops as visiting artist in the Netherlands and abroad. He was head of the workshop and studios at the European Ceramics Workcenter in Hertogenbosch (Nederland) and author of The Ceramic Process. Malcolm Mobutu Smith is an associate professor of Ceramic Art at IU. For more information, contact the SoFA Gallery at 812-855-8490 or visit

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot photo exhibit at IU through Friday
Now-March 13, noon to 4 p.m., School of Fine Arts, 1201 E. Seventh St., room 123, Bloomington -- This exhibit features 10 very large photographs taken from Gilbertson's dramatic photographic record chronicling America's early battles in Iraq. The photographs of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot depict the full range of human experience called up by the war in Iraq. Gilbertson's book of photographs was chosen as a "Best Book of 2007" by Amazon. For more information, contact the SoFA Gallery at 812-855-8490 or e-mail

A Poet or Calligrapher

Mughal Dynasty, "A Poet or Calligrapher"

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From Pen to Printing Press: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts
Now-May 10, Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor, IU Art Museum, Bloomington -- The IU Art Museum will host an exhibition of approximately 50 works on paper drawn exclusively from IU collections and on display for the first time. A volume of nine articles produced with full-color illustrations will be published by IU Press to complement the exhibition and to provide a permanent record of IU's rich collections of Islamic art. Both the exhibit and the publication are supported by an Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant. Along with a Web module, both the show and the book will establish IU as a leader in the scholarly study of Islamic artistic traditions, a field of growing public interest in recent years. For more information, visit

Student Art Exhibition at IU South Bend
March 10-27, noon to 5 p.m., Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Gallery, IU South Bend -- All visual arts students at IU South Bend will show their work in the Student Art Exhibition. The show typically represents each area of artistic focus through a variety of different works. As a guest of the gallery you can expect to see everything from painting to printmaking, photography to sculpture, jewelry to ceramics and drawings to computer art. For more information, visit

Business Conference
March 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis -- The 63rd annual Business Conference, sponsored by the Kelley School of Business, will feature seven speakers, including leading experts on health care, energy and the environment. The speakers will provide insights into how businesses can prevail in difficult times. The New York Times columnist David Brooks will moderate and be the luncheon speaker. Cost to register is $160 per person. Cost of a table for 10 is $1,400 or $725 for a half table for five. For more information, visit

IU Ballet Department brings Swan Lake to the stage
March 27-28, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 1201 E. Third St., Bloomington -- The new version of the time-honored Swan Lake, composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, has been staged by guest ballerina and choreographer Cynthia Gregory and IU Ballet Department Chair Michael Vernon. While including all of the classic ballet's major sections -- two familiar waltzes, the White Swan pas de deux and the Black Swan pas de deux and the original corps de ballet dances that make Swan Lake so unique -- the piece will last about half the length of a normal production. Tickets are $12-20 for adults and $8-16 for students and are available at the Musical Arts Center box office Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. as well as before each performance. Tickets may be purchased phone through Ticket Master by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, visit

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone
March 31, April 1, 8 p.m., IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- The celebrated, multiple Tony Award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone -- a musical comedy that spoofs musical comedies -- is coming to IU Auditorium for a limited spring engagement. This witty homage to the glittery stage shows of the 1920s is narrated by a beaten-down Broadway aficionado called simply "Man in Chair," who remains on stage throughout the production. The narrator escapes his dreary days by playing -- and replaying -- a recording of a 1928 stage musical titled The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to the scratchy sounds of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on stage, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs. The show-within-a-show is a pastiche of every clichéd plot thread ever written, including mistaken identity and gangsters on the lam. This inventive spoof debuted at the 1999 Toronto Fringe Festival. It made its way to Broadway in 2006, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Book, Costume Design, and Scenic Design. For more information, including audio and video clips visit,

Whimsy and the Wylies: 18th Century Expressions of Kin, Career and the Colloquial
April 1-30, Herman B Wells Library Lobby, West Case, Bloomington -- Painting, drawling and sketching were important parts of elite general education during the 19th century regardless of whether a student planned to pursue art as a career. The images produced by Theophilus A. Wylie and his family during the course of their formal and familial upbringing offer a rich example of how such training was employed in everyday life. Images were chosen from hundreds that appear in family documents and books held in collections at Wylie House Museum and the IU Archives. For more information, visit

BFA Exhibition II Opening Reception
April 2, 4 to 6 p.m., Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Gallery, IU South Bend -- the BFA Exhibition II will open with a reception in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Gallery. This BFA Exhibition will feature the artwork of graduating Bachelor of Fine Art students. Refreshments will be served. The students will discuss their work, experiences and plans for the future during the "Gallery Talk," which begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

"The Most Happy Fella"

"The Most Happy Fella"

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Internationally renowned baritone Timothy Noble returns to the MAC stage in The Most Happy Fella
April 10-11, 17-18, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, Bloomington -- In what has been called a musical theater piece, an operetta and an opera, Jacobs faculty member and internationally renowned baritone Timothy Noble will bring The Most Happy Fella to the stage. Noble will perform the role of Tony Esposito, who falls in love with a young waitress, Rosabella. They correspond, but she does not remember him and asks for his picture. Insecure about his age and looks, Tony sends Rosabella a photo of Joe, a handsome, young man. From that point on, misunderstandings, mistakes and bittersweet, as well as hilarious, events unfold. For more information, visit

Wilco to play at IU Auditorium
April 16, 8 p.m. IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- Indiana University's Union Board and Live Nation are bringing the Grammy-winning alternative band Wilco to Bloomington. Wilco is an American band based in Chicago, and it formed following the breakup of the alternative country music group Uncle Tupelo. The band's music has been inspired by a variety of artists, including Bill Fay. Tickets are on sale now for $25 for IU Bloomington students and general public tickets are $32.50. To obtain tickets, visit the IU Auditorium Box Office or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit

Flight of the Conchords take to the IU Auditorium stage
April 25, 8 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington -- The Indiana Memorial Union Board is proud to present the Grammy Award-winning comedic folk duo Flight of the Conchords. Flight of the Conchordsis an offbeat, New Zealand-bred musical duo composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The two were "flatmates" at Victoria University of Wellington studying film and theater when they formed Flight of the Conchordsin 1998. Their unique combination of folk-rock and wit has led to international fame and a loyal following. The group will be performing at Indiana University less than two weeks after the anticipated release of its second full-length studio album, expected out April 14. General public tickets are $38.50, and student tickets are $33.50. Tickets can be purchased at the IU Auditorium Box Office or online at For more information about Union Board, call 812- 855-4682 or e-mail

Our Culture is Our Resistance

Our Culture is Our Resistance

Our Culture is Our Resistance
Now-Aug. 14, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- Features images by internationally renowned photographer and human rights activist Jonathan Moller. This exhibit focuses on the history of Guatemala, documenting injustices towards the country's indigenous majority during the civil war at the hands of the Guatemalan government. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, please call 812-855-6873 or e-mail

Thoughts, Things, and Theories . . . What Is Culture?
Now-July 31, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The meaning of culture and cultural traditions is explored in a new exhibit at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. "Thoughts, Things, and Theories . . . What Is Culture?" uses objects from around the world to show the way culture permeates all human lives. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the exhibit focuses on two main themes: universal needs and life stages. Universal needs (food, clothing, and shelter, for example) are demonstrated in replicas of two households -- one a Bloomington ranch house from 1967, the other a multi-generational family compound from northern Nigeria in the same year. Visitors can then move into an area of the exhibit with artifacts illustrating life stages (from birth and infancy to death and the afterlife), with a Lakota cradleboard, Japanese wedding kimono, and numerous other artifacts from around the globe. The exhibit also features a hands-on activity station, computer kiosks with interactive programs, and a reading area. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, please call 812-855-6873 or e-mail

Safe and Sound: Protective Devices from Around the World
Now-Aug.14, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The universal desire to avoid danger and remain out of harm's way is the subject of a new exhibition at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. "Safe and Sound: Protective Devices from Around the World" features a number of objects that are believed by some cultures to hold protective powers. Curator Suzanne Ingalsbe, a doctoral student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, delves into the history of these devices and explores the sources of their power. The objects in this exhibition represent a variety of countries, cultures, and beliefs. Included in the display are signs, clothing, jewelry, text and other devices that illustrate the many varied forms protection can take. These objects, alongside an explanation of their roots, demonstrate the power that belief can give to a seemingly ordinary object. For more information, or to schedule a guided group tour, call 812-855-6873 or e-mail

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