Events at Indiana University
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 email@example.com.
International actor Tim Hardy to perform, speak at IUPUI
March 23, 5:30 p.m., IUPUI University Library Ruth Lilly Auditorium, Indianapolis -- Hardy will present the John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities entitled "Reinventing Shakespeare for the 21st Century: Keeping the Bard Relevant on Stage, on Page, and in Film." This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested and should be sent to Patti Hair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- March 24, 7 p.m. -- Hardy will perform the one-man play, Galileo, in room 152 of the Information and Communication Technology Complex (ICTC) on the IUPUI campus. Tickets are $15 for all attendees and may be paid in cash at the door the evening of the event. Tickets may also be purchased prior to the event by mailing a check to: Cavanaugh Hall, Room 502L, 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202, Attention: Vicki Hale.
- March 25, 6 p.m. -- Hardy will appear at the IU School of Law -- Indianapolis in the Wynne Courtroom for a performance of Galileo and to participate in a panel discussion on canonical law and the issues of science versus religious belief. Tickets for this event are $15 for all attendees. For more information or to purchase tickets, e-mail Vicki Hale at email@example.com.
- March 27, 7:30 p.m. -- Hardy will perform the one-man play, Galileo, in room 152 of the Information and Communication Technology Complex (ICTC) on the IUPUI campus. Tickets are $15 for all attendees and may be paid in cash at the door the night of the event. Tickets may also be purchased prior to the event by mailing a check to: Cavanaugh Hall, Room 502L, 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202, Attention: Vicki Hale.
- March 21, 2 p.m. -- Hardy will be interviewed by Travis DiNicola on WFYI's "The Art of the Matter." For more information, visit http://www.wfyi.org/artOfTheMatter.asp.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/iuam_home.php.
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 http://www.mathers.indiana.edu.
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 http://www.mathers.indiana.edu.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/services/gallery.html or call 812-855-7686.
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 http://www.iue.edu/gallery/
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 http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/iuam_home.php.
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 http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/iuam_home.php.
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 http://www.iub.edu/~iuam/section.php?returnSection=special_exhibitions&navSection=upcoming_exhibitions.
Student Art Exhibition at IU South Bend
Now-March 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 http://www.iusb.edu/~sbarts/artsboxofficegalleryinfo.shtml.
The Stage is Set for the IU School of Medicine Evening of the Arts
March 21, 7 p.m., Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, Indianapolis -- The annual performance showcases the musical, artistic and dramatic talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff. EOTA raises funds to support clinics providing free health care services to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis. Tickets can be reserved by phone at 317-274-7173 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Tickets purchased before March 20 are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. At the door the evening of the performance, tickets will be $12 for students and $17 for the general public. For more information, visit msa.iusm.iu.edu/StudentDevelopment/eota.asp.
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 http://www.music.indiana.edu/.
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, http://www.iuauditorium.com/new0809/index.html.
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 http://www.indiana.edu/~libwylie/exhibits.html.
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 http://www.iusb.edu/~sbarts/.
AAAI presents African American Dance Company
April 4, 8 p.m., Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington -- Exemplifying keen vigorous expression, eloquence and class-The African American Dance Company will present a fusion of dance styles and forms that explore movement and expression of the human condition of people of the African Diaspora. Tickets for this event are as follows: Adults $17, Students (limit 2 per ID) & Children $7, for group tickets of 10 or more $15 for Adults and $5 for Children 12 and under (must be advanced purchase). For more information please contact the AAAI Marketing Office at 812-855-5427 or visit our website at http://www.indiana.edu/~aaai/.
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 http://www.music.indiana.edu/events/.
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 http://www.iuauditorium.com/new0809/index.html.
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 http://www.ticketmaster.com/. For more information about Union Board, call 812- 855-4682 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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