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Events at Indiana University

Steve Raymer

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Steve Raymer

Career retrospective of IU photojournalist's work at National Geographic
Now-Oct. 31, pictura gallery on the square, 122 W. Sixth and College, Bloomington -- A collection of photographs spanning a career of nearly 40 years by Indiana University professor and National Geographic photographer Steve Raymer will make its debut at pictura gallery in downtown Bloomington. Raymer joined National Geographic magazine as a staff photographer in 1972 and produced some of the most iconic images of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, from famines in Bangladesh and Ethiopia to the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Now an associate professor at the IU School of Journalism, Raymer continues to photograph for National Geographic and other international magazines. For more information, call 812-336-0000 or visit

Barb Bondy: Intractable
Now-Sept. 27, 735 W. New York St., IUPUI, Indianapolis -- This exhibition includes drawings created in the summer of 2009 as well as previous work which focus on neurological explorations and the limits of thought, the dominant themes in Barb Bondy's work. Drawings and photographs will be exhibited for the first time at the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design. In conjunction with this exhibition, works from the Prison Art Program, in which Bondy participates as an instructor, will be on view in the Basile Gallery. For more information, visit or call 317-278-9400.


Botanica: A Pharmacy for the Soul

Botánica: A Pharmacy for the Soul
Now-Dec. 20, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North 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.-4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4:30 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. For further information, visit

Clothes, Collections, and Culture . . . What is a Curator?
Now-Dec. 20, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- A new exhibition at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures gives visitors an insider's perspective into the curatorial process. The exhibition uses traditional Zapotec garments to illustrate the curatorial process from collection to protection, and explores the cultural and historical context of the garments. In addition to this presentation of ethnographic objects, the visitor is invited to view the exhibit from a curator's perspective. Hall-Araujo has recreated the collections work area to explain how curators make decisions that turn artifacts into exhibitions. For more information, visit

Find a Fable, Tell a Tale: A Story of Story Telling
Now-Dec. 20, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- 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, please call 812-855-6873 or e-mail

Images of Native Americans: The Wanamaker Collection
Now-Dec. 20 -- 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 or call 812-855-6873.

Safe and Sound: Protective Devices from Around the World
Now-Dec. 20, 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

Thoughts, Things, and Theories . . . What Is Culture?
Now-Dec. 20, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 N. Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- The meaning of culture and cultural traditions is explored in a new exhibition 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

IUPUC to host presentations about Lincoln, Civil War
Sept. 17, 7-8 p.m., Custer-Nugent Lecture Hall, Columbus Learning Center, Columbus -- The presentation, endorsed by both the Federal and Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commissions, fulfills IUPUC's mission of promoting lifelong learning by encouraging reflection on the legacy of the Civil War era for today's citizens. This year marks the bicentennial year of Lincoln's birth and 2011 will mark the sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War. A Kentucky native, Lincoln spent much of his boyhood in Indiana, and lived his pre-Presidential adult life in Illinois. The program, made possible by an Indiana Humanities Council grant, will be led by three scholar-historians with expertise in the era of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in Indiana. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail or call Doug Gardner at 812-348-7206.

Underground Railroad Summit
Sept. 17-21, all day, Hilton Indianapolis North, 8181 N. Shadeland, Ave., Indianapolis -- The conference will explore the Underground Railroad as a meeting point or a zone of contact in which cultures, geographies, regions, races, ethnicities, religious and political ideologies met and interacted. In addition to exploring past Underground Railroad connections, the conference also seeks to explore ways in which present day people interested in the story of the Underground Railroad transcend local histories and make connections to a larger national story with global significance. The four day conference will feature pre and post-conference events, exhibits, speakers, and workshops, hosted at the Hilton- Indianapolis North. Make your reservations early at 1-800-Hiltons to receive the conference rate. For more information, visit

"A Metaphor For A Metaphor"

"A Metaphor For A Metaphor"

A Metaphor For A Metaphor
Sept. 17,18, Whitewater Hall, 2325 Chester Blvd., IU East, Richmond -- The Indiana University East art gallery will display "A Metaphor For A Metaphor" by Ball State University faculty Scott Anderson, Hannah Barnes and David Hannon. The exhibit will be on display in The Gallery in Whitewater Hall. Anderson has been exhibiting his paintings professionally for the past 25 years in galleries, museums, national and regional juried offerings. He is currently an assistant professor at Ball State where he teaches undergraduate and graduate levels of painting and drawing. Barnes' recent work in painting and drawing explores a range of images and formal qualities relating ornament, decoration and craft to the history of abstract painting. She is currently assistant professor of painting at Ball State. Hannon has taught painting and drawing for the past nine years. Currently, he lives in Muncie, Ind., and teaches painting and drawing full time as an assistant professor of painting at Ball State. 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

A World of His Own: The Uncommon Artistry of Chester Cornett
Now-Dec. 20, various times, Mathers Museum, 416 North Indiana Ave., Bloomington -- Celebrates the creativity and craftsmanship of Chester Cornett (1913-1981), a gifted chairmaker who hailed from the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. The exhibit, curated by James Seaver, a graduate student in IU's Department of History, is the first museum retrospective on Cornett's work, and capitalizes upon furniture, tools, and other objects in the Mathers Museum's collections to explore the chairmaker's unique folk aesthetic. For more information, e-mail or visit the web site at

Compete in IUPUI's first Regatta
Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m., Downtown Canal, Buggs Temple, Indianapolis -- The Student Organization for Alumni Relations, the IUPUI Alumni Council, and the Central Indiana Chapter of the IUAA are hosting the inaugural IUPUI Regatta, a canoe relay race on the Downtown Canal. Students, alumni and faculty/staff are invited and encouraged to form teams to participate in this new campus event, which will feature a community carnival with fun, food and music. Teams will race against others in their respective categories, culminating in a final race between students, alumni and faculty/staff with winners receiving bragging rights and a spot on the IUPUI Regatta Cup trophy. For more information, contact Katie Klco at or Robert Scheele at To register for this event, visit

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Cardboard Boat Regatta

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Ninth Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta: Second annual Dean's Challenge
Sept. 25, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., IU Outdoor Pool in Bloomington -- Deans from IU Bloomington will take to the water in cardboard boats to raise money for student scholarships in this annual Bloomington fall event. Joining students in the races will be Robert M. Goodman, dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Matthew Auer, dean of the Hutton Honors College; Stephan Watt, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Mariah Moore, representing Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, dean for Women's Affairs. The event, sponsored by the School of HPER's Council for Advancing Student Leadership, is free and open to the public. It will include free food, live entertainment and prizes. The pool is located at the corner of Fee Lane and 17th Street. For more information, visit

Peru Glaciers

The Canary Project: Works on Climate Change 2006-2009
Now-Oct. 9, SoFA Gallery, 1201 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- On Friday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m., in room 015 of the Fine Arts building, artist Fritz Haeg will give a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition, with a reception to follow in the SoFA Gallery. Renowned writer William L. Fox will present a lecture on Friday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m., in Woodburn Hall 101. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

IU, community artists collaborate to present 'Interpreting the Square'
Now-Sept. 30, City Hall Atrium, 401 N. Morton St., Bloomington -- Throughout the month of September, the work of 30 artists and creative writers from Indiana University Bloomington and the surrounding community will be on display throughout downtown Bloomington. The collaborative art installation, titled "Interpreting the Square: Thirty Artists Explore Downtown Bloomington," will explore the cultural, social and economic complexity of Bloomington's thriving business district. Each artist has been paired with one of the 30 buildings facing the Courthouse Square, and each will create a distinctive artwork based upon personal interests and medium. The layout of the artwork in the final exhibition will be a multimedia installation that portrays the complexity of the Bloomington Square by combining 30 points of view into one work of art. For more information about IU's Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, visit

From The Well House

IU Kokomo Art Gallery to feature student art works
Now-Oct. 10, Alumni Hall, IU Kokomo -- This exhibition features all types of art works, from prints to photos, created by IU Kokomo students and selected for the campus literary and arts journal. A reception will take place Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the gallery. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays until 8 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Persons without campus parking permits should follow signs to visitor parking. For more information, call 765-455-9523.

IU Kokomo, Ivy Tech alumni associations to host 'Wine and Microbrew Tasting Event'
Sept. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Half Moon Brewery, 4051 S. Lafountain St., Kokomo -- Experience interesting tastes from the vineyard and the barrel with friends of Indiana University Kokomo and Ivy Tech Community College at the Wine and Microbrew Tasting Event. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple. Proceeds from the event will benefit a scholarship for an Ivy Tech graduate completing a bachelor's degree at IU Kokomo. Contact the IU Kokomo Office of Alumni Relations for tickets at or by calling 800-459-0561, ext. 403. Attendance is limited to 75 persons.

IUPUC to host presentations about Lincoln, Civil War
Sept. 17, 7-8 p.m., Custer-Nugent Lecture Hall in the Columbus Learning Center, Columbus --This year marks the bicentennial year of Lincoln's birth and 2011 will mark the sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War. The program, made possible by an Indiana Humanities Council grant, will be led by three scholar-historians with expertise in the era of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in Indiana. It is free and open to the public. "These presentations are geared for general audiences, not academics. They will feature the insights of expert scholars engaged in ongoing research on topics related to a fascinating period in the history of the state and nation. The Lincoln years undeniably continue to inform and shape current political and social discourse," said Douglas G. Gardner, lecturer of history in the IUPUC Division of Liberal Arts. Presents include:

  • Nicole Etcheson, professor of history at Ball State University, will lead a presentation titled "Lincoln as a Hoosier: Race, Politics, and the Sixteenth President."
  • Associate professor of history at the University of Indianapolis, A. James Fuller will lead "Lincoln's Man in Indiana: Governor Oliver P. Morton and Civil War Politics."
  • Stephen E. Towne, associate university archivist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will lead the presentation titled "Unloved by Many: Opposition to Lincoln in Civil War Indiana."

For more information, e-mail or call 812-348-7206.

Boone Pickens

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T. Boone Pickens

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Pickens to speak at IU
Sept. 18, 10 a.m., IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens is bringing his mission to wean the nation off of foreign oil to Indiana University. His address, which is open to students, faculty and guests, will be called "America's Foreign Oil Dependency Crisis." Pickens is the founder of a self-funded grassroots campaign called the "Pickens Plan." His plan includes a call for the nation to invest in wind and solar energy, rebuild the nation's electrical grid and replace gasoline with natural gas in cars and trucks. For more information about Pickens Plan, visit

Faculty and guest artist recital features Hamilton Tescarollo, piano and Carlos Audi, cello
Sept. 20, 2:30 p.m., Rhinehart Recital Hall, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne -- Tescarollo and Audi will perform Sonatas by Cesar Franck and Samuel Barber; along with "Le Grand Tango" by Astor Piazzolla. Admission for IPFW with ID is free, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (60 and older), $3 for all other students. For more information, visit

The Art of Hope: a panel discussion on Imani Workshops
Sept. 25, 5-7:30 p.m., IUPUI Eskenazi Hall, Herron School of Art and Design, 735 W. New York St., Indianapolis -- Imani Workshops is a branch of the Family Preservation Initiative under the IU-Kenya Partnership's AMPATH program and a revenue-generating social enterprise focused on producing high quality crafts by HIV artisans in western Kenya. One of the Imani Workshop founders, Njoki, will join law and business experts for a panel discussion on issues critical to Imani Workshops including the IU-Kenya partnership, fair trade and skills development for underprivileged artisans. The evening includes the following:

  • 5-6 p.m., reception with ors d'oeuvres, African drum ensemble, gallery exhibit and Imani Workshop items available for purchase.
  • 6-7 p.m., panel discussion
  • 7-7:30 p.m., gallery open and Imani Workshop goods available

For more information, visit or call 317-278-9400.

"L'Italiana in Algeri"

"L'Italiana in Algeri"

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IU Opera 2009-2010 series begins with 'L'Italiana in Algeri'
Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 2-3, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington -- This lighthearted comedy will mark the IU Opera debut of renowned conductor Arthur Fagen, a recently appointed Jacobs professor. Jacobs Professor of Music Vincent Liotta will stage direct, with a set designed by Paul Shortt for the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Fagen said Rossini's enduring comedy translates well to modern times. "The aspect of the societally repressed Muslim woman vs. the emancipated European woman is a theme which resonates to the present day -- as does the idea of a willful dictator of a banana republic," said Fagen. Fagen officially joined the Jacobs faculty in the fall of 2008. For more information about the Jacobs School of Music and IU Opera and Ballet Theater, visit

"Layered Land"

"Layered Land" by William Itter

Form and Surface: African Ceramics, Baskets, and Textiles from the William Itter Collection
Sept. 26-Dec. 13, IU Art Museum, 1133 E. Seventh St., Bloomington --The transformation of modest materials into extraordinary objects is the subject of "Form and Surface: African Ceramics, Baskets, and Textiles from the William Itter Collection." The exhibition and its accompanying publication (due out later this year) feature clay vessels brought together by painter and retired IU Hope School of Fine Arts faculty member William Itter, who has assembled one of the largest and finest collections of African ceramics in the country. Itter's smaller, but equally beautiful collections of baskets and textiles complement the pottery by extending the dialogue between form and decoration that makes these crafts so appealing. Well over 100 examples of pots, baskets and textiles from all over sub-Saharan Africa will be on display. All of the ceramics, baskets and textiles were made for use, whether in everyday activities or reserved for special occasions. The skill and care devoted to the creation of these vessels is all the more remarkable in light of their mundane functions, because most were made for the transport, storage, preparation, or serving of food, water, or beverages such as beer. All were made by women and men who moved beyond learning the rudiments of a craft to become technical masters of their medium. For more information, visit

Modern and Contemporary Craft from the Indiana University Art Museum: Recent Acquisitions
Sept. 26-Dec. 13, IU Art Museum, 1133 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- This small exhibition features works in metal, fiber, ceramic and glass. While tracing the development of craft from the post-World War II period to the present, the exhibition also highlights Indiana University's historic commitment to collecting and exhibiting craft works. All 23 objects on display, acquired by the museum between 1998 and 2008, are by internationally and Indiana University-affiliated artists, including Alma Eikerman, Karl Martz, George Rickey and Marguerite Wildenhain. Most of the obects in this exhibition will be on display for the first time. Defined as objects hand-made with materials as diverse as clay, metal, glass, fiber, and more, crafts traditionally have had a utilitarian or decorative purpose. Works of craft can be visually delightful, seductively tactile, and intellectually surprising, yet craft artists have had to confront and overcome many challenges in the contemporary art world. In the twentieth-century, craft artists have faced competition posed by less expensive, machine-produced items. Many museums and art critics have also been reluctant to accord the crafts the same respect given painting and sculpture. In response, craft artists have approached their fields with great creativity, leading most craft and art historians to speak of a post-World War II craft renaissance in the United States. An accompanying brochure to Modern and Contemporary Craft helps to explore the history and role of craft in the art world. For more information, visit

Ben Folds to play IU Auditorium
Sept. 27, 8 p.m., IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St., Bloomington -- Widely known as a pianist, Ben Folds began his career in music as a drummer and also plays guitar and bass. He is best known as a solo artist and as the frontman and pianist of Ben Folds Five, celebrated for a unique compositional style and playing technique that combined elements of the "singer/songwriter" genre, jazz and power rock. Ben Folds' music evokes an edgier Joe Jackson or Elton John. The show is presented by IU Auditorium and NiteLite Promotions. Tickets are $27 for Indiana University students and $37 for the general public and can be purchased at the IU Auditorium box office or For more information, visit

'Driving Miss Daisy' comes to Brown County Playhouse
Sept. 25-Oct. 25, various times, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, Ind. -- Director Dale McFadden draws the 61st season to a close this fall with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that became the Oscar-winning movie Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry. After Daisy, a feisty widow, crashes the car, her son hires a chauffeur against her wishes. Set in Atlanta, this heart-warming, humorous play begins in 1948 and spans one of the most tumultuous and hopeful periods in American history. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Dillinger Exhibit

DILLINGER! Forging a Hoosier Legend

DILLINGER! Forging a Hoosier Legend Now-Dec. 31, Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis -- The exhibit designed by Herron School of Art and Design students, under the guidance of exhibition planning and design faculty member Matthew Groshek, guides visitors through the life of John Dillinger and what factors led this ordinary Hoosier farm boy toward a life of crime. Visit for more information. 'Urinetown, The Musical'
Oct. 2, 8-10 p.m., Williams Theatre, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne -- One of the most wickedly funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is an irreverent tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold and private toilets are outlawed. In a Gotham-like city, the downtrodden are forced to use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company, which profits from over-inflated admission prices. From amongst the people, a hero emerges with a plan for revolution and a promise of freedom. Winner of the 2001 Tony award for Best Book Score and Direction of a Musical, and the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical of the Year, Urinetown catapulted the musical theatre world into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective and uproariously modern wit. Admission for IPFW students with ID is free, $16 for adults, $14 for seniors/faculty/staff/alumni, and $12 for groups of 10 or more and other college students with a valid ID. Tickets for students 18 and younger are $5. For more information, visit

Diaghilev Tribute
Oct. 9-10, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington -- "Diaghilev Tribute," celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, will feature George Balanchine's two different versions of Valse Fantasie back to back, with music by Mikhail Glinka; Jeux, with music by Claude Debussy and new choreography by Vernon; and Les Noces, with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Bronislava Nijinska, in collaboration with the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and University Singers, with distinguished pianists and percussionists, conducted by Professor Carmen Helena Tellez.. For more information about the Jacobs School of Music and IU Opera and Ballet Theater, visit

"Romeo et Juliette"

"Romeo et Juliette"

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'Romeo et Juliette'
Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington -- Charles Gounod's adaptation of Shakespeare's love story is the most classically operatic of all renditions. The sumptuous score dazzles us with swirling waltzes, dramatic choruses, and sublime love duets. The opera closely follows the plot of the play, revealing elements of the deep love between Romeo and Juliet, secrecy of their marriage, bitterness of family feuds, and final tragedy of misunderstanding that leads to the lovers taking their own lives. Sung in French with English supertitles. For more information about the Jacobs School of Music and IU Opera and Ballet Theater, visit

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