Past Events

Past Events 2019

Kenyan Traditional Music Making Workshop
Sunday, March 3; 2 p.m.

Wilson Shitandi, a Kenyan ethnomusicologist, composer, and performer, presented a workshop abut traditional music of Kenya, its significance, and its performance context.


Family Craft Day: Hmong Crafts
Sunday, February 24; 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Visitors learned more about Hmong story cloths, like those featured in “Picturing Change, Seeing Continuity,” an exhibit at the Mathers Museum. 


Artist in Residence--Marcos Bautista (Weaver)
Saturday, February 23; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Marcos Bautista is from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico, a community known for its Zapotec weaving. He grew up helping his family in their weaving business, often operating the standing loom. Marcos’ art combines his innovative designs with Zapotec patterns and techniques. He moved to Indiana after he married, and he continues to sell his textiles at art and craft fairs around the state. He remains close to his family in Oaxaca, often sending them new patterns of his own design and helping to sell his family’s creations. Bautista was an artist in residence at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, demonstrating his art and discussing his work with visitors. The free demonstrations were presented in conjunction with Mexico Remixed, a program of IU’s Arts and Humanities Council.


Family Craft Day: Hmong Crafts
Sunday, February 24; 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Visitors learned more about Hmong story cloths, like those featured in “Picturing Change, Seeing Continuity,” an exhibit at the Mathers Museum.


Instruments of Culture: Indigenous and Mestizo Instrumental Traditions of Mexico
Thursday, February 21; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

How can we be sure an instrument or music is really from the culture it portends to represent? Without firsthand experience, how can we claim to know the identity of a people we have never met? These are questions asked by Nolan Warden, a Lecturer at Purdue University who studies musics of African and Indigenous heritage in the Americas. Warden notes that "In ethnomusicology and related fields, this basic epistemological problem is ostensibly mitigated through ethnographic methods. Yet ethnography is inextricable from the flows and premises of global capitalism, and as such, capitalist motivations seem to permeate the how and why of 'knowing' others through ethnography, paradoxically subverting the very identities being represented."  Warden's talk presented a specific case from historical and ethnographic perspectives on Wixárika (Huichol) culture, utilizing musical instruments found in the Mathers Museum collection and fieldwork conducted in Wixárika communities of western Mexico. The talk was free and open to the public, and was co-sponsored by Mexico Remixed, a program of IU's Arts and Humanities Council and Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.


Anthropology Day
Thursday, February 21; 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Lambda Alpha, Kappa chapter helped to clelebrate Anthropology Day at the Mathers Museum with swag and cupcakes. The event was free and open to the public and was sponsored by IU’s Department of Anthropology


Reimagining Opera for Kids: The Lunchbox Project
Friday, February 15; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

​A new commissioned work for Reimagining Opera for Kids, The Lunchbox Project uses traditional music as the setting to explore the many cultures revealed in our lunchboxes. Students' own stories were integrated into performances, as they were able to submit poems about their lunchboxes, which cast members will select--and sing!--during the opera. The free performance was sung in English.


Puppets, Museums, Social Media, and City Spaces: Performing Southeast Asian Identities
Wednesday, February 6; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Jennifer Goodlander, Associate Professor of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance and Director IU's Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies Program, discussed her most recently published book during a lecture that  examined puppets as objects and in performance that make culture come alive.
Puppetry in Southeast Asia is one of the oldest and most dynamic genres of performance. The lecture was free and open to the public.