Current Exhibits

800 Seasons: Change and Continuity in Bloomington, 1818-2018

“800 Seasons” tells the story of Bloomington from the ground up.  How do nature and history shape one another in the American Midwest—and how are Bloomington’s possibilities for tomorrow shaped by 200 years of community building in the southern Indiana hill country? The exhibit, sponsored by IU’s Grand Challenges: Prepared for Environmental Change, will be on display through May 10, 2020.

Echoes of the Rainforest: The Visual Arts of the Shipibo Indians

"Echoes of the Rainforest: The Visual Arts of the Shipibo Indians," features ceramics, textiles, and other works created by people living in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. The artifacts were collected by Frédéric and Bernadette Allamel, who worked with Frédéric's high school students at the International School of Indiana (in Indianapolis) to develop and design the exhibit. View or download a copy of the Echoes of the Rainforest Catalog. The exhibit will be open through May 10, 2020.

México Indígena

"México Indígena” highlights a few of the artistic traditions and innovations practiced by some of Mexico’s indigenous peoples, including the Isthmus Zapotec of Juchitán, Oaxaca; the Wixáritari (Huichol) who live in the Sierra Madres; the Otomi people from the Altiplano region; and the Purépecha (Tarascan) people of Michoacán. The exhibit is sponsored by Mexico Remixed, a program of IU’s Arts and Humanities Council, and will be on display through May 10, 2020.

Migrant Quilts of the Southern Arizona Borderlands

The Migrant Quilt Project is a grassroots, collaborative effort of artists, quiltmakers,and activists to express compassion for migrants from Mexico and Central America who died in the Southern Arizona deserts on their way to create better lives for themselves and their families. The name of each individual who died that year is inscribed on the quilt, with the word “unknown” or “desconocido” used to designate an unidentified person’s remains. Quiltmakers are free to design their quilts however they desire. The exhibit will be on display through March 15, 2020.

Sacred Drums, Sacred Trees: Haiti’s Changing Climate

“Sacred Drums, Sacred Trees: Haiti’s Changing Climate,” curated by Rebecca Dirksen, Assistant Professor in IU's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, explores how humanity, the divine, and the environment intersect through the sacred Vodou drums and the trees from which they are made. The exhibit will be on display through May 10, 2020.

Traditions of the Future: Apprenticeships and Traditional Arts in Indiana

This photographic exhibition explores Indiana University’s work in supporting the continuation and evolution of traditional arts in Indiana across generations. From hoop net making and banjo playing in southern Indiana, to ballet folklórico and Mennonite basketry in the northern part of our state, IU has funded a range of apprenticeships that help to safeguard the traditional practices in diverse communities around the Hoosier State. The exhibit will be open through May 10, 2020.

Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?

"Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?" explores the nature of culture. The exhibit will be on display through May 10, 2020..