Current Exhibits

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. The exhibit will be open through December 22, 2019.

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

A new exhibit exploring community and food—“Hungry Planet: What the World Eats”—is on exhibit at IU’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The traveling exhibit is based on the best-selling book by photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio, who sat down to dinner with 30 families in 24 different countries to document their meals and lives around food. The exhibit features stories, grocery lists, and photos of each family surrounded by a week's worth of groceries, and gives visitors snapshots to compare these families with their own. "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” will be open to the public through May 1. Admission to the museum is free, but the museum is encouraging visitors to bring canned goods to the exhibit for donation to the Community Kitchen of Monroe County. The exhibit is toured by COSI, the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

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 January 26, 2020

Picturing Change, Seeing Continuity: Hmong Story Cloths

“Picturing Change, Seeing Continuity: Hmong Story Cloths” presents textiles created by Hmong Americans, a people of Southeast Asian heritage who largely came to the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s as refugees, following the wake of the Vietnam War. Before coming to the U.S., some Hmong people lived in refugee camps in Thailand. Developed in these camps, story cloths use older textile decoration techniques in a new way to produce works of fabric art that non-Hmong could buy and that would help convey Hmong experiences to them. Those stories were somtimes old tales of the Hmong people, but artists also used these textiles to help viewers understand Hmong customs and the difficult histories that Hmong refugees endured. “Picturing Change, Seeing Continuity: Hmong Story Cloths,” will be on display through July 26, 2019.

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 December 22, 2019.

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

"Thoughts, Things, and Theories...What Is Culture?" explores the nature of culture. The exhibit will be ongoing.

Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov: Turkmen Village Life, 1960 – 80s

Durdy Bayramov (1938-2014) grew up in an orphanage in Turkmenistan and overcame the significant challenges of his youth to become an acclaimed Eurasian artist. Through a prolific career as a painter that spanned more than 55 years, Bayramov was best known for his compelling portraits. His tender approach evokes the special character and qualities within each of his subjects, with whom he shared a deep rapport. This exhibit features photographs selected from Durdy Bayramov’s personal archive. Although he took great pleasure in photography, Bayramov used it primarily as a tool in his artistic process and never expected that others would find them fascinating in their own right. The images provide a rare and intimate glimpse into the customs and material culture of Turkmen villagers during this period, and at the same time reflect the profound human spirit shared by all communities. The exhibit will close July 26, 2019.