Past Exhibits

  • 2017

    Tools of Travel
    This exhibit featured objects that people in different times and places have used to transport themselves and their belongings, exploring the technology of travel (wagon, saddle, sled, and canoe) and how it is powered (horse, camel, dog, and human). The exhibit closed December 17, 2017.

    The High Stakes of Macedonia's "Colorful Revolution"
    Several years ago the government of the Republic of Macedonia embarked on an "urban renewal" of the capital city, Skopje. The initiative was seen by many as a highly divisive nationalist project. In 2016, these monuments and buildings came under attack by various groups of citizens. Using paint as ammunition, they defaced the edifices in an expression of revolt against the buildings and the perceived government corruption and disregard for the rule of law. This exhibit brought together the visual testimonies of three photographers: Robert Atanasovski, Vanco Dzambaski, and Kire Galevski. The exhibit was sponsored by IU's Russian and East European Institute; School of Global and International Studies; and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. The exhibit closed December 17, 2017.

    A Giving Heritage: Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community
    "A Giving Heritage" explored the history of bridal attire among the Osage, a Native American people. The exhibition featured beautiful jackets, based on early 19th century military uniforms that have a special place among the Osage. Once used as gifts from U.S. military personnel to Osage leaders, these coats can be seen as a symbol of the interplay between two cultures, and have also come to symbolize the joining of families through marriage. The exhibition and programs were sponsored by IU's American Indian Studies Research Institute; Committee on Native American and Indigenous Studies; Department of Apparel Merchandising and Design; and Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. The exhibit closed December 12, 2017.

    Beijing's 798 Art Zone
    After the turn of the 21st century, artists and cultural entrepreneurs began colonizing a former military factory complex in northeast Beijing. Taking its name from that numbered factory, the 798 Art Zone is an urban arts colony that now attracts visitors from around China and the world. Offering a glimpse of a compelling place that is both visually saturated and reflective of the state of contemporary arts and society in present-day China, "Beijing's 798 Art Zone" introduced the district and its ever-changing artistic landscape through photographs. The exhibit closed on December 12, 2017.

    Dark Water
    This exhibit featured a series of works, including large scale embroideries and photographs, created by Jakkai Siributr, an IU alumnus and artist. Siributr explores the lives of migrant workers from Myanmar working in Thailand. Many of them escape religious or ethnic persecution in their own country hoping for a better life in Thailand but often find themselves victims of human trafficking as well as discrimination. Due to the lack of knowledge about regional history, and strong nationalist sentiments in Thailand, the migrant workers have to deal with prejudice on a regular basis from their Thai counterparts. And many of them will try to adapt to its new surroundings and culture to make life easier. The exhibit was sponsored by IU's School of Education. The exhibit closed on October 22, 2017

    The Middle East: A Photo Journalists Perspective
    February 10, 2017 - March 12, 2017

    This exhibit retraced Steve Raymer's travels from the Western Sahara on the Atlantic Ocean coast to Afghanistan during a 40-plus-year career that began at National Geographic Magazine and migrated, at midlife, to the Media School at Indiana University.

    Quilts of Southwest China
    January 21, 2017 - May 7, 2017

    This exhibition presented examples of quilt art, and introduction to the communities and region in which the art is made, and information about this art based on recent research by a bi-national consortium of American and Chinese museums.

  • 2016

    Costume, Beauty, Meaning and Identity in Dress
    August 23, 2016 - January 29, 2017

    An exploration of costume as personal expression.

    Navajo Beauty, Navajo Weavings
    August 16, 2016 - May 05, 2017

    A display of MMWC Navajo rugs in conjunction with the Themester topic of Beauty.

    Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa
    August 16, 2016 - December 18, 2016

    This exhibit was a special traveling exhibition exploring how traditional arts, knowledge, and skills are used to address HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The exhibition showcased the Siyazama (Zulu for "we are trying") Project, an arts education project based in KwaZulu-Natal, which uses traditional crafts to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

    200 Years of Living and Thriving in the Hoosier State
    June 7, 2016 - December 18, 2016

    An exhibition looking at 200 years of Indiana history.

    Material Culture: Quilts Inspired by Mathers Museum Artifacts
    February 16, 2016 - May 22, 2016

    This exhibit featured works by local quilters drawing their inspiration from objects in the MMWC collection.

    Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
    January 30, 2016 - April 10, 2016

    This exhibit explored the Indian American experience and the community's political, and cultural contributions to American life and history. The exhibition used photography, narrative, multimedia, and interactive stations to tell a uniquely American story, while conveying the texture, vibrancy, and vitality of Indian American communities.

    Stirring the Pot: Taking the Wanamaker Photos Home
    January 12, 2016 - May 27, 2016

    A photo-documentary of the descendants of the six known Tuscarora Nation members featured in the Wanamaker Collection.

  • 2015

    October 27, 2015 - December 18, 2016

    A look at monsters from around the world, discovering who they are and what purposes they serve in various cultures.

    Working Wood: Oak-Rod Baskets in Indiana
    September 8, 2015 - February 7, 2016

    Presented the work of the Hovis and Bohall families of Brown County, Indiana, who made distinctive white-oak baskets.

    Putting Baskets to Work in Southwest China
    September 1, 2015 - February 7, 2016

    This exhibit explored the use of basketry in urban and rural labor in contemporary China.

    Willow Work: Viki Graber, Basketmaker
    August 18, 2015 - December 20, 2015

    An exhibit focusing on the work of Viki Graber, a weaver of willow baskets from the Mennonite community of Goshen, Indiana.

    Cherokee Craft, 1973
    June 19, 2015 - July 1, 2015

    "Cherokee Craft, 1973" offered a snapshot of craft production among the Eastern Band Cherokee at a key moment in both an ongoing Appalachian craft revival and the specific cultural and economic life of the Cherokee people in western North Carolina.

    Work Exposed: Photographs from the Early 20th Century
    June 9, 2015 - December 20, 2015

    "Work Exposed: Photographs from the Early 20th Century" presented images of people at work and workplaces photographed by Joseph K. Dixon during his travels across the U.S., Europe, and China during the past century.

    The Collector's Eye: Photographs from the Mathers Museum Archives
    June 9, 2015 - December 20, 2015

    "The Collector's Eye: Photographs from the Mathers Museum Archives" featured selections from the MMWC photography collections documenting the people and places of the world.

    Tell People the Story: The Art of Gustav Potthoff
    May 5, 2015 - July 31, 2015

    The exhibit shared the life and work of Gustav Potthoff, a memory painter who paints to remember his fellow prisoners of war who built the Burma Thailand Railway during World War II.

    Photography from the Forest: Images by William Siegmann
    March 7, 2015 - December 20, 2015

    Featured photographs taken by an IU alumunus and leading scholar on the arts of Liberia. The range of subjects and perspectives photographed by Siegmann reveal the depth of his engagement with the country and its people, including abiding interests in both daily life and ceremonial occasions, and their side-by-side existence.

    Ralli Quilting from Pakistan
    January 27, 2015 - March 5. 2015

    A display of Pakistani quilts from the Mathers collection.

    Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos From Italy
    January 13, 2015 - May 2, 2015

    "Painted and Metal Ex-Votos" from Italy explored votive objects offered to a saint or divinity, in gratitude for a favor, blessing, or healing.

  • 2014

    Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia
    December 12, 2014 - June 7, 2015

    This exhibit used puppets, one of the oldest types of Indonesian performing arts which still persists today in many forms, as a way to better understand the dynamic peoples and places of Indonesia—focusing on Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese cultures.

    After A Miracle: Coptic Ex-Votos from the Birnbaum Collection
    December 12, 2014 - May 22, 2015

    These ex-votos from Egypt were displayed in conjunction with the traveling exhibit "Graces Received - Painted and Metal Ex- Votos From Italy."

    State of an Art: Women's Wall Painting in Ghana
    September 2, 2014 - May 22, 2015

    "State of an Art: Women's Wall Painting in Ghana" presented tradition and innovation in wall paintings by women in Ghana's Upper East Region, as documented by photographer and curator Brittany Sheldon.

    People of the Coffee Highlands of Nicaragua
    August 19, 2014 - December 12, 2014

    A photo essay documenting the work of coffee producers in Nicaragua.

    Instruments of Culture
    August 19, 2014 - July 12, 2015

    This exhibit introduced audiences to the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system used by ethnomusicologists, and presented an overview of IU’s legacy in the field.

    Food Is Work: Tools and Traditions
    August 19, 2014 - July 31, 2015

    "Food is Work" examined food processing through the examination of material culture used in the processing of foods like manioc and rice.

    Acai: From Local to Global
    August 19, 2014 - May 22, 2015

    An examination of the growth of Acai from a local to regional, national, and global product and the effect on the marketplace at each level.

    In Their Own Words: Native Americans in World War I
    June 27, 2014 - March 6, 2015

    Combining veterans' stories and photographs in the Wanamaker Collection, this exhibit illustrated the experiences of Native Americans in World War I.

    Ojibwe Public Art, Ostrom Private Lives
    January 10, 2014 - June 22, 2014
    An exhibit curated by a team of graduate students featuring artifacts created by Ojibwe artists of Manitoulin Island, Canada, that were collected by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom.

  • 2013

    50 Years of the Elysee Treaty: Germany and France
    September 7, 2013 - September 29, 2013

    A traveling exhibit of 26 posters, the exhibit spotlighted half a century of friendship and cooperation between Germany and France as a result of the Elysee Treaty of 1963.

    Operation AB-Katyn: The Destruction of the Polish Elite at the Beginning of World War II
    September 6, 2013 - 22, 2013

    A traveling panel exhibit that commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre after the partition of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939.

    Measuring Meaning: Akan Gold Weights
    August 27, 2013 - December 20, 2013

    A display of primarily lost wax-cast gold weights from West Africa.

    Photos in Black and White: Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid in South Africa
    August 27, 2013 - December 20, 2013

    An exhibit of Margaret Bourke-White's rarely shown photos of South Africa in the early days of apartheid (1949).

    Melted Ash: Michiana Wood Fired Pottery
    August 27, 2013 - December 20, 2013

    This exhibit featured wood-fired pottery from Michigan/Indiana artists, as well as recreations of a studio, featuring various tools and materials used in the creation of wood-fired pottery.

    Limestone Traditions: Stoneworking in South-Central Indiana
    June 1, 2013 - June 14, 2013

    A traveling banner exhibit from Traditional Arts Indiana, documenting and presenting the history, traditions, and culture of stone workers in south-central Indiana.

    Treasures of the Mathers Museum
    April 28, 2013 - December 20, 2013

    This exhibit presented an array of objects spanning the history of the museum. Selected by museum staff, the artifacts illustrated the diverse purposes for which the museum actively collects objects."

    Time as We Keep It
    April 28, 2013 - April 16, 2014

    An exhibit on the concept of time and the different devices that humans have used to measure time through the years.

    Footsteps of a Stranger: Shoes from Cultures around the World
    April 28, 2013 - December 20, 2013

    The exhibit displayed footwear from various cultures and explained their relevance to the cultures they represent by describing their specific functions as well as where they come from, when they were worn, and who wore them.

    Unfinished Business: One Hundred Years of Quilt Blocks
    February 26, 2013 - May 24, 2013

    A display of quilt blocks representing that unfinished project that all quilters seem to have.

    In the Kitchen around the World
    February 1, 2013 - December 20, 2013
    A display of items used in preparing and serving food. The items tems were chosen from different cultures and time periods to demonstrate differences and similarities of cooking and serving utensils around the world.

  • 2012

    ¡Cuba Sí! Posters from the Revolution: 1964 - 1979
    September 4, 2012 - February 21, 2013

    An exhibit of 10 Cuban art posters from the collection of Gerrie Casey and Paul Mischler.

    The Day in Its Color: A Hoosier Photographer's Journey through Midcentury America
    July 17, 2012 - December 21, 2012

    IU graduate (class of 1917) Charles Cushman was one of the earliest amateur practitioners of color photography as well as a trsvler and record-keeper. This exhibit drew on those combined traits, selecting from the best of the 14,000 Kodachrome images (dated 1938 to 1968) that Cushman left to his alma mater, and using them to show a portrait of a midcentury American landscape that we have previously known primarily in shades of gray.

    On a Wing and a Prayer
    April 27, 2012 - 2012

    As a retirement tribute to Geoffrey Conrad, Director of the Mathers Museum for 29 years, this was based on two of Geoff's passions--birds/bird watching and WWII planes.

    Living Heritage: The Performing Arts of Southeast Asia
    April 27, 2012 - November 11, 2012

    The exhibit focused on three artforms: the Thai Manohra dance; Vietnamese folk music performed on the lute; and the Indonesian puppet theater, wayang golek.

    TOYing with Ideas
    April 13, 2012 - April 7, 2013

    The exhibit examined toys from multiple perspectives: history, marketing, child psychology/development, creativity, and cultural comparisons.

    Of Material Importance: Quilt Research
    February 7, 2012 - March 9, 2012

    A selection of quilts and textiles from the Mathers collections displayed in conjunction with the annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. The exhibit included sections on dating fabrics, the Greist Eskimo quilt, Ralli quilts from Pakisten, t-shirt quilts, and Seminole traditional pieced and appliqued clothing.

    Care for a Cuppa?
    January 17, 2012 - March 9, 2012

    This exhibit focused on sharing beverages as part of social exchange.

    ESSE QUAM VIDERI muslim self portraits
    January 17, 2012 - June 17, 2012

    A photo essay by artist Todd Drakem who worked with Muslims in North Carolina to create self-portraits that shared real, rather than seeming, reflections of self to a wider audience. Muslims from a variety of backgrounds and living in a variety of communities participated in this series by working collaboratively with Drake to realize their own vision.


  • 2011

    Quilts and Human Rights
    September 13, 2011 - December 21, 2011

    This exhibition examined the ways in which textiles—especially quilts—have been made and used to demonstrate solidarity with movements dedicated to advancing international human rights, to mark important events related to human rights violations, to pay tribute to those individuals who have played roles in human rights activism, to provide vehicles for the expression of feelings and memories about human rights violations, and to engage individuals in actions that will solve human rights issues.

    Faces of Fieldwork
    September 13, 2011 - December 21, 2011

    An exhibit of photographs that highlighted the human side of fieldwork – that of people (scholars) studying other people (informants) by having portraits of individual informants – the most human way to give a face, a name, a personal biography and identity to an informant who is often treated as a composite, anonymous,

    Changing Sounds: Latin American Music
    August 30, 2011 - December 21, 2011

    This exhibit focused on Latin American music and musical instruments.

    Socialist Visions: Mongolian Propaganda Photos, 1939-1989
    June 8, 2011 - August 12, 2011

    A selection of photos and prints provided by the Mongolia Society. The images date from the beginning of the communist regime to the country's transition to democracy.

    Blended Harmonies: Music and Religion in Nepal
    April 29, 2011 - January 20, 2012

    This exhibit explored the vibrant culture of Nepal.

    Take a Hike! The Subculture of Long-Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail
    March 22, 2011 - May 8, 2011

    A six-banner exhibit funded by a Quimby Family Foundation grant to the Appalachian Trail Museum Society. A graphics-based display, the exhibit focuses on how hikers deal with the universal needs for food, shelter, clothing, and the issues of health and safety, social organization, and personal expression.

    Layers of Meaning: Quilts from the Mathers Museum
    February 22, 2011 - March 11, 2011

    A selection of quilts, quilt tops, and quilt blocks from the Mathers collections.

    The Wanamaker Collection: A Tribute to Susan Applegate Krouse
    February, 2011 - May 27, 2011

    Susan Applegate Krouse was instrumental in conserving and cataloging the Wanamaker Collection when it first arrived at the Indiana University Museum (later to become the Mathers Museum) in the 1970s. Susan died in July of 2010. In the spring of 2011 the Mathers Museum mounted a memorial exhibit.

    Fractional Currency from a Factional Time
    January 18 - May 8, 2011

    An exhibit of the fractional currency notes that replaced coins during and after the American Civil War. Student John Paunicka based the exhibit on artifacts borrowed from his family's collectable currency business.

  • 2010

    From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything
    October 13, 2010 - July 14, 2015

    Starting at 10 billion years ago, this exhibit presented an introduction to "Big History"--an overview of how a series of events has led us to the place we are today, and how we can utilize sciences and the humanities to better understand this context and the connections we have to each other and our world.

    Spinning a Yarn: Tales of Baskets and Threads
    August 31, 2010 - April 2012

    An exhibit on how natural fibers are used to create functional objects.

    A Facebook Abroad: The People of Uzbekistan
    July 6 - December 19, 2010

    An exhibit of 25 black and white photos documenting traditional life in Uzbekistan. Nine of the photos were taken by Shavkat Boltaev and 16 by Zilola Saidova.

    Money Is An Object: African Currency
    April 15, 2010 - November 13, 2011

    An exhibit of many different forms of African currency, including cloth, beads, cowrie shells, gold, and iron forms such as hoes, throwing knives, and kissi pennies.

    Wrapped in Paisley: The Story of the Kashmir Shawl
    January 26, 2010 - May 9, 2010

    An exhibit of paisley shawls that traced the history of the shawl from its origins/uses in India to its adoption as a fashion accessory by 19th century European women.

    Contemporary by Design: The Works of Linda Gray
    January 26, 2010 - March 12, 2010

    The exhibit featured the work of Linda Gray, a nationally recognized quilter.

    Guardians of the Soul
    January 26, 2010 - June 13, 2010

    A exhibit of 25 photographs of cemetery sculptures (grave markers) by photographer John Bower.


  • 2009

    Pretty Deadly: Decorative Weapons
    December 11, 2009 - March 23, 2011

    A cross-cultural exploration of aesthetic forms and ornamentation found on weapons used for war, hunting, and personal protection.

    In the Shadow of Cortés: From Vera Cruz to Mexico City
    October 2, 2009 - December 20, 2009

    This exhibit featured photographs of the peoples and cultures that live along Cortés's route of conquest in Mexico today.

    A World of His Own: The Uncommon Artistry of Chester Cornett
    April 17, 2009 - December 20, 2009

    This exhibit featured the museum's collection of items related to Appalachian chairmaker Chester Cornett (1913-1981), exploring the connections between Cornett’s life and his distinctive folk aesthetic, and addressing the nature of Cornett's interactions with folklorist Michael Owen Jones. while encouraging thought about the nature of American folk art.

    Clothes, Collections, and Culture...What Is a Curator?
    April 17, 2009 - December 20, 2009

    This exhibit presented an insider’s perspective on how the ethnographic curators create exhibitions.

    The Colorful Canes of John Schoolman: Politics, Patriotism and Paint
    February 17, 2009 - March 8, 2009

    A traveling exhibit put together by Traditional Arts Indiana with assistance from the Mathers Museum. The exhibit featured folk art canes and walking sticks created by John Schoolman, a centenarian WWII veteran and resident of North Webster, Indiana.

    Bee-town Quilts: The Charm Club Retrospective
    January 27, 2009 - March 15, 2009

    The exhibit featured quilts representing the work of the Charm Club quilting bee over the course of their 20 years as a group.

    Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge, and Healing in Guatemala
    January 23, 2009 - August 14, 2009

    A traveling exhibit of photos by Jonathon Moller of Mayan refugees in Gautemala.

  • 2008

    Safe and Sound: Protective Devices from around the World
    December 6, 2008 - August 30, 2009

    This exhibit explored the various ways that people around the world seek spiritual protection from potentially harmful forces that may be seen or unseen, known or unknown.

    Functional Faces: Pottery with Personality
    December 6, 2008 - April 5, 2009

    The exhibit featured a selection of pottery--predominantly from Mathers Museum collections--showing anthropomorphic sculptural elements, with the emphasis on faces.

    Find a Fable, Tell a Tale: A Story of Storytelling
    December 6, 2008 - December 20, 2009

    The exhibit focused on the idea that all objects tell a story, but not all stories are as obvious as the words in a book or the image in a painting.

    pushmepullyou: Art Across the Abyss
    September 8, 2008 - December 19, 2008

    Arising from a collaboration between artist Karen Baldner and religious studies scholar Björn Krondorfer, the exhibit presented a body of art work  dealing with issues on the Holocaust.

    Sunken Cities and Shipwrecks: The Growing World of Underwater Museums
    April 18, 2008 - December 19, 2008

    Based on his work in underwater archaeology and with loans from Charles Beeker, the Office of Underwater Science, the Dive Shop, the IU Biology Department, and the Dominican Republic, Isaac Simonelli, undergraduate in the Individualized Majors Program, presented  display of photographs, props, and artifacts that explained the nature of and the issues surrounding underwater museums.

    Botánica: A Pharmacy for the Soul
    March 21, 2008 - December 20, 2009

    This exhibit featured a recreation of a Botánica in the Bronx (NY), and introduced visitors to what a botánica is, who uses it, and where botánicas are located.

    The Ones That Got Away: Victorian Women Travel Writers
    February 29, 2008 - August 8, 2008

    In conjunction with a conference being hosted by graduate students in the English Department, the Mathers Museum presented an exhibit based on travel literature of 19th century.

    A Change Is Gonna Come: Black Music and Political Activism
    February 22, 2008 - April 27, 2008

    This exhibit explored the role of music as a tool in African American political struggle from the 1950s to the present.

    Bee-town Quilts: A Common Thread
    January 26, 2008 - March 7, 2008

    A quilt exhibit featuring the work of A Common Thread, local Bloomington quilting bee, to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a bee.

  • 2007

    Hindustani Raga Music: Tradition, Evolution, and the Individual
    December 1, 2007 - November 16, 2008

    A student-curated exhibit briefly describing the origins and development of raga and illustrated by two mannequins, one positioned to play the tabla and one positioned to play the sitar.

    Box It Up!
    December 1, 2007 - November 16, 2008

    A student-curated exhibit on the many forms and uses of boxes.

    Afghanistan: A Doctor Returns from Exile
    September 28, 2007 -  December 21, 2007

    In 2006, photographer Pierluigi Rossi documented the political and social situation in Afghanistan after five years of American and European military intervention. Rossi traveled with Arif Oryakhail, an Afghani doctor returning after 23 years in exile.

    Wanamakers at the World's Fair
    May 31, 2007 - September 2007

    An exhibit of the large framed Wanamaker photographs once displayed at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

    Sit on It
    April 28, 2007 - November 2007

    An exploration of the universality of chairs and stools (they’re made and used all over the world) and their diversity (they are made in different ways and mean different things in different cultures).

    Images of Native Americans: The Wanamaker Collection at Indiana University
    April 28, 2007 - December 20, 2009

    "To acquaint our audience with one of our most important collections and to publicize the concurrent traveling exhibit of the same name, we presented a full-scale exhibit of approximately 150 Wanamaker images in large, medium, and small formats, as well as six life-size, free-standing cutouts. This exhibit introduced the collection, its history/origins, Joseph Dixon and the other photographers, the various expeditions, and a selection of images grouped by subject matter."

    The Liberian Collections Project: Preserving the Past for Building the Future
    March 22, 2007 - December 21, 2007

    This exhibit provided an overview of the Liberian Collections Project, including its mission, history, associated scholars, collections, and archives.

    Mongolian Calligraphy: Old Tradition Revived
    February 15, 2007 - May 6, 2007

    An exhibition of works by Jalair Dovdon Batbayar, a renowned Mongolian calligrapher and artist, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the USA. The exhibit was sponsored by the Embassy of Mongolia and the Mongolia Society.

    Bee-town Quilts Featherweight Bee
    January 26, 2007 - March 5, 2007

    A quilt exhibit featuring works by The Featherweight Bee, a local organization named for their ownership of/preference for Singer Featherweight sewing machines.

  • 2006

    Laughter on a Stick: Turkish Shadow Theater
    September 17, 2006 - November 18, 2007

    This exhibit displayed traditional and modern puppets, featuring four puppets made by the famous puppeteer, Hayali Küçük Ali, in addition to new acquisitions to the Mathers Museum bCollections. The exhibit described the Karagoz and Hacivat puppet tradition, its origins, its struggle to comply with Islamic Law, its change through the centuries, and its modern state.

    Lost and Found: Art through Recycled Objects
    September 17, 2006 - November 4, 2007

    The exhibit examined how people around the world use recycled and raw materials to create whimsical art works, musical instruments, and toys.

    Behind the Wall
    August 1, 2006 - December 22, 2006

    A traveling photo documentary exhibit focused on Tunisian and Moroccan women. Produced by Dr. Jane D. Tchaïcha with photographs by Lindsey Holt.

    To Have and to Hold: African Containers
    May 10, 2006 - December 21, 2007

    A display of traditional African containers both old and recent.

    April 2, 2006 - December 22, 2006

    The exhibit presented an overview of the vast number of images, stories, performances, and accounts of Japan that publicly circulated in the United States at the turn of the 20th century.

    Siliva the Zulu
    February 15, 2006 - July 16, 2006

    A traveling exhibit of photographs taken during the filming of Siliva the Zulu in South Africa in 1927.

    African and Asian Influenced Quilts by Dallas Reed
    February 4, 2006 - March 5, 2006

    A selection of Dallas Reed's quilts, displayed in conjunction with the annual Indiana Heritage Quilt Show.

    Emerald, Ruby, and Gold: Contemporary Paintings of an Andean Indigenous Culture
    January 22, 2006 - May 7, 2006

    An exhibit of Ecuadorian naive art from the Tigua area.

  • 2005

    What Is a Truck?
    December 9, 2005 - May 7, 2006

    An exhibit on the functions and uses of trucks using toys as illustration.

    Mandara Margi: A Society Living on the Verge, The
    September 16, 2005 - January 29, 2006

    A display of Dr. James Vaughan's photographs taken during his field work among the Margi.

    Bloomington, Indiana, and the World
    June 16, 2005 - August 7, 2005

    This exhibit used photographs to place familiar locales in ever-widening contexts.

    Talking Shoes
    April 29, 2005 - August 6, 2006

    Students from A403/Introduction to Museum Studies presented an exhibit of footwear from the museum's collections.

    Preserving Liberia: the IU Connection
    April 29, 2005 - November, 2005

    Students from A403/Introduction to Museum Studies presented an exhibit of artifacts from the museum's recently acquired Liberian collections, donated by William Siegmann and Svend Holsoe.

    Blithe Spirits: Fiber Art by Tactile Expressions
    February 16, 2005 - March 13, 2005

    A traveling exhibit of quilts featuring works that express the mirth, joy, and light-hearted spirits associated with sharing meals with family and friends.

    The People of the Coffee Highlands of Nicaragua
    January 18, 2005  - May 28, 2005

    This exhibit explored the role of the indigenous people of Nicaragua in the coffee production industry through photographs taken by Claudia Gordillo. The exhibit was sponsored by The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Office of Global Educational Programs, U.S. Department of State, and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

  • 2004

    Modern Mongolian Art
    October 15, 2004 - January 2005

    An exhibit of modern Mongolian art, some of which was based in traditional materials and techniques.

    The Allure of Clothing
    September 10, 2004 - December 23, 2005

    The Kinsey Institute, the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection, and the Mathers Museum collaborated to produce an exhibit that traced the evolution of clothing from the functional, through fantasy and fetish adaptations, to mainstream fashion.

    Threads of Resistance: Women's Textiles, Identity, and Social Change
    April 16, 2004 - December 2004

    The exhibit displayed textiles by women who have used traditional needlework skills to cope with war, violence, and other rapid or threatening social/political changes. Objects included Hmong story cloths of the Vietnam War, Chilean arpilleras (burlap tapestries) created during or about the Pinochet dictatorship, and Kuna molas (blouses or panels) from Panama.

    Culture for Sale: Tourism, Material Culture and Change
    April 16, 2004  - December 2004

    A brief overview of the effects of tourism on material culture.

    Quilting in the Morning Calm
    February 26, 2004 - March 21, 2004

    This traveling exhibit from Carriage Trade Press presented quilts by 17 textile artists from several countries who used the works of Sim Saimdang as the basis for their quilt designs. Sim Saimdang was a woman noted for her accomplishments as an artist and poet in an age where such pursuits were forbidden to women of her class.

    Art between Cultures
    January 27, 2004 - February 22, 2004

    An exhibit of artwork selected by curator Lea-Ann Bigelow (Indiana Review), to explore "multi-cultural and cross-cultural realities, immigrant, migrant, and refugee experiences, trans-nationalism, marginal identities and cultural hybridity."

    Pattern and Purpose: Decorative Qualities of Functional Objects
    Jauary 20, 2004 - June 27, 2004

    Members of the IU Ceramics faculty created a small exhibit presented in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference, held in Indianapolis from March 17-20, 2004.

  • 2003

    Behind the Mask: Materials and Meaning
    December 12, 2003 - December 15, 2004

    A display of masks from various world cultures with an emphasis on mask-making materials and the the uses of various masks in their respective cultures.

    Miracles on the Border Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States
    September 12, 2003 - December 21, 2003

    A traveling exhibit of 60 retablos with text in Spanish and English.

    September 12, 2003 - December 21, 2003

    A exhibit of retablos created by local Latino students through a program sponsored by the Cirty of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources Deparment.

    Devotional Aids: Icons of Belief
    September 12, 2003 - February 2004

    This exhibit examined material reminders of religious beliefs or practices.

    Cultural Resonance: Interpreting Musical Instruments
    September 12, 2003 - December 21, 2003

    A selection of musical instruments from around the world, with an emphasis on how musical instruments can offer cultural information beyond that related to sound or sound-production.

    Forest Farmers of the Amazon Estuary
    April 26, 2003 - May 21, 2006

    The exhibit introduced cultural traditions and practices of  Caboclos ("peasants") of the Brazilian Amazon by recreating parts of a Caboclo home, village, and marketplace. The material culture presented included home furnishings and decorative items; food preparation and service; general use tools; fishing, hunting, and agricultural tools; and toys and other recreational items.

    A View of Bukhara
    March 25, 2003 - August 15, 2003

    An exhibit of photographs depicting life--including religious and cultural celebrations--in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan. Photographer Zilola Saidova produced these images for the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University.

    Manhole Covers 2001 - A Quilt Oddity
    February 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003

    While living in Zushi City, Japan, Shirley MacGregor discovered that the city's manhole covers were designed to represent significant events in the town's history, local products and industries, and plants and animals. MacGregor, a quilter, made patterns of these designs to share with her fellow quilters. The resulting quilts were displayed in this exhibit.

  • 2002

    La Cara Latina de Bloomington (The Latin Face of Bloomington)
    September 15 - December 2002

    The exhibit was designed to introduce museum audiences to Bloomington's Latin community. Tyagan Miller photographed and Angela Castenada interviewed twenty subjects. Each subject was then represented in the exhibit by three or four 10" x 10" framed photos and a group of labels consisting of personal history text and several direct quotes taken from the interviews. Labels were presented in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

    Dress Codes: Wearing Identity
    August 2002 - December 21, 2003

    The exhibit used photographs and artifacts (clothing and adornment) from various regions to explore the idea that clothing communicates culture-specific information about the various aspects of the wearer's social identity.

    May 21, 2002 - May 18, 2003

    Through a discussion of kachinas and kachina dolls this exhibit explored Hopi cultural values and practices, and the clashes evoked by the continuing intrusion of the market economy into Hopi traditional life.

    Anthropology of the Body
    April 6, 2002 - Decmber 22, 2004

    This exhibit explored and celebrated the human body including: physiology; concepts of beauty; gender, age, and identity; modes of dress and adornment; bodies at work; bodies at play; and the body and spirit connection.

    Miniatures from the Heart
    February 19 - March 2, 2002

    A display of miniature quilts.

  • 2001

    The Warrior: Armament and Amulet
    December 2001

    A display of the weapons and trappings of warriors from many cultures.

    Island Connections: Cultures of the Pacific
    October 24, 2001 - June 29, 2003

    This exhibit highlighted the Mathers Museum Oceania collectionsm and provided an introduciton to the area and peoples of Oceania.

    Exposing the Mount, Preserving the Artifact
    April 18 - December 2001

    The exhibit focused on mounts used to present artifacts in a typical exhibit setting. Duplicate mounts were used to show a mount both with and without the artifact it supports. The exhibit presented a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the steps taken to display artifacts attractively while protecting them from stress or damage for the duration of the exhibit.

    Dancing the Ancestors: Two Carnivals in Latin America
    February 24 - December 21, 2001

    Two separate exhibits worked together to create a picture of carnival in South America: Pravina Shukla's photo exhibit "The Mahatma's Samba" focused on the Filhos de Gandhy (Sons of Gandhi) parading group of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; John McDowell's photo and artifact exhibit, "Return of the First People: Kamsa Carnival in Sibundoy, Colombia," centered on the Indian carnival in the Sibundoy Valley.

    Miniatures from the Heart
    February 24 - March 9, 2001

    A exhibit of 33 miniature quilts including the winners of the "Miniatures from the Heart" annual contest sponsored by Chitra Publications, publisher of Miniature Quilt Magazine.

  • 2000

    Everyday Things from South America
    December 1, 2000 - August 2002

    An exhibit of household items and children's clothing to encourage children to explore the differences between typical North and South American styles of dress and housewares.

    Bungalows: Bengal to Bloomington
    April 22 - May 2000

    This exhibit presented related the history of the bungalow, beginning in India in the 1600s and following through to Bloomington in the early 20th century.

    April 2000 - April 2001

    An exhibit on variations in sculptural forms and media.

    Stop and Smell the Roses
    February 26 - March 7, 2000

    A traveling exhibit arranged by the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show organizers. The exhibit displayed the winners of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society 1998 Quilt Challenge.

    Mongolian Nomads
    February, 2000 - December 23, 2002

    A Mongolian ger with typical furniture was the basis of an interactive display in the Children's Gallery. A photo exhibit of Mongolia's land and people was mounted in the hallway. The ger was lent by Bill Franklin (Iowa State University) ; the images were lent by photographer Liz Carter.

    Instrumental Artifacts: Exploring Science as a Culture at Indiana University
    January 15, 2000 - July 2, 2001

    A collaborative effort between the Mathers Museum and Domenico Bertoloni-Meli of the History and Philosophy of Science Department to present a selection of historical scientific instruments from various departments at IU.

  • 1999

    Holidays and Celebrations
    November 1999 - April 2000

    An overview of various holidays around the world.

    Photographic Resources at the Mathers Museum
    October 1999 - March 2000

    An exhibit highlighting several of the Museum's important photographic collections: Wanamaker, Greist, Minton, Shaw, Bridgwaters, Drake, Belanus, and Bedell.

    August 1999 - October 1999

    A small display of Tibetan items from the Mathers collection. The exhibit was mounted to coincide with the Dali Lama's visit to Bloomington.

    Meaningful Masks
    August 1999 - November 2000

    Featured masks from around the world.

    Woven Textiles from Peru: Ancient and Modern
    June 5, 1999 to August 1, 1999

    A display of ancient and modern Peruvian textiles.

    Comparative Technology A-Z
    April 6, 1999 - December 15, 2002

    Presented an overview of a range of material culture.

    Chau Hiix: A Maya Site in Belize
    January 10, 1999 - February 6, 2000

    The exhibit focused on describing Mayan culture in Belize with an emphasis on archaeological artifacts discovered in Chau Hiix and the cultural importance of those artifacts.

  • 1998

    September 29, 1998 - October 31, 1999

    A comprehensive presentation of hats and headwear iin the museum's collections.


    Artifacts from the History of Science at IU
    September 1, 1998 - December 23, 1998

    An exhibit displaying some older scientific instruments from various science departments at IU.

    Memories: Historical Bloomington Photographs
    August 15m 1998 - December 1999

    An exhibit featuring the Shaw/Starks photo collections of the museum.

    Been There, Used That
    August 20, 1998 - November 5, 2000

    A display of "reused" artifacts from around the world.

    American Indian Portraits from the Wanamaker Expeditions, 1908-1913
    May 15, 1998 - December 23, 1998

    A display of Wanamaker framed portraits.

    World Music: Themes and Variations
    April 21, 1998 - April 29, 2001

    The exhibit presented a range of musical instruments from around the world.

    The Four Seasons: Contemporary Trends in Japanese Needlework
    February 16, 1998 - April 13, 1998

    An exhibit of contemporary Japanese fiber art, organized by the Asian Art Coordinating Council of Denver, CO, and brought to Bloomington by the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show.

  • 1997

    Dressed to Dance: Festival Costumes of the Totenac Indians
    December 11, 1997 - February 8, 1998

    A display of the dance costumes of the Totenac people--an indigenous culture group in east and central Mexico.

    Asian Crossroads
    September 21,1997 - July 12, 1998

    The exhibit was designed as an overview of the people and cultures of Asia with an emphasis on the material and cultural exchanges between Asia and the West.

    All Creatures Bright and Beautiful
    September 1997 - July 1998

    An exhibit of various animal ornaments and figurines.

    What Is It?
    September 1997 - July 1998

    A display of vintage items not readily identifiable. Visitors were encouraged to guess at the use of each item before finding the answer in the labels.

    Plato to Play-Doh: A Celebration of Play
    May 1, 1997 - November 23, 1997

    The exhibit showed how play cuts across the lines of culture, generation, and gender,


  • 1996

    Honoring Ancestors
    October 29, 1996 - June 15, 1997

    An overview of the many ways in which human groups have remembered and honored ancestors, with emphasis on continuing, long-term rituals of remembrance, rather than single-time funerary rites. The main body of the exhibit was a sampler of artifacts and supporting materials connected with the commemoration of the ancestors in various cultures, including our own.

    Pottery Making in West Africa
    September 28, 1996 - June 15, 1997

    No description available.

    Voladores: The Flying Men
    September 28, 1996 - June 15, 1997

    A display of the costume and equipment of Voladores performers, collected by Raymond Hall

    Local Collectors: Modern Hunters and Gatherers
    September 28, 1996 - December 23, 1998

    An overview of what and why people and museums collect. The main body of the exhibit featured local, private collections and discussed what these collections mean to the individual collectors. The goal of the exhibit was to present collecting as a basic human activity and to explore the many different reasons for acquiring things.

    Kids Collect Too
    September 28, 1996 - June 15, 1997

    The Children's Gallery answer to "Local Collectors: Modern Hunters and Gatherers."

    Benedicte Wrensted: An Idaho Photographer in Focus
    September 3 - October 13, 1996

    A Mid-America Arts Alliance, ExhibitsUSA traveling exhibit of the photographs of Benedicte Wrensted, a late nineteenth-early twentieth century woman photographer.

    The Global Village
    September 1996 - 2010

    Child-sized hands-on play-houses, representing dwellings from around the world. One or two at a time are set up in the children's gallery and equipped with household goods appropriate to that culture. To date there have been representations of dwellings from Colombia and the Ndebele People of South Africa.

    Folk Art or Fake Art? The Adelino Colchas
    May 1996 - April 1997 (1996-12-22?)

    This exhibit explored the possibility that a certain collection of items held by the Mathers might be faked folk art. The exhibit traces the history of the legitimate folk art and explores issues of authenticity and value. The exhibit also points up the importance of ongoing research regarding museum collections.

    Concerning Islam: Pakistani Religious Posters
    February - May 1996

    An exhibit of colored lithographed religious posters--a popular art form in Pakistan. The exhibit explores Islam as a culture system through its symbols and artifacts.

    January - December 21, 1996

    The theme of this exhibit is the cross-cultural uses of beads. It points out that beads show up around the world, throughout history, and have been/are used for more than just decorative purposes. The exhibit explores the different materials of which beads are made, various bead-making techniques, and the many, many things that have been made of, or decorated with, beads.

  • 1995

    Contrastes de Mexico
    November 1995 - ?

    A traveling exhibit of photographs by Mexican photographers Adalberto Rios Szalay and Maria de Lourdes Alonso Castillo.

    Quentin Lotus Dickey (1911-1989)
    October 1995 - ?

    A photo-biography of musician, Lotus Dickey.

    Mexico's Many Faces
    August 1, 1995 - August 1996

    An overview of Mexico's environmental, ethnic, and cultural diversity.

    Amoxtli: Pages from the Aztec Universe
    July 18 - December 1995

    A loaned exhibit. A display of prints from a limited edition artist's book based on Nahuatl texts transcribed during and after the conquest of Mexico. Artist: Michael Aakhus. Text: Gordon Brotherston.

    June 13 - July 9, 1995

    A traveling exhibit of anti-discrimination posters created by IU Graphic Design students.

    For the Duration American Women at War
    March 28 - July 16, 1995

    The exhibit was a brief overview of women's roles during World War II. It introduced the museum audience to the variety of women's work inside and outside the home during the second World War and discussed the social implications therein.

    American Indian Photographs at the William Hammond Mathers Museum, Indiana University

    A collection of Wanamaker reproductions displayed at the Bloomington Visitor's Center on North Walnut.

  • 1994

    Festival's Many Faces: A Look at Fiesta Santo Tomas
    July 26, 1994 - May 28, 1995

    Designed to explore the elements of celebration using a fiesta in Chichicastenago, Guatemala as an example. The exhibit introduced the visitor to both the concept of festival and theculture of the area.

    More than Meets the Eye: Photographs as Research Documents
    June 14 - September 11, 1994

    An exploration of certain Wanamaker photographs as research documents.

    An Ethnographer's View of Casamance, Senegal
    April 18 - July 11, 1994

    A traveling exhibit of photos and text by David Sapir

    Young Abe Lincoln
    April 1994 - 1994

    A small exhibit of materials relating to, or of the time period of, Abraham Lincoln as a young man. Loaned items from the Mathers, the Lilly Library, and the Monroe County Historical Museum were displayed at the Auditorium in conjunction with a program on young Abe.

    Aspects of Black Community Life in Bloomington, 1900-1970: Photographs from the Elizabeth Bridgwaters' Collection
    February 6 - April 11, 1994

    A selection of photographs from the Bridgwaters' collection.

  • 1993

    Pawnee Images
    November 5, 1993 - June 1996

    The original version, guest curated by Ray DeMallie, was designed to highlight the Mathers Pawnee collection and specific anthropologists' work that helped preserve Pawnee culture. The exhibit opening was scheduled to coincide with the American Society for Ethnohistory's annual conference held at IU in November of 1993. The second iteration of the exhibit was conceived by the Mathers staff in response to an evaluation indicating that the original exhibit was dry and uninviting.

    Celebrating Nyangabo: the Interment of a Kom Elder
    September 14 - December 14, 1993

    Nineteen photographs by Gilbert D. Schneider, documenting the death celebration of a Kom Elder, Bobong, Cameroon.

    Changing Florida Seminole Life, 1930-1960
    August 31, 1993 - May 2, 1994

    An exhibit exploring traditional Florida Seminole culture and the factors that shaped change.

    Views of a (Non-) Vanishing Race: Selections from the Indian Photographs of Joseph K. Dixon, 1908-1913
    June - September 12, 1993

    A selection of photographs from the Wanamaker collection.

    Folk Art Paintings from the Collett Collection
    June - September 1993

    No information is available.

    Three Portraits of Guatemala
    March 23 - August 10, 1993

    A display of photographs by Bruce Tambarelli showing the environment and the people of Guatemala. Additional displays included artifacts from the Mathers collections of Guatemalan textiles and artwork.

    Maps and the Columbian Encounter
    March 2 - April 15, 1993

    In conjunction with the Columbian Quincentenary (1992-1993), the Indiana Humanities Council sponsored a traveling exhibit of rare, historic maps produced by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "In the exhibition, maps are read as a visual text revealing the clash of cultures, ideologies, technologies, and geographic concepts that followed in the wake of Columbus. Native American and European maps are used to reconstruct the world views of these societies both before and after 1492." Kenneth L. Gladdish

  • 1992

    New Views of Tradition: Contemporary American Indian Art
    August 22, 1992 - January 4, 1993

    An exhibit of contemporary 2-D American Indian Art meant to explore a) the history and philosophy of contemporary Indian art, b) the different schools/workshops that have produced/cultivated contemporary Indian art, c) the artists--who they are and how they got there, d) the iconography of the included works.

    Doing Their Part: Posters from World War I
    May 19 - August 16, 1992

    An exhibit of original posters from WW I. These posters from our collections had never been displayed before.

    Embellishing the Everyday: Native American Costumes
    March 24, 1992 - January 1993

    A brief survey of five groups of native costumes from the Americas--Plains beadwork, Seminole patchwork, Zapotec embroidery, Tarascan needlework, and Andean weaving. These were chosen as examples of creativity in the design and manufacture of everyday clothing.

    Joseph Dixon and the Vanishing Race: Photographs from the Wanamaker Collection
    January 13 - June 15, 1992

    A selection of images from the Wanamaker collection first mounted in the hallway and then moved to the Behind-the-Scenes Gallery.

  • 1991

    Eskimo: Life from the Tundra and Sea
    October 1991 - August 1995

    An exhibit on Arctic peoples highlighting the interplay between the environment and material and cognative culture. Artifacts from the Greist and Williams Collections were used.

    The Last Great Indian Council: American Indian Portraits from the Wanamaker Collection
    August 1991 - July 1990

    A selection of Wanamaker images.

    Recovering More than Gold: Shipwrecks and Archaeology
    March 31, 1991 - March 1992

    A display of materials salvaged from Spanish galleons/merchant ships which sank off the coast of Florida in 1733. Materials were on loan from the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Historic Resources. The purpose of the exhibit was to introduce the museum's audience to nautical archaeology (the techniques of and non-treasure reasons for salvage) and to highlight the part that IU plays in nautical salvage operations.

    Images of Tradition in Comtemporary Ghana
    March - August 5, 1991

    A display of images by photographer Rachel StoeltjeAn IU Honors Division grant allowed Ms. Stoeltje to visit Ghana where she documented the public life--particularly festivals and funerals--of the people she encountered

  • 1990

    Jewish Biblical Odyssey: the Spiritual Art of Bruce David
    December 9, 1990 - March 4, 1991

    An exhibit of works by a local artist. This display was designed to inform and educate the public about the concepts and symbols of Jewish customs and holidays through the prints of contemporary folk artist, Bruce David.

    A Missionary Collects: John White among the Tetela
    November 30, 1990 - June 1993

    An attempt to "reconstruct" John White's world from the US to a Tetela village in Africa. The purpose was to showcase White's (the Museum's) wonderful collection of Tetela materials.

    Umbanda: Ritual from Two Worlds
    September 7, 1990 - April 9, 1991

    The exhibit displayed materials used in Umbanda cult rituals in order to introduce our audience to a little-known but regionally important religion, portray the creative nature of syncretic religions, and highlight particular Mathers' collections.

    From Flour Sacks to Fine Prints: the Art of Wood Block Labeling
    August 24 - December 9, 1990

    An exhibit of vintage advertising images reproduced from original wood blocks from the S. George Company, Wellsburg, West Virginia. This interdisciplinary exhibit touched on the interrelationship of technology and art in a way that was designed to speak to the artist, historian, and folklorist alike.

    Mexican Hill Town
    May - August 1990

    The exhibit was a photographic study of San Miguel de Allende, a Mexican town of historic interest. Photographer Allan Kahn's images record the town as the artists' colony it had become in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

    Greeting the New Year: Chinese Folk Art Prints
    February - April 1990

    The exhibit displays a selection of wood block prints manufactured by small print shops in China as home decorations for New Year's festivities. These prints were lent by Zhiyuan Cong, artist, teacher, and student of Chinese folk traditions.

  • 1989

    Traditional Arts of Peru: Selections from the DeVault Collection
    November 27, 1989 - June 1990

    As the title states, this exhibit highlighted artifacts from the DeVault collection--chiefly ceramics and metalwork. The exhibit opened with the dedication of the DeVault Gallery.

    0 & 1
    November 1989 - January 1990

    "Prepared in conjunction with 'Letteforms and Typography,' a conference on a wide range of issues related to the visual world and visual communication, this exhibit considers the future of visual language through an overview of its past."

    Huichol Folk Art
    July - October 29, 1989

    A display of Huichol yarn paintings.

    Shaping Clay, Shaping Culture
    April 1989 - 1991

    An overview of the history and uses of ceramics.

    Gather Together in Her Name: Elizabeth Bridgwaters Extended Family
    February - May 1989

    A exhibit on local Black history as seen through the narrative and community-wide photo collection of Elizabeth Bridgwaters, activist, IU alum, wife, mother, and life-long resident of Bloomington.

  • 1988

    We Live What I Paint: Indiana Amish by Emma Schrock
    December 1988 - February 1989

    A display of naive art from the Mathers Museum collections.

    Laura Boulton: the Music Hunter
    November 4, 1988 - July 1990

    A look at the life and work of Laura Boulton, early ethnomusicologist, highlighting the musical instruments, recordings, and photographs that she left to the Mathers Museum and the Archives of Traditional Music (ATM).

    October 18 - 23, 1988

    Organized by Howard Clark and Timothy Barrett, the exhibit brought together a number of examples of home-built paper beaters to educate the museum audience regarding the idea that ""Building a beater is no easy feat...when the finished machine actually functions...,the accomplishment is major and significant."" Timothy Barrett and Howard Clark

    Folk Art Paintings of Latin America Contemporary Paintings from the Collett Collection
    October 1988 - 1988

    No information is available.

    Founded in Stone: the Early Years of the Limestone Industry
    September 1988 - March 1989

    An exhibit on the local limestone industry. The Mathers produced a traveling panel display, including photos, labels, and graphics. The exhibit was first mounted at the Mathers and later displayed in the Bloomington City Building (?).

    All My Relations
    May 1988 - June 1991

    This exhibit was a adobe and neon sculpture, a free-standing, life-size, hut. It was, in some ways, the lead-in piece for the Shaping Clay, Shaping Culture exhibit, but in reality it had a life of its own and continued as a lobby display after Shaping Clay, Shaping Culture came down. Artist: Susan Calza.

    Chiefs, Warriors, Statesmen: Portraits of American Indians from the Wanamaker Collection
    May 1988 - 1988

    A selection of Wanamaker Indian portraits.

    Andean Weaving Traditions
    March 25, 1988 - February, 1989

    The exhibit centers on weavers in southern Peru--the Quechua-speaking people of Cuzco. "Andean textiles provide insight into traditional Andean values and beliefs, and cultural practices. Not only is the textile tradition a product of cultural values, but it becomes the symbol of the society, expressing personal and community identity." -Kathy Siebold

    Pehr Kalm and His Voyage to North America
    March 4 - 31, 1988

    A traveling exhibit sponsored by the Finnish government, it presented the work of Pehr Kalm, Finnish naturalist and economist, whose narrative of of his journey to North America (1747-1751) was "the most famous Finnish book printed in the 18th century."

  • 1987

    Portraits of Sierra Leonean Paramount Chiefs
    October 23 - December 18, 1987

    A series of photographic portraits of paramount chiefs from Sierra Leone by photographer Vera Veditz-Ward.

    The Rise of Humankind
    October 17, 1987 - July 31, 1988

    The exhibit was based on the current research/fieldwork of IU anthropologists Nicholas Toth, Jeanne Sept, and Kathy Schick and included fossil and reproduction bones and tools loaned by them.

    The Story of the Cutting Edge

    A travelling panel exhibit designed by Mr. Leighton Wilkie. Through pictures, the exhibit tells the story of the evolution of human technology.

    Black Folk Crafts from the South Carolina Sea Islands

    An exhibit of traditional Gullah crafts.

    A105 Archaeological Dig

    A teaching tool for anthro students, the display was set up each semester that Nick Toth taught the A105 class--1987, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, and 94. Dave Schalliol and Dave Bruker handled it in 1987, Elaine Gaul and Dave Bruker from 1988-1991, and Dave Bruker and Matt Sieber from 1992-1994.

  • 1986

    Folk Art Nativities from the Collett Collection
    December 1986 - January 1987

    To celebrate the Christmas season, the museum displayed a large number of folk art Nativities from the Collect collection. This exhibit was repeated again in December of 1987.

    Kids as Curators: A Pioneer Childhood in Indiana
    August 15 - October 1986

    A kid-developed exhibit on pioneer children in Indiana. The children involved were part of the Bloomington Developmental Learning Center's summer program

    Women's Dress, Women's Place: Zapotec Market Women

    The exhibit featured Dr. Anya Peterson Royce's collection of Zapotec women's wear. Dr. Royce subsequently donated these items to the Mathers.

    Birds of Indiana

    An exhibit of paintings used in the book, The Birds of Indiana, published by the Indiana University Press.

  • 1985

    Bloomington Hospital
    Novemebr 17 1985 - 1985

    An exhibit of historical artifacts displayed at Bloomington Hospital in conjunction with their 80th anniversary celebration: A Red Brick Open House 1905.

    The World of Karagoz: Turkish Puppet Theater
    September 17, 1985 - 1986

    The exhibit introduced museum visitors to Turkish shadow theatre, it's origins, purpose, and characters.

    Kids as Curators: Limestone
    August 16 - September 8, 1985

    A kid-developed exhibit on limestone and the local limestone industry. The children involved were part of the Bloomington Developmental Learning Center's summer program

    Trees, Stones, Bones, and Brass
    July 12 - August 4, 1985

    The exhibit explores the range and variety of musical instruments, with focus on construction, function, and aesthetics.

    Art in Motion - Wearable Art 1985
    May 1 - June 12, 1985

    A traveling exhibit produced by the Alliance of the Indianapolis Musuem of Art. The exhibit consisted of 19 outfits on mannequins or T-frames, with touchable fabric swatches.

    Australian Aboriginal Artifacts
    April 1985 - 1985

    A display of Australian Aboriginal artifacts from the Mathers collections.

    Pioneering Indiana: Frontier Life in the Nineteenth Century
    January 25, 1985 - ?

    "This exhibit used the "artifacts from the museum's collections to focus on the migration to and settlement of Indiana, particularly southern Indiana, during the early decades of statehood." --Judy Kirk "

    Out of Your Gourd

    An exhibit of items made out of gourds, presented in the display case at Rawles Hall. The case was divided into two sections: gourd containers on the left, and musical instruments made from gourds on the right.

    Toys of Christmas Past
    1985 - 1986

    A display of vintage toys from the Mathers collections, and loans from Patrick O'Meara, set out as a Christmas display.

    Music, Mask, and Ritual: Examples from Three Selected Cultures

    "The exhibit is intended to briefly illustrate the relation between the three phenomena in other cultures, hopefully causing the viewer to ponder what these things might mean in his/her own culture."

  • 1984

    Choices: Selections from Recent Acquisitions
    August 7, 1984 - 1984

    A variety of artifacts selected from 1983 and 1984 collections donations.

    West African Images
    April 10, 1984 - May 21, 1985

    A traveling exhibit of photographs taken during the 1982 Professional Development Seminar to West Africa. The exhibit includes images of various museums and cultural organizations that were visited during the seminar.

    A Victorian Parlor
    February 15 - June 29 , 1984

    A recreation of a Victorian parlor using items from the Mathers' collections.

    Christmas exhibit
    1984 - 1985

    A small exhibit of toys from the Mathers collections. This exhibit may have been installed in the area that's now the Museum store.

  • 1983

    December 1, 1983 - March 3, 1984

    A Christmas exhibit.

    Somalia--In Word and Image
    November 15, 1983 - June 29, 1984

    A traveling exhibit of the oral poetry, art, and other material culture of Somalia. The IU African Studies Program, in conjunction with the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Understanding, Washington, D.C., produced the exhibit through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    German Pioneers of Indiana Industry
    October 1, 1983 - June 29, 1984

    A cursory glance at some of the early Indiana industries developed by German immigrants.

    Road to the Rainbow: the Saga of Human Transport
    April, 21, 1983 - June 29, 1984

    As the first exhibit in the new "Mathers Museum" (formerly called the Indiana University Museum) , the opening of Road to the Rainbow coincided with the dedication of the new building. The exhibit followed a progression from "foot power" through beasts of burden, to various forms of land and water vehicles.

    Nigerian Batiks
    April 21 - May 10, 1983

    A temporary display of Batik-work by the Nigerian artist, Bisi Olaniyi Adeyemi.

  • 1982

    Portraits of Native Americans
    February 18 - May 1 (or April, 18), 1982

    An exhibit of photographs of Native Americans from the Wanamaker collection.

    Anatolian Memories
    January 15 - February 1982

    A traveling exhibit of serigraphs and paintings by Zeki Findikoglu.

  • 1981

    Vigango: Commemorative Statuary of the Mijikenda of Kenya
    October 10, 1981 - January 14, 1982

    A traveling exhibit of carved wood forms that "serve as memorials to important persons and are associated with membership in the 'Gohu' society.

    Mexican Ceramics: Domestic Art Work

    No description available.

  • 1980

    Voices of the Gods, Instruments of Man
    November 21, 1980 - February 20, 1981

    The exhibit displayed materials from the museum's collections of musical instruments. The main focus of the script was the use of musical instruments in ritual.

    The Faces of Brazil
    November 16 - 21, 1980

    A brief overview of the various peoples/cultures that populate Brazil.

    April 23, 1980 - Fall 1980

    The exhibit surveys similarities and differences in the forms and uses of wood in several different cultural settings.

    Living with Limestone
    April 16 - August, 1980

    The exhibit featured the sculpture and carvings of ten area artisans working in limestone, with additional artifacts and photographs dealing with the history of limestone in southern Indiana.

    The Art of Mexican Woodcarving
    1980 - 1981

    No description available.

  • 1979

    An Old-Fashioned Christmas
    December 1979

    A display which included a Christmas tree decorated with Victorian ornaments, Victorian furniture, dolls representing the characters from Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and 19th and 20th century Christmas cards from the Lilly Library.

    Losar: Tibetans Welcome in the New Year
    November 15, 1979 - April 23, 1980

    No description available.

    Earth and Heaven: the Pawnee Universe
    May 24 - December 1979

    An exhibit on the world of the 19th-century Pawnee Indians. Displays included life-sized models of an earth lodge interior, and an open-front tent. Other displays included hunting, warfare, and ritual artifacts as well as elaborately beaded clothing and accessories. Most items displayed were from the Ellison collection.

    Navajo Weaving
    1979 - 1980

    No description available.

    A Woman's Place
    1979 - 1980

    No description available.

    Grasses, Nature's Fibrous Wonder
    1979 - 1980

    No information survives, but presumably it was about the various uses of grass as a material for making things.

    1979 - 1980

    A display in the Indiana Memorial Union in conjunction with a lecture "Symbolism of the Gamelan" by the Curator of Musical Instruments, the Field Museum, Chicago.

  • 1978

    Hints and Echoes of the East: China and Japan through Tourists' Eyes
    November 1978 - April 1979

    No description available. Appears o be simply a display of items from Japan.

    The Rose and the Thorn: Changing Lives of American Women
    April 27, 1978 - ?

    The exhibit documented the changing roles of American women, with emphasis on Indiana history. Three periods were highlighted: pioneer, Victorian, and present day.

    Contemporary Use of Traditional Media
    April 27 - May (?) 1978

    A display of quilts, by artist Mary Ann Robertson, and wood carvings, by artist Laura Alpert.

    Putting on the Style: Costumes for that Special Occasion
    1978 (or 1979)

    No description available.

    Primitive Paintings from the Museum's Collections
    1978 - 1979

    No description available.

    Pakistan: A New Nation of Old Cultures
    1978 - February 1979

    Judging by the photos, this was an exhibit of artifacts from the Minton collection.

    Kodak Magic: Visions of Turn of the Century Bloomington

    No description available. Betty (5/19/2017): Early Kodak advertising; categories on vacation, etc., family? events? cars? Different kinds of cameras personal darkrooms

    The Gift of the Gourd
    1978 - 1979

    An exhibit on the uses of gourds.

  • 1977

    Daily Life in Northern Cameroun
    October 1977 - 1978

    A photo exhibit depicting various aspects of the daily routines of peoples of Northern Cameroon.

    Visual Splendor: Traditional Clothing Styles in Iran
    May 2, 1977 - June 1, 1977

    A display of Iranian traditional clothing styles from the museum's collections.

    Stepping to the Timeless Dance: Ritual and the Visionary Experience
    March 9, 1977 - May 10, 1978

    The exhibit explored the ceremonies and rituals used by several cultures in seeking the meaning of life.

    Dolls Around the World: A Reflection of Culture
    Fall 1977 - February 1978

    This exhiibit examined how dolls can reveal cultural traditions and values.


    Victorian Christmas
    1977 - 1978

    The Molas of Panama
    1977 - 1978


  • 1976

    The Image Maker: Photographs of American Indians by Joseph K. Dixon, 1908-1926
    December 15, 1976 - April 1977

    A display of photographs from the Wanamaker collection.

    Mongolia Today
    November 12 -30, 1976

    This exhibit featured photographs of contemporary Mongolian families.

    The Carpets of Tibet
    November 10, 1976 - December 10, 1976

    An discussion of Tibetan carpets and how they are made and used.

    Peoples of the Plains
    March 1976 - ?

    The exhibit depicted the life and customs of North American Plains Indians.

    Handmade and Homespun: Textile Manufacturing in the Pioneer Midwest
    February 23, 1976 - ?

    "The ...exhibit [showed] the various processes that were used to convert flax into linen fiber and wool into yarn, and how the fiber was dyed and put on the weaving looms." Stephen Hemp, graduate assistant

    Turkish Children's Art
    Januray 15 - 30, 1976

    A traveling exhibit of children's art, sponsored by the Turkish Government.

    Contemporary Native American Art

    No description available

    Musical Instruments of the World
    (?) 1976 - November 1976

    No description available.

    Farming in Indiana
    (?) 1976 - December 31, 1976

    A traveling exhibit of the farming techniques of the 19th century Indiana farmer developed in response to a request from the IU Bicentennial Commission. An exhibit The Early Indiana Farmer was displayed concurrently in the IU Museum's Hoosier Heritage Hall (Student Building).

    The Early Indiana Farmer

    An extensive exhibit of the farming techniques of the 19th century Indiana farmer developed as an IU Bicentennial event. A traveling exhibit Farming in Indiana was developed concurrently.

    Wood Carvings of West Africa
    Fall 1976

    No description available.

  • 1975

    Eskimo: Hunters in a Hostile Land
    April 16, 1975 - Spring 1979

    A study of the hunting life of the Eskimo people, using items from the Greist and Williams collections.

    Indiana Women's Fashions from the Past

    A display of historic women's clothing. After its presentation in Bloomington, the exhibit traveled to other museums in Indiana.

  • 1974

    Apollo Moon Flight Souvenirs
    July 1974 - October 1974

    An exhibit of Apollo moon flight souvenirs, including an insignia and a small cloth USA flag, donated to IU.

  • 1973

    The Little House
    December 9, 1973 - May 5, 1974

    An exhibit of pioneer household items, utensils, and tools based on the Little House book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Pilgrims of Progress: A Guide through Modern Times
    February 28, 1973 - August 10, 1973

    A look at the effects of technology on modern society.

  • 1972

    Mingling Streams: Culture Change in Latin America
    April 25, 1972 - December 15, 1972

    Showed the changes in the lives and cultures of Native Americans and enslaved Africans as a result of the European conquest and colonization of the New World.

    Afro-American Folk Crafts of South Carolina
    1972 - 1973
    A study of basket coiling techniques, comparing Arfican-American traditions of the coastal south with those of Gambia, Senegal, and Mali.

  • 1971

    Traditional Hoosier Crafts and Professions
    October 6, 1971 - June 10, 1972

    The exhibit focused on Indiana/Midwestern crafts related to travel, including reconstructions of a blacksmith's shop, a harness maker's shop, and a wheelwright's shop. Several horse-drawn vehicles were displayed including a surrey, a "station wagon," and a sleigh.

    Indiana County Courthouses of the Nineteenth Century
    September 10, 1971 to September 24, 1971

    This traveling exhibit on courthouse architecture and how it reflects the social and artistic attitudes of the communities involved was prepared by the College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University.

    Hasidic Jews of Brooklyn, New York
    1971 - 1972

    A series of 70 photographs depicting the lifestyle of the Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn.

  • 1970

    An Ebony Excursion
    November 1970 - December 1970

    A traveling exhibit featuring artwork by contemporary African-American artists.

    West African Art
    July 1, 1970 - October 31, 1970

    A traveling exhibit of paintings of West African subjects by Hungarian-born artist Helene Urszenyi-Breznay.

    Liberian Exhibit
    April 22 - May 15, 1970

    A display of masks and wood carvings borrowed from Svend Holsoe (Depauw University), John Gay (Earlham College), Roy Sieber (IU), William Siegman (Bloomington, IN), and George Brooks (IU).

    Moon Dust, Space Suit, and Apollo Souvenirs
    April 4, 1970 - June 8, 1970
    Moon flight souvenirs were displayed at the IU Museum as part of IU's Sesquicentennial Exhibit (1970) included both a loaned Apollo moon flight space suit and a vial of moon dust which was to be studied by IU chemists.

    Andean Life

    A traveling exhibit of photographs by Abraham Guillen.

  • 1968

    Traditional Music of the World
    December 5, 1968 - April 1, 1969

    The exhibit explored the technical and practical concerns of making music. The exhibit also focused on culture change and made cultural comparisons through musical instruments.

    Folk Drama of the World
    April 23, 1968 - July 5, 1968

    A sampling of folk dramas from around the world.

  • 1967

    Folk Objects of the Middle East
    December 5, 1967 - February 25, 1968

    This exhibit featured ceramics, traditional costumes, musical instruments, furniture, children's toys, and jewelry-making materials from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Turkey.

    South America: Its Past and Present
    April 13, 1967 - November 11, 1967

    An exhibit of prehistoric and contemporary artifacts from South America.

  • 1966

    African Ethnology
    October 3, 1966 - February 5, 1967

    The Indiana University Museum, the IU Art Museum, the Archives of Traditional Music, and the Indiana Memorial Union collaborated to produce a four-part exhibit in conjunction with the African Studies Association Conference held at IU, October 27-29, 1966.

  • 1965

    Indiana's Vanishing Industries
    December 7, 1965 - October 17, 1966

    A display of the tools and instruments used by early Hoosier settlers in such industries as slaughtering, carpentry, smithing, harness-making, agriculture, and weaving.