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We want to extend a warm welcome to Traditional Arts Indiana--so glad to have you as part of MMWC!!
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This Saturday we're hosting an awesome SYMPOSIUM entitled: "Confluences: Museums, Ethnography, and Art in the Work of Bill Siegmann"!! (Free but must register by emailing:

The symposium will discuss the life and work of Bill Siegmann (1943-2011), a leading scholar on the arts of Liberia and Sierra Leone, who wrote extensively on those regions and on issues in museums and museum interpretation. Present at the symposium will be scholars of Liberia from multiple generations and from diverse fields—museums, art history, ethnography—who knew and worked with Bill, along with other experts.

Graduate and undergraduate students engaged in studies relating to these topics are encouraged to attend so that yet another generation can learn from his example. We hope to see you there!
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Lotus Blossoms is finally here! Join us and Lotus this week for a family-friendly evening of Japanese music & dramatic storytelling....7pm THIS THURSDAY at MMWC!
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We're starting a little something new this week: Research at the Mathers, a lecture series showcasing our students' research!
THIS FRIDAY, 4:30pm at MMWC is our first event, & we're featuring grad students Emily, Meghan and Miriam who will discuss their work with textiles from the Birnbaum Collection! Join us for this opportunity to learn about the awesome work our students do!
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We're back! MMWC is open for the semester starting today! Regular hours, all new spring semester programming, plus a NEW EXHIBIT: "Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos from Italy"!

"Graces Received" showcases a diverse collection of ex-votos, or votive objects offered in thanks to a divinity or saint for a favor, blessing, or healing. These objects can take on many different forms and are commonly seen in places of worship or on shrines. Stop by to learn more and see these unique pieces!
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Due to the IU Thanksgiving Break, we will be CLOSED for the week starting this Sat. 11/22. We'll be open normal hours again Tues. 12/2 and we've got some great events coming up after break: WinterFest craft day, lecture on intersection of performance/exhibits, Indonesian puppet exhibit opening...check it out!
Events. Scene at the Museum: Performing Exhibits and Exhibiting Performance Wednesday, December 3; Noon This talk, by Dr. Beth Kattleman, Associate Professor/Curator of Theater at the Lawrence and Lee Theater Research Institute at Ohio State University, will explore the synergy between exhibits ...
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The Indiana Heritage Quilt Show is this weekend at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center! In conjunction with the show, MMWC is showing its own take on quilts with a small exhibit, "Ralli Quilts from Pakistan"!

The exhibit features quilted works found in southern Pakistan and parts of India, and includes appliqued, embroidered and patchwork styles of bed coverings, food coverings, and bags.

Stop by this weekend to see some fantastic pieces and learn more about the history of this craft!
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Next week is MMWC's "Instruments of Culture" annual lecture and we're excited to welcome guest lecturer Daniel Swan, Curator of Ethnology at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma!

Dr. Swan's lecture, "Instruments of Prayer: Musical Instruments in the Expressive Culture of the Native American Church," will explore the role of material culture & music in the construction of religious identities in contemporary Native American communities.

For more detailed description, click here:
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Check out this awesome article on Leonard Primiano's upcoming lecture and his work with the "Graces Received" exhibit, featured on the Art at IU blog!

Reminder: Professor Primiano's lecture will be TOMORROW, 4:30pm at MMWC!
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Next week is full of events here at MMWC! First things first: Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 4:30 we're hosting Leonard Primiano, the creator of our current "Ex-Votos from Italy" exhibit! He'll give a lecture entitled "How to Read Catholic Folk Art".
Professor Primiano currently teaches in Cabrini College's Religious Studies Department. He specializes in the study of the practice of religion in everyday life (what he calls "vernacular religion") as well as the expression of religion in popular culture and the media. He has published on a variety of subjects from the Peace Mission Movement of Father Divine to the meaning of religious kitsch to the HBO vampire drama, True Blood.
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Our new exhibit was featured in the IDS! 

"Ralli Quilting from Pakistan" is a small exhibit featuring traditional quilted works from Pakistan & it will be shown in conjunction with the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Ralli quilting is found in southern Pakistan and parts of India, and includes appliqued, embroidered and patchwork styles of bed coverings, food coverings, and bags. 

Stop by to check it out soon--only open until March 15!
Different quilting method shown through new cultural lens
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Looking for something FUN to do with the family this weekend? Sunday is MMWC WinterFest! This is our annual celebration of the season and this year we'll be crafting at the museum! Projects we'll work on include making a cookbook using your favorite recipes, constructing pop-up cards, and other gift-worthy crafts! All welcome, this event is free and open to the public. 
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We are Indiana University's museum of anthropology, ethnography, ethnology, and folklore!
The Mathers Museum of World Cultures offers research and training opportunities for IU students, educational support and services for IU faculty and elementary/secondary school teachers, and family-friendly exhibits and programs.