Although the Mathers Museum of World Cultures exhibition hall is closed through August 18 for renovations, a new online digital platform now offers MMWC audiences an opportunity to continue to view its exhibitions.
The online exhibition site has launched with a digital version of Ojibwe Public Life, Ostrom Private Lives, an exhibition that features works by late 20th-century Ojibwe artists of Manitoulin Island, Canada, collected by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. The MMWC's digital exhibitions site is available at http://dlib.indiana.edu/omeka/mathers/.
This exhibition hall is closed this summer as we transition our galleries into new exhibitions and programming spaces. This redesign, made possible by the IU's Office of the Vice Provost for Research, will include the new DeVault Teaching Gallery, designed to serve as a space for IU instructors to use the MMWC collections for enhancing their students' educational experience, as well as a new space for the IQ-Wall. Available for use by IU faculty, students, and staff, the IQ-Wall consists of 12 high-resolution monitors with a total of 12.5 million pixels, and is on loan to us from IU's Advanced Visualization Laboratory, a unit of the Research Technologies division of University Information and Technology Services. Research Technologies is a Pervasive Technology Institute Cyberinfrastructure and Service Center.
Beginning August 19 several new exhibitions will open to the public:
Açaí From Local to Global examines the transition of the açaí berry from a local Brazilian commodity to a global superfood. The exhibition is curated by Eduardo Brondizio and Andrea Siqueria, and sponsored by Themester 2014's "Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science," an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.
Food is Work: Tools and Traditions explores the tools and traditions used in the production of food. The exhibition is also sponsored by Themester 2014's "Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science," an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.
Instruments of Culture provides an overview of how musical instruments around the globe are classified and studied, and why.
The People of the Coffee Highlands of Nicaragua traces coffee's journey from the fields to our cups in a photo essay by Claudia Gordillo, funded by IU's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Office of Global Educational Programs, and the US Department of State.
State of an Art: Women's Wall Painting in Ghana shows tradition and innovation in wall paintings by women in Ghana's Upper East Region, as documented by photographer and curator Brittany Sheldon.
In addition to these new exhibitions, an ongoing exhibition, Thoughts, Things, and Theories: What is Culture?, is being renovated. The exhibition In Their Own Words: Native Americans in World War I will also continue through the fall semester.