Special Programs


Bamana Puppets: Stories from Mali
Noon Talk
12:15–1:00 p.m.
Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, third floor

Amadou Beidy Sow, co-director of outreach for the African Studies Program, will discuss the role of puppets in Bamanan society.

Visitors should meet in the museum’s third floor office. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis.

Giving Back to Africa: Beta Histoire
Opening Reception
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Thomas T. Solley Atrium, first floor

Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo tell stories to each other every night. These stories often have a moral lesson or try to explain something in the world. The storytelling always begins with a child raising his/her hand and saying, “Beta Histoire,” or “I want to tell a story.” Experience the stories told in this exhibition of photographs by students in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Noon Concert Series
Noon–1:00 p.m.
Thomas T. Solley Atrium, second floor

The IU Art Museum is pleased to host the Noon Concert Series presented by the Office of International Services. Take a break from studying or work and ease yourself into the weekend with free concerts in the museum's atrium. Music will be performed by students from the IU Jacobs School of Music.

Sculpture in the Indiana University Art Museum
Thematic Tour
2:00–3:00 p.m.

Presented by IU Art Museum docent Becky Hrisomalos

Yoga in the Atrium
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Thomas T. Solley Atrium, second floor

Free yoga classes return to the IU Art Museum! A Vibe Yoga Studio instructor will lead a one-hour class inspiring participants to stretch their minds and bodies as they meditate on the beauty and serenity that surrounds them.

Beginner classes will be offered on the first and third Saturdays of each month. More advanced classes will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mat and water bottle, dress comfortably, and arrive early to grab a spot in the first come, first served classes. Due to the popularity of the program and in order to maintain a peaceful environment, indoor classes will be capped at twenty-three participants. No registration is required.

Solimena: Picturing the World
Opening Lecture
3:00–4:00 p.m.
Woodburn Hall, room 101

Following an introduction by IU Art Museum Director Heidi Gealt, who will talk briefly about royal weddings, Louise Arizzoli, adjunct assistant professor of art at the University of Mississippi and exhibition guest curator, will discuss Francesco Solimena’s Allegory of the Four Parts of the World in the context of the King of Naples’s wedding and in the broader tradition of allegorical representations of the continents, followed by the premiere screening of the film documentary on Francesco Solimena, The World around Solimena.

Opening Reception
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Thomas T. Solley Atrium, IU Art Museum, first floor

Mycenaean Iconography of Mourning
Noon Talk
12:15–1:00 p.m.
Gallery of the Arts of Asia and the Ancient Western World, second floor

Larnakes (burial chests) from central Greece are among the very few contemporary documents showing Mycenaean mourning customs. With a larnax fragment in the IUAM as a focus, this talk by Assistant Professor Margaretha Kramer will address aspects of iconography, gender roles, and production.

Henri Matisse's Adventures in the World of Books
Special Lecture
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Woodburn Hall, room 120

John Bidwell, Astor Curator and Department Head of Printed Books and Bindings at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, will discuss Matisse’s production of fine illustrated books (livres d’artistes) and his close relationships with authors and publishers.

6:30–8:00 p.m.
IU Art Museum, Thomas T. Solley Atrium, first floor

Henri Matisse: Dancer and Dance as Muse
Noon Talk
12:15–1:00 p.m.
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor

Henri Matisse once said, “Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.” Classically trained ballet dancer and Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology Anya Peterson Royce will present a talk on Matisse’s affinity for the figure and his use of dancers as both model and muse.

Lilly Lecture Competition
Special Lectures
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Hope School of Fine Arts, Room 102

Four IU students have been selected to present papers at the 2014 Evan F. Lilly Memorial Lecture Competition, which is cosponsored by the IU Art Museum and the Hope School of Fine Arts. The Evan F. Lilly Memorial Prize will be awarded to the best talk, chosen by a jury drawn from the Art Museum and the Art History department.

Eric Beckman, Classical Studies, A Mysterious Sacrifice: The Mithraic Tauroctony from the IU Art Museum

Anne Kneller, History of Art, Re-assessing the IU Art Museum “Seated Hermaphrodite”: The Identification of a Rare Terracotta Figurine Type

Rachel Schend, History of Art and Library Science, “It's All Greek to Me”: Interpreting the Bilingual Eye-Cup from the IU Art Museum

Samantha Tavlin, Communication and Culture and History of Art, Schlemmer's Mechanical Body: Brecht, Heidegger, and the Phenomenology of Use

Bombs Bursting in Air: Pleasure, Peril, and Eternity in Matisse's Jazz.
Noon Talk
12:15–1:00 p.m.
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor

Henri Matisse's Jazz, created toward the end of the artist's life, is at once an explosion of color and a complex summary of his life's work. Janet Kennedy, professor emeritus in the Department of the History of Art, will discuss the process of creating Jazz as well as the themes and associations embedded in this series of prints.

Ancient Greek Vases
One-Hour Exhibition
3:00–4:00 p.m.

Greek vases were made of fired clay, which helped protect them against natural disasters. The study of the decoration, subject matter, shape, and technical processes of all vases—large and small—adds to our understanding of Ancient Greek art and daily life. Join Juliet Istrabadi, acting curator of ancient art, and explore pottery from the museum’s storage vaults.

Visitors should meet in the museum’s third floor office. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis.

Blue Hawai'i: Painting Archives of Memory and Melancholy
Special Lecture
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Hope School of Fine Arts, room 015

Laura Kina, associate professor in the Department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University, will relate her own artistic practice to that of Chinese-American artist Hung Liu and will consider the subjective nature of memory and nostalgia. A reception will be held in the IU Art Museum’s Thomas T. Solley atrium, first floor, immediately following the lecture.

Spring Celebration
Family Day
2:00–3:30 p.m.
Thomas T. Solley Atrium, first floor

Families with children of all ages are invited to participate in guided tours of the IU Art Museum and campus art collections as well as art-making activities inspired by the museum’s special exhibition Matisse’s Jazz and Other Works from Indiana University Collections.

Matisse in Focus
Art and a Movie
2:00–2:30 p.m.
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor

Nan Brewer, the Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, will present a pre-screening gallery talk on Henri Matisse’s late graphic work in the exhibition Matisse’s Jazz and Other Works from Indiana University Collections.

A Model for Matisse (2003) and Henri Matisse (1946)
3:00–5:00 p.m.
IU Cinema

The gallery talk will be followed by a screening of A Model for Matisse, an award-winning documentary by Barbara Freed that tells the story behind Matisse’s last great project, Chapel of the Rosary, and the nun who made it happen. The classic French film Henri Matisse by François Campaux showing the artist at work in his studios will also be screened, featuring new subtitles by Brett Bowles, associate professor of French studies, offering English-speaking audiences a rare opportunity to experience this masterpiece on a large screen.