Oct. 28, 2015
Just in time for Halloween, a new exhibit at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures explores extraordinary or unnatural beings that challenge the predictable fabric of everyday life: "Monsters!"
The exhibit presents monsters from around the world, examining who they are and what purposes they serve in various cultures.
One feature of the exhibit presents the research of IU scholars Michael Dylan Foster, associate professor of folklore and East Asian languages and cultures, and Kate Schramm, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Both work in Japan studying supernatural creatures and local deities, and exploring the varied roles such figures have played within Japanese culture and history.
Two events are scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit:
- "Halloween Family Fun Fest" from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 31
- "Folkloric Monsters of Japan and the People who Love Them" from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13
"Monsters!" will be on display at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures through Dec. 18, 2016.
The museum is located at 416 N. Indiana Ave. The exhibition hall and store are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.