In-Person Events

First Thursdays

Thursday, November 2; 4 to 7 p.m.
Arts Plaza

Drop by the IUMAA tables at First Thursdays! First Thursdays festivals showcase the diversity of arts and humanities at IU Bloomington and offer a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff, and community members to explore new creative outlets. Previous festivals have included everything from opera to breakdancing, stage-fighting to clay-throwing, and much, much more. Each festival is a unique opportunity to experience the wonderful work of artists, performers, and scholars from all across campus and around town.


taxonomía of a spicy espécimen

a public performance pedagogy by
javier cardona otero
Thursday, November 9; 5:30 p.m.
Since the Enlightenment, taxonomy has been a Eurocentric enactment through which Otherness is constructed. This public performative pedagogy co-operates with its audience as spect-actors to problematize and disrupt learned habits of hierarchizing, categorizing, and naming minoritized subjects and their practices. Professor of Anthropology Shane Greene will moderate a Q & A with the artist/educator following the performance. Food and drink will be served. This interdisciplinary and interdepartmental event is sponsored by the Sawyer Seminar of "Global Slaveries, Fugitivity, and the Afterlives of Unfreedom"; the IU Departments of Anthropology, American Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies; Gender Studies; Spanish & Portuguese; Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance; and Latino Studies Program; the IU School of Education; and IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.


Museum Study Hall

Wednesday, December 6, through Friday, December 8; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Looking for a new place to study? Come to the IUMAA to be surrounded by a cozy environment, FREE COFFEE AND SNACKS, and mini-crafts and activities when you need a break (including coloring pages, tanagrams, beaded key chains, dreidels, and paper snowflakes). There will be plenty of seating, outlets, and snacks, but feel free to bring your own food as well.

Information for visiting the IUMAA


Public and handicap parking spots are available at IUMAA, in the lot off the corner of 8th Street and Indiana Avenue, by the museum's lobby doors. More public parking and IU permit parking is available just one block north and west at McCalla School.


  • Ramp and stairs to building entrance
  • Lectures on 1st floor, around the corner from entrance
  • Assistive listening system (ALS) available in lecture hall
  • Accessible and all-gender bathrooms available nearby

Where to find us

IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

416 N. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408

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