Ubiqui-tee, Limestone Traditions, Swing!

A show in Columbus explores what t-shirts tell us about contemporary culture, and a folklorist shares stories of those working in the local limestone trade.

hands of limestone cutter at work on an ornamental relief panel

Photo: William Winchester Claytor, Traditional Arts Indiana

Scott Todd, a stone cutter at Architectural Stone Sales in Bedford, uses a pneumatic hammer and chisel to carve an ornamental relief panel.

It’s not a feather boa, a bespoke suit, or a leopard skin pillbox hat. In fact, it may be the least remarkable article of clothing out there. Everyone’s got one; most people have way too many. It’s one-half of the default outfit for much of the population, young and old, female and male. But it’s also the subject of the latest exhibition of Indiana University’s Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection.

We discuss this cultural bellwether in cotton with Kelly Richardson, the curator of Ubiqui-tee: T-Shirts, Design, Culture, on view at the IU Center for Art + Design in Columbus through June 29, 2013.

It’s the seventh year across southern Indiana that June has been set aside as Limestone Month, a celebration of our area’s limestone heritage. This year, Traditional Arts Indiana is contributing to the commemoration with the traveling exhibition Limestone Traditions: Stoneworking in South-Central Indiana, which highlights the stories of the people working in the limestone trade. We’ve invited exhibition coordinator Joseph O’Connell to share some of those stories with us.

Limestone Traditions continues at the Mathers Museum through June 14, then travels to weekend events at McCormick’s Creek State Park on the 15th, Spring Mill State Park on the 22nd and 23rd, and Bedford’s town square on June 29th.

And, director George Pinney gives us a preview of Swing! The Musical, opening at the IU Festival Theatre.

Stories On This Episode

Ubiquitous, Ephemeral, And Frequently Worn With Jeans

installation view of t-shirt exhibition in Columbus

T-shirts commemorating Shaun Cassidy and Tiananmen Square mingle with a tie-dye t-shirt owned by the late economist and Nobel Laureate, Elinor Ostrom.

Limestone Traditions: Stories From The Quarries

limestone carver stands with his sculpture of an enormous pair of stone scissors

Traditional Arts Indiana marks Limestone Month with a showcase of stories told by carvers, cutters, and quarrymen.

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