Arts & Culture

Spanning museum exhibitions to live performances and hands-on art-making activities, Harvard regularly brings arts and culture opportunities—from across the country and around the world—to its neighbors in Boston, Cambridge, and across Massachusetts.

Upcoming Events

2021 May 11

Glass Flowers Tours – The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants

6:00pm to 7:10pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Join us for a virtual tour of the famous Glass Flowers! This docent-led tour will delve into the history, artistry, and significance of the collection and give participants the opportunity to explore the gallery online. These interactive tours are approximately one-hour in length, and offer time for Q&A with your tour guide.

Cost: $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

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2021 May 14

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Slavery’s Landscape

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

This seminar will explore how photographers from the Civil War era constructed landscapes of slavery. What symbols and facts did they draw upon, and what narratives and interpretations were they in dialogue with and which did they promote?

Join Makeda Best, photography curator and author of Elevate the Masses: Alexander Gardner, Photography, and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century America (2020), as she explores how Alexander Gardner and others presented the infamous Franklin and Armfield slave pen...

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2021 May 18

Art Talk Live: Reframing the Tianlongshan Cave Temple Fragments

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

In 1943, the museum was gifted 25 stone fragments from the Tianlongshan cave temples in China’s northern Shanxi province. Beginning in the late 1920s, the reliefs and sculptures were removed from the site and published by art dealer Sadajirō Yamanaka, sparking interest among collectors worldwide. This talk will highlight a collaboration with Harvard students that investigates the creation of the works, their meaning in Buddhist medieval China, their sale and journey to their current home, and the ravaged site they left behind. 

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More Events

Tef Poe: artist, activist, and fellow

In this episode, Tef Poe, a hip-hop artist and activist from St. Louis and a 2017–2018 Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, is interviewed. Tef Poe talks about the relationship between activism and music, making music at this moment in history, and about his work at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, where he was a 2016–2017 American Democracy Project Fellow. The podcast also features his live show at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston, which included music off his latest album, “Black Julian,” as well as a song from the St. Louis group The Knuckles.

Read about Tef Poe's Allston show in the Harvard Gazette.