Events

    2022 Oct 26

    Conversations around Funerary Portraits

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join curatorial fellow Caitlin Clerkin and Lissette Jiménez, assistant professor of museum studies from San Francisco State University, for a virtual conversation on how grief is expressed in ancient Egyptian portraits and teaching about loss.

    Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward is a collaborative effort drawing from the expertise of staff across the museums and other members of our community. The exhibition invites visitors to reflect upon...

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    2022 Oct 16

    Flesh and Fabric: New Light on a Crucifixion by Pietro Lorenzetti

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    At the top of a painting of a Crucifixion by Pietro Lorenzetti (c. 1280–1348), an angel holds in one hand an unfurled scroll and in the other a bloody tunic. Never previously noted, let alone explained, this unique combination of motifs provides the key to understanding the panel’s unusual imagery. It sheds fresh light on the complex nexus between art, piety, and theology in 14th-century Italy, in particular at Assisi—the site of the mother house of the Franciscan order, where the panel most likely was made.

    This talk integrates the...

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    2022 Oct 12

    Conversations around Funerary Portraits

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join paintings conservator Sally Woodcock and conservation scientist Narayan Khandekar for a virtual conversation on how grief is expressed in ancient Egyptian portraits and teaching about loss.

    Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward is a collaborative effort drawing from the expertise of staff across the museums and other members of our community. The exhibition invites visitors to reflect upon objects that represent the deceased and were once...

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    2022 Oct 06

    "Mummy Portraits" of Roman Egypt: Status, Ethnicity, and Magic

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

    Location: 

    Online or In-Person at Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    In ancient Egypt, one of the final steps in the mummification process was to equip the body with a permanent face covering that helped protect the head and also ritually transform the deceased into a god. The earliest examples of these were stylized masks, later replaced by more realistically rendered painted portraits. Using evidence from the archaeological record and the Book of the Dead—a series of spells meant to guide the dead as they sought eternal life—art professor Lorelei Corcoran will discuss the production and function of the "mummy portraits" that were popular throughout...

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    2022 Oct 03

    Art, Aesthetics and Politics: In Conversation with T.M. Krishna

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room S020, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    What is the role of art in deeply unequal societies? Are aesthetics political? Can artists challenge dominant orders? Please join us for a conversation between eminent Carnatic vocalist and activist T.M. Krishna, social and cultural historian Shailaja Paik, lawyer and social critic Suraj Yengde, and jazz musician and scholar Vijay Iyer. The event will be moderated by Ajantha Subramanian, Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Harvard University.

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    2022 Sep 28

    (In)Visible Agency: Ukrainian Women’s Experiences of the Russian War on Ukraine

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies—Online

    The myriad effects of Russia’s war on Ukrainian women and the women’s movement. Participation has ranged from military service to humanitarian and volunteering initiatives, including extraordinary actions by many women and girls. How have Ukrainian feminists and the transnational women’s movement responded? What was the effect of feminist anti-war manifestoes? As the war continues, how has its impact on women evolved?

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    2022 Sep 22

    The History and Politics of Georgian Wine

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies, 1730 Cambridge St., Room S354, Cambridge

    Georgia is the world's oldest wine producer, and the history of Georgian wine is woven together with the country's culture, politics, and economics. Join Mamuka Tsereteli for a lecture on the significance of Georgian wine, followed by a Q&A—and stick around for a tasting to find out for yourself why Georgian wine is so special!

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    2022 Sep 20

    Introduction to the History of Georgian Cinema

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    1737 Cambridge St., Room K262, Cambridge or Zoom Webinar

    In recent years, Georgian cinema has been witnessing an astonishing period of revival, a new generation of filmmakers has emerged, and today a new wave of Georgian filmmakers has managed to find a new and strong language of cinema, in order to speak with international audience about contemporary issues of Georgian society. Levan Lomjaria will explore these and other aspects of the history of Georgian cinema in his lecture.

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    2022 Jun 26

    MassQ Ball 2022: Origin | Making of Ceremonial Vessels

    1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Hemlock Hill and Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Led by Bengali culture worker Pampi, this audience participatory workshop allows attendees to weave love letters into hand-crafted ceremonial vessels for their loved ones. Vessels will be fashioned out of natural materials sourced from the Arboretum grounds and displayed in the MassQ Ball on July 9.

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    2022 Jun 21

    Gallery Talk: A Sweeping Panorama—Simon de Vlieger’s View of Weesp

    12:00pm to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Seventeenth-century artist Simon de Vlieger was one of many Dutch draftsmen who captured panoramas of the cities and towns that surrounded them. In his observed and accurate drawing of Weesp, a municipality located outside Amsterdam on the river Vecht, aspects of this recognizable view speak to larger questions of commerce and the environment. Join curatorial research associate Susan Anderson to discover these details within the broader artistic and cultural milieu of landscape drawing in the Dutch Republic.

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    2022 Jun 14

    Gallery Talk: Unpacking a 120-Year-Old Zeiss Photographic Microscope

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Curator Sara Schechner, from Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and Lynette Roth, curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, will team up to explore a 120-year-old Zeiss photographic microscope. The curators will look at the assemblage of its various parts and share with visitors what they tell us about how scientists work with such a microscope. Its diverse components, housed in a wooden case, reveal not only the technical challenges of taking photographs through a microscope lens, but also the instrument’s inherent social, cultural, and aesthetic connections....

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    2022 Jun 08

    Gallery Talk: Drawing the Dutch Landscape, in Color

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Seventeenth-century Dutch artists, such as Abraham Bloemaert, Hendrick Avercamp, and Albert Cuyp, achieved coloristic effects through a variety of means. Join curator Joachim Homann in an exploration of colorful papers, inks, and washes from artists of the Dutch Republic.

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    2022 May 21

    MassQ Ball 2022: Origin | Mythmaking Workshop

    3:00pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Bradley Rosaceous Collection, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Led by Castle of our Skins’ Director of Education Taylor Lena McTootle, “Making a Mythos” focuses on the creative power of storytelling. Young participants will experience firsthand how fictional tales can reflect our cultural values and create them.

    Appropriate for youth ages 8-12 years old.

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    2022 Apr 27

    In-Person Gallery Talk: Ella Hurd’s Botanical Cyanotypes—Camera-less Photography and Scientific Discovery in the 19th Century

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The talk will highlight amateur botanist Ella Hurd and the process she used to make her cyanotypes. It will also explore the importance of camera-less photography to scientific research and documentation in the 19th century.

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    2022 Apr 27

    The Descendants (A Novel)

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Ladee Hubbard is a writer whose most recent novel is “The Rib King” (Amistad, 2021). In this lecture, she will discuss her current project, a novel that examines the implications of the ways in which Black people in the United States have historically been represented as an internal threat to both public health and safety, placing the 1980s War on Drugs in dialogue with the larger history of African Americans being used in drug trials and medical experiments.

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    2022 Apr 21

    The Power of Antiquity in the Making of Modern Egypt

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Ancient Egypt conjures images of pharaonic temples, tombs, and pyramids, and perhaps, even the familiar illustrations from children’s books and magazines showing kilted workers on the Nile toiling away on their kings’ great monuments. But what is the relationship between these images—along with the deep history they evoke and the processes of discovery that made them visible—and the history of modern Egypt?

    In this talk, Wendy Doyon will discuss the relationship between state, archaeology, and labor in Mehmed (or Muhammad) Ali’s Egypt—an autonomous khedival, or viceregal,...

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    2022 Apr 21

    In-Person Gallery Talk: Washington and the Power of Clothes

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join curator Horace D. Ballard for fresh perspective on two of the museums’ iconic portraits of George Washington through the meaning of gesture and the materialities of fashion. Inspired by Ballard’s recent research on Washington and his rewriting of the portraits’ gallery labels, the talk will explore the important role artists played in shaping the nation’s sense of self after the partisan politics of the Revolutionary War.

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    2022 Apr 20

    Mexican Red: The Perfect Color that Changed the World

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a small insect that produces a brilliant red pigment. Found in textiles, paintings, cosmetics, and many other objects that span the globe, cochineal is an integral part of world history. Cochineal pigment was used by Mesoamerican peoples long before the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth century. After being introduced to Europe, it quickly became a precious commodity and control over its global trade was a source of conflict and competition for over three centuries. In this lecture, Gabriela Soto Laveaga will trace the fascinating history of cochineal...

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