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    2022 Oct 29

    Day of the Dead Family Fiesta

    1:00pm to 4:00pm

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Learn more about this joyful holiday, a national symbol of Mexico shared with the world.

    The annual tradition of building ofrendas—altars with photos, favorite foods, and memorabilia of the departed—encourages visits by the souls, and is an occasion to honor and celebrate the lives of the departed. Enjoy three floors of activities for the young and young-at-heart including crafts, scent stations, traditional decorations, Nahuatl stories, decorating a sugar skull (extra $7 fee), painting demonstrations, folk dances and two live music performances. Outside the museum, visitors...

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    2022 Oct 16

    Materials Lab Workshop: Making Faces

    Repeats every week every Wednesday until Thu Oct 20 2022 .
    10:00am to 1:00pm

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    In this two-part workshop, join us first in the exhibition galleries with curator Susanne Ebbinghaus and conservator Kate Smith for a close look at the portraits and learn what our curators, conservators, and scientists have discovered about them. Then take that experience to the Materials Lab, where you’ll make your own version of an ancient tempera painting using some of the same materials and techniques used by Roman-period artists. This workshop aims to honor and remember the woman in the ancient portrait we will copy, and to celebrate the relationship between artist and sitter that...

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    2022 Oct 09

    Materials Lab Workshop: Modeling Material Culture in Paper

    Repeats every day until Tue Oct 11 2022 except Mon Oct 10 2022.
    10:00am to 1:00pm

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Curious about the graphic arts and how we make sense of the world around us? Experiment with a new visual model for representing artworks.

    Cost: $15 materials fee

    Learn more and register for the workshop on October 9.

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    2022 Oct 01

    Donté K. Hayes Visiting Artist Demonstration

    Repeats every day until Sun Oct 02 2022 .
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    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    The sculptural ceramic work of Donté K. Hayes is informed by researching traditional African heirlooms and initiation rites that speak to the greater African diaspora. Hayes uses this research along with his interest in hip-hop culture, history, and science fiction to explore themes in Afrofuturism, a projected vision of an imagined future which critiques the historical and cultural events of the African Diaspora and the distinct black experience of the Middle Passage. Hayes combines ceramics with printmaking, installation, and performance to elevate his ceramic sculptures as a...

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    2022 Sep 22

    Sketching Trees at Mount Auburn Cemetery

    9:30am to 11:30am

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    Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St., Cambridge

    Explore the variety and elegance of tree forms using pencil and paper while ensconced in the beauty of Mount Auburn Cemetery. We will focus on capturing the shapes and volume of trunks and branches as well as techniques for drawing foliage in this in-person workshop. The group will be limited to ten participants, allowing ample time for individual feedback. All skill levels are welcome.

    Cost: $54 members / $60 nonmembers

    Rain Date: September 29, 9:30am–11:30am

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    2022 Sep 14

    A Qawwali Celebration of South Asia: 75 Years of Azadi

    7:30pm to 10:30pm

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    Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Mittal Institute at Harvard University invites you to a concert celebrating 75 years of South Asian independence from British colonial rule. Qawwali is a uniquely South Asian musical tradition that is widely popular in the region and around the world – join us as we commemorate this historic event with one of the region’s most-celebrated Qawwali groups.

    Cost: Full Price: $20 / Harvard ID: $10 / All Valid Student IDs: $10

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    2022 Jul 01

    Screenings at Harvard Film Archive

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Throughout July, see a variety of films from The Complete Federico Fellini Collection at the Harvard Film Archive! Showings are on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (at 3:00pm), and Mondays (except July 4).

    • Friday, July 1:  8 1/2 (Screening on Film)
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    2022 Jun 29

    Materials Lab Workshop: Cyanotypes

    11:00am to 1:00pm

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Curious about the origins of camera-less photography or photograms? Join us to learn how to make cyanotypes! 

    This workshop is inspired by the exhibition White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph, which explores the innovative camera-less photography of German artist Anneliese Hager (1904–1997). The exhibition is on view at the Harvard Art Museums through July 31, 2022.

    We will first gather in the galleries for an...

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    2022 Jun 22

    Materials Lab Workshop: Cyanotypes

    11:00am to 1:00pm

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    This workshop is inspired by the exhibition White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph, which explores the innovative camera-less photography of German artist Anneliese Hager (1904–1997). The exhibition is on view at the Harvard Art Museums through July 31, 2022.

    We will first gather in the galleries for an introduction to the exhibition by curator Lynette Roth, who will examine a selection of Hager’s works as well as those of her...

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    2022 Jun 04

    Take Your Place/Toma tu lugar

    11:00am to 12:00pm

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Latino/a/x teens in the Hear Me Out/Escúchame project exhibit a group artwork that challenges stereotypes. What is important to know about Salvadoran or Honduran culture? What is overlooked in Mexican, Colombian, or Guatemalan culture? Drop in to see their response, and create “light-up” postcards or an art piece about your identity with simple art materials. Sketch and try other hands-on activities. Take your place with us and share how you want to be represented.

    Limited metered parking available on Oxford Street or...

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    2022 May 15

    Colossal Heads of Mexico

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    The Olmec civilization of ancient Mexico is known for its mysterious sculptures of giant heads that rise up to eleven feet high. Touch a huge modern replica in the museum for one day that is based on Monument One, The King. Explore artifacts with an educator that show Olmec influence on architecture, the ball game, written language, and pigments. Handle reproductions and paint a mini-plaster head of your own to take home.

    Workshops also available at 1:45pm and 2:30pm (one hour each)

    Registration Deadline: Friday, May 13, 12:00 pm
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    2022 May 07

    Harvard Art Museums: Student Guide Tour

    2:00pm to 2:50pm

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

    Tours are limited to 18 people, and it is required that you reserve your place. At 10am the day of the event, reservations will open and may be arranged online through this form. The Student Guide Tour reservation will also serve as your...

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    2022 Apr 16

    Yvonne Andersen and the Yellow Ball Workshop: Films By Kids

    3:00pm to 4:10pm

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    An influential and acclaimed animator, teacher and author, Yvonne Andersen started the pioneering Yellow Ball Workshop in her home, teaching children every aspect of film animation so they could make their own films from start to finish. Yellow Ball distributed compilations of short films and gained international fame. This program features many entertaining examples of the workshop's unique output.

    Cost: $10 for general public; $8 for non-Harvard students & seniors; free for Harvard ID holders

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    2022 Apr 15

    Screening: Expedition Content

    Repeats every week on Sunday, Monday until Sun Apr 24 2022 except Sun Apr 17 2022.
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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Expedition Content is an exploration in “decolonizing the archive” through deep listening. The nearly imageless film is constructed from recordings made in 1961 in West Papua by Michael Rockefeller who was part of an expedition organized by filmmaker, professor and HFA co-founder Robert Gardner. Without dismissing the endeavors of their forebears, Karel and Kusumaryati open up the cinematic and ethnographic space to allow for more points of view, for questions and reconsiderations.

    Cost: $10 for general public; $8 for non-Harvard students & seniors;...

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    2022 Apr 15

    Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Join us to hunt for mythical creatures across the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Can you find a genie, merfolk, or a centaur? What might have inspired a cyclops or a piranha plant? Travel through the galleries of four museums on your quest for these amazing creatures. Test your skills in the galleries of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

    On April 15, let the adventure begin! Time is limited, so plan...

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    2022 Apr 15

    Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt Kick-Off

    11:00am to 4:00pm

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Join us to hunt for mythical creatures across the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Can you find a genie, merfolk, or a centaur? What might have inspired a cyclops or a piranha plant? Travel through the galleries of four museums on your quest for these amazing creatures. Test your skills in the galleries of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

    On April 15, let the adventure begin! Time is limited, so plan...

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    2022 Apr 10

    Screening: Maidan

    7:00pm to 9:10pm

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    As the unjust war against Ukraine rages, the Harvard Film Archive offers Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa’s powerful portrait of popular resistance as a means to reflect on the deeper history of the war, and as a tribute to the courage of a nation that has long been in the geopolitical crosshairs.

    Cost: $10 for general public; $8 for non-Harvard students & seniors; free for Harvard ID holders

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    2022 Apr 04

    Thursday Till Sunday

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Sotomayor's celebrated debut feature follows a young family on a road trip, of which the final destination remains ambiguous. Told largely from the point of view of ten-year-old Lucia as she observes the world unfolding before her and intuits her parents’ fraying relationship, Thursday Till Sunday avoids over-narrativization by focusing upon those in-between spaces and non-events noticed by the young girl.

    Cost: $10 for general public; $8 for non-Harvard students & seniors; free for Harvard ID holders

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    2022 Apr 03

    Screening: The Blue Eyes of Yonta

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Gomes' second film is a bold follow-up to Mortu Nega that extends its critical scrutiny of post-liberation Guinea-Bissau through a poignantly nuanced story of ardent dreams fractured across different generations. The eponymous heroine of The Blue Eyes of Yonta is a spirited young woman smitten with an old family friend, a hero of the revolution falling on hard times as he struggles to keep his business afloat and stay true to his ideals despite the corrosive pressures of the black market.

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    2022 Apr 02

    Screening: The Children's Republic

    3:00pm to 4:20pm

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    In a post-war civilization run by children, director Flora Gomes explores concepts of symbolism and magical realism to tell the tale of a utopian society and its young inhabitants. The Children’s Republic sheds light on an era of national liberation and harmony, where only children—aside from Dubem the advisor, played by Danny Glover—are left to seek peace and redemption from the death and destruction of their nation's lingering past.

    Cost: $10 for general public; $8 for non-Harvard students & seniors; free for Harvard ID holders

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