Events

    Rethinking Maya Heritage: Past and Present

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

    The story of Maya culture as a once-great civilization that built towering pyramids in the jungles of Central America was developed and popularized by national governments, anthropologists, and archaeologists. Previously unable to control the story of their own culture, Maya communities today are actively reframing their heritage and centering their most recent history—not the distant past—to regain power and self-determination. Richard Leventhal will discuss the importance and role that the nineteenth-century Caste War—one of the largest and most successful Indigenous rebellions—is...

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    Sascha Delz, "Co-op Urbanism – A Co-operative Response to Common Myths of Housing Production"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Room 112 Stubbins (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    This talk is an affirmative call for counteracting pervasive myths of housing provision and urban production through (limited equity) co-operative practice. It argues that many reasons for our chronic inability to provide affordable and adequate housing and urban environments derive from rather exclusionary forms of ownership, limited frameworks of private and public actors, setups of collaboration, constrained ways of fostering innovation, and a restrictive understanding of housing – and the city for that matter – as a financial resource.

    Based on recent research and examples...

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    The History and Politics of Georgian Wine

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    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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    Introduction to the History of Georgian Cinema

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    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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    Mistinguette Smith, "Black/Land: A Conversation"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    Join us for an interactive conversation about how Black Americans describe their unique relationships to urban land. Mistinguette Smith will offer a brief talk about her ten years of interviews about how Black people outside the academy describe the meanings they ascribe to their practices of land use and care, followed by a participatory conversation about how race and land shape autonomy, community, and social and environmental regeneration.

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    Sumayya Vally in conversation with Dean Sarah Whiting

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    Sarah M. Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture, will sit down with architect Sumayya Vally for an intimate conversation about design practice, pedagogy, and research.

    Sumayya Vally was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1990. Vally’s design, research, and pedagogical practice is searching for expression for hybrid identities and territory, particularly for African and Islamic conditions. Her design process is often forensic, and draws on the aural, performance and the overlooked as generative places of history and work. She is the co-...

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    Gallery Talk: Media as Muse in 17th-Century Dutch Landscape Drawings

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Focusing on a small selection of drawings, conservator Penley Knipe will explore how Dutch artists of the 17th century creatively combined drawing media to dazzling effect in their pursuit of rendering local landscapes. Visitors will learn about well-known materials like charcoal and watercolor and lesser-known materials like gum arabic and “oatmeal” paper, as well as how the work of paper conservators advances research and scholarship.

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    Gallery Talk: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join Elisa Germán, curatorial fellow and exhibition contributor, for an introduction to the exhibition Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities, on view through July 31, 2022. Germán will share insights about the research and preparation for this exhibition as one of the label authors.

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    Gallery Talk: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join Christina Taylor, assistant paper conservator and exhibition contributor, for an introduction to the exhibition Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities, on view through July 31, 2022. Taylor will share insights about the research and preparation for this exhibition.

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

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

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    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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    On the Move: 17th-Century Dutch Artists and Their Travels

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Living through the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has prompted renewed appreciation of the excitement and pleasures, as well as the challenges and dangers, of travel. In this lecture, we’ll learn about the experiences 17th-century Dutch draftsmen had to face as they journeyed from their studios to places near and far. Jane Shoaf Turner will focus on drawings by artists who traveled beyond the Dutch Republic’s borders—across the Channel to England, north and east to Germany and Scandinavia, south to France, over the Alps to Italy, and across the Atlantic to Brazil.

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    Gallery Talk: Anna Atkins’s Botanical Cyanotypes—Camera-less Photography and Scientific Discovery in the 19th Century

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    This talk will highlight the work and artistic process of Anna Atkins (1799–1871), creator of the first photographically illustrated book. It will also explore the importance of Atkins's photograms to scientific research and documentation in the 19th century.

     

    This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph, on view at the Harvard Art Museums through July 31,...

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

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

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    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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