Events

    Exhibition Reception: American West

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Photographer, Northeastern University professor emeritus, and former Harvard section leader Neal Rantoul presents a reflection on the present-day American West through images of the Utah desert and the Paradise, California Camp Fire aftermath. Together, these two landscapes show the West as both an inspiration for classical landscape photography and the site of human and environmental devastation. American West makes clear how the environment of the former American frontier now faces serious threats to its long-term survival.

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    Harvard Art Museums: Cambridge Open Archives

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, Art Study Center, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard Art Museums Archives is participating in Cambridge Open Archives, an annual event that offers the rare chance to visit a number of unique archives and collecting agencies in Cambridge. In the Art Study Center, select archival photographs, correspondence, and objects documenting the history of the museums’ teaching mission and its wider impact in the United States will be on display for close examination. Archives staff will be on hand to share the stories behind the materials.

    Cost: Free with museums admission (note that admission is always free...

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    Creating Community: Harvard Law School and the Bauhaus

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    Caspersen Room, Langdell Hall, 1545 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    2019 marks the centennial of the Bauhaus, and Harvard is celebrating! The Bauhaus, considered the twentieth century’s most influential school of art and design, has deep connections to Harvard, including the Harvard Law School (HLS).

    Explore HLS’s connection to the Bauhaus and its role in shaping campus life in these excerpts from the full exhibit, on view daily 9am–5pm in Langdell Hall's ...

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    Exhibition: Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

    Location: 

    University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    This exhibition gives visitors the rare chance to encounter a significant 13th-century Japanese icon, Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, from the inside out. Legendary prince Shōtoku Taishi (c. 574–622) is regarded as the founder of Buddhism in Japan. At two years old (one by the Western count), he was believed to have taken several steps forward, faced east, put his hands together, and praised the Buddha. A sacred relic, the eyeball of the Buddha, then appeared between his hands. The diminutive life-size sculpture—the oldest and finest of its kind—depicts that miraculous moment....

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    Exhibition: Japan on Paper

    Location: 

    University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Japanese woodblock prints, with their sophisticated designs and bold planes of color, have long attracted viewers and inspired Western artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Mary Cassatt. These technically refined and aesthetically exciting prints were among the earliest works of Asian art acquired by the Harvard Art Museums, first entering the collections in 1910. Today the museums house approximately 5,000 single-sheet Japanese woodblock prints, and this exhibition introduces a selection of superlative impressions from this lively medium. The exhibition also seeks to highlight the...

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    Exhibition Reception: Making is Taking: Consent in Photography

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    In established art circles, photographers often describe their work as “making” images, as opposed to “taking” pictures. While this language accurately describes artistic authorship, it can also allow photographers and viewers to sidestep questions about agency and consent with human subjects.

    In this exhibition, curator and photographer Anna Rae presents the work of four Boston-area photographers, Atma, Kat Waterman, Lucas Hall, and Jaypix Belmer, who explore the role of consent in their portraits.

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    Opening Reception for Drawn to Paint: Paintings of Arboretum Trees

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Artist, Paul Olson, has been discovering the nuances of the Arnold Arboretum’s collections since he first passed through its gates in 2011. A landscape painter for decades, Olson explores the grounds with sketchbook in hand, typically in the early morning hours. His goal is to be unencumbered by any agenda and open to what the light of the day presents. In 2012, he had an exhibition at the Arboretum titled “Drawn to Woods.” The expressive ink drawings in that show were all completed en plein air—on-site in the open air.

    In this new exhibition, Olson brings his on-site...

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    Exhibition: Drawn to Paint: Paintings of Arboretum Trees

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Artist, Paul Olson, has been discovering the nuances of the Arnold Arboretum’s collections since he first passed through its gates in 2011. A landscape painter for decades, Olson explores the grounds with sketchbook in hand, typically in the early morning hours. His goal is to be unencumbered by any agenda and open to what the light of the day presents. In 2012, he had an exhibition at the Arboretum titled “Drawn to Woods.” The expressive ink drawings in that show were all completed en plein air—on-site in the open air.

    In this new exhibition, Olson brings his on-site...

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    Exhibition Reception: The Bauhaus Studio: Primary Materials and Secondary Sources

    Location: 

    Crossings Gallery, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    In connection with the centennial celebrations of the Bauhaus, one of the most influential schools of art, architecture, and design of the early 20th century, a two-part exhibition, The Bauhaus Studio, highlights the legacy of the Bauhaus today through artistic responses by Harvard students.

    Primary Materials at the Harvard Ed Portal features single-material investigations that reactivate exercises pioneered within the Bauhaus’s Vorkurs (Preliminary Course). Secondary Sources at the ArtLab brings together research-based artworks developed...

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    ARTS FIRST 2019

    Location: 

    Harvard University

    Each ARTS FIRST festival is unique, but every year combines the exuberance of Harvard students, faculty and affiliates who are passionate about the many art forms presented in four rousing days of performances, exhibitions and community.

    Enjoy free, family-friendly performances, dance styles from around the world, public art walks, hands-on artmaking, and much more! We look forward to celebrating the artists of Harvard community with you during ARTS FIRST on May 2–5, 2019.

    Events include:

    • May 2,...
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    Exhibition: Caspian: The Elements

    Location: 

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

    Caspian: The Elements is a new exhibit featuring the evocative imagery of Chloe Dewe Mathews, the 2014 recipient of the Peabody Museum’s Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography. The exhibit documents her extraordinary five-year journey through the contested borderlands of the Caspian Sea, and reveals the essential role played by elemental materials like oil, rock, and uranium in the practical, artistic, spiritual, and therapeutic aspects of daily life. Caspian: The Elements is a powerful photographic narrative that explores the deep links between the peoples of the...

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    Caspian: The Elements Preview and Lecture

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    For five years British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews traveled through the countries surrounding the Caspian Sea: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Russia, and Iran. In images that range from stark and elemental to lush and mysterious, she recorded the vastly diverse peoples, politics, and geography of Central Asia, centering always on the great inland sea.

    In this conversation with Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, Dewe Mathews will discuss her project and new book, Caspian: The Elements (2018, Aperture and...

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    Exhibition: The Bauhaus Studio: Primary Materials and Secondary Sources

    Location: 

    Crossings Gallery, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    In connection with the centennial celebrations of the Bauhaus, one of the most influential schools of art, architecture, and design of the early 20th century, a two-part exhibition, The Bauhaus Studio, highlights the legacy of the Bauhaus today through artistic responses by Harvard students. Primary Materials at the Harvard Ed Portal features single-material investigations that reactivate exercises pioneered within the Bauhaus’s Vorkurs (Preliminary Course). Secondary Sources at the ArtLab brings together research-based artworks developed through...

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    Exhibition: Willie Cole: Beauties

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    Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden St., Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge

    Willie Cole’s Beauties are haunting full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, each named after a woman from the artist’s cultural and ancestral history. Cole has used irons and ironing as central motifs in his work for 30 years, evoking everything from African masks to slave ship diagrams to the routines of domestic servitude. In this special installation, the gallery will be lined wall to wall with the Beauties. Standing silently—like sentinels, tombstones, shrouds, or windows—the prints will open a space for confronting anew the whole range of often contradictory...

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    Exhibition Opening: Beauties

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

    Beauties is a newly commissioned exhibition by noted contemporary American sculptor, printer, and conceptual and visual artist Willie Cole. He is known for using irons and ironing as central motifs in his work for 30 years, evoking everything from African masks to slave ship diagrams to the routines of domestic servitude. In this special installation, the gallery will be lined with haunting, full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, allowing visitors to confront the contradictory energies running through them.

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    Exhibition Opening Reception: “Fighting Pencil” vs. the Bureaucrat

    Location: 

    Fisher Family Commons, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    Join the Davis Center for a reception to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, "Fighting Pencil" vs. The Bureaucrat: Satirical Posters from the Soviet Union. 

    By the 1960’s and 1970’s, outrageous practices in Soviet bureaucracy flourished. Poor planning, endless paper-pushing, redundancy and shirking, bribery, embezzlement, phony reporting, and cover-ups at all levels of the centralized economy had become the norm. The results included shoddy construction, inefficient farming methods, empty store shelves, environmental pollution, and a decidedly uncivil...

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    Exhibition Reception: Partition Perspectives

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a reception to celebrate the latest Crossings Gallery exhibition, Partition Perspectives. The 1947 Partition of British India displaced millions of people along religious lines and led to the creation of two new countries: Pakistan and India. In this exhibition, Mahbub Jokhio and Krupa Makhija, Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows at Harvard’s Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, reflect on the impact of the partition. Their work explores the...

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    2019 Mar 19

    Exhibition: "Fighting Pencil" vs. the Bureaucrat, Satirical Posters from the Soviet Union

    Repeats every day until Sun Apr 21 2019 .
    9:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Fisher Family Commons, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    By the 1960’s and 1970’s, outrageous practices in Soviet bureaucracy flourished. Poor planning, endless paper-pushing, redundancy and shirking, bribery, embezzlement, phony reporting, and cover-ups at all levels of the centralized economy had become the norm. The results included shoddy construction, inefficient farming methods, empty store shelves, environmental pollution, and a decidedly uncivil civil service.

    To combat these ills, the government enlisted the help of cartoonists and poets from the Fighting Pencil, a Leningrad-based artists’ collective. Borrowing from the...

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