Events

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

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    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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    Materials Lab Workshop: Making Faces

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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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    International Archaeology Day: Meet an Archaeologist

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

    Drop in to learn about archaeology with graduate students. Join archaeologist Jack Bishop and examine ancient stone tools for a glimpse into the early domestication of animals and the rise of agriculture in the Middle East (11:00 am–1:00 pm). See how the ancient Inka of Peru (c. 1400–1532 CE) wrote with string. Join archaeologist Mack FitzPatrick in deciphering a khipu—a knotted string record-keeping system–through close examination of a working replica. (1:00–3:00 pm). Handle examples and ask questions. Look for the archaeologists in the third-floor gallery.

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

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    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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    Latino Pioneers in Boston

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    Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Phillips Brooks House Association, Ethnicity, Migration, & Rights, the Department of Romance Languages, and Fuerza Latina invite you to a documentary screening of "Latino Pioneers in Boston," a fireside conversation with documentary maker Blanca Bonillo and Latino Pioneers: Tony Molina, Jaime Rodriguez, Carmen Paola, Frieda Garcia, and Regla Gonzalez. There will also be a reception afterwards for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to socialize and eat delicious food...

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

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    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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    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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    A Qawwali Celebration of South Asia: 75 Years of Azadi

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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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    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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    Rice: A Story of Africa and the Americas

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

    Rice: A Story of Africa and the Americas examines the legacy of rice cultivation in the Americas. Set within the Resetting the Table exhibition, this new mini-exhibit explores the essential African knowledge systems required to establish what became a thriving industry, the horrific human toll the Atlantic Slave Trade took to maintain it, and the vibrant, enduring culture of the Gullah Geechee, descendants of enslaved Africans whose basket making and coastal subsistence traditions continue today.

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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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    Take Your Place/Toma tu lugar

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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.

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    Colossal Heads of Mexico

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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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    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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    The Trouble with Tragedy: Imagining the Native American Past, Present, and Future

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and the Harvard Art Museums present a lecture by author David Treuer.

    David Treuer, an Ojibwe Indian, will offer a fresh and in-depth perspective on the current state of affairs for Native and Indigenous peoples in the Americas. Drawing from his experience growing up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and as an accomplished academic, Treuer’s work includes both nonfiction and fiction.

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    In-Person Gallery Talk: Art and Human Health—An Evolutionary Perspective

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join Ben Sibson, a graduate student at Harvard in human evolutionary biology, for a conversation about how art can enhance our understanding of the evolution of human health. Looking at works of art installed in the University Study Gallery this semester for the undergraduate course Human Evolution and Human Health, Sibson will show how the objects provide useful information about the physical activities performed by people across time and space, as well as the foods they ate, the clothes they wore, and the spaces where they lived.

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