Events

    Bhakti Gathering Hours

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal on Wednesdays for Bhākti Gathering Hour this fall! Visitors can connect with new people, journal, create art, or practice tarot as well as meet the artist and special guests. Conversations will be hosted by rotating local BIPOC guests and allow visitors to learn about the spiritual and personal aspects of each person's practice. On October 12 and November 9, the healing practice will be focused on those in the BIPOC community.

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    Bhakti: Opening Celebration

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join us for the opening of this powerful exhibit! Mingle with guests, nibble on Indian food, decompress and nourish your creative spirit. Deborah Johnson and guest artist Ria Manzanar will lead art activities, flower garland-making, chanting, mediation and journal prompts.

    In this exhibit, Brighton artist Deborah Johnson curates an interactive installation featuring bright and joyful linocut prints, paintings, and visual affirmations within a lush open living room space. As a queer South-Asian artist and mental health professional, Johnson connects her personal ancestry and...

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    Bhakti: A Practice of the Heart

    Location: 

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

    Decompress and nourish your creative spirit with Bhākti: A Practice of the Heart. Brighton artist Deborah Johnson curates an interactive installation featuring mixed-media, portrait paintings, and visual affirmations in a lush living room. As a queer South-Asian artist and mental health professional, Johnson connects her personal ancestry and spirituality to create a place of comfort and sanctuary for all. Drop by to reflect in a journal, view the art, gather with friends, or engage with the community altar!

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    Pop-Up: Vessels by Lauren Levine

    Location: 

    Gallery 224, Harvard Ceramics Program, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    The Pop-Up show Vessels is a collection of large fancy ceramic vases by Lauren Levine, most of which were made at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard. The vases range in size from about 16”-22” tall. Each piece in this show is completely unique in form and surface treatment.

    Artist Statement:
    The vases in this show were made on the wheel with a process called coil-throwing. This allows the form to slowly take shape over many throwing sessions so I can create forms that I never would have thought of. Similarly with decorating,...

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    Ceramics Program Spring Show and Sale 2022

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Twice a year in May and December, the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard hosts an exhibition and sale featuring thousands of pieces of original ceramic artwork by participants in Ceramics Program classes. From pottery to sculpture, ceramic jewelry, planters, and more, this popular exhibition has something for everyone!

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    Harvard Public Art Tours: Allston

    Location: 

    Multiple locations along Western Avenue, Allston

    Named after Washington Allston—a visionary painter and 1800 Harvard graduate—the neighborhood of Allston features vibrant, eclectic art that reflects its creativity and diversity. On this self-guided tour, you'll discover "can't-miss" public art installations along Western Avenue and learn the stories behind them and their artists. Follow along to explore hand-painted murals, sky-high sculptures, 25-cent art prints, and more!

    Tour Stops: 27
    Tour Length: 1 hour (shorter routes included)
    Tour Distance: Up to 2 miles
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    Vernal Life: Ruth Easterbrook

    Location: 

    Gallery 224, Harvard Ceramics Program, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Solo exhibition of work by Ruth Easterbrook, 2019-20 Artist In Residence at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard.

    Gallery 224 is open by appointment. Please note that masks are required inside the Ceramics Program building. All visitors age 12 or older must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within the previous 72 hours.

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    Monuments Reimagined: Public Art in Our Communities

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    Join policy makers, urban designers, and artists in Boston and Cambridge for a discussion about the future of public art!

    Public art has the potential to make a community a more vibrant and welcoming place. Free and accessible to all, it also has the power to provoke debate about our shared cultural experience. As engaged citizens call for the removal of certain public monuments that evoke harmful systems, the conversation about the role of public art in our communities gains momentum.

    On October 5, join City of Boston Chief of Arts & Culture Kara Elliott-Ortega...

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    Visit An Artist: En Iwamura

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    We are off to Japan to visit with the incredibly prolific sculptor En Iwamura! 

    En Iwamura's current research investigates how he can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks. When Iwamura describes the space and scale in his works, he references the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Ma implies meanings of distance, moment, space, relationship, and more. People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves, and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a...

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    Visit an Artist and Demonstration: Mac McCusker

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    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    During this visit we travel to Durham, North Carolina to visit with figurative sculptor Mac McCusker and view a demonstration of his work. Mac McCusker’s figurative work and narrative vessels document personal experiences and struggles as a transgender artist. McCusker addresses preconceptions and prejudices about transgender and gender non-binary individuals as well as about the larger LGBTQIA community by sharing personal narratives through self-portrait busts, small-scale figures, and sculptural vessels. 

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    Portraits in Pajamas: Live Event for "Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina"

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    Online via Instagram Live

    Join the Ed Portal online with two of Boston's most impactful artists, Chanel Thervil and Sabrina Dorsainvil, to celebrate the virtual unveiling of Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina.

    In an intimate conversation and Q&A on Instagram Live, these artists will explore ways they and other creatives of color are navigating the nuances of self-care, survival, and the new normals as a result of COVID-19.

    Get cozy and experience the newest piece in Thervil's Quarantine Self-Care Portrait series, a multi-media project that combines interviews, portrait...

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    Exhibition: Everyday Encounters

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Harvard’s Mittal Institute 2020 Visiting Artist Fellows Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi and Suhasini Kejriwal present their exhibition, Everyday Encounters. Reflecting on their personal accounts of documenting and engaging with rapidly changing South Asian cities and their people, the artists’ work explores the deeply personal issues of identity and culture in this region.

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    Exhibition Reception: PARTLY CLOUDY

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for an exhibition reception for PARTLY CLOUDY.

    Chris Sageman’s artwork revolves around the overwhelming and the confusing. In assembling segments of text, images, and abstract graphics, Sageman creates large-scale paintings that reflect the volume of visual information we consume on a daily basis. In PARTLY CLOUDY, Sageman presents a series of paintings that diagram our current moment. By isolating fractions of imagery in each diagram, the paintings serve as disjointed road maps that try to make sense of all the bits and pieces and...

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    Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard 224 Western Ave, Allston

    Schedule: 

    December 12, 4pm - 8 pm 

    December 13–15, 10am - 7pm

    The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard will present its annual Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale December 12-15, 2019 in its state-of-the art facility at 224 Western Avenue, Allston, Massachusetts.

    More than 60 artists from the Ceramics Program present an extraordinary selection of ceramic work in this sale, from functional...

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    Exhibition Reception: Breakaway

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Curated by Elisa H. Hamilton for the Crossings Gallery, Breakaway features the work of four artists who push beyond the confines of a gallery wall. Experimenting with shape, line, texture and color, each artist blurs the boundaries that inform our perception. Pieces by Adria Arch, Destiny Palmer, Rebecca Rose Greene, and Vanessa Irzyk invite the viewer to experience that compelling moment when the two-dimensional breaks away from the wall to become something new.

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    Lecture & Exhibition Reception: Passages of Absence

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    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join us for a lecture with Natalia Arbelaez, 2018-19 Artist In Residence at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard as she discusses the work developed during her residency over the past year. Immediately following the lecture, join us in Gallery 224 from 5:00pm–7:00pm for the opening reception of Passages of Absence, Arbelaez's solo exhibition.

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