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    Gallery Talk: Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join curator Joachim Homann for an in-depth discussion about a rare, intact example of French inventor Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle’s multisheet drawings on translucent paper. The work, which appears in the special exhibition Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment, was originally attached to rollers, lit from behind with candles, and unfurled for a captive audience. Homann will details the impressive technology of the piece.

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    Gallery Talk: Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join Houghton Library curator John Overholt for an in-depth discussion about one of the most important and consequential prints of the 18th century: Description of a Slave Ship, on display in the special exhibition Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment. Overholt will share insights about how the print argued effectively and urgently for social change.

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    Disrupt the View: A Conversation with Arlene Shechet

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    Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    In her installation Disrupt the View: Arlene Shechet at the Harvard Art Museums, contemporary sculptor Arlene Shechet presents her recent work alongside historical German, Japanese, and Chinese porcelain objects from the Harvard Art Museums.

    Join curator Lynette Roth as she talks with Shechet about her artistic process, her past collaborations with German porcelain manufactory workers, and how she recontextualizes these remarkable objects to speak to...

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    Gallery Talk: Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward is a team-curated exhibition that brings together art history, Egyptology, and conservation science to illuminate artists’ processes and the life stories of the people depicted in funerary portraits. Join two exhibition curators as they describe what can be learned when close looking, scientific analysis, and community collaboration combine.

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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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    Virtual Student Guide Tour: This Land Is Whose Land?, with Jacqueline Zoeller

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    On this tour commemorating Native American Heritage Month, Jacqueline Zoeller ’23 will contrast colonial visions of the Western U.S. landscape, such as Albert Bierstadt’s Rocky Mountains, “Lander’s Peak” (1863), with the realities lived and portrayed by Native American artists. Stops on the tour will include Diné artist Will Wilson’s Mexican Hat Disposal Cell (2020), a landscape photograph of Halchita, Utah, the Navajo...

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    Artist Panel: Devour the Land: War and American Landscape Photography since 1970

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    In this virtual panel discussion, curator Makeda Best will be in conversation with photographers Terry Evans, Ashley Gilbertson, and Will Wilson, each of whom has works in our latest special exhibition, Devour the Land: War and American Landscape Photography since 1970.

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    Muchos Méxicos: Virtual Exhibition Preview and Conversation

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

    Join us for a virtual preview and conversation about the Muchos Méxicos exhibition! Three scholars who contributed to the making of the show will discuss their favorite objects, and how they each tell stories of exchange and innovation—as well as loss and perseverance—across time and space.

    Live interpretation available in English and Spanish.

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    Student Guide Tour: Transcendence—A Guide on How to Escape Your Current Reality, with Franklin Hang

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    Online Event

    Join us live on Zoom for a Student Guide Tour!

    Franklin Hang ’21 explores how artistic periods and traditions have had an impact on the world in ways that exceed bodily limitations. He will lead an interactive discussion of a portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, Emperor Napoleon I by Jacques-Louis David, ...

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    Painting Edo at the Arnold Arboretum: Japanese Black Pine

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Painting Edo at the Arnold Arboretum is a collaboration between the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and the Harvard Art Museums, inspired by the exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection. Observing artworks from the exhibition alongside the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum, we invite you to marvel at the remarkable accuracy and spirit with which artists of the Edo period (1615–1868) rendered their botanical...

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    Visit An Artist: En Iwamura

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    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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    Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk: Accompanied

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    Online—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard

    The artists Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman met at Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute in the 1980s. Decades later, their sustained friendship has led them to work in adjoining studios and teach generations of artists.

    In this exhibition-opening discussion, Pappas and Slosburg-Ackerman will reflect on how their artistic practices have been shaped by friendship and the ways in which women’s art is shaped by the conditions of its making. Pappas and Slosburg-Ackerman will be joined in conversation by author Maggie Doherty.

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    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Nostos and Nostalgia

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    Online via Zoom

    Laura Murphy ’22 will delve into the ideas of home, memory, and longing in this journey through the collection, looking at works that evoke the natural beauty of a pre-industrial era.

    The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on select objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

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