Events

    Exhibition Reception: Cross Country

    Location: 

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

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for an exhibition reception for Cross Country. In her first exhibition since moving from Minneapolis to Boston in 2018, Anda Tanaka explores the question of what happens to an artist’s work when her environment changes. Cross Country features two sets of abstract landscapes: prints and paintings she created in previous years while based in the Midwest, and a new series of drawings made since arriving in Boston. Contrasting these two bodies of work, Tanaka reveals the ongoing and inexorable dialogue between an artist and her environment, an...

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    Jeanne S. Hall Lecture and Reception: Language is Access

    Location: 

    Gutman Conference Center, Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge

    For young African American children growing up in poverty, access to social and educational opportunities can be impeded by the interaction between educational assessments, poverty, and dialectal variation. Dr. Washington's research has demonstrated that the growth of literacy skills, both reading and writing, are impacted in major ways. Washington will discuss how current educational policy combined with the impact of these sociocultural variables has influenced both research and practice.

    Following the lecture will be an award presentation of the Jeanne S. Chall Doctoral Student...

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    Exhibition Reception: The Waste Land on Earth?

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Unbound Visual Arts (UVA) and the Harvard Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery are proud to present their newest exhibition: The Waste Land on Earth? This innovative exhibition explores the impacts of a constant cycle of consumption on landscapes and communities. UVA guest curator Caitlin Bowler invited artists to respond to a world shaped by this mindset of disposability.

    Participating artists:
    Agusta Agustsson, Lani Asuncion, Nancer Ballard, Jennifer Costello, Nancy Crasco, Gary Duehr, Mary Gillis, Lynda Goldberg, Muriel Horvath, Tom Jackson, Amy Kelly, Elizabeth...

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    Exhibition Reception: Ashcharya

    Location: 

    Gutman Gallery, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge

    Sneha Shrestha (aka Imagine), Ed.M.’17 brings her large scale mural indoors to Gutman Library by reducing the size of her work while still sharing a big mindful message. She invites viewers to slow down and meditate over the multiple layers in this painting and wishes to share with and inspire the community to keep their sense of wonder and be open to surprises that we encounter in our lives and our careers.

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    A Lunar Soirée

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 moon landing at this one-of-a-kind evening event exclusively for guests 21+. Enjoy cocktails, beer, light refreshments, and 60s music, as well as moon-inspired demonstrations and activities. More details on the full program coming soon!

    Cost: $20 for members; $25 for nonmembers.

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    Exhibition Reception: Mary Roettger

    Location: 

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

    Join the Ceramics Program—Office for the Arts at Harvard for a free exhibition reception for Mary Roettger.

    This exhibition of work by Mary Roettger (1956-2017) honors and commemorates a former Ceramics Program instructor and artist in residence. Mary was a gifted teacher, who inspired beginning and advanced students with challenging, in-depth projects which expanded their expressive potential and technical abilities. In homage to the breadth and depth of Mary’s teaching and creative practice, this exhibition will present a wide range of her work so that students...

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    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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    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 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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    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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    Ensemble Adilei

    Location: 

    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    Ensemble Adilei performs traditional Georgian polyphonic songs and chants, although their main passion lies in the songs from the province of Guria in Western Georgia. Gurian music is sometimes compared to jazz, because of the emphasis on improvisation, and non-parallel movement in all the voice parts. Gurian song is also characterized by k'rimanch'uli, a yodeling technique often present in the upper voice.

    For the members of Adilei singing is the primary mode of communication with the world: it is more of a lifestyle than a performance practice and is not just relegated to...

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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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    Opening Reception for Transitions: Winter Into Spring, Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum

    Location: 

    125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

    Chris Morgan's goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees, and in the movements of birds. He brings details to life. The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for over fifteen years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. Digital photography, which offers a happy marriage of the arts and the sciences, lets him explore larger-format photography in creative ways through digital panorama techniques.

    Morgan has...

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    Opening Celebration: “The Bauhaus and Harvard”

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA

    Join us to celebrate the opening of our latest special exhibition, The Bauhaus and Harvard, on view February 8–July 28, 2019.
     
    Following an introduction to the exhibition by curator Laura Muir, Berlin-based artist Judith Raum will present a lecture-performance titled “Fabric in space, fabric out of space.”
     
    Raum’s installations and videos aim to both reconstruct and deconstruct the functional fabrics developed in the Bauhaus weaving workshop. Her...

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    Exhibition Opening: "Future Fossil"

    Location: 

    Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138

    In a newly commissioned exhibition, artist Clarissa Tossin considers the ecology of an uncertain future. Inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction trilogy Xenogenesis (1989), in which the Amazon becomes the site for a new civilization of alien-human hybrids, Tossin speculates upon a postapocalyptic world following ecological collapse. Pairing DIY plastic recycling techniques with the materials and practices of Amazonian aesthetic traditions, Tossin highlights the contemporary footprint left in the geological sedimentation of the earth. These new works consider...

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