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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    Visiting Artist Lecture: Crystal Morey

    Location: 

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

    Join us in welcoming Crystal Morey to the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard to talk about her work in porcelain. Morey’s porcelain sculptures narrate the interdependence between humans, plants, and animals while cultivating empathy for our changing world.

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    Exhibition: Cross Country

    Location: 

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

    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 evolution made manifest in the materiality of her work.

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    Exhibition: Crossing Lines, Constructing Home

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, Special Exhibitions Gallery, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    What does it mean to be displaced from culture and home? What are the historical contexts for understanding our contemporary moment? How does an artist’s work and process embody and engage the narratives of displacement and belonging?

    Crossing Lines, Constructing Home investigates two parallel ideas: national, political, and cultural conceptions of boundaries and borders; and the evolving hybrid spaces, identities, languages, and beliefs created by the movement of peoples.

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    Dark Waters: All-Night Movie Marathon

    Location: 

    Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    This year’s annual movie marathon at the Harvard Film Archive finds danger on the high seas, in the churning rapids and even on a seemingly placid lake, presenting a selection of taut and waterlogged films where boat voyages become suspended states of mind: obsessive, delusional, perilous and even disastrous.

    From Huston’s classic adventure of improbable romance aboard the dilapidated African Queen to Polanski’s vision of sexualized power games on a cramped sailboat, to the solitary epic ocean adventure of the young Japanese sailor in Kon Ichikawa’s Alone on the...

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    Exhibition: Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

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

    In this new exhibit, discover how celebrated American artist Winslow Homer’s work for the illustrated periodical Harper’s Weekly helped shape his later career as a painter and watercolorist.

    During the Civil War (1861–1865), American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) served as a correspondent for Harper’s. His sketches of soldiers, both in battle on the front lines and in quieter moments back at camp, were reproduced to accompany the journal’s accounts of the conflict. Homer worked for Harper’s just as new technologies were making it possible to rapidly...

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    Exhibition: Early Christian Africa: Arts of Transformation

    Location: 

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

    Christianity has important early roots in the Nile Valley and Ethiopia. Related arts often embody core local African values—an aesthetics that privileges moral value and simplicity over opulence, wealth, or power. This is an art of the people: limestone not marble, wool and linen rather than silk, bone instead of ivory, terracotta, wood, and copper in place of gold.

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    Exhibition: Critical Printing

    Location: 

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

    Critical Printing is an experimental course offered by Harvard’s Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies that integrates studio and seminar instruction, allowing students to explore print as artists and scholars simultaneously. In this installation, as in the course, prints are organized not by medium or chronology, but by fundamental modes of critical thinking that emerge from the printmaking process. In the gallery, works are grouped around the following themes: reversal; pressure; color separation; depth; and replicability.

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    Exhibition: Fruits in Decay

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

    Fruits in Decay is a new special exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery that explores blight, rot, and other diseases on summer fruits. It features exquisitely detailed glass botanical models of strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and pears made by famed glass artist Rudolf Blaschka. On display for the first time in nearly two decades, these models capture—with astonishing realism—the intricacies and strange beauty of fruits in various stages of decay.

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    Film Screening: Volga Volga

    Location: 

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

    Join the Davis Center for a film screening of Volga Volga

    Volga Volga (Волга-Волга) is typical of the escapist musical comedies directed by Russian filmmaker Gregori Alexandrov. The film's star is Alexandrov's wife Lubov Orlova, here playing a physical culturalist named Strelka. The hero is Byvalov (Igor Hinsky), an itinerant musical-instrument manufacturer who dreams of forming his own orchestra.

    Directed by Grigori Alexandrov (1938). Running time 108 minutes. Russian language film with English subtitles.

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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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    Harvard Film Archive: Summer Film Series

    Location: 

    Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard Film Archive presents films Friday through Monday nights year-round. Open to the public, all screenings are held in the Archive's 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection located in the historic Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

    Throughout August, The Harvard Film Archive will present screenings directed by Fritz Lang, Francesco Rosi, Howard Hawks, and Joan Tewkesbury.

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    Film Screening: Carnival Night

    Location: 

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

    Join the Davis Center for a film screening of Carnival Night. 

    Carnival Night (Карнавальная ночь) managed to satirize Soviet life without offending the Politburo and was a box office hit. It’s New Year’s Eve at the House of Culture and the young stage performers in charge of entertainment are ready to put on a festive performance with singing, dancing, and magic tricks. Unfortunately, Comrade Ogurtsov (Igor Ilyinsky) arrives in time to review and disapprove of the scheduled entertainment. His idea of fun is playing serious classical music and reading...

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    Exhibition: 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,...

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    Exhibition: Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons Across Cultures

    Location: 

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

    Nearly as universal as war itself has been the inclination to decorate the weapons of war. People through time and in nearly all cultures - rich and poor, leaders and followers, foragers in the most forbidding climates on the planet, and kings of the world’s great civilizations - have painstakingly embellished their weapons. We may marvel at their splendor in startling contrast to their deadly purpose, and we may wonder why we have always felt so compelled to transform implements of war into objects of surprising beauty.

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    The Harvard Summer Pops Band: Musical Moments

    Location: 

    Hatch Memorial Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston

    The Harvard Summer Pops Band, now in its 47th year, is pleased to present the outdoor concert Musical Moments, at the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston. The ensemble is conducted by the Director of the Harvard Band and Wind Ensemble, Mark Olson.

    The soloist on July 28 is oboist Amanda Harding who is on faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She will perform Vincenzo Bellini’s Concert for Hautbois and Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe from the movie The Mission. Other works on the program include Julius Fucik’s ...

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    Art Workshop: Cyanotype Printing for Families

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Sarah Cross, the Arnold Arboretum's exhibiting artist of Between the Leaves, will hold a cyanotype printing workshop for families. Join Sarah to make beautiful blue prints of leaves and blooms found at the Arboretum, while you learn about this alternative printing technique. After making your own unique cyanotype photogram, you will be able to take it home. All materials will be provided.

    Please note: This free drop-in activity is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

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