Events

    2022 Nov 03

    James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie of Surfacedesign, "Wet + Dry: Landscapes of Resilience and Material Exploration"

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    Surfacedesign is a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco, California. This internationally award-winning practice focuses on creating dynamic parks, campuses, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes and private gardens. The firm’s approach emphasizes and celebrates the unique context and imaginative potential of each project. The studio’s design process is rooted in asking novel questions and listening to a site and its users – a process that has led to engaging and inspiring landscapes that are rugged,...

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    2022 Nov 02

    Margaret McCurry Lectureship in the Design Arts: James Wines

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    James Wines – born in Chicago, IL 1932 – is the founder and president of SITE, an environmental art and architecture organization, chartered in New York City in 1970. He is the former Chairman of Environmental Design at Parsons School of Design and a retired Professor of Architecture at Penn State University. His architecture, landscape, and public space projects are based on a site-specific response to surrounding contexts. Prof. Wines’ educational philosophy advocates ‘integrative thinking,’ as a means of including...

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    2022 Oct 31

    Marija Marić, "Architecture and The Real-Estate-Media Complex"

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Room 112 Stubbins (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    Marija Marić‘s research focuses on the production of built environment and urban imaginaries in the context of global capitalism and digital media. From tracing the shifting boundaries of expertise between architects and real estate media strategists, to reading real estate language as an alternative construction site for the making of buildings and cities, to unpacking the role of blockchain technologies and the newly emerging Metaverse in allowing for new modes of land and real estate speculation, her work is organised around the question—what are the relationships between architecture...

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    2022 Oct 27

    Mel Y. Chen, "Intoxication, Disability and the Question of Indistinction"

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    This will be a two-part talk that hopes to be conversational in its invitation. The ensemble is meant to invoke modalities of feeling and thought that Mel Y. Chen aims to attach to questions of method. Rather than being centered firmly on a “we” that projects fantasied rational practitioners of thought, Chen will work questions of intoxication with and around art that engages/indicts colonial racial schemes of intoxication, as well as with disabled and trans/transspecies being that, for better and worse, becomes targeted in the perception of challenges to normative reproductive schemes...

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    2022 Oct 27

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

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Oct 25

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

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Oct 20

    Rethinking Maya Heritage: Past and Present

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

    Location: 

    Online or at Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    The story of Maya culture as a once-great civilization that built towering pyramids in the jungles of Central America was developed and popularized by national governments, anthropologists, and archaeologists. Previously unable to control the story of their own culture, Maya communities today are actively reframing their heritage and centering their most recent history—not the distant past—to regain power and self-determination. Richard Leventhal will discuss the importance and role that the nineteenth-century Caste War—one of the largest and most successful Indigenous rebellions—is...

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    2022 Oct 18

    Ana María Durán Calisto, "The Deep History of Amazonian Agroecological Urban Forests: Why Do They Matter Today?"

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    In this talk, Ana María Durán Calisto will discuss the design principles of ancient Amazonian agroecological urban constellations; the ways in which colonialism disrupted (and continues to disrupt) Amazonian patterns of inhabitation and habitat construction; and the visions Amazonian urban history offers to inform our ability to reimagine future urban ecologies.

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    2022 Oct 16

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

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Oct 11

    Milton S. F. Curry, "Citizen Architect: Paradoxes of Race in Democratic Culture"

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    Through a more robust framing of the “Citizen Architect” who is positioned as an innately egalitarian force in democratic space, the discipline of architecture can engage in democratizing cultural production and revitalizing subaltern thought. Race and Blackness, as theoretical vehicles, are essential towards rethinking the democratic present in the face of an apocalyptic and autocratic future. How does a racialized subject come to know themselves – physically, socially, psychically?

    The American postcolonial subject is operating amongst the vexed forces of intellectual and...

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    2022 Oct 07

    Disrupt the View: A Conversation with Arlene Shechet

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Oct 06

    Loeb Fellowship 50th Anniversary Symposium: Keynote by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities. She co-edited the bestselling climate anthology All We Can Save, co-founded The All We Can Save Project, and co-created the Spotify/Gimlet climate solutions podcast...

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    2022 Oct 06

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

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Oct 04

    Gallery Talk: Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Oct 03

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

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Oct 03

    Sascha Delz, "Co-op Urbanism – A Co-operative Response to Common Myths of Housing Production"

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Room 112 Stubbins (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    This talk is an affirmative call for counteracting pervasive myths of housing provision and urban production through (limited equity) co-operative practice. It argues that many reasons for our chronic inability to provide affordable and adequate housing and urban environments derive from rather exclusionary forms of ownership, limited frameworks of private and public actors, setups of collaboration, constrained ways of fostering innovation, and a restrictive understanding of housing – and the city for that matter – as a financial resource.

    Based on recent research and examples...

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    2022 Oct 03

    Sascha Delz, "Co-op Urbanism – A Co-operative Response to Common Myths of Housing Production"

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Room 112 Stubbins (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    This talk is an affirmative call for counteracting pervasive myths of housing provision and urban production through (limited equity) co-operative practice. It argues that many reasons for our chronic inability to provide affordable and adequate housing and urban environments derive from rather exclusionary forms of ownership, limited frameworks of private and public actors, setups of collaboration, constrained ways of fostering innovation, and a restrictive understanding of housing – and the city for that matter – as a financial resource.

    Based on recent research and examples...

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    2022 Sep 22

    The History and Politics of Georgian Wine

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    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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