Events

    2019 Oct 25

    The Light You Cannot See: Infrared Photography by Betsey Henkels

    Fri Oct 25 (All day) to Sun Feb 2 (All day)

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, October 26, 1:00pm–3:00pm

    Betsey Henkels uses the camera to explore the world in two ways—first by noticing and appreciating objects that she might otherwise overlook, and second, by transforming ordinary scenes into prints that are compelling and unexpected. Henkels spent many hours in the Arboretum, photographing tree canopies, bark, and above ground roots in infrared. Infrared is magical and mysterious. The photographer shoots images without knowing exactly what will show up in the print. Looking through the viewfinder of an...

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    2019 Oct 20

    Augmented Reality: Maya Chocolate Plate

    12:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

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

    "Shrink" yourself down to "walk" into an ancient Maya vessel using augmented reality! Maya women were often essential for uniting kingdoms. When a marriage was arranged between Maya royal families, kings would exchange gifts like this ceramic three-legged plate for serving chocolate. Use the museum’s iPad as a "magic window" to discover fine details on one such plate that cannot be seen on the actual artifact. A gallery facilitator will guide you through the experience and will share more about the Maya.

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    2019 Oct 20

    Virtual Reality Expedition to Ancient Israel

    12:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    "Travel" in fifteen minutes to an archaeological site in Ashkelon, Israel to explore the first-ever excavation of a Philistine burial ground. For years archaeologists have searched for evidence of these Biblical people. Transport yourself to the center of 360° scenes of an archaeological expedition while your gallery facilitator explains what you are seeing. Borrow a device from the museum or download the virtual reality app on your smart phone and bring it to place in a 3D viewer at the museum for an immersive experience.

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    2019 Oct 19

    Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner V

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Woodturning has a long history, going back to 1300 BC Egypt. Unique in relation to most woodworking, due to its use of a lathe, woodturners turn out practical, functional pieces or “turn” to the purely aesthetic. Each craftsman brings their own personal artistic vision to the objects they create, and the pieces in maple, cherry, and other wood from far and near (look for work turned from Arnold Arboretum deaccessioned trees), offer a unique look at the “personality” within the wood itself. The three Woodturning associations, as well as Harvard Woodturning students, have come together for...

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    2019 Oct 17

    Exhibition Reception: Breakaway

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    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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    2019 Oct 05

    Lecture & Exhibition Reception: Passages of Absence

    4:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2019 Sep 20

    Concert for One

    Repeats every day until Sun Sep 29 2019 .
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    Location: 

    Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Concert for One will pair individual listeners with solo musicians for 60 seconds of focused live performance and concentrated listening, fostering intimate connections between performers and audience members. Performances will take place inside a temporary art installation on the Science Center Plaza featuring an interactive lobby and performance space that will have just enough room for two chairs, two people and an instrument.

    Concert for One is free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets required.The performer’s name, instrument, and what...

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    2019 Sep 20

    Exhibit: Visual Science: The Art of Research

    Fri Sep 20 (All day) to Mon Sep 7 (All day)

    Location: 

    The Special Exhibitions Gallery, Science Center 251, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge

    This exhibit features images and objects drawn from a variety of disciplines and time periods that show the importance of visual experiences in science. Images have played many roles in scientific research. Images can record fleeting observations, whether a painting of an animal glimpsed in the field or an interaction between sub-atomic particles that lasts a millisecond. They can also make unseen things visible.

    Physical models can make abstract mathematical concepts into something that researchers can touch; properly arranged, sand, metal plates, and a violin bow can make...

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    2019 Sep 19

    Exhibition Reception: Cross Country

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    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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    2019 Sep 09

    Exhibition: Cross Country

    Mon Sep 9 (All day) to Thu Oct 3 (All day)

    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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    2019 Sep 07

    Lecture & Exhibition Reception: Devitrified

    4:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Join Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard for a lecture with Colby Charpentier, 2018–19 Artist In Residence, as he discusses the work he developed during his residency. Charpentier has created work that explores the question “What if we took clay out of the vessel and glaze was all that remained? And what does it mean to replicate a 3-D printing process by hand? The result is ceramic: glass, devitrified.”

    Immediately following the lecture will be the opening reception of Devitrified, Charpentier's solo exhibition.

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    2019 Sep 06

    Exhibition: Crossing Lines, Constructing Home

    Fri Sep 6 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

    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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    2019 Aug 31

    Exhibition: Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

    Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

    Location: 

    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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    2019 Aug 31

    Exhibition: Early Christian Africa: Arts of Transformation

    Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

    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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    2019 Aug 31

    Exhibition: Critical Printing

    Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

    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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    2019 Aug 31

    Exhibition: Fruits in Decay

    Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Mar 1 (All day)

    Location: 

    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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    2019 Aug 08

    Exhibition Reception: The Waste Land on Earth?

    5:00pm to 8:00pm

    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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    2019 Jul 31

    Exhibition: The Waste Land on Earth?

    Wed Jul 31 (All day) to Wed Aug 21 (All day)

    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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