Events

    2022 May 18

    Free Admission Day for Art Museum Day and International Museum Day

    10:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission to all visitors on Wednesday, May 18, in celebration of Art Museum Day and International Museum Day, organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

    Take in the beauty of the Calderwood Courtyard before exploring three levels of magnificent art from around the world and across the centuries. Check out our special exhibitions Prints from...

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    2022 Apr 28

    Harvard Art Museums at Night

    5:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join us for an evening of art, fun, food, and more!

    This evening marks the launch of Harvard Art Museums at Night, which will take place the last Thursday of every month, from 5 to 9pm. Each night will feature a new mix of local talent and community partners to make this a festive occasion for all.

    Bring your friends to mingle in the Calderwood Courtyard, chat over a snack or drink at Jenny’s Cafe, browse the shop, and of course, wander the galleries to take in our world-class collections of art.

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    2022 May 26

    Cochineal: How Mexico Made the World See Red

    Repeats every day until Thu Apr 20 2023 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Cochineal, a tiny insect found on certain species of Oaxacan cacti, was harvested for millennia by Indigenous peoples to dye fabrics a vibrant red color. But following the European invasion of the Americas in the sixteenth century, it became a widely coveted, globally traded commodity that transformed textiles and art, and made Mexico a center for technological innovation. Cochineal: How Mexico Made the World See Red explores how this Indigenous technology changed the world, becoming an international symbol of power, while simultaneously disenfranchising its discoverers.

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    2022 Apr 19

    Inclusions: Imagining Justice on Harvard's Campus

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    Inclusions, an art installation created by Kiana Rawji '23, Cecilia Zhou '23, and Luke Reeve MDE '23, affirms that just as Harvard has shaped its students, so too have the students shaped Harvard; the student bricks will serve as records of formative contact between entities, expressions of individual identity, presence, and power in public space. During the month of April 2022, the bricks will be used to create a cohesive installation in Harvard Yard near Thayer Hall.

    Join Kiana and Cecilia, with special guest commentator Professor Tracy K. Smith and moderator...

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    2022 Mar 03

    500 Years of Women Authors, Authorizing Themselves

    Repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday until Fri Mar 11 2022 .
    10:00am to 5:00pm

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    Location: 

    Amy Lowell Room (2nd Floor), Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    Let us introduce you to some of the most infamous female authors you’ve never heard of who carved out cultural spaces for themselves. Our challenge to you: Remember their names. Share their stories. Rewrite history.

    Highlights include:

    • A copy of Phillis Wheatley's collection of poems autographed by the author

    • A mysterious ownership inscription by a medieval woman named "Johanna" in a copy of Jerome's Vitas Patrum

    • Mary Wroth's copy of Xenophon's Cyropaedia, bearing her cryptic monogram...

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    2022 Feb 01

    Clay—Modeling African Design

    Tue Feb 1 (All day) to Sun Nov 13 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    On View:
    November 17, 2018–November 13, 2022
    University Collections Gallery, African Art, Harvard Art Museums

    This exhibition highlights artistic innovation and creativity in Africa as seen primarily through the traditions of ceramic arts from across the continent and over its long history. Countering the assumption that African arts and societies are largely unchanging and bound to traditions and customs, the remarkable diversity of objects and styles on display here tells a different story. A selection of more than 50 works on loan from the...

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    2022 Feb 01

    Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient World

    Tue Feb 1 (All day) to Wed Feb 1 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient World explores how the movement of goods, peoples, and ideas around the ancient Mediterranean transformed the lives and livelihoods of people at all levels of society, driving innovations that had lasting impacts—even on the modern world.

    Make an advance reservation to visit the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East.

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    2022 Feb 01

    Muchos Méxicos: Crossroads of the Americas

    Tue Feb 1 (All day) to Thu Feb 2 (All day)

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 1 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Muchos Méxicos explores Mexico’s rich history as a site of human innovation, creativity and cultural diversity. Featuring Mexican objects from the Peabody Museum collections, this bilingual exhibit tells the story of Mexico as a multicultural and geographic crossroads—one where the exchange of resources, products, and ideas among Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas before the Spanish invasion, and then with cultures around the globe—have all created a vibrant nation.

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    2022 Feb 01

    From the Hands of the Makers

    Tue Feb 1 (All day) to Thu Feb 2 (All day)

    Location: 

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

    Over their fifty years creating the Glass Flowers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, father and son, continually experimented with materials and methods that pushed the boundaries of glassworking. Years later, their complex and varied practices presented unique challenges for the conservators preserving and protecting the models, which led to a suite of conservation processes nearly as varied as the Blaschka’s techniques. From the Hands of the Makers explores what it takes to both make and conserve a model and investigates the lingering mysteries surrounding the making of the glass...

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    2022 Jan 22

    Himalayan Art: Art of the Divine Abode

    Sat Jan 22 (All day) to Sun May 8 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    On View:
    January 22, 2022–May 8, 2022
    University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

    Drawn from the museums’ rich Asian art collections, this installation complements a Harvard undergraduate course that explores the art of the Himalayan region, focusing on the major cultural centers such as the Kathmandu Valley and Buddhist sites across the Tibetan plateau, while examining the history of reception and imagination of the Himalayas in the west. The course is taught by Jinah Kim, George P. Bickford Professor of Indian and South Asian Art. In...

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    2022 Jan 22

    Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs

    Sat Jan 22 (All day) to Sun May 8 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    On View:
    January 22, 2022–May 8, 2022
    University Research Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

    From swaddling newborns to enshrouding the deceased, woven fabrics touch nearly every aspect of human existence. The textiles in this exhibition are particularly meaningful, for they tell a bigger story about political and social power, class, trade, and concerns for the afterlife during a transformative period in Egyptian history. In the medieval era, control of the region shifted repeatedly, as Egypt was subsumed under a sequence of empires—Byzantine,...

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    2021 Nov 04

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

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    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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    2021 Oct 05

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

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2021 Sep 22

    Muchos Méxicos: Virtual Exhibition Preview and Conversation

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

    Location: 

    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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    2021 Feb 03

    Virtual Harvard Staff Art Show Launch Party

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard—Online

    Join us for the launch of the Virtual Harvard Staff Art Show! This show spotlights the creative endeavors of staff across the University, with over 280 artworks by artists from almost every Harvard School and unit.

    Although our new virtual work environments have kept us physically separated this last year, they have also made it possible to showcase these talents in a new way. Sculpture, paintings, musical performances, fashion design, and more all await you at the Virtual Harvard Staff Art Show. Attend the Launch Party and celebrate the artistic side of Harvard staff,...

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    2020 Dec 05

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

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    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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    2020 Dec 01

    Painting Edo at the Arnold Arboretum: Japanese Black Pine

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2020 Nov 20

    HMSC Connects! Celebrating Women

    Fri Nov 20 (All day) to Thu Dec 31 (All day)

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Virtual experiences connect the collections of the four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. In HMSC Connects! Celebrating Women, go behind the scenes with women in academia while listening to the HMSC Connects! Podcast, discovering women’s work, Story Time videos, and coloring pages.

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