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 26

    Tom Hubbard Artist Lecture

    5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Ceramics Program Instructor Tom Hubbard is an interdisciplinary artist. His practice includes ceramics, photography, mixed media works and public art installations. Tempered by a minimalist approach, loss, history, memory, and the passage of time are threads often running through his work. Recent commissions include the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and public art commissions for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and the City of Columbus, OH.

    In 2013, Hubbard was selected for the first Open Studio Residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He...

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    2022 Oct 26

    Conversations around Funerary Portraits

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join curatorial fellow Caitlin Clerkin and Lissette Jiménez, assistant professor of museum studies from San Francisco State University, for a virtual conversation on how grief is expressed in ancient Egyptian portraits and teaching about loss.

    Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward is a collaborative effort drawing from the expertise of staff across the museums and other members of our community. The exhibition invites visitors to reflect upon...

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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 19

    Migration: The Path of the People

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Tsitsi Dangarembga is the 2022–2023 Joy Foundation Fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and a novelist, playwright, and filmmaker. In this lecture, she will discuss her latest project of writing a creative nonfiction account of the movement and encounters of the Bantu people, who populated Southern Africa and are the forebears of the people today called the Shona, that also examines more recent migrations and encounters within Southern Africa to illuminate and help remedy the crisis of citizen agency that Shona-speaking Zimbabweans currently experience.

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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 18

    Audrey An: Artist In Residence Lecture

    5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Ceramics Program Artist In Residence and Instructor Audrey An’s creative research revolves around the notion of applying digital technologies to ceramics from the perspective of ‘convergence’, be it cultural, technological, or interdisciplinary. She earned her BFA and Art History Minor from Alfred University, MFA from Penn State University and was a post-baccalaureate student at Colorado State University. She is a recent recipient of Graduate Student Fellowship from NCECA and Judith S. Schwartz Legacy Award from Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts to attend its summer residency....

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    2022 Oct 17

    The Quarantine Public Library with Tracy Honn and Katie Garth

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    The unique comic format can chronicle—in ways that are succinct and easily comprehensible—how our physical and mental health are shaped by complex American systems, while also conveying inequities inherent throughout these systems. Join us for this workshop, associated with the exhibition Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics.

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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 12

    Conversations around Funerary Portraits

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join paintings conservator Sally Woodcock and conservation scientist Narayan Khandekar for a virtual conversation on how grief is expressed in ancient Egyptian portraits and teaching about loss.

    Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward is a collaborative effort drawing from the expertise of staff across the museums and other members of our community. The exhibition invites visitors to reflect upon objects that represent the deceased and were once...

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    2022 Oct 12

    Pedagogy of the Rainforest: An Indigenous Yanomami Perspective

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Emil’ Keme, a.k.a. Emilio del Valle Escalante, is an Indigenous K’iche’ Maya scholar and activist and a professor in the Department of English at Emory University. He is a member of the Maya anti-colonial, binational collective Ix’balamquej Junajpu Wunaq’. In this virtual lecture, Keme will explore how Indigenous peoples and their worldview demonstrate to humanity a different way of living and caring for the Earth, one that understands the Earth and all their expressions as a living being and that humanity is not separate from nature.

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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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