Events

    Lecture & Exhibition Reception: Passages of Absence

    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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    Concert for One

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    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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    Exhibit: Visual Science: The Art of Research

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    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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    Lecture & Exhibition Reception: Devitrified

    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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    Exhibition: Crossing Lines, Constructing Home

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    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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    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

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    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

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    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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    Exhibition: Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons Across Cultures

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    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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    Exhibition Reception: Ashcharya

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    Gutman Gallery, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge

    Sneha Shrestha (aka Imagine), Ed.M.’17 brings her large scale mural indoors to Gutman Library by reducing the size of her work while still sharing a big mindful message. She invites viewers to slow down and meditate over the multiple layers in this painting and wishes to share with and inspire the community to keep their sense of wonder and be open to surprises that we encounter in our lives and our careers.

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    Exhibition: Ashcharya

    Location: 

    Gutman Gallery, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge

    Sneha Shrestha (aka Imagine), Ed.M.’17 brings her large-scale mural indoors to Gutman Library by reducing the size of her work while still sharing a big mindful message. She invites viewers to slow down and meditate over the multiple layers in this painting and wishes to inspire the community to keep their sense of wonder and be open to surprises that we encounter in our lives and our careers.

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    Exhibition: Cosmic Origins

    Location: 

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

    On July 20, 2019, the Harvard Museum of Natural History marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon with the unveiling of Cosmic Origins. Visitors to this new mini-exhibit—located within the Earth & Planetary Sciences exhibition—will investigate the origins of and processes shaping planetary bodies and stars using touchable specimens, colorful visuals, and interactive media.

    Through November 27, 2019, the exhibit will also feature an original lunar specimen on loan from NASA, collected during the Apollo 12 mission. Don’t miss the...

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    Harvard Art Museums: Cambridge Open Archives

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    Harvard Art Museums, Art Study Center, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard Art Museums Archives is participating in Cambridge Open Archives, an annual event that offers the rare chance to visit a number of unique archives and collecting agencies in Cambridge. In the Art Study Center, select archival photographs, correspondence, and objects documenting the history of the museums’ teaching mission and its wider impact in the United States will be on display for close examination. Archives staff will be on hand to share the stories behind the materials.

    Cost: Free with museums admission (note that admission is always free...

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    Creating Community: Harvard Law School and the Bauhaus

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    Caspersen Room, Langdell Hall, 1545 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    2019 marks the centennial of the Bauhaus, and Harvard is celebrating! The Bauhaus, considered the twentieth century’s most influential school of art and design, has deep connections to Harvard, including the Harvard Law School (HLS).

    Explore HLS’s connection to the Bauhaus and its role in shaping campus life in these excerpts from the full exhibit, on view daily 9am–5pm in Langdell Hall's ...

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    Exhibition: Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

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

    This exhibition gives visitors the rare chance to encounter a significant 13th-century Japanese icon, Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, from the inside out. Legendary prince Shōtoku Taishi (c. 574–622) is regarded as the founder of Buddhism in Japan. At two years old (one by the Western count), he was believed to have taken several steps forward, faced east, put his hands together, and praised the Buddha. A sacred relic, the eyeball of the Buddha, then appeared between his hands. The diminutive life-size sculpture—the oldest and finest of its kind—depicts that miraculous moment....

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    Exhibition: Japan on Paper

    Location: 

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

    Japanese woodblock prints, with their sophisticated designs and bold planes of color, have long attracted viewers and inspired Western artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Mary Cassatt. These technically refined and aesthetically exciting prints were among the earliest works of Asian art acquired by the Harvard Art Museums, first entering the collections in 1910. Today the museums house approximately 5,000 single-sheet Japanese woodblock prints, and this exhibition introduces a selection of superlative impressions from this lively medium. The exhibition also seeks to highlight the...

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    Opening Reception for Drawn to Paint: Paintings of Arboretum Trees

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Artist, Paul Olson, has been discovering the nuances of the Arnold Arboretum’s collections since he first passed through its gates in 2011. A landscape painter for decades, Olson explores the grounds with sketchbook in hand, typically in the early morning hours. His goal is to be unencumbered by any agenda and open to what the light of the day presents. In 2012, he had an exhibition at the Arboretum titled “Drawn to Woods.” The expressive ink drawings in that show were all completed en plein air—on-site in the open air.

    In this new exhibition, Olson brings his on-site...

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