Events

    2021 Mar 15

    Members: Not on Display! Treasures of the Mineralogical & Geological Museum

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

    Visitors to the Harvard Museum of Natural History are dazzled by the Mineral Gallery’s beautiful specimens, yet the gallery displays only a fraction of the entire collection.

    While each of the collection’s 300,000+ specimens has great scientific value, a subset also has significant commercial value. Join Curator Raquel Alonso-Perez for a virtual behind the-scenes visit to view specimens that, for security reasons, are not typically on display. You’ll see a rare opal in matrix from Mexico, tourmalines from the first pegmatitic discovery in the U.S., and crystalline gold, among...

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    2021 Mar 13

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: The Museums, Revisited, with Kaitlin Hao

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Harvard’s Kaitlin Hao confronts the history of museum practice through a critical look at three works installed at the Harvard Art Museums: Eight Men Ferrying a Statue of the Buddha (from Mogao Cave 323, Dunhuang, China), a Liberian (Mano) "chief’s mask," and Nature Study by Louise Bourgeois.

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    2021 Mar 11

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Art in Exile, with Vlad Batagui

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Explore the relationship between art and the origins of its creation, looking at different ways in which art objects and artists get removed from their original cultural contexts. This interactive tour looks closely at the seventh-century mural painting Eight Men Ferrying a Statue of the Buddha (from Mogao Cave 323, Dunhuang, China), the sculpture Torso of a Young Girl (1922) by Constantin Brancusi, and the easel painting Jocular Sounds (1929) by Wassily Kandinsky.

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    2021 Mar 06

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: The Bind of Beauty, with Sophia Mautz

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Examine the tension between nature and artifice in constructions of feminine beauty. She will lead an interactive discussion of Under the Cherry Blossoms, an early 16th-century illustration for The Tale of Genji by Tosa Mitsunobu, and two sculptures by women: Daphne (1930) by Renée Sintenis and Nature Study (1986) by Louise Bourgeois.

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    2021 Mar 01

    Virtual Self-Guided Tour: Nature as Artist

    Mon Mar 1 (All day) to Fri Apr 30 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Nature has long inspired we humans to imagine and create art. Dancers, designers, musicians, painters, and sculptors—they are all found in the natural world. Take this virtual journey through the exhibit galleries of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, where we will reveal intriguing, and often surprising, sources of creativity and connection between the realms of nature and art.

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    2021 Feb 13

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Red, Yellow, and Blue, with Adam Sella

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    To quote artist Mel Bochner, “Color is what color does.” In this tour, Adam Sella ’22 explores the action of red, yellow, and blue in three works of art. For red, it’s a panel from Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals (1962); for yellow, the painting A Nayika and Her Lover (c. 1660–70) by an unknown artist from India; and for blue, Pablo Picasso’s Blue period painting...

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    2021 Feb 11

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Seeing the Light, with Alexis Boo

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Alexis Boo ’22 explores how works of art incorporate and manipulate light. Moving backward through time, this interactive tour features the Bauhaus sculpture Light Prop for an Electric Stage [Light-Space Modulator] by László Moholy-Nagy; the early Impressionist painting Gare Saint-Lazare: Arrival of a Train by Claude Monet; and Fish and Turtles, a...

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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 Nov 21

    Student Guide Tour: Art in Exile

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Vlad Batagui ’21 explores the relationship between art and the origins of its creation, looking at different ways in which art objects and artists get removed from their original cultural contexts. This interactive tour looks closely at the mural painting Eight Men Ferrying a Statue of the Buddha (from Mogao Cave 323, in Dunhuang, China), the sculpture Torso of a Young Girl by Constantin Brancusi, and...

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    2020 Nov 07

    Student Guide Tour: The Bind of Beauty—Nature, Art, and Femininity

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join the Harvard Art Museums live on Zoom for a Student Guide Tour!

    Sophia Mautz ’21 examines the tensions between nature and artifice in the construction of feminine beauty. She will lead an interactive discussion of the sculptures Nature Study by Louise Bourgeois and Daphne by Renée Sintenis as well as the painting Under the Cherry Blossoms (an illustration for the Tale of Genji) by Tosa Mitsunobu.

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    2020 Nov 05

    Student Guide Tour: The Blue Tour

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join the Harvard Art Museums live on Zoom for a Student Guide Tour!

    Adam Sella ’22 explores the color blue in three works of art: Utagawa Hiroshige’s print Yamato Province: Yoshino, a Thousand Cherry Trees at One Glance, Pablo Picasso’s Mother and Child from his Blue Period, and Josef Albers’s painting Homage to the Square: Against Deep Blue. Taking the Museums' Forbes Pigment Collection as a springboard, the tour considers blue’s...

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    2020 Oct 03

    Student Guide Tour: Art in Exile, with Vlad Batagui

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join us live on Zoom for a Student Guide Tour! Vlad Batagui ’21 explores the relationship between art and the origins of creation, looking at different ways in which art objects and artists get removed from their original cultural contexts. This free tour will take place online via Zoom.

    To join, click the following link: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/94341342869 (no pre-registration required).

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    2020 Oct 03

    Creature Feature: Merpeople!

    10:00am to 10:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Creature Feature, a new online series from the Harvard Art Museums, offers a chance for families with children ages 6 and up to explore magical creatures across the collections through close-looking and curious exploration with museum staff. In this talk, take a (virtual) trip to the sea! Join curatorial assistants Casey Monahan and Heather Linton on Zoom to discover sirens and merpeople in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s "A Sea-Spell" and Edward Farrell’s "Pair of Rutland Tazzas."

    This online talk is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete...

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    2020 Sep 25

    Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Plastics in the Collections

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Art Museums

    Since the early 20th century, plastic has been a popular material for many artists due to its ability to be transformed—bent, shaped, molded, stretched. However, when works made with plastic enter a museum collection, they bring numerous challenges. Join conservation scientist Georgina Rayner and conservator Susan Costello to learn more about the materials, condition and treatment issues, and the demands this material poses for storage and display.

    Led by:
    Susan Costello, Associate Conservator of Objects and Sculpture, Straus Center for Conservation and...

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    2020 Jun 30

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Spirituality in Secular Art

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Adam Sella ’22 will consider different ideas of spirituality and how these are reflected in artwork we might not immediately consider to be spiritual.

    The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on select objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

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