Events

    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 Oct 01

    On Account of Sex (1920)

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    The passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 did not "give" women the vote. Rather, it established a negative: that the right to vote could not be abridged on account of sex alone. This session brings together diverse participants who will each illuminate one facet of women’s political history at this key transitional moment. Together, participants will emphasize the radical achievement of the amendment, exploring the full implications of what it meant to remove sex as a barrier to voting, which resulted in the largest-ever one-time expansion of the electorate and mobilized a...

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    2020 Oct 01

    Lecture: [Re]Constructing Real Estate: The Question of Value

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    For this event with the Harvard Graduate School of Design, speaker Emmanuel Pratt will contextualize the historical degeneration vs. regeneration of The Commonwealth to present date, lead viewers on a virtual site visit, and share some upcoming developments emerging across a network of value-based partners.

    Speaker:
    Emmanuel Pratt, LF ‘17, received a BArch (1999) from Cornell University and an MSAUD (Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design, 2003) from Columbia University. From 2011 to 2019, Pratt served as the director of aquaponics at Chicago...

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    2020 Sep 30

    Drawing Plants & Flowers

    1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Capture the beauty and variety of plant forms with pencil and paper in this online workshop with artist and educator Erica Beade. Participants will explore botanical drawing techniques through close observation and practice with contour, gesture, foreshortening and shading. Groups will be limited to 10, allowing ample time for individual feedback. All skill levels are welcome.

    Cost:
    $30 for members
    $35 for nonmembers

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    2020 Sep 28

    Our Common Purpose: Voting by Design

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of design for a virtual lecture with Michael Murphy, Danielle Allen, and Sarah Whiting.

    Michael Murphy is the Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group, an architecture and design collective with offices in Boston, Kigali, Poughkeepsie, Santa Fe, Cape Town, and London. As a designer, writer, and teacher, his work investigates the social and political consequences of the built world. Michael’s research and writing advocates for a new empowerment that calls on architects to consider the power relationships of...

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    2020 Sep 26

    Learning to See: Art, Medical Imaging, and Project Success

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Art Museums

    How can looking at art help high school students envision a future for themselves in medicine? Join us live on Zoom to learn more about a recent collaboration with Project Success for High School Students, a summer school program at Harvard Medical School that offers 11th and 12th graders from Boston and Cambridge an opportunity to explore professional pathways in the biomedical field. This collaboration builds on a program that helps doctors-in-training better understand their patients by engaging with art at the Harvard Art Museums.

    Following presentations by this year’s...

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    2020 Sep 26

    Drawing Plants & Flowers

    9:30am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Capture the beauty and variety of plant forms with pencil and paper in this online workshop with artist and educator Erica Beade. Participants will explore botanical drawing techniques through close observation and practice with contour, gesture, foreshortening and shading. Groups will be limited to 10, allowing ample time for individual feedback. All skill levels are welcome.

    Cost:
    $30 for members
    $35 for nonmembers

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    2020 Sep 25

    In Pursuit of Equitable Development: Lessons from Washington, Detroit, and Boston

    12:30pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Graduate School of Design

    In this half-day virtual symposium, leading practitioners and scholars from three cities, Washington, DC, Detroit, and Boston, will explore efforts to bring equitable development to their communities and outline how they are responding to current challenges. The presentations and discussions will help students, scholars, community leaders, public officials, and others identify innovative strategies and successful approaches to advancing social justice in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

    Co-sponsored by the Joint Center for Housing...

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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 Sep 23

    Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Online—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard

    As the Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow, Leslie M. Harris is completing “Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History.” She uses memoir and family, urban, and environmental histories to explore the multiple meanings of New Orleans in the nation, from its founding through its uncertain future amid climate change.

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    2020 Sep 22

    50th Anniversary of Urban Design Lecture: Alex Krieger, “The American City Prior and (Possibly) Following the Pandemic”

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event, Graduate School of Design

     

    American instincts oscillate between the allure of the city and that of life free of city stress; between the temptations of the metropolis, and bucolic retreat from those very centers of civic life. Such oscillation, occurring across American history, have on the one hand enabled the building of Manhattan, the ‘Capital of Capitalism’ (and culture, too) and the invention of the ‘garden suburb’ where family grace was to dwell, prior to metastasizing into sprawl.

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    2020 Sep 21

    Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk: Accompanied

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Online—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard

    The artists Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman met at Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute in the 1980s. Decades later, their sustained friendship has led them to work in adjoining studios and teach generations of artists.

    In this exhibition-opening discussion, Pappas and Slosburg-Ackerman will reflect on how their artistic practices have been shaped by friendship and the ways in which women’s art is shaped by the conditions of its making. Pappas and Slosburg-Ackerman will be joined in conversation by author Maggie Doherty.

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    2020 Sep 21

    Kiley Fellow Lecture: Seth Denizen, "Thinking Through Soil: Case Study from the Mezquital Valley"

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Almost 200,000 acres of land in the fertile Mezquital Valley are irrigated with the untreated sewage of Mexico City. Every drop of rain, urban runoff, industrial effluent, and sewage in Mexico City is sent to the Mezquital Valley through a 60 kilometer pipe. Soils in this valley have been continuously irrigated with urban wastewater since 1901, longer than any other soil in the world. The capacity of these soils to produce conditions in which agriculture can be practiced safely and produce healthy crops depends on a complex negotiation between soil...

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    2020 Sep 21

    Virtual Exhibition: Accompanied The Artworks of Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman

    Mon Sep 21 (All day) to Sat Jan 16 (All day)

    Location: 

    Online—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard

    The virtual exhibition Accompanied: The Artworks of Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman presents a pair of artists whose work was transformed by an abiding friendship. Pappas and Slosburg-Ackerman, both fellows at Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute in the 1980s, have sustained a conversation over four decades about artistic endeavor, studio practice, and pedagogy. The artists were members of the founding group of the Brickbottom Artists Building—one of the country’s first artist-developed...

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    2020 Sep 17

    Observatory Night: What Stars Are Made Of

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian—Online

    Join the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian for a virtual Public Observatory Night with guest lecturer Donavan Moore, author of "What Stars Are Made Of: The Life of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin."

    It was not easy being a woman of ambition in early twentieth-century England, much less one who wished to be a scientist. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin overcame prodigious obstacles to become a woman of many firsts: the first to receive a PhD in astronomy from Radcliffe College, the first promoted to full professor at Harvard, the first to head a department there. And, in what...

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    2020 Sep 16

    Lecture: Apprenticeship in Ancient Egypt

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East

    Presenter: Willeke Wendrich, Joan Silsbee Chair of African Cultural Archaeology; Professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Digital Humanities, University of California, Los Angeles

    Archaeologists study stylistic and technological changes in excavated materials—especially pottery—to better understand developments in ancient Egyptian society. However, little attention has focused on using the archaeological record to understand the transfer of cultural knowledge. How did people learn the arts and crafts of potters, basket makers, metalworkers, and scribes?...

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    2020 Sep 16

    Lecture: Taking the Smithsonian’s Fossil Halls into the Twenty-First Century

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Fossils provide evidence of how organisms have evolved and ecosystems have changed through time—and offer clues to our present and future. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History recently completed a seven-year renovation of its Fossil Hall, the largest in the institution’s history. Matthew Carrano, lead curator of the Fossil Hall, will describe the museum’s approach to creating a modern, relevant exhibition for the twenty-first century, featuring new research and more than seven hundred fossils. His talk will detail the goals, processes, and results of this enormous project...

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    2020 Sep 15

    Mesopotamian Monuments Tour

    7:30pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East

    Mesopotamian Monuments is a 60-minute live-streamed museum visit to investigate monuments from Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria exhibited at Harvard University. Guided by a museum educator, visitors at home observe sculptures in the gallery to understand the characteristics of these ancient river civilizations. The tour introduces the Sumerian ruler Gudea, Hammurabi of Babylon and the Assyrian Kings Ashurnasirpal II and his son Shalmaneser III. The experience includes the monument of Hammurabis' code and some ancient music with time for questions and discussion.

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    2020 Sep 14

    John Hedjuk Soundings Lecture: Rafael Moneo with Sarah Whiting, "Learning Architecture"

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Join Harvard Graduate School of Design for a virtual lecture with Rafael Moneo and Sarah Whiting. 

    Rafael Moneo, AM '85, was born in Tudela, Spain, in 1937. He graduated in 1961 from the Architecture School of Madrid. He was a professor in the Architecture Schools of Barcelona and Madrid, and he was appointed Chairman of the Architecture Department of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he is now Emeritus Josep Lluis Sert Professor in Architecture...

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