Events

    2020 Dec 05

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

    11:00am to 11:30am

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    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 04

    Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Chinese Gold from the Winthrop Collection

    11:00am to 12:00pm

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    Since we are unable to welcome you into the museums at this time, we are bringing our experts to you in a new online series, Art Study Center Seminars at Home.

    When Grenville Lindall Winthrop left his extensive collection to the Fogg Art Museum in 1943, it contained three gold plaques dating to China’s Warring States period (475–221 BCE). Never displayed to the public, the plaques remained a mystery until recent excavations and archival records shed new light on their origins. In this seminar, curator Sarah Laursen investigates the decoration and function of the gold...

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    2020 Dec 03

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

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

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    Join us 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 Dec 03

    2020 Visions

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Online Event

    Too often, the story of women’s suffrage unfolds in a vacuum, seemingly unconnected from the general contours of American history. This panel discussion looks back from the present, asking experts working in a variety of disciplines and organizations to briefly unfold, TED-talk style, a single “big idea” that captures the significance of the 19th Amendment for voting rights, citizenship, and democracy today.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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    2020 Dec 03

    Art Talk Live: Sculpture as Witness (Doris Salcedo)

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    During these unsettled times, art allows us to reflect on and confront sociopolitical uncertainties through close looking at objects. Doris Salcedo’s sculpture Untitled (2004–5), recalling a worn, simple chair, marks the absence of countless victims lost to political violence in Colombia’s civil war. Curator Mary Schneider Enriquez will examine Salcedo’s work and will consider how an everyday object speaks to the power wielded by those whose victims remain silent.

    This talk is part of a series investigating power dynamics in artworks across the collections. Considering...

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    2020 Dec 03

    Design Impact: Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness – Ethics, Policy, Action

    11:00am to 3:00pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Design Impact Vol. 2: Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness – Ethics / Policy / Action, sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council, will be a direct, real-talk dialogue on homelessness in the United States that explores the myriad causes of rising homelessness and innovative solutions to eradicate it. It will consist of 3 distinct panels followed by a summary dialogue. The panels will be prefaced by keynote remarks from Binyamin Appelbaum, lead writer on business and economics for the Editorial Board of The New York Times.

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    2020 Dec 02

    White Whales, White Males, Whitehead with Lisa Jarnot

    5:00pm to 6:30pm

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    This lecture, which is part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, explores the doctrine of discovery that haunts American poetry. Lisa Jarnot engages in an autobiographical interrogation of what it means to be a woman in a male-centered experimental tradition, and what it means to have white privilege and write poetry. Several questions arise: What do we keep and what do we reject as we acknowledge the systemic racism and American exceptionalism that pervade even the most benign of bohemian writing communities? Is there something transcendent and healing in the poet’s...

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    2020 Dec 02

    “Imperfectly Known”: Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    Online Event

    In this lecture, author Ira Dworkin will talk about his book in-progress “’Imperfectly Known’: Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative,” which examines the ways that the intellectual and political culture of Borno, in northeast Nigeria, shaped Black literary culture in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. Focusing on the writings of Said, who came to the United States after his manumission in Europe and who soon thereafter fought in the Civil War, Dworkin’s book broadly considers the relationship of African and Islamic intellectual networks to Black...

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    2020 Dec 01

    Painting Edo at the Arnold Arboretum: Japanese Black Pine

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

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    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 21

    Student Guide Tour: Art in Exile

    11:00am to 11:30am

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    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 20

    Art Study Center Seminar: Finding Solace in Rituals

    11:00am to 12:00pm

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Due to the pandemic, many communal rituals that commemorate, whether in joy or grief, major occasions in life have been disrupted, rerouted, and, at times, reinvented. We now feel the heightened poignancy of such rites.

    In this seminar, chief curator Soyoung Lee will contemplate the symbolisms and practices of rituals through a selection of objects in the Harvard Art Museums collections.

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    2020 Nov 20

    HMSC Connects! Celebrating Women

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

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    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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    2020 Nov 19

    Co-Cities: Reimagining the City as a Commons

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In the U.S., and around the world, vacant and abandoned urban land and structures are more ubiquitous than most people realize. In this lecture, Professor Sheila Foster will argue why we should think about this urban infrastructure as a “commons” capable of meeting the social and economic needs of the most vulnerable urban populations.

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    2020 Nov 18

    Shrill: An Interactive Media Chamber Opera

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Tina Tallon RI ‘21 is a composer, interdisciplinary temporal media artist, and researcher who currently serves as an assistant professor of composition at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In this lecture, Tallon will talk about her new project called “Shrill,” an interactive multimedia chamber opera that will explore the social history of voice technology and how structural bias in its development continues to influence whose stories are told and how.

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    2020 Nov 17

    Carl M. Sapers Ethics in Practice Lecture: Black Reconstruction

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Ten Responses to One Question: What does it mean to imagine Black Reconstruction today?

    Join the Black Reconstruction Collective (BRC) for this lecture. The BRC provides funding, design, and intellectual support to the ongoing and incomplete project of emancipation for the African Diaspora. The BRC is committed to multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary work dedicated to dismantling systemic white supremacy and hegemonic whiteness within art, design, and academia. Founded by a group of Black architects, artists, designers, and scholars, the BRC aims to amplify knowledge...

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    2020 Nov 16

    Geo-Logics: Natural Resources as Necropolitics

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In this talk, lecturer Kathryn Yusoff addresses how natural resources are the dominant and normative modality of matter, one that is predicated on and institutionalizes racialized relations. Yusoff will address questions of material memory and redress, alongside the weaponization of geology through natural resources as an affectual architecture of racializing difference.

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    2020 Nov 13

    Allston-Brighton Winter Market (Virtual)

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    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    The fourth annual Allston-Brighton Winter Market is being held virtually this year. Celebrate local creative entrepreneurship by browsing fine art, artisanal goods, unique services, one-of-a-kind commissions, and handcrafted gifts. 100% of the proceeds from all sales go directly to the vendors.

    All of our vendors offer shipping (note: turn-around time varies per artist). Some artists also offer local pickup, personalization, custom commissions, gift certificates, and/or gift wrapping. Many donate a portion of their sales to charity, too.

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