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...
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Harvard Professor Ali Asani ’77; Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi ’06; and Grammy-winning producer Noah Georgeson will share the poetic consciousness of legendary South Asian mystic poets through music and conversation. Central to the performance are the transformative powers of love, the primordial link that connects the divine to all of creation.
Join these thought leaders and artists as they invite audiences to understand the human and the divine through the all-encompassing lens of love.
Science Center Plaza Tent, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
Harvard Jazz Bands will take the stage with Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Yosvany Terry, Senior Lecturer on Music and director of Harvard Jazz Bands, and Mark Olson, director of the Harvard Wind Ensemble and Harvard University Band. Saxophonist and composer Don Braden '85, lauded by the New York Times as “brilliant and assured,” is the guest artist.
Klarman Hall, Harvard Business School, Kresge Way, Boston
How has the Boston Ballet transformed itself from a regional company into one of the world’s leading ballet companies recognized for its global reach, ability to adapt in digital times, and breadth of genres from classical to contemporary?
Join us for a panel discussion to peek behind the curtain with the masterminds behind stage to gain insights into what it takes to lead an arts organization in a rapidly changing world.
Join a celebration of poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith ’94, the 2019 Harvard Arts Medal recipient, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow.
The ceremony will include a short presentation by poet and Harvard professor Jorie Graham, and a conversation between Smith and Boston-based journalist and speaker Callie Crossley—as well as poetry students at Harvard.
Each ARTS FIRST festival is unique, but every year combines the exuberance of Harvard students, faculty and affiliates who are passionate about the many art forms presented in four rousing days of performances, exhibitions and community.
Enjoy free, family-friendly performances, dance styles from around the world, public art walks, hands-on artmaking, and much more! We look forward to celebrating the artists of Harvard community with you during ARTS FIRST on May 2–5, 2019.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
Caspian: The Elements is a new exhibit featuring the evocative imagery of Chloe Dewe Mathews, the 2014 recipient of the Peabody Museum’s Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography. The exhibit documents her extraordinary five-year journey through the contested borderlands of the Caspian Sea, and reveals the essential role played by elemental materials like oil, rock, and uranium in the practical, artistic, spiritual, and therapeutic aspects of daily life. Caspian: The Elements is a powerful photographic narrative that explores the deep links between the peoples of the...
Join the Harvard Dance Center for an evening of new experiments with the methods of three visionary artists who have expanded the meaning of choreographic practice—and still do. See Harvard students perform and engage with work that spans 90 years of dance history. Evocative, idiosyncratic, distinctive, and infinitely expressive, each of the these works provides dancers and audiences alike the opportunity to encounter dance history and participate in it.
For five years British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews traveled through the countries surrounding the Caspian Sea: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Russia, and Iran. In images that range from stark and elemental to lush and mysterious, she recorded the vastly diverse peoples, politics, and geography of Central Asia, centering always on the great inland sea.
In this conversation with Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, Dewe Mathews will discuss her project and new book, Caspian: The Elements (2018, Aperture and...
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, and Sanders Theatre
“Vision and Justice” is a two-day creative convening that will consider the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice, with a particular focus on the African-American experience.
The program incorporates a range of dynamic speakers and events, including performances by Carrie Mae Weems and Wynton Marsalis, a screening of a film by Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young, and two exhibitions of work by Gordon Parks and Willie Cole. Additional speakers include Anna Deavere Smith, Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz), Claudia Rankine, and the program will conclude with...
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Design, the Harvard Graduate School of Design will host a night of screenings and performances that explore new bodily and spatial interfaces, including a movement-based performance by students developed in collaboration with a course taught by Krzysztof Wodiczko and Ani Liu.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture delivered by Romy Hecht.
Romy Hecht is a Professor at the School of Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), where she gives courses and research seminars on historical narratives and design theories of nineteenth- and twentieth-century landscapes. As an author and recipient of National Grants and research fellowships, Hecht has developed a fundamental task in the studies of landscape architecture in Latin America. She has focused on constructing a comprehensive history of Chile’s landscape...
Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Center for Land Use Interpretation explores how land in the United States is apportioned, utilized, and perceived. Through exhibitions and public programs, the Center interprets built landscapes—from landfills and urban waterfalls to artificial lakes—as cultural artifacts that help define contemporary American life and culture.
Matthew Coolidge, Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation,will discuss the Center’s approach to finding meaning in the...
The Mexican Revolution of 1910 began as a multilocal revolt against the 35-year regime of dictator Porfirio Díaz and evolved into a national revolution and civil war lasting nearly a decade. Javier Garciadiego—a leading historian of Mexico’s revolution—will discuss the precursors, armed struggles, political factions, U.S. manipulations, and triumphs of Mexico’s revolution, including the development of a landmark constitution—one of the first in the world to enshrine social rights.
Free, fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Activities change daily: make Egyptian accessories, inscribe clay tablets, or decode hieroglyphics. Drop in for five minutes—or 30—to see what is new every day.
Self-guided activities take place on the first floor of the Harvard Semitic Museum. Explore the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Exhibitions include a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, life-sized casts of famous Mesopotamian monuments, authentic mummy coffins, and tablets...