Events

    Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic

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    Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard—Online

    Book Panel on Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic by Álvaro Santana-Acuña

    Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude seemed destined for obscurity upon its publication in 1967. The little-known author, small publisher, magical style, and setting in a remote Caribbean village were hardly the usual ingredients for success in the literary marketplace. Yet today it ranks among the best-selling books of all time. Translated into dozens of languages, it continues to enter the lives...

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    Over Time: Through Art, the Impact of Change in the Arboretum Landscape

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    Arnold Arboretum—Online

    Artist and Harvard University alumna, Ginny Zanger, continued her decades-long weekly visits to the Arnold Arboretum throughout this past year. Here, she found a new and needed “sanctuary.” As she observed and recorded nature’s beauty, quiet, sublime images resulted, echoing the respite and spirit she found.

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    Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Art & Technology 3,500 Years Ago

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    In the mid-second millennium BCE, sculptors, painters, potters, and glass- and metalworkers were busy in the northern Mesopotamian town of Nuzi (Iraq). Some of their products are in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums, which supported excavations at the site between 1925 and 1931. In this online talk, conservation scientist Katherine Eremin and curator Susanne Ebbinghaus will discuss the discovery of these objects and how technical study over decades has revealed the secrets of their making, as well as plans for future display.

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    Art Talk Live: Setting the Fans Afloat

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    Online—Harvard Art Museums

    Exhibition designer Elie Glyn and production specialist Sean Lunsford will explain the creative process behind the planning and installation of a display of framed fans by Suzuki Kiitsu, featured in the special exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection.

    Led by:
    Elie Glyn, Assistant Director for Exhibitions, Collections Management
    Sean Lunsford, Exhibition Production Specialist, Collections Management...

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    Art Talk Live: Ben Shahn and Folk Music

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    During the Great Depression, artist Ben Shahn produced hundreds of photographs while working for the Farm Security Administration. Among his most common subjects were musicians. In this talk, curatorial fellow Kappy Mintie will examine Shahn’s interest in folk music in the context of concurrent government efforts to record this important strand of American music.

    Led by:
    Katherine “Kappy” Mintie, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

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    Making It As A Maker

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    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    Do you want to sell more of your handmade work in a socially-distanced world? Learn key strategies to be successful as a maker from jeweler Rebecca Haas and potter Becca Webb. This 2-hour online workshop is designed to help you build a reliable and growing online community of customers and fans so you can not only survive this pandemic, but grow in it.

    Topics include:

    • Easy things you can do to take and share photos that inspire people to buy online;
    • Why you need an email list and how to best use it;
    • How to frame and present your...
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    Art Talk Live: Love at the Margins

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Members of the itinerant Roma, or Romani, people arrived in Europe by the Middle Ages and have held a prominent place in Western art and literature, from the work of Shakespeare and Hieronymus Bosch to that of the many Roma artists and writers active today. This talk will focus on an unusual and moving depiction of a Roma woman and child by Dutch artist Jacques de Gheyn, exploring it in relation to the broader visual and literary tradition and to the realities of the lives of the Roma in the 17th-century Netherlands.

    Led by:
    Joanna Sheers Seidenstein,...

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    Art Talk Live: Erased!

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Public images of rulers serve as potent symbols of power and propaganda. In ancient Rome, tyrannical emperors were deposed and assassinated, their likenesses defaced by angry citizens and sometimes by official decree.

    This talk is part of a series investigating power dynamics in artworks across the collections. Considering intersections of art and power, our curatorial team discusses how artists engage with social and political crises, use art to upset systems of power, and imagine more equitable futures.

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    Antique Inspirations, Fresh Creations

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    Online Event

    James S. Snyder, HKS/MEI Senior Fellow, in conversation with award-winning Palestinian-Israeli architect Senan Abdelqader on the influences of Arab culture across time on art, architecture, and design in Israel, Palestine, and the world today. This event is part of the fall 2020 MEI series, James Snyder in Conversation: A series of dialogues on art, culture, politics, and the possibilities for transcending conflict through cultural connection in the modern Middle East.

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

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    A Far Cry Presents: Amazonita

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    Virtual Concert

    Join us for Amazonita, a chamber music virtual concert featuring Grammy-nominated musicians A Far Cry ("Criers") performing music grounded in the cultural traditions of Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. Centered around four works, this program revels in the awe and beauty of the Earth and ancestral societies and contemplates how modernity interacts with them. This concert consists of pre-recorded musical performances which will be streamed live to audiences on December 12 at 8pm in a Live Watch Party Premiere. It will also be available afterwards for streaming via Video On Demand. A...

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    Student Guide Alumni Tour: Why Museums Matter

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Alumni of the Ho Family Student Guide Program talk about works of art they still think about, how their museum experience affected their path after graduation, and how this experience feeds into their current work in architecture, social justice, and environmental policy.

    Join David Kurlander ’15, Catarina Martinez ’15, and John Wang ’15—all members of the first Student Guide cohort in our renovated building—for an interactive conversation with Camran Mani, the Cunningham Curatorial Fellow in Academic and Public Programs, about how they have carried forward their museum...

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    In Conversation: Kemi Adeyemi with Jessica Bell Brown, Lauren Haynes, and Jamillah James

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    Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts—Online

    Join the Carpenter Center for a conversation between Kemi Adeyemi, Director of the Black Embodiments Studio, and curators Jessica Bell Brown, Lauren Haynes, and Jamillah James. This conversation is a continuation of Adeyemi's oral history project “Black Women Curators, A Brief Oral History of the Recent Past,” which documents the perspectives of Black women curators working in the United States from the mid-2000s onward.

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    Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson! A Celebration of Poetry and Cake

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    Houghton Library—Online

    Every year the Houghton Library throws a birthday party for Emily Dickinson, featuring her famous 20lb black cake, the autograph recipe of which can be found in the collection. Sadly, we cannot gather in person this year to party and eat cake, so this fall we encouraged intrepid bakers and Dickinson fans from around the world to join us, together at home, in baking her black cake. Our collective efforts will culminate in a live Zoom birthday party on December 10. (You don’t have to bake the cake to attend, but you still have time to try it if you want!)

    We’ll be joined by a...

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    Author Discussion: Black And Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom

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    Online Event

    Buddhism is a way of life, a philosophy, a psychology,  a set of ethics, a religion, or a combination thereof. Central to the many ways Buddhism is understood is the achievement of emotional, mental, and psychological wellness. African Americans are at perpetual risk of psychological imbalance and trauma due to the social realities of racism in the United States. The authors engage the question, What can Buddhism offer African Americans who want to be emotionally resilient in a context they cannot...

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

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

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    Online Event

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

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    Online Event

    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 Visions

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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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    Art Talk Live: Sculpture as Witness (Doris Salcedo)

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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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