Events

    2020 Oct 21

    James Baldwin: The Making of an American Icon

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Robert F. Reid-Pharr is a professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality and of African and African American studies at Harvard University. During his Radcliffe fellowship year, Reid-Pharr is completing a draft of "James Baldwin: The Making of an American Icon." Drawing heavily on archival materials housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Houghton and Beinecke Libraries of Harvard and Yale Universities, the book follows the story of Baldwin’s life from birth to death. Join Reid-Pharr as he explores how Baldwin achieved his celebrity status and why...

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    2020 Oct 19

    Science and Cooking Public Lecture: “Honorary Book Celebration Lecture”

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The lectures pair Harvard professors with celebrated food experts and renowned chefs to showcase the science behind different culinary techniques. The series is based on the Harvard course “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter,” but public lectures do not replicate course content.

    Each presentation will begin with a 15-minute lecture about the scientific topics from that week’s class by a faculty member from the Harvard course. This week's topic is "Honorary Book Celebration Lecture."

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    2020 Oct 19

    Science and Cooking Public Lecture: “Honorary Book Celebration Lecture”

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The lectures pair Harvard professors with celebrated food experts and renowned chefs to showcase the science behind different culinary techniques. The series is based on the Harvard course “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter,” but public lectures do not replicate course content.

    Each presentation will begin with a 15-minute lecture about the scientific topics from that week’s class by a faculty member from the Harvard course. This week's topic is "Honorary Book Celebration Lecture."

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    2020 Oct 17

    Visit an Artist and Demonstration: Suze Lindsay—Form

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    During this visit we have the pleasure of traveling to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to visit the one and only Suze Lindsay for a special two-hour edition of our series! During this visit, Suze will be focused on demonstrating simple drop molds and  how to make drape platter forms/molds. Attention will be  directed towards resolutions for feet and rims. We will be creating new tools for our studio practice and all materials used will be shared with each participant prior to the event so that you can follow along with Suze!

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    2020 Oct 16

    Parker Quartet: Live Streamed

    8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Music Department—Online

    Bartok String Quartet No. 3
    Brahms String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

    The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet is renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors. The group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music.

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    2020 Oct 16

    Visit an Artist and Demonstration: Mac McCusker

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    During this visit we travel to Durham, North Carolina to visit with figurative sculptor Mac McCusker and view a demonstration of his work. Mac McCusker’s figurative work and narrative vessels document personal experiences and struggles as a transgender artist. McCusker addresses preconceptions and prejudices about transgender and gender non-binary individuals as well as about the larger LGBTQIA community by sharing personal narratives through self-portrait busts, small-scale figures, and sculptural vessels. 

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    2020 Oct 08

    The Enduring Legacy of Slavery and Racism in the North

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Although Massachusetts formally abolished slavery in 1783, the visible and invisible presence of slavery continued in the Commonwealth and throughout New England well into the 19th century. Harvard professor Louis Agassiz’s theory about human origins is but one example of the continued presence and institutionalization of racism in the North.

    Taking as a starting point the new book To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes, this panel of experts will examine the role and impact of slavery in the North and discuss the influence...

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    2020 Oct 07

    Animals: A Mission Brief

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Using the military's "five-paragraph order" format, Mackin will provide the listener with the essential information needed to carry out and understand the mission of writing a war story. "Animals," is a collection of short stories based on his experiences as a special operations soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    2020 Oct 03

    Visit an Artist and Demonstration: Kent McLaughlin

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ceramics Program—Online

    During this visit we travel to the mountains of North Carolina to visit potter and educator Kent McLaughlin. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Kent will focus on thrown and altered stacked forms. Kent McLaughlin and his wife Suze Lindsay work out of their studio Fork Mountain pottery, featuring salt and reduction kilns.

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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 Sep 25

    Portraits in Pajamas: Live Event for "Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina"

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Online via Instagram Live

    Join the Ed Portal online with two of Boston's most impactful artists, Chanel Thervil and Sabrina Dorsainvil, to celebrate the virtual unveiling of Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina.

    In an intimate conversation and Q&A on Instagram Live, these artists will explore ways they and other creatives of color are navigating the nuances of self-care, survival, and the new normals as a result of COVID-19.

    Get cozy and experience the newest piece in Thervil's Quarantine Self-Care Portrait series, a multi-media project that combines interviews, portrait...

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    2020 Sep 25

    Visit an Artist and Demonstration - Lorna Meaden

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Let's travel to beautiful Durango, Colorado to visit full-time studio potter Lorna Meaden. During this two-hour studio visit and demonstation, Lorna will focus on thrown forms such as beautiful pouring vessels and the more unexpected forms like juicers! Lorna will discuss her surface techniques of incising and embedding color to enhance her forms that are then fired in a wood/soda kiln.

    About the Visit an Artist Series: Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their...

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    2020 Sep 14

    By Hand at Home

    Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Oct 19 2020 .
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

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    Online Event

    Join 2019-20 Artist in Ruth Easterbrook in exploring hand building with clay from home. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques. 
    *Session 1 class on October 12th will take place on Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day.

    With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom which will feature recordings of each class. In the case you miss a class or would like to review, these recordings will be available for 30 days after the end of the...

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    2020 Sep 14

    Expressive Sculpture

    Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Oct 19 2020 .
    2:00pm to 4:00pm

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    Online Event

    Clay’s responsiveness to touch makes it the ideal medium to sculpt both what we can see with our eyes and new forms that reveal what we can’t.  Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to make a small body of work. Demonstrations will cover several technical considerations in making complex sculptural works with extra attention paid to making work in the home and transporting to the student’s own studio or to the Harvard studio for firing. If time allows, surface techniques...

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    2020 Sep 11

    Preparing for the Harvest

    Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Oct 16 2020 .
    1:00pm to 3:00pm

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    Online Event

    Fall brings thoughts of harvest and all the ceramic vessels that come with it to serve this bounty. Join Denny McLaughlin as focuses on creating work for the table including lidded casseroles, serving dishes, pitchers and more! Both hand-building and wheel-thrown methods of making will be demonstrated.

    With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom which will feature recordings of each class. In the case you miss a class or would like to review, these recordings will be available for 30 days after the end of the course.

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    2020 Sep 11

    Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object

    Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Oct 16 2020 .
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    10:00am to 12:00pm
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    Location: 

    Online Event

    The Harvard Museums and the Harvard Ceramics Program have been close collaborators in support of scholarly research of ceramic objects for many years. This course offers participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of historic ceramic objects from across the globe. Teams of conservators, curators, conservation scientists and/or scholars from the museums of Harvard will discuss their research of ceramic objects within the collection. Each class meeting will feature a different topic. Each session will feature six different presenters.

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    2020 Sep 10

    Plant Based Printing Processes II

    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Oct 15 2020 .
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

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    Location: 

    Online Event

     Take your plant-based printing processes to the next level with this follow up course to the Plant-based Printing Intro class! Explore further the possibilities of printing with plants and using chemistry found in common household items. We will investigate the infinitely variable lumen and phytogram processes combined with non-traditional applications of chemistry you can make at home, as well as finding ways to take

    anthotypes and chlorophyll printing forward. We will meet via online platform once a week for demonstrations and students will then take what...

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    2020 Sep 10

    Fired Up Redux!

    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Oct 15 2020 .
    4:00pm to 6:00pm

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    Online Event

    Learn what happens to your pot or sculpture once it makes its way into the kiln! This course covers basic concepts behind different firing methods and kiln designs. If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at reduction, oxidation, and atmospheric firing principles, key temperatures, and techniques, then this is the class for you! Do you want to learn more about alternative firing methods? And what is a thermocouple, damper, spyhole, or bag wall anyway? Curious to know more? – Come stoke the flames of kiln wonderment in this new online course! This class will only be...

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    2020 Sep 10

    Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction

    Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Oct 15 2020 .
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    10:00am to 12:00pm
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    Online Event

    Make the most out of the time away from the Ceramics Program by exploring paper as a sculptural medium. Create paper prototypes out of cut, rolled, folded and assembled paper. Wet paper techniques such as embossing, papier-mâché, home-made paper clay, and silicone mold making will also be explored. Students will view virtual demos, engage in class discussions, and have group and individual critique sessions.

    With your registration, you will receive access to a Harvard Google Classroom which will feature recordings of each class. In the case you miss a class or would like...

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    2020 Sep 09

    Fundamentals of Form Design

    Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Oct 14 2020 .
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

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    Online Event

    Join 2019-20 Artist in Residence Ruth Easterbrook as she guides students to focus on the foundation of all pots by breaking down form into its basic shapes. Students will use paper, scissors, and sketchbooks to then move towards working with clay. We will use paper to consider surface decoration, and forms built with templates as we advance with our form discovery. Clay will be an optional material and clay-based demonstrations will be included as a visual complement to class projects.

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