Events

    2020 Nov 07

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

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join the Harvard Art Museums 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 Nov 05

    Student Guide Tour: The Blue Tour

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join the Harvard Art Museums live on Zoom for a Student Guide Tour!

    Adam Sella ’22 explores the color blue in three works of art: Utagawa Hiroshige’s print Yamato Province: Yoshino, a Thousand Cherry Trees at One Glance, Pablo Picasso’s Mother and Child from his Blue Period, and Josef Albers’s painting Homage to the Square: Against Deep Blue. Taking the Museums' Forbes Pigment Collection as a springboard, the tour considers blue’s...

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    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 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 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 Jun 30

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Spirituality in Secular Art

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Adam Sella ’22 will consider different ideas of spirituality and how these are reflected in artwork we might not immediately consider to be spiritual.

    The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on select objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

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    2020 Jun 27

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Silent Dialogue

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Twyla Kantor ’22 will discuss storytelling in art and explore how the use of pose and body language can change an object’s narrative.

    The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on select objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

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    2020 Jun 23

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Make It New

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Tommy Mahon ’20 will focus on four artworks embodying aesthetic, political, and spiritual transformations.

    The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on select objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

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    2020 Jun 17

    Virtual Tour for People with Vision Loss

    7:30pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

    Pour a libation of your choice–beer was popular in the Ancient Near East–and join this live virtual tour of the exhibition From Stone to Silicone: Recasting Mesopotamian Monuments. The museum showcases newly fabricated casts from the ancient scenes that once adorned palace walls in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). Meticulously created by museum curators and Harvard students, these relief sculptures show how the ancient kings commemorated their military triumphs and civic achievements. For ancient audiences, these scenes presented powerful royal propaganda. For modern audiences,...

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    2020 Feb 07

    Tour: Reading the Fine Print

    2:30pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join student guide May Wang on this special hour-long tour to rediscover the artistic, material, and musical influences behind Taddeo di Bartolo’s Virgin and Child with Angels. Following an investigation of the painting’s iconography, May and her colleagues from the Harvard University Choir will bring the painting to life by performing the hymn featured within it.

    Free with museum admission. This tour is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the tour, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

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    2019 Dec 13

    Tour of “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home”

    2:30pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join curator Mary Schneider Enriquez for an in-depth tour of our exhibition “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art,” on view through January 5, 2020 in the Special Exhibitions Gallery on Level 3.

    This event is open to the public and free with museums admission. The tour is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the tour, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

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    2019 Nov 15

    Tour: The Architectural History of the Harvard Art Museums

    2:30pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Facilities director Peter Atkinson will take visitors on a 60-minute architectural tour of the museums, highlighting the strategies and stories behind the evolution of the recently renovated building, with a special focus on its environmentally conscious, certified LEED Gold design.

    Free with museums’ admission (Note: Cambridge residents, all students, youth under age 18, and Massachusetts K-12 teachers get in free to the Harvard Art Museums). This tour is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the tour, tickets...

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    2019 Jul 11

    Exhibition Tour: Small Steps, Giant Leaps

    12:30pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    Join curator John Overholt for a guided tour of the exhibition Small Steps, Giant Leaps to learn about the ways early modern science inspired and made possible the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

    Tours are free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

    Exhibition Tours are also offered on the following dates:

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    2019 Jul 03

    Gallery Talk: Red, White, and Blue

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    To celebrate Independence Day (July 4), fellows Gabriella Szalay, Jen Thum, and Julie Wertz will highlight works featuring red, white, and blue.

    Note that this is a special, one-hour talk.

    Free with museums admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before each talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

    Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Museums staff will be on hand to collect tickets.

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