Events

    Black in Design 2019: Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The 2019 Black in Design conference, “Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future” explores pathways to liberation through a design lens, considering the historical past and present structural oppression of black and brown communities locally and internationally. The conference will demonstrate how designers, creatives, organizers, educators, and policymakers are imagining more sustainable and equitable futures for black and brown bodies. The conference will lead discussions and exhibitions on the intersection of black futurism and design, contending with the role of the radical...

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    A Master Class with BD Wong

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    Horner Room, Agassiz Theatre (Agassiz House), 5 James St., Cambridge

    Tony Award-winning actor BD Wong, known for his portrayal of Special Agent George Huang, M.D. in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Dr. Henry Wu in Jurassic Park, will be in residence at Harvard to coach students on the creative team of M. Butterfly, produced by the Asian Student Arts Project. Wong will also offer a performance-based master class that is free and open to the public.

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    Lecture: Breaking the Noses on Egyptian Statues

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Why are the noses broken on Egyptian statues? Why were other sculpted body parts, including eyes, mouths, arms, and feet, purposely shattered in antiquity? Focusing on the ancient world of the pharaohs and on the Late Antique world that emerged following Egyptian conversion to Christianity, Edward Bleiberg (Senior Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art at Brooklyn Museum) will examine the patterns of damage inflicted on Egyptian images for personal, political, religious, and criminal reasons. He will also highlight how close inspection of statue damage can...

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    Sydney Conservatorium Composing Women

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    Harvard ArtLab, 140 N. Harvard St., Allston

    From an exploration of musical memories to a work that draws from the intricate patterns of stuttered speech, excerpts of four new works for solo flute will be presented in a lecture-performance format featuring four flute students of Professor Claire Chase: Jessica Shand, Mai Nguyen, Jennifer Wang and Taiga Ultan. Chase and guest composer Liza Lim will moderate a discussion with...

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    CANCELED—Louis C. Elson Lecture: Barbara Hannigan

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    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Please note that this event has been canceled.

    Barbara Hannigan's lecture, "Equilibrium," is focused on her program of mentoring young professionals. Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation, with artistic colleagues such as Christoph Marthaler, Simon Rattle, Sasha Waltz, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Jurowski, and John Zorn. As a singer, conductor – or both simultaneously – the Canadian musician has shown a profound commitment to the music of our time, and has given the world première performances of over 85 new creations.

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    2019 Sep 21

    Concert for One

    Repeats every day until Sun Sep 29 2019 .
    12:00pm to 6:00pm

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    Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Concert for One will pair individual listeners with solo musicians for 60 seconds of focused live performance and concentrated listening, fostering intimate connections between performers and audience members. Performances will take place inside a temporary art installation on the Science Center Plaza featuring an interactive lobby and performance space that will have just enough room for two chairs, two people and an instrument.

    Concert for One is free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets required.The performer’s name, instrument, and what...

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    Exhibit: Visual Science: The Art of Research

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    The Special Exhibitions Gallery, Science Center 251, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge

    This exhibit features images and objects drawn from a variety of disciplines and time periods that show the importance of visual experiences in science. Images have played many roles in scientific research. Images can record fleeting observations, whether a painting of an animal glimpsed in the field or an interaction between sub-atomic particles that lasts a millisecond. They can also make unseen things visible.

    Physical models can make abstract mathematical concepts into something that researchers can touch; properly arranged, sand, metal plates, and a violin bow can make...

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    Lecture: Hicham Khalidi

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture delivered by Hicham Khalidi. 

    Hicham Khalidi (MA, 1972) is currently the director of the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Prior to this, he was an associate curator of Lafayette Anticipations (Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette) in Paris. In this capacity, he was involved in commissioning work in the disciplines of fine art, design and fashion. 

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    Sarah Whiting and K. Michael Hays: A Conversation

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Sarah Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture, is well-known in the academy and the design professions. This lecture will introduce her in a more informal and personal way, inviting the GSD community to sit in on a conversation with her long-time friend and colleague, Michael Hays. They will cover topics ranging from her own history to a broader discussion about contemporary design and design education.

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    Animated Tales for All

    Location: 

    Yenching Library Auditorium, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Watch a vibrant collection of animated shorts narrated in some of the 68 Indigenous languages of Mexico. Created by visiting Mexican designer Gabriela Badillo and selected from her project 68 Voices, 68 Hearts, these films foster pride, respect, and the use of Indigenous Mexican languages among speakers and non-speakers.

    The family-friendly stories are subtitled in English and are based on legends and poems from native communities. The event includes a lively Q&A with Badillo in English and Spanish, an authentic Mexican snack, and a chance to learn phrases in one of Mexico...

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    Lecture: Bauhaus Bashing: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

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    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 Philip Ursprung, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. 

    For the 100th birthday of Bauhaus, the German State supports two new museums, several exhibitions, and many celebrations. However, the current celebrations repress the fact that the Bauhaus in the late 20th century was criticized for its formalism and dogmatic design education. And while a...

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    Maintaining Heritage Languages in Our Communities

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    How can we retain the strength of our identities when our language is attacked, denied, or just lost through lack of practice and resources? How can we ensure that culturally and linguistically sustainable practices are embedded in our teaching, parenting, and social activities? Join the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology for a free panel discussion, watch short animations, view children's books, and discuss ways to support multicultural communities using these tools.

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    Lecture: PROJECTLESS: On the Emergence of a Dwell

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a Wheelwright Prize Lecture presented by Samuel Bravo. 

    In this lecture, Bravo will propose an interpretation on how the emergence of a dwell comes to life out of nature and in front of us. Through different cases we will observe the persistence of this primeval emanation of the human environment as a contemporary everyday experience.

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    Exhibition: Crossing Lines, Constructing Home

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    Harvard Art Museums, Special Exhibitions Gallery, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    What does it mean to be displaced from culture and home? What are the historical contexts for understanding our contemporary moment? How does an artist’s work and process embody and engage the narratives of displacement and belonging?

    Crossing Lines, Constructing Home investigates two parallel ideas: national, political, and cultural conceptions of boundaries and borders; and the evolving hybrid spaces, identities, languages, and beliefs created by the movement of peoples.

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    Dark Waters: All-Night Movie Marathon

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    Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    This year’s annual movie marathon at the Harvard Film Archive finds danger on the high seas, in the churning rapids and even on a seemingly placid lake, presenting a selection of taut and waterlogged films where boat voyages become suspended states of mind: obsessive, delusional, perilous and even disastrous.

    From Huston’s classic adventure of improbable romance aboard the dilapidated African Queen to Polanski’s vision of sexualized power games on a cramped sailboat, to the solitary epic ocean adventure of the young Japanese sailor in Kon Ichikawa’s Alone on the...

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    Exhibition: Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

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    Harvard Art Museums, University Research Gallery, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    In this new exhibit, discover how celebrated American artist Winslow Homer’s work for the illustrated periodical Harper’s Weekly helped shape his later career as a painter and watercolorist.

    During the Civil War (1861–1865), American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) served as a correspondent for Harper’s. His sketches of soldiers, both in battle on the front lines and in quieter moments back at camp, were reproduced to accompany the journal’s accounts of the conflict. Homer worked for Harper’s just as new technologies were making it possible to rapidly...

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    Exhibition: Early Christian Africa: Arts of Transformation

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    Harvard Art Museums, University Teaching Gallery, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Christianity has important early roots in the Nile Valley and Ethiopia. Related arts often embody core local African values—an aesthetics that privileges moral value and simplicity over opulence, wealth, or power. This is an art of the people: limestone not marble, wool and linen rather than silk, bone instead of ivory, terracotta, wood, and copper in place of gold.

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    Exhibition: Critical Printing

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    Harvard Art Museums, University Teaching Gallery, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Critical Printing is an experimental course offered by Harvard’s Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies that integrates studio and seminar instruction, allowing students to explore print as artists and scholars simultaneously. In this installation, as in the course, prints are organized not by medium or chronology, but by fundamental modes of critical thinking that emerge from the printmaking process. In the gallery, works are grouped around the following themes: reversal; pressure; color separation; depth; and replicability.

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