Events

    Guest Speaker: Shirin Neshat

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Shirin Neshat‘s lecture will offer an overview of the development of her art and her ongoing multi-media practice involving still-photography, video installations, performance, and feature length films. She will primarily focus on her most recent projects, including her direction of an opera “Aida,” which was presented at the Salzburg Music Festival in 2017, in collaboration with world renowned Riccardo Muti and Soprano singer, Anna Netrebko; as well as speaking, and showing clips of her latest movie “Looking for...

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    Yara Sharif, “The Not So Ordinary: Capturing Possibilities Through The Gaps”

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Dr. Sharif will be sharing a collection of the various thoughts and ideas provoked by her own journeys and narratives when she lived and worked in Palestine, and which were later transformed into projects.

    The work will unpack alternative means to re-read and redraw the Palestinian landscape – from a Palestinian perspective – by stripping it off the dominant power of lines. Dr. Sharif will be using speculation – and at times...

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    2018 Dec 18

    Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt

    Repeats every day until Sun Jan 06 2019 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Semitic Museum.

    Put on your best robes and celebrate the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Revel in a holiday season bursting with the magic of J. K. Rowling’s world by embarking on your very own search for magical creatures! Dress up as your favorite character from the Wizarding World and Climb a 150-year-old staircase, explore a maze of hallways and hidden rooms, peek around corners and into shadows to discover the real creatures and stories behind these fantastic beasts. Where CAN you find them? Look no further than the hallowed halls of the Harvard Museum of...

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    What Nature Sounds Are Music?

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Bird song, whale song, bug song? Are these sounds really music? What of the whistle of the wind? David Rothenberg, author of three books, Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, and Survival of the Beautiful, will do his best to answer these questions and fuel further thinking about noise, communication, and song in nature. A composer and jazz clarinetist,...

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    Accessibility & Art-Making: A Talk on Inclusivity in the Arts

    Location: 

    Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St., Cambridge, MA

    A panel discussion with Professor Michael Stein, Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and one of the world’s leading experts on disability law and policy; Heidi Latsky, dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of Heidi Latsky Dance, a physically-integrated dance company; Tiffany Geigel, dancer with Heidi Latsky Dance; Dr. Debra Levine, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media; and other Harvard faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Online registration is required due to...

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    Early Science from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

    Location: 

    60 Garden Street, Phillips Auditorium, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Sam Quinn, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

    NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) began science operations in July 2018, and over the next two years will survey most of the sky in search of small planets transiting the nearest stars, the brightness of which enables studies of planetary compositions and atmospheric properties. These will likely be the planets on which we focus our search for life through the detection of biosignature gases in the planets' atmospheres. However, TESS is not just an exoplanet mission; by monitoring...

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    Master Class with Heidi Latsky Dance

    Location: 

    Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St., Cambridge, MA

    Join in a master class led by Heidi Latsky, Artistic Director of Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD), and company dancer Tiffany Geigel, that will introduce students to the techniques and intentions behind Latsky’s installation work "ON DISPLAY". "ON DISPLAY" is a series of movement installations that have been disrupting the urban landscape worldwide since 2015. Participants will then have the opportunity to perform "ON DISPLAY GLOBAL", HLD’s annual worldwide initiative that commemorates the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities every December third, on Harvard’s campus on...

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    The Veronica Rudge Green Prize In Urban Design: The High Line

    Location: 

    HGSD, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Please join us for two days of events in conjunction with the 2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, awarded to the High Line.

    The events begin Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 PM with remarks in the GSD's Piper Auditorium from Diane Davis (Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD), Ric Scofidio (Diller Scofidio & Refro), James Corner and Lisa Tziona Switkin (...

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    Origins of the Green Revolution: Hybrid Seeds, Hunger, and Mexico-India Cooperation

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

    As a devastating famine gripped India and Pakistan in 1966, a cargo of hybrid wheat seeds from Mexico arrived one fateful day on India’s coast. The seeds were first planted across the Punjab region using new...

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    Anna Heringer, “Architecture is a Tool to Improve Lives”

    Location: 

    HGSD, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    “The vision behind, and motivation for my work is to explore and use architecture as a medium to strengthen cultural and individual confidence, to support local economies and to foster the ecological balance. Joyful living is a creative and active process and I am deeply interested in the sustainable development of our society and our built environment. For me, sustainability is a synonym for beauty: a building that is harmonious in its design, structure, technique and use of materials, as well as with the location, the environment, the user, the socio-...

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    Adult Class: Taller de pintura de estilo Zapoteca Zapotec-Style Painting Workshop

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Instructors: Ventura and Norberto Fabian

    Learn how to paint Zapotec design motifs with visiting artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. The father-son team—Ventura and Norberto Fabian—continue the tradition of creating hand-carved and hand-painted wooden figures known as alebrijes. This folk art is rooted in traditional rural village life and is one of Mexico’s most popular crafts. Participants will select an original...

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    Conference: Disability and Citizenship: Global and Local Perspectives

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    This conference will explore the ways in which contemporary notions of disability are linked to concepts of citizenship and belonging. Leaders in advocacy, education, medicine, and politics will consider how ideas of community at the local, national, and international levels affect the understanding of and policies related to disability—and how this has manifested itself, in particular, in higher education.

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    Thomas Woltz, “Threatened Landscapes: Designed Countermeasures of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects”

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Public parks are a source of civic identity for the communities they serve – inclusivity and authenticity are crucial. Similarly, memorials are bastions of democratic exchange and act as repositories of our cultural past and evolution. Thomas Woltz will present projects from the portfolio of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) that demonstrate the power of the firm’s research-based design to reframe our relationship with civic, ecological, and cultural systems within the public realm. Lastly, Thomas will present NBW projects that...

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    Exhibition Opening: Measure

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Anna Von Mertens is an exhibited artist who uses the structures of quilting and drawing to explore the frontiers of human understanding. Her new exhibition "Measure" explores the life and work of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the women “computers” hired to study glass-plate astronomical photographs at the Harvard College Observatory a century ago. Leavitt’s findings provided a unit of measurement for galactic distances. Reimagined in meticulous stitches and intricate graphite marks, Von Mertens examines our current understanding of the size and shape of...

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    A screening of the documentary "Score" with Robert Kraft ‘76

    Location: 

    B-04 Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Tracking the progress of modern-day film score development, Score: A Film Music Documentary illustrates how the first few notes on a piano keyboard end up in the most dramatic moments of a film’s emotional climax. Turning the spotlight on the creative struggles that make up a major motion picture score, the documentary showcases the way the world’s...

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    Jan Boelen, “Design as Learning”

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Why do design? What is it for? These are forward-looking questions for a creative discipline that seems more slippery to define than ever. In a world of dwindling natural resources, exhausted social and political systems, and an overload of information there are many urgent reasons to reimagine the design discipline, and there is a growing need to look at design education. Learning and unlearning should become part of an on-going educational practice. We need new proposals for how to organize society, how to structure our governments, how to...

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    Photographing Tutankhamun: How the Camera Helped Create “King Tut”

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Christina Riggs, Professor of the History of Art and Archaeology, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

    When Howard Carter found the sealed entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, he secured the services of archaeological photographer Harry Burton to document the site. Over the course of ten years, Burton produced more than 3,000 glass negatives of the tomb, its contents, and the many people—including Egyptian men, women, and children—who participated in the excavation. Christina Riggs will discuss how Burton’s photography helped create “King Tut” at a...

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