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    2019 Apr 25

    Caspian: The Elements Preview and Lecture

    6:00pm

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    For five years British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews traveled through the countries surrounding the Caspian Sea: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Russia, and Iran. In images that range from stark and elemental to lush and mysterious, she recorded the vastly diverse peoples, politics, and geography of Central Asia, centering always on the great inland sea.

    In this conversation with Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, Dewe Mathews will discuss her project and new book, Caspian: The Elements (2018, Aperture and...

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    2019 Mar 27

    Exhibition: Willie Cole: Beauties

    Wed Mar 27 (All day) to Sat Jun 29 (All day)

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    Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden St., Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge

    Willie Cole’s Beauties are haunting full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, each named after a woman from the artist’s cultural and ancestral history. Cole has used irons and ironing as central motifs in his work for 30 years, evoking everything from African masks to slave ship diagrams to the routines of domestic servitude. In this special installation, the gallery will be lined wall to wall with the Beauties. Standing silently—like sentinels, tombstones, shrouds, or windows—the prints will open a space for confronting anew the whole range of often contradictory...

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    2019 Mar 26

    Exhibition Opening: Beauties

    5:00pm

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

    Beauties is a newly commissioned exhibition by noted contemporary American sculptor, printer, and conceptual and visual artist Willie Cole. He is known for using irons and ironing as central motifs in his work for 30 years, evoking everything from African masks to slave ship diagrams to the routines of domestic servitude. In this special installation, the gallery will be lined with haunting, full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, allowing visitors to confront the contradictory energies running through them.

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    2019 Mar 13

    Exhibition Opening Reception: “Fighting Pencil” vs. the Bureaucrat

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

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    Fisher Family Commons, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    Join the Davis Center for a reception to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, "Fighting Pencil" vs. The Bureaucrat: Satirical Posters from the Soviet Union. 

    By the 1960’s and 1970’s, outrageous practices in Soviet bureaucracy flourished. Poor planning, endless paper-pushing, redundancy and shirking, bribery, embezzlement, phony reporting, and cover-ups at all levels of the centralized economy had become the norm. The results included shoddy construction, inefficient farming methods, empty store shelves, environmental pollution, and a decidedly uncivil...

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    2019 Mar 06

    Exhibition: "Fighting Pencil" vs. the Bureaucrat, Satirical Posters from the Soviet Union

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    Fisher Family Commons, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    By the 1960’s and 1970’s, outrageous practices in Soviet bureaucracy flourished. Poor planning, endless paper-pushing, redundancy and shirking, bribery, embezzlement, phony reporting, and cover-ups at all levels of the centralized economy had become the norm. The results included shoddy construction, inefficient farming methods, empty store shelves, environmental pollution, and a decidedly uncivil civil service.

    To combat these ills, the government enlisted the help of cartoonists and poets from the Fighting Pencil, a Leningrad-based artists’ collective. Borrowing from the...

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    2019 Feb 08

    Exhibition: The Bauhaus and Harvard

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

    The Bauhaus and Harvard — mounted in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany — presents nearly 200 works by 74 artists, drawn almost entirely from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive Bauhaus collection. Founded in 1919 and closed just 14 years later, the Bauhaus was the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design. Harvard University played host to the first Bauhaus exhibition in the United States in 1930, and went on to become an unofficial center for the Bauhaus in America when founding...

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    2019 Feb 07

    Opening Celebration: “The Bauhaus and Harvard”

    5:00pm to 9:00pm

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA

    Join us to celebrate the opening of our latest special exhibition, The Bauhaus and Harvard, on view February 8–July 28, 2019.
     
    Following an introduction to the exhibition by curator Laura Muir, Berlin-based artist Judith Raum will present a lecture-performance titled “Fabric in space, fabric out of space.”
     
    Raum’s installations and videos aim to both reconstruct and deconstruct the functional fabrics developed in the Bauhaus weaving workshop. Her...

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    2019 Feb 01

    Exhibition: Climate Change

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    The Harvard Museum of Natural History has just opened an important new exhibit on climate change...

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    2019 Jan 30

    Exhibition Opening: "Future Fossil"

    6:00pm

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    Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138

    In a newly commissioned exhibition, artist Clarissa Tossin considers the ecology of an uncertain future. Inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction trilogy Xenogenesis (1989), in which the Amazon becomes the site for a new civilization of alien-human hybrids, Tossin speculates upon a postapocalyptic world following ecological collapse. Pairing DIY plastic recycling techniques with the materials and practices of Amazonian aesthetic traditions, Tossin highlights the contemporary footprint left in the geological sedimentation of the earth. These new works consider...

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    2019 Jan 02

    Jace Clayton, "The Great Salt"

    Repeats every day until Mon Feb 04 2019 .
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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    In 1638, a work of silver known as The Great Salt arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Owned by John Glover, who died during his passage across the Atlantic, the object transferred to Glover’s widow Elizabeth, who later married Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard. The Great Salt (on display in the silver cabinet on Level 2, Gallery 2340) is one of seven pieces of historic...

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    2019 Jan 02

    Clay—Modeling African Design

    Wed Jan 2 (All day) to Sun Nov 14 (All day)

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    This exhibition highlights artistic innovation and creativity in Africa as seen primarily through the traditions of ceramic arts from across the continent and over its long history. Countering the assumption that African arts and societies are largely unchanging and bound to traditions and customs, the remarkable diversity of objects and styles on display here tells a different story. A selection of more than 50 works on loan from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, including those by newly discovered Nigerian artist Alice Osayewe, are shown alongside...

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    2018 Nov 15

    The High Line: A Debate

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

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

    In conjunction with the 2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, a panel discussion with some of those most closely involved with realizing the High Line will allow a deeper understanding of its value as an urban design prototype being disseminated and adopted worldwide.

    The panel will feature John Alschuler (Chairman, HR&A), ...

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    2018 Nov 14

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

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

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    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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    2018 Nov 08

    Exhibition Opening: Measure

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    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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    2018 Nov 07

    Free Admission Afternoons: “Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World”

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

     

    The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission to all visitors from 1 to 5pm every Wednesday from September 12, 2018 through January 2, 2019, in recognition of the generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of our current special exhibition, Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings (on...

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    2018 Oct 20

    Exhibition: The Rockefeller Beetles

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Over the span of 90 years, banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller collected beetles from around the world, eventually building a personal collection of more than 150,000 specimens. In 2017, his longstanding support for the entomology department of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology culminated in a gift to the museum of this extraordinary collection. Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History in celebrating this invaluable gift with a visit to The Rockefeller Beetles—a new exhibit that will feature hundreds of specimens from Rockefeller’s collection and recount the...

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    2018 Oct 13

    Opening Reception: Raise a Glass – A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World

    4:00pm to 7:00pm

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    Harvard Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134
    Join us to celebrate the opening of Raise a Glass—A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World, an exhibition at the Harvard Ceramics Program that is inspired by the Harvard Art Museums’ current special exhibition, Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings.
     
    On view from October 13 through November 26, 2018, Raise a Glass features contemporary ceramic artists responding to the elaborate vessels featured in the Animal-Shaped Vessels exhibition. Fourteen internationally recognized...
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    2018 Oct 01

    Gallery Experience: Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

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

    Enrich your museum visit by listening to an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Wander freely across the first-floor galleries to see where the poems take you and expand your understanding of Native arts and cultures. The poems, drawn from a powerful new anthology, New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdrich; Graywolf Press) celebrate Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. Join this experiment to hear the...

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    2018 Sep 29

    Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

    In the 1950s, the Cambridge-based Marshall family launched a groundbreaking effort to document the rapidly changing lives of Kalahari hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa. Explore the complex photographic history and the power of images to create and break stereotypes.

    Free for Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm...

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    2018 Sep 15

    Autumn (…Nothing Personal) Family Welcome Event!

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    Harvard Yard Memorial Church Lawn

    Come to Harvard Yard for hands-on art-making activities, games, and other family fun to celebrate artist Teresita Fernández’s sculptural installation Autumn (…Nothing Personal). Explore the sculpture and create your own work of public art, then head across Quincy Street to the Harvard Art Museums, which are offering free admission to all visitors throughout the day. All are welcome at this free, family-friendly event.

    Commissioned by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts specifically for Harvard Yard’s...

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