Events

    2019 Aug 31

    Exhibition: Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

    Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

    Location: 

    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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    2019 Aug 31

    Exhibition: Early Christian Africa: Arts of Transformation

    Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

    Location: 

    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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    2019 Aug 31

    Exhibition: Critical Printing

    Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

    Location: 

    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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    2019 Aug 31

    Exhibition: Fruits in Decay

    Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Mar 1 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Fruits in Decay is a new special exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery that explores blight, rot, and other diseases on summer fruits. It features exquisitely detailed glass botanical models of strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and pears made by famed glass artist Rudolf Blaschka. On display for the first time in nearly two decades, these models capture—with astonishing realism—the intricacies and strange beauty of fruits in various stages of decay.

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    2019 Aug 08

    Exhibition Reception: The Waste Land on Earth?

    5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Unbound Visual Arts (UVA) and the Harvard Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery are proud to present their newest exhibition: The Waste Land on Earth? This innovative exhibition explores the impacts of a constant cycle of consumption on landscapes and communities. UVA guest curator Caitlin Bowler invited artists to respond to a world shaped by this mindset of disposability.

    Participating artists:
    Agusta Agustsson, Lani Asuncion, Nancer Ballard, Jennifer Costello, Nancy Crasco, Gary Duehr, Mary Gillis, Lynda Goldberg, Muriel Horvath, Tom Jackson, Amy Kelly, Elizabeth...

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    2019 Jul 31

    Exhibition: The Waste Land on Earth?

    Wed Jul 31 (All day) to Wed Aug 21 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Unbound Visual Arts (UVA) and the Harvard Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery are proud to present their newest exhibition: The Waste Land on Earth? This innovative exhibition explores the impacts of a constant cycle of consumption on landscapes and communities. UVA guest curator Caitlin Bowler invited artists to respond to a world shaped by this mindset of disposability.

    Participating artists:
    Agusta Agustsson, Lani Asuncion, Nancer Ballard, Jennifer Costello, Nancy Crasco, Gary Duehr, Mary Gillis, Lynda Goldberg, Muriel Horvath, Tom Jackson, Amy Kelly,...

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    2019 Jul 30

    Exhibition: Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons Across Cultures

    Tue Jul 30 (All day) to Sun Aug 18 (All day)

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Nearly as universal as war itself has been the inclination to decorate the weapons of war. People through time and in nearly all cultures - rich and poor, leaders and followers, foragers in the most forbidding climates on the planet, and kings of the world’s great civilizations - have painstakingly embellished their weapons. We may marvel at their splendor in startling contrast to their deadly purpose, and we may wonder why we have always felt so compelled to transform implements of war into objects of surprising beauty.

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    2019 Jul 25

    Exhibition Reception: Ashcharya

    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Gutman Gallery, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge

    Sneha Shrestha (aka Imagine), Ed.M.’17 brings her large scale mural indoors to Gutman Library by reducing the size of her work while still sharing a big mindful message. She invites viewers to slow down and meditate over the multiple layers in this painting and wishes to share with and inspire the community to keep their sense of wonder and be open to surprises that we encounter in our lives and our careers.

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    2019 Jul 25

    Exhibition: Ashcharya

    Thu Jul 25 (All day) to Sat Aug 31 (All day)

    Location: 

    Gutman Gallery, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge

    Sneha Shrestha (aka Imagine), Ed.M.’17 brings her large-scale mural indoors to Gutman Library by reducing the size of her work while still sharing a big mindful message. She invites viewers to slow down and meditate over the multiple layers in this painting and wishes to inspire the community to keep their sense of wonder and be open to surprises that we encounter in our lives and our careers.

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    2019 Jul 20

    Exhibition: Cosmic Origins

    Sat Jul 20 (All day) to Wed Nov 27 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    On July 20, 2019, the Harvard Museum of Natural History marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon with the unveiling of Cosmic Origins. Visitors to this new mini-exhibit—located within the Earth & Planetary Sciences exhibition—will investigate the origins of and processes shaping planetary bodies and stars using touchable specimens, colorful visuals, and interactive media.

    Through November 27, 2019, the exhibit will also feature an original lunar specimen on loan from NASA, collected during the Apollo 12 mission. Don’t miss the...

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    2019 Jul 11

    Exhibition Reception: Mary Roettger

    5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Gallery 224, Ceramics Program—Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join the Ceramics Program—Office for the Arts at Harvard for a free exhibition reception for Mary Roettger.

    This exhibition of work by Mary Roettger (1956-2017) honors and commemorates a former Ceramics Program instructor and artist in residence. Mary was a gifted teacher, who inspired beginning and advanced students with challenging, in-depth projects which expanded their expressive potential and technical abilities. In homage to the breadth and depth of Mary’s teaching and creative practice, this exhibition will present a wide range of her work so that students...

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    2019 Jun 27

    Exhibition Reception: American West

    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Photographer, Northeastern University professor emeritus, and former Harvard section leader Neal Rantoul presents a reflection on the present-day American West through images of the Utah desert and the Paradise, California Camp Fire aftermath. Together, these two landscapes show the West as both an inspiration for classical landscape photography and the site of human and environmental devastation. American West makes clear how the environment of the former American frontier now faces serious threats to its long-term survival.

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    2019 Jun 26

    Harvard Art Museums: Cambridge Open Archives

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, Art Study Center, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard Art Museums Archives is participating in Cambridge Open Archives, an annual event that offers the rare chance to visit a number of unique archives and collecting agencies in Cambridge. In the Art Study Center, select archival photographs, correspondence, and objects documenting the history of the museums’ teaching mission and its wider impact in the United States will be on display for close examination. Archives staff will be on hand to share the stories behind the materials.

    Cost: Free with museums admission (note that admission is always free...

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    2019 Jun 26

    Exhibition: American West

    Wed Jun 26 (All day) to Thu Jul 25 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Photographer, Northeastern University professor emeritus, and former Harvard section leader Neal Rantoul presents a reflection on the present-day American West through images of the Utah desert and the Paradise, California Camp Fire aftermath. Together, these two landscapes show the West as both an inspiration for classical landscape photography and the site of human and environmental devastation. American West makes clear how the environment of the former American frontier now faces serious threats to its long-term survival.

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    2019 May 30

    Creating Community: Harvard Law School and the Bauhaus

    Thu May 30 (All day) to Wed Jul 31 (All day)

    Location: 

    Caspersen Room, Langdell Hall, 1545 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

    2019 marks the centennial of the Bauhaus, and Harvard is celebrating! The Bauhaus, considered the twentieth century’s most influential school of art and design, has deep connections to Harvard, including the Harvard Law School (HLS).

    Explore HLS’s connection to the Bauhaus and its role in shaping campus life in these excerpts from the full exhibit, on view daily 9am–5pm in Langdell Hall's ...

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    2019 May 25

    Exhibition: Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

    Sat - Sun, May 25 to Aug 11, 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Location: 

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

    This exhibition gives visitors the rare chance to encounter a significant 13th-century Japanese icon, Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, from the inside out. Legendary prince Shōtoku Taishi (c. 574–622) is regarded as the founder of Buddhism in Japan. At two years old (one by the Western count), he was believed to have taken several steps forward, faced east, put his hands together, and praised the Buddha. A sacred relic, the eyeball of the Buddha, then appeared between his hands. The diminutive life-size sculpture—the oldest and finest of its kind—depicts that miraculous moment....

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    2019 May 25

    Exhibition: Japan on Paper

    Sat - Sun, May 25 to Aug 11, 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Japanese woodblock prints, with their sophisticated designs and bold planes of color, have long attracted viewers and inspired Western artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Mary Cassatt. These technically refined and aesthetically exciting prints were among the earliest works of Asian art acquired by the Harvard Art Museums, first entering the collections in 1910. Today the museums house approximately 5,000 single-sheet Japanese woodblock prints, and this exhibition introduces a selection of superlative impressions from this lively medium. The exhibition also seeks to highlight the...

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    2019 May 23

    Exhibition Reception: Making is Taking: Consent in Photography

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    In established art circles, photographers often describe their work as “making” images, as opposed to “taking” pictures. While this language accurately describes artistic authorship, it can also allow photographers and viewers to sidestep questions about agency and consent with human subjects.

    In this exhibition, curator and photographer Anna Rae presents the work of four Boston-area photographers, Atma, Kat Waterman, Lucas Hall, and Jaypix Belmer, who explore the role of consent in their portraits.

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