Media and video art practice of the last twenty years coincided with the harrowing expansion of climate degradation. While the effects of climate change had been anticipated before 2000, they took shape ubiquitously and lethally post-2000, bringing new challenges about whether and how to imagine a future for shared life on the planet. These effects coincided also with a deeper historical understanding of how we got here, tracking the history of extractive economies and their imbrication with the forces of gender, race, colonialism, and a human-centered anthropocentricism.
Please join us for a free virtual film screening of the documentary film, "This Ain't Normal." Register for a link to see the documentary at your convenience between February 15 and 16. Then join us for a discussion on...
In Benin Bronzes in Context, Sarah Clunis will look at objects currently in the care of Harvard and discuss the way that these objects represent an iconographic and contextual story of trade, contact, and crossroads between cultures. Diana Loren will moderate a discussion after the presentation.
The bronze, ivory, and wooden artworks broadly known as the “Benin Bronzes” were taken from Benin City as part of the British Punitive Expedition of 1897 and dispersed to private collections and museums around the world. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology...
W. Ralph Eubanks is a visiting professor and writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi, where he is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Join Eubanks as he discusses his upcoming book, which weaves together personal history, archival research, reporting, blues and popular culture, and interviews with current Delta residents to tell the region’s history and explore why many residents of this iconic region of Mississippi persist in trying to transform a place that has been deemed broken and beyond repair.
How did Chicago, a city known for commerce, come to have such a splendid public waterfront—its most treasured asset? The book’s authors study the lakefront’s evolution from the middle of the nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Their findings have significance for understanding not only Chicago’s history but also the law’s part in determining the future of significant urban resources such as waterfronts.
Join us for a discussion on Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago with authors Joseph Kearney and Thomas Merrill and panelists Henry Smith, Richard...
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Harvard Art Museums—Online
Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on several objects in our collections. This interactive tour will take place online via Zoom. The link to join will be updated soon. The tours are free and open to all; no pre-registration required.
This installment in the Radcliffe Institute’s winter series of book talks will feature Anita Hill, author of Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence (Viking, 2021). Professor Hill is University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University.
Harvard Business School & Harvard Kennedy School—Online
Please join Professor Arthur Brooks for a conversation on his new book, From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life, featuring introductory remarks from Seth Klarman, (MBA '82), CEO of The Baupost Group of Boston. "Change in life is inevitable, but suffering from it is not," says Brooks. "We can succeed in life and work in new and spectacular ways, but we first have to understand our changing strengths." From Strength to Strength is a handbook to happiness in the second half of life.
Join us for two consecutive panels and a conversation with internationally renowned artist Krzysztof Wodiczko.
In this joint panel, we will first explore how creative practices and institutions navigate audience participation and how they enter into spaces of co-production. Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will discuss how his practice, use of technology, and processes of community participation are in dialogue with Krzysztof Wodiczko’s own practice. In her presentation, Jill Medvedow, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, will discuss the role of...
A presentation from 2021–2022 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow Roger Reeves.
Roger Reeves is a poet and an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas, Austin. He plans to create a poem that "sings out of the largesse of black life, a song that sings of a future that is both ecstatic and defiant."
Secretary Marcia L. Fudge believes the country’s housing issues do not fit into a one-size-fits-all approach. We need policies and programs that can adapt to meet a community’s unique housing challenges. She is committed to making the dream of homeownership - and the security and wealth creation that comes with it - a reality for more Americans.
After the lecture, Secretary Fudge will be in conversation with Jerold Kayden, the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and...
Alison Bechdel will discuss some of the strategies she has used to navigate time in her various graphic memoirs. From the simultaneity of events in the unconscious, to the time-stamped documents of evidence, to the search for patterns in random, unspooling life, to the ultimate problem of mortality, Bechdel shows her work in search of visual solutions to lost time.
Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard—Online
Christopher Nolan's film Memento depicts a character (Leonard Shelby) who seeks to find the man he believes murdered his wife in a violent attack that also left Leonard with an inability to remember recent events - he cannot recall who he has met just a few minutes earlier, or what has just been said in a conversation with them. Yet Leonard can recall what happened before the attack and remembers how to perform learned skills such as driving a car or using a camera.
Memento raises several important questions about memory: What different kinds of memory are...
In this opening discussion for Radcliffe’s contemporary art exhibition, Precipitation for an Arid Landscape, the artist Gala Porras-Kim will engage in a wide-ranging conversation with art historian Martha Buskirk. The exhibition grows out of Porras-Kim’s 2019–2020 fellowship at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Her fellowship project centered on items dredged from the Sacred Cenote of Chichén Itzá, a Maya site in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, and how they arrived in the collections of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
The 2022 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Humanities will feature Midori—artist, activist, and educator who explores and builds connections between music and the human experience, which makes her one of the most outstanding violinists of our time. She has performed with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma, and many others.
On View: November 17, 2018–November 13, 2022 University Collections Gallery, African Art, Harvard Art Museums
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...
Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient World explores how the movement of goods, peoples, and ideas around the ancient Mediterranean transformed the lives and livelihoods of people at all levels of society, driving innovations that had lasting impacts—even on the modern world.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 1 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
Muchos Méxicos explores Mexico’s rich history as a site of human innovation, creativity and cultural diversity. Featuring Mexican objects from the Peabody Museum collections, this bilingual exhibit tells the story of Mexico as a multicultural and geographic crossroads—one where the exchange of resources, products, and ideas among Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas before the Spanish invasion, and then with cultures around the globe—have all created a vibrant nation.
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
Over their fifty years creating the Glass Flowers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, father and son, continually experimented with materials and methods that pushed the boundaries of glassworking. Years later, their complex and varied practices presented unique challenges for the conservators preserving and protecting the models, which led to a suite of conservation processes nearly as varied as the Blaschka’s techniques. From the Hands of the Makers explores what it takes to both make and conserve a model and investigates the lingering mysteries surrounding the making of the glass...