Events

    ARTS FIRST 2019

    Location: 

    Harvard University

    Each ARTS FIRST festival is unique, but every year combines the exuberance of Harvard students, faculty and affiliates who are passionate about the many art forms presented in four rousing days of performances, exhibitions and community.

    Enjoy free, family-friendly performances, dance styles from around the world, public art walks, hands-on artmaking, and much more! We look forward to celebrating the artists of Harvard community with you during ARTS FIRST on May 2–5, 2019.

    Events include:

    • May 2,...
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    Exhibition: Small Steps, Giant Leaps

    Location: 

    Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that remarkable achievement as the last step in a long series that stretches back through the centuries to the beginnings of the modern scientific understanding of our place in the universe.

    On display are landmarks in the history of science from Houghton Library’s collections—such as first editions of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton—together with rarely exhibited highlights from a private spaceflight collection, including artifacts used during the Apollo 11 mission and on the moon itself by astronauts Neil Armstrong and...

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    Exhibition: Caspian: The Elements

    Location: 

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

    Caspian: The Elements is a new exhibit featuring the evocative imagery of Chloe Dewe Mathews, the 2014 recipient of the Peabody Museum’s Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography. The exhibit documents her extraordinary five-year journey through the contested borderlands of the Caspian Sea, and reveals the essential role played by elemental materials like oil, rock, and uranium in the practical, artistic, spiritual, and therapeutic aspects of daily life. Caspian: The Elements is a powerful photographic narrative that explores the deep links between the peoples of the...

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    Caspian: The Elements Preview and Lecture

    Location: 

    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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    Exhibition: The Bauhaus Studio: Primary Materials and Secondary Sources

    Location: 

    Crossings Gallery, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    In connection with the centennial celebrations of the Bauhaus, one of the most influential schools of art, architecture, and design of the early 20th century, a two-part exhibition, The Bauhaus Studio, highlights the legacy of the Bauhaus today through artistic responses by Harvard students. Primary Materials at the Harvard Ed Portal features single-material investigations that reactivate exercises pioneered within the Bauhaus’s Vorkurs (Preliminary Course). Secondary Sources at the ArtLab brings together research-based artworks developed through...

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    Exhibition: Willie Cole: Beauties

    Location: 

    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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    Exhibition Opening: Beauties

    Location: 

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

    Location: 

    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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    Exhibition Reception: Partition Perspectives

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a reception to celebrate the latest Crossings Gallery exhibition, Partition Perspectives. The 1947 Partition of British India displaced millions of people along religious lines and led to the creation of two new countries: Pakistan and India. In this exhibition, Mahbub Jokhio and Krupa Makhija, Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows at Harvard’s Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, reflect on the impact of the partition. Their work explores the...

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    2019 Apr 05

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

    Repeats every day until Sun Apr 21 2019 .
    9:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    Opening Reception for Transitions: Winter Into Spring, Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum

    Location: 

    125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

    Chris Morgan's goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees, and in the movements of birds. He brings details to life. The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for over fifteen years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. Digital photography, which offers a happy marriage of the arts and the sciences, lets him explore larger-format photography in creative ways through digital panorama techniques.

    Morgan has...

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    2019 Mar 10

    Transitions: Winter Into Spring, Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum

    Repeats every day until Sun May 05 2019 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston
    Chris Morgan's goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees, and in the movements of birds. He brings details to life. The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for over fifteen years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. Digital photography, which offers a happy marriage of the arts and the sciences, lets him explore larger-format photography...
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    Opening Celebration: “The Bauhaus and Harvard”

    Location: 

    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 Mar 06

    Exhibition: The Endangered Species Project: New England

    Repeats every day until Sun Apr 14 2019 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    Gallery 224 at Harvard Ceramics Program, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Gallery 224 at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard is pleased to present an exhibition of work from Montana-based potter Julia Galloway's most recent body of work, The Endangered Species Project: New England. Galloway works from each state's official list of species identified as endangered, threatened or extinct. She has created a series of covered jars, one urn for each species, illustrating the smallest Agassiz Clam Shrimp to the largest Eastern Elk.

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    Exhibition Opening: "Future Fossil"

    Location: 

    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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    Exhibition Reception: "La Meta"

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Beyond the headlines and rhetoric, millions of migrant laborers plant, tend, and harvest our food. La Meta, roughly translated as “goal,” “purpose,” and “home,” is an honest portrait of those striving in the shadows for life’s most basic successes: to live, to provide, and to thrive. Photojournalist and Nieman Fellow Samantha Appleton is known for her work covering conflicts around the world and serving as an official White House photographer for President Barack Obama. In this exhibition, she revisits an ongoing project that has taken on new meaning and urgency.

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    2019 Feb 01

    Jace Clayton, "The Great Salt"

    Repeats every day until Mon Feb 04 2019 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    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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    Clay—Modeling African Design

    Location: 

    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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