Events

    Conference: Disability and Citizenship: Global and Local Perspectives

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    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”

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    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

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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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    Jan Boelen, “Design as Learning”

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    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”

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    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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    Corinne Wasmuht: The Speed of Painting

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    Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    Corinne Wasmuht (b. 1964) is considered one of the most important German painters of her generation. In this lecture, the artist will discuss her work, from her early naturalistic structures of the late 1980s to more recent large-scale oil paintings, which reflect her interest in digital imagery and the anonymity of public space.

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    Open House Lecture: Irma Boom

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

    Irma Boom is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer who specializes in making books. After earning her B.F.A. in graphic design from the AKI Art Academy in Enschedé, she worked for five years at the Dutch government publishing and printing office in The Hague. In 1991 she founded ...

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    Guest Speaker: Elisa Silva

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

    Elisa Silva is director and founder of Enlace Arquitectura established in Caracas Venezuela 2007. Projects focus on raising awareness of spatial inequality and the urban environment through public space, the integration of informal settlements and community engagement in rural landscapes. Public space interventions in informal settlements through participatory methodologies are also...

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    How to See Architecture: Bruno Zevi (March ’42)

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

    One hundred years after his birth, the prolific work of Roman architect Bruno Zevi continues to engage current problems in theory and criticism, and deserves to be revisited. From the publication of Towards an Organic Architecture, in 1945, to his monograph on Erik Gunnar Asplund published the very year of his death in 2000, many of his books have had an electrifying effect on architects and historians. Active as educator and as political activist, he was an engaged, charismatic...

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    Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Fritz Haeg, Nils Norman, and Julieta González

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

    Please join us for a conversation between visual artists Fritz Haeg and Nils Norman and Julieta González, Artistic Director of Museo Jumex. They will discuss their recent project Proposals for a Plaza at Museo Jumex. Proposals for a Plaza was commissioned as part of the series Agora: Blueprints for a Utopia, and the temporary sculptural installation invites the public to imagine and...

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    Guest Speaker: Marty Poirier

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

    For 40 years, Marty Poirier has combined insatiable curiosity with love of community life to practice landscape architecture fused with urbanity, social purpose, and aesthetics.  His designs strive to shape expressive places that people connect with.

    Marty’s career is filled with assignments informed by the downtown centers in which he has lived and worked – Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cambridge, New York, and San Diego.  His work has focused on places of dense...

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    Guest Speaker: José Esparza Chong Cuy

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    Gund Hall, Stubbins, Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    José Esparza Chong Cuy is the Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where he recently co-organized a major collection exhibition to celebrate the museum’s 50thanniversary and curated solo shows of Tania Pérez Córdova and Mika Horibuchi. Upcoming projects include a major commission with Federico Herrero, a solo exhibition with Jonathas de Andrade, and a large-scale retrospective on the life and work of Lina Bo Bardi, co-organized with the Museu de arte de São Paulo and the Museo Jumex in Mexico City. Prior to the MCA Chicago, Esparza Chong Cuy was...

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    Senior Loeb Scholar Lecture: Bruno Latour

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    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, Room 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Bruno Latour is now emeritus professor associated with the médialab and the program in political arts (SPEAP) of Sciences Po Paris. Since January 2018 he is for two years fellow at the Zentrum fur Media Kunst (ZKM) and professor at the HfG both in Karlsruhe. Member of several academies and recipient of six honorary doctorate, he is the recipient in 2013 of the Holberg Prize. He has written and edited more than twenty books and published more than one hundred and fifty articles.

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    Dragonfly Eyes: What Counts as Art Today?

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

    Xu Bing is a world-renowned artist, professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing), and an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. Working at the forefront of Chinese contemporary art, Xu has focused with particular intricacy on the challenges of translation between East and West. This discussion will delve into the range of Xu’s art and its multifaceted impact on the global contemporary art world.

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    PRACTICE: Outside In | Inside Out

    This symposium considers discourse on contemporary issues of design practice in two parts: the external pressures of economic, environmental, and political systems, and internal forces of tools, techniques, and strategies for design. Addressing the multifaceted nature of the profession, we will explore themes for the design of practice, such as work and labor, tools and technology, and ethics and agency. The symposium highlights potential avenues for the growth and constitution of...

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    Guest Speaker: Sou Fujimoto

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

    Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido in 1971. Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. In 2018, he won two International Competitions for the Village Vertical in site of Rosny-sous-Bois and for the HSG Learning Center in Saint Gallen. In 2017, he was the winner of two International Competitions, for the Nice Meridia and the...

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    (Why) Reporting the Voices of African Women and Girls Matters

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

    Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is an award-winning broadcaster and NPR’s Africa correspondent. An all-purpose Africa reporter, Quist-Arcton will share stories and insight from her experiences listening to African women and girls talk about the continent, the world, and what matters to them. And to us all. Following her remarks, Quist-Arcton will be joined in conversation by Marco Werman, host of Public Radio International’s The World.

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