Events

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

    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 May 13

    Exhibition: The Bauhaus and Harvard

    Repeats every day until Sun Jul 28 2019 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    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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    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...
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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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    Exhibition: The Endangered Species Project: New England

    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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    Jace Clayton, "The Great Salt"

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

    Location: 

    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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    Exhibition Opening: Measure

    Location: 

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

    Location: 

    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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    Exhibition Reception: In Over My Head

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a reception celebrating the latest Crossings Gallery exhibition, In Over My Head. Using photography, audio, and archival material, In Over My Head forms a complex narrative that is rooted in the labor of a specific person and place, but is also inherently fictional. Even as it captures artist Thalassa Raasch’s experience of digging graves,...

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    Exhibition: The Rockefeller Beetles

    Location: 

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

    Location: 

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

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134

    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 contemporary sculptors and vessel makers were invited to seek inspiration in subject matter, form, function and/or culture of origin from these ancient vessels, which illustrate how shapes, artistic forms, ideas, and traditions have exchanged across borders throughout time.

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