Events

    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 29

    Free Admission Day for Harvard Class Day

    10:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission to all visitors on Wednesday, May 29 in celebration of Harvard Class Day.

    Explore the collections galleries and discover masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and more. Visit works by internationally recognized contemporary artists such as Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, and Kerry James Marshall, and check out the Bauhaus and Harvard exhibition, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany.

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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 21

    Preserving Zapotec Weaving Practices

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    The town of Teotitlán Del Valle in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is renowned for its weaving traditions and its importance as a Zapotec cultural center. Porfirio Gutiérrez will examine the rich history of Zapotec weaving from the perspective of its practitioners. He will also discuss his studio’s role in preserving and promoting the use of natural dyes in his community, and abroad, using pigments derived from plants and insects.

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    2019 May 18

    Exploring Zapotec Wool-Dyeing Techniques

    10:00am to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    In this one-day workshop, master dyer and textile artist Porfirio Gutiérrez will discuss the history and uses of cochineal dye from the perspective of the Zapotecs from Oaxaca, Mexico, who have used the pigment since pre-Columbian times. Mr. Gutiérrez will demonstrate how to prepare cochineal dye and will guide workshop participants in dyeing their individual wool scarves with both cochineal and pericón, a wild marigold indigenous to Mexico, used to obtain a beautiful bright yellow dye.

    This is an all-levels workshop; no previous experience is required. All supplies for...

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    2019 May 18

    Free Admission Day for Art Museum Day and International Museum Day

    10:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission to all visitors on Saturday, May 18 in celebration of Art Museum Day and International Museum Day, organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

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    2019 May 10

    Club Passim Summer Concert Series

    Repeats every 2 weeks every Friday until Fri Sep 27 2019 .
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    Location: 

    Harvard Northwest Science Building, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Club Passim in partnership with Harvard University brings free live music to the Harvard Common Spaces every other Friday at 12:00pm-1:00pm from May 10 to September 27.

    During your lunch hour, enjoy Harvard’s relaxing Common Space full of food trucks and summer fun!

    Artist lineup:
    Friday, June 7 - Lloyd Thayer
    Friday, June 21 - Adam Brahami
    Friday, July 5 - Alisa Amador
    Friday, July 19 - Hayley Sabella
    Friday, August 2 - Sheila Del Bosque & Nacho Gonzales
    Friday, August 16 - Pretty Saro
    Friday, August 30 - Liv...

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    2019 May 05

    The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Harvard Professor Ali Asani ’77; Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi ’06; and Grammy-winning producer Noah Georgeson will share the poetic consciousness of legendary South Asian mystic poets through music and conversation. Central to the performance are the transformative powers of love, the primordial link that connects the divine to all of creation.

    Join these thought leaders and artists as they invite audiences to understand the human and the divine through the all-encompassing lens of love.

    Cost: Free tickets will be available...

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    2019 May 03

    ARTS FIRST 2019: Jazz on the Plaza

    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center Plaza Tent, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Harvard Jazz Bands will take the stage with Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Yosvany Terry, Senior Lecturer on Music and director of Harvard Jazz Bands, and Mark Olson, director of the Harvard Wind Ensemble and Harvard University Band. Saxophonist and composer Don Braden '85, lauded by the New York Times as “brilliant and assured,” is the guest artist.

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    2019 May 02

    Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony: Tracy K. Smith '94

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Agassiz Theatre, 5 James St., Cambridge

    Join a celebration of poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith ’94, the 2019 Harvard Arts Medal recipient, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow. 

    The ceremony will include a short presentation by poet and Harvard professor Jorie Graham, and a conversation between Smith and Boston-based journalist and speaker Callie Crossley—as well as poetry students at Harvard.

    Free...

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    2019 May 02

    ARTS FIRST 2019

    Thu May 2 (All day) to Sun May 5 (All day)

    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.

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    2019 Apr 30

    Angela Hewitt, piano: Bach Odyssey

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St., Cambridge

    World renowned pianist Angela Hewitt presents a program of her acclaimed Bach Odyssey, including:

    • English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806;
    • English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807;
    • Suite in F minor, BWV 823;
    • English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808;
    • Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894.

    The concert is free, but tickets required, available on April 16 at the Harvard Box Office. Tickets...

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    2019 Apr 27

    Exhibition: Caspian: The Elements

    Sat Apr 27 (All day) to Mon Feb 17 (All day)

    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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    2019 Apr 25

    Seminal Voices

    Repeats every day until Sat Apr 27 2019 .
    7:00pm to 8:00pm

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    Location: 

    Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St., Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Dance Center for an evening of new experiments with the methods of three visionary artists who have expanded the meaning of choreographic practice—and still do. See Harvard students perform and engage with work that spans 90 years of dance history. Evocative, idiosyncratic, distinctive, and infinitely expressive, each of the these works provides dancers and audiences alike the opportunity to encounter dance history and participate in it.

    Cost: $5 for students; $10 for general public.

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    2019 Apr 25

    Caspian: The Elements Preview and Lecture

    6:00pm

    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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    2019 Apr 25

    Vision and Justice: A Creative Convening

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, and Sanders Theatre

    “Vision and Justice” is a two-day creative convening that will consider the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice, with a particular focus on the African-American experience.

    The program incorporates a range of dynamic speakers and events, including performances by Carrie Mae Weems and Wynton Marsalis, a screening of a film by Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young, and two exhibitions of work by Gordon Parks and Willie Cole. Additional speakers include Anna Deavere Smith, Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz), Claudia Rankine, and the program will conclude with...

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