Events

    2021 Jan 21

    Art Talk Live: Setting the Fans Afloat

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Art Museums

    Exhibition designer Elie Glyn and production specialist Sean Lunsford will explain the creative process behind the planning and installation of a display of framed fans by Suzuki Kiitsu, featured in the special exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection.

    Led by:
    Elie Glyn, Assistant Director for Exhibitions, Collections Management
    Sean Lunsford, Exhibition Production Specialist, Collections Management...

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    2021 Jan 14

    Art Talk Live: Ben Shahn and Folk Music

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    During the Great Depression, artist Ben Shahn produced hundreds of photographs while working for the Farm Security Administration. Among his most common subjects were musicians. In this talk, curatorial fellow Kappy Mintie will examine Shahn’s interest in folk music in the context of concurrent government efforts to record this important strand of American music.

    Led by:
    Katherine “Kappy” Mintie, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

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    2021 Jan 07

    Art Talk Live: Love at the Margins

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Members of the itinerant Roma, or Romani, people arrived in Europe by the Middle Ages and have held a prominent place in Western art and literature, from the work of Shakespeare and Hieronymus Bosch to that of the many Roma artists and writers active today. This talk will focus on an unusual and moving depiction of a Roma woman and child by Dutch artist Jacques de Gheyn, exploring it in relation to the broader visual and literary tradition and to the realities of the lives of the Roma in the 17th-century Netherlands.

    Led by:
    Joanna Sheers Seidenstein,...

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    2020 Dec 17

    Art Talk Live: Erased!

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Public images of rulers serve as potent symbols of power and propaganda. In ancient Rome, tyrannical emperors were deposed and assassinated, their likenesses defaced by angry citizens and sometimes by official decree.

    This talk is part of a series investigating power dynamics in artworks across the collections. Considering intersections of art and power, our curatorial team discusses how artists engage with social and political crises, use art to upset systems of power, and imagine more equitable futures.

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    2020 Dec 10

    Student Guide Alumni Tour: Why Museums Matter

    8:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Alumni of the Ho Family Student Guide Program talk about works of art they still think about, how their museum experience affected their path after graduation, and how this experience feeds into their current work in architecture, social justice, and environmental policy.

    Join David Kurlander ’15, Catarina Martinez ’15, and John Wang ’15—all members of the first Student Guide cohort in our renovated building—for an interactive conversation with Camran Mani, the Cunningham Curatorial Fellow in Academic and Public Programs, about how they have carried forward their museum...

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    2020 Dec 10

    In Conversation: Kemi Adeyemi with Jessica Bell Brown, Lauren Haynes, and Jamillah James

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts—Online

    Join the Carpenter Center for a conversation between Kemi Adeyemi, Director of the Black Embodiments Studio, and curators Jessica Bell Brown, Lauren Haynes, and Jamillah James. This conversation is a continuation of Adeyemi's oral history project “Black Women Curators, A Brief Oral History of the Recent Past,” which documents the perspectives of Black women curators working in the United States from the mid-2000s onward.

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    2020 Dec 10

    Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson! A Celebration of Poetry and Cake

    3:00pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Houghton Library—Online

    Every year the Houghton Library throws a birthday party for Emily Dickinson, featuring her famous 20lb black cake, the autograph recipe of which can be found in the collection. Sadly, we cannot gather in person this year to party and eat cake, so this fall we encouraged intrepid bakers and Dickinson fans from around the world to join us, together at home, in baking her black cake. Our collective efforts will culminate in a live Zoom birthday party on December 10. (You don’t have to bake the cake to attend, but you still have time to try it if you want!)

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    2020 Dec 05

    Student Guide Tour: Transcendence—A Guide on How to Escape Your Current Reality, with Franklin Hang

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Join us live on Zoom for a Student Guide Tour!

    Franklin Hang ’21 explores how artistic periods and traditions have had an impact on the world in ways that exceed bodily limitations. He will lead an interactive discussion of a portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, Emperor Napoleon I by Jacques-Louis David, ...

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    2020 Dec 03

    2020 Visions

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Too often, the story of women’s suffrage unfolds in a vacuum, seemingly unconnected from the general contours of American history. This panel discussion looks back from the present, asking experts working in a variety of disciplines and organizations to briefly unfold, TED-talk style, a single “big idea” that captures the significance of the 19th Amendment for voting rights, citizenship, and democracy today.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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    2020 Dec 03

    Art Talk Live: Sculpture as Witness (Doris Salcedo)

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    During these unsettled times, art allows us to reflect on and confront sociopolitical uncertainties through close looking at objects. Doris Salcedo’s sculpture Untitled (2004–5), recalling a worn, simple chair, marks the absence of countless victims lost to political violence in Colombia’s civil war. Curator Mary Schneider Enriquez will examine Salcedo’s work and will consider how an everyday object speaks to the power wielded by those whose victims remain silent.

    This talk is part of a series investigating power dynamics in artworks across the collections. Considering...

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    2020 Dec 03

    Design Impact: Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness – Ethics, Policy, Action

    11:00am to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Design Impact Vol. 2: Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness – Ethics / Policy / Action, sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council, will be a direct, real-talk dialogue on homelessness in the United States that explores the myriad causes of rising homelessness and innovative solutions to eradicate it. It will consist of 3 distinct panels followed by a summary dialogue. The panels will be prefaced by keynote remarks from Binyamin Appelbaum, lead writer on business and economics for the Editorial Board of The New York Times.

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    2020 Dec 01

    Painting Edo at the Arnold Arboretum: Japanese Black Pine

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Painting Edo at the Arnold Arboretum is a collaboration between the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and the Harvard Art Museums, inspired by the exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection. Observing artworks from the exhibition alongside the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum, we invite you to marvel at the remarkable accuracy and spirit with which artists of the Edo period (1615–1868) rendered their botanical...

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    2020 Nov 21

    Student Guide Tour: Art in Exile

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Vlad Batagui ’21 explores the relationship between art and the origins of its creation, looking at different ways in which art objects and artists get removed from their original cultural contexts. This interactive tour looks closely at the mural painting Eight Men Ferrying a Statue of the Buddha (from Mogao Cave 323, in Dunhuang, China), the sculpture Torso of a Young Girl by Constantin Brancusi, and...

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    2020 Nov 20

    HMSC Connects! Celebrating Women

    Fri Nov 20 (All day) to Thu Dec 31 (All day)

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Virtual experiences connect the collections of the four Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. In HMSC Connects! Celebrating Women, go behind the scenes with women in academia while listening to the HMSC Connects! Podcast, discovering women’s work, Story Time videos, and coloring pages.

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    2020 Nov 19

    Co-Cities: Reimagining the City as a Commons

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In the U.S., and around the world, vacant and abandoned urban land and structures are more ubiquitous than most people realize. In this lecture, Professor Sheila Foster will argue why we should think about this urban infrastructure as a “commons” capable of meeting the social and economic needs of the most vulnerable urban populations.

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    2020 Nov 18

    Shrill: An Interactive Media Chamber Opera

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Tina Tallon RI ‘21 is a composer, interdisciplinary temporal media artist, and researcher who currently serves as an assistant professor of composition at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In this lecture, Tallon will talk about her new project called “Shrill,” an interactive multimedia chamber opera that will explore the social history of voice technology and how structural bias in its development continues to influence whose stories are told and how.

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    2020 Nov 17

    Carl M. Sapers Ethics in Practice Lecture: Black Reconstruction

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Ten Responses to One Question: What does it mean to imagine Black Reconstruction today?

    Join the Black Reconstruction Collective (BRC) for this lecture. The BRC provides funding, design, and intellectual support to the ongoing and incomplete project of emancipation for the African Diaspora. The BRC is committed to multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary work dedicated to dismantling systemic white supremacy and hegemonic whiteness within art, design, and academia. Founded by a group of Black architects, artists, designers, and scholars, the BRC aims to amplify knowledge...

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    2020 Nov 16

    Geo-Logics: Natural Resources as Necropolitics

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In this talk, lecturer Kathryn Yusoff addresses how natural resources are the dominant and normative modality of matter, one that is predicated on and institutionalizes racialized relations. Yusoff will address questions of material memory and redress, alongside the weaponization of geology through natural resources as an affectual architecture of racializing difference.

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