The Visibility of the Eiffel Tower


Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA.

La Tour Eiffel—the 300-meter open-work iron pylon erected in Paris for the Exposition Universelle  making it the tallest structure on earth in 1889—continues to pose questions about its function and meaning, despite its global fame and the abundant scholarship it has inspired. In this talk, S. Hollis Clayson, the Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, will investigate connections between the landlocked lighthouse’s illuminations, visibility, and reception. 

Following the talk, Clayson will be joined in conversation by Jennifer Roberts, the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, and A. Cassandra Albinson, the Margaret S. Winthrop Curator of European Art at the Harvard Art Museums. 

Free admission. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person. The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

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