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Upcoming Events

2019 Mar 26

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

Repeats every day until Sun Apr 21 2019 .
9:00am to 5:00pm

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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2019 Mar 26

Exhibition Opening: Beauties

5:00pm

Location: 

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

Beauties is a newly commissioned exhibition by noted contemporary American sculptor, printer, and conceptual and visual artist Willie Cole. He is known for using irons and ironing as central motifs in his work for 30 years, evoking everything from African masks to slave ship diagrams to the routines of domestic servitude. In this special installation, the gallery will be lined with haunting, full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, allowing visitors to confront the contradictory energies running through them.

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2019 Mar 26

Celebrate Nowruz (Persian New Year)

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Celebrate the Persian New Year and the beginning of spring with poetry, live music, traditional sweets, and an introduction to the traditional haft seen table. More than 3,000 years old, Nowruz (“new day”) originated in ancient Persia and became a popular celebration in communities influenced by Persian culture, including Iran, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Western China. Drop in for a presentation of Nowruz customs and activities and help build community for 1398, the new year in the Persian calendar.

Free admission with advance registration by...

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2019 Mar 26

Lecture: Kimberly Dowdell, “Diverse City: How Equitable Design and Development Will Shape Urban Futures”

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

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

How can real estate development and sustainable design be used to foster equitable and inclusive redevelopment in cities? That’s the challenge that has animated the career of Kimberly Dowdell MPA '15, an architect, developer, and educator who is focused on leading projects that help contribute to the revitalization of cities like Detroit, and also preparing the next generation of urban change agents.

Delivering the 19th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture, presented by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, Dowdell—who has designed or managed over $100 million in assets in...

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2019 Mar 27

Transitions: Winter Into Spring, Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum

Repeats every day until Sun May 05 2019 .
(All day)

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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2019 Mar 27

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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2019 Mar 27

Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family

Repeats every day until Sun Mar 31 2019 .
(All day)

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

In the 1950s, the Cambridge-based Marshall family launched a groundbreaking effort to document the rapidly changing lives of Kalahari hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa. Explore the complex photographic history and the power of images to create and break stereotypes.

Free for Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm...

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2019 Mar 27

Clay—Modeling African Design

Repeats every day until Sun Nov 14 2021 .
(All day)

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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2019 Mar 27

Exhibition: The Endangered Species Project: New England

Repeats every day until Sun Apr 14 2019 .
(All day)

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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