Arts & Culture

2021 Aug 24

Art Talk Live: Jean Frédéric Bazille’s Summer Scene

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

French painter Jean Frédéric Bazille's Summer Scene is one of the most iconic—and most enigmatic—paintings in the Harvard Art Museums collections. Join curator A. Cassandra Albinson as she traces this work's history—from its making and its reception during Bazille's lifetime to the painting’s final journey from France to Cambridge, in the summer of 1937.

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2021 Jul 16

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: A Conversation with Drawings Collector George Abrams

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

Curator Joachim Homann will discuss the themes, techniques, and function of Dutch drawings with preeminent collector George Abrams (Harvard College ’54, Harvard Law ’57), who is internationally regarded as the preeminent collector of historical Dutch drawings.

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2021 Jul 27

Book Talk with Daniel Carpenter

4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

The third installment of the Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks will feature Daniel Carpenter, author of Democracy by Petition: Popular Politics in Transformation, 1790–1870 (Harvard University Press, 2021). Carpenter is the faculty director of the social sciences at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and the Allie S. Freed Professor of Government in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Carpenter's reading will be followed by a discussion with Nikki M. Taylor, professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Howard University. The event will also include an...

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2021 Jul 20

Book Talk with Tiya Miles

4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

The second installment of the Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks will feature Tiya Miles, author of All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake (Random House, 2021). Miles is a Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and a professor of history in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Miles's reading will be followed by a discussion with Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, professor of history in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and...

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2021 Jul 13

Book Talk with Clint Smith

4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

The first installment in the summer series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks will feature Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America (Little, Brown and Company, 2021) and staff writer at The Atlantic. Smith's reading will be followed by a discussion with Kyera Singleton, executive director of the Royall House and Slave Quarters, in Medford, Massachusetts. The event will also include audience Q and A.

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2021 Jul 17

Hands-on Glaze Technique Workshop with Ruth Easterbrook

Repeats every day until Sun Jul 18 2021 .
10:00am to 4:00pm

10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

Join former Ceramics Program Artist-in-Residence and instructor Ruth Easterbrook in a virtual demonstration of her unique method of glazing to create her inviting utilitarian ware. Over this two day event, the artist will share some of her inspiration for her surface design using and interpreting botanicals elements as seen in the natural world and art history. During her demonstration, Ruth will share new ways of thinking of glaze as a pallet of not only colors but also using the other qualities of glaze as well. Participants will observe how she plans and executes her complex surfaces...

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2021 Aug 11

Concerts in the Common at Brighton Farmer's Market

Repeats every 2 weeks every Wednesday until Wed Oct 27 2021 except Wed Sep 22 2021, Wed Oct 06 2021, Wed Oct 20 2021. Also includes Wed Sep 29 2021, Wed Oct 13 2021, Wed Oct 27 2021.
4:30pm

Location: 

Brighton Common, 30 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton

Sing and dance outdoors at a wide range of family-friendly performances held during the Brighton Farmer's Market! Performers include local and regional entertainers performing children's music, klezmer, hip hop, acapella, funk, Afro-Brazilian drumming, taiko, and more. All events are free, weather permitting, and open to the public.

Concerts take place two Wednesdays a month:
2nd Wednesdays are part of the Harvard Ed Portal Family Concert Series; last Wednesdays are part of the Brighton Main Streets' Brighton Sounds Concert Series.

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2021 Jun 26

Virtual Student Guide Tour: LOL, with Cecilia Zhou

11:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

Cecilia Zhou ’22 looks at the historically specific ways humor is deployed in a few serious works of art from across time that may make you laugh out loud (LOL). She’ll focus on the 1640s painting The Drunken Silenus, by Francesco Fracanzano; the 18th-century scroll painting Puppies with Hotei and Jittoku, by Nagasawa Rosetsu; and a...

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2021 Aug 09

Virtual Summer Science Week: Awesome Archaeology!

Repeats every day until Fri Aug 13 2021 .
9:30am to 10:30am

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

For children entering grades 4–6

Fees: $63 members/$70 nonmembers

Instructor: Andy Majewski

Hear from people from 4000 years ago by looking at the objects they left behind. Meet the ancient Egyptians, Maya, Mesopotamians, and others through live, small-group Zoom sessions, and explore how objects in the museums tell their stories. Together, we’ll try some archaeology activities, use 3D models and augmented reality, and discover hidden objects within the exhibits of...

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2021 Jun 24

Virtual Student Guide Tour: World in a Vessel

8:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

Kaitlin Hao ’21 explores how three historical vessels bring us into the worlds that created them, along with their legacies and their sense of the world yet to come.

First, she will discuss a ritual food vessel made in China in the 11th or 10 century BCE. She will then turn to a stoneware storage jar by David Drake, also known as Dave the Potter, an enslaved Black man in antebellum South Carolina. And finally, she will take a...

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2021 Jun 19

Virtual Student Guide Tour: White/Hammons/Marshall

8:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

Both David Hammons and Kerry James Marshall consider their time as students of Charles White at the Otis Art Institute in the 1960s and ’70s as an important experience for them as young Black men and artists.

On this tour coinciding with Juneteenth, Maeve Miller ’22 and Cecilia Zhou ’22 will talk about a work by each of these artists: White’s linocut print of blues icon Bessie Smith (1950); Hammons’s Untitled [Body Print] (1974), which he made partly by...

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2021 Jun 10

Virtual Student Guide Tour: Staged, with Maeve Miller

8:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

In her tour, Maeve Miller ’22 will explore how performance and entertainment figure into three works of art. She will examine the woodcut Magician (1956), which Erich Heckel made in Germany more than 40 years after the heyday of his involvement with the Expressionist art movement; the painting Ventriloquist (1952), which Jacob Lawrence made in Harlem, New York, as part of his Performance Series; and a woodblock print...

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2021 Jun 02

Virtual Student Guide Tour: Making Faces, with Cecilia Zhou

11:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

Student Guide Cecilia Zhou’s art-inspired makeup tutorials have appeared on the social media channels of the Harvard Art Museums and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this tour, she will spend time with three paintings that inspired her: the 20th-century Head of a Woman by Russian Expressionist Alexei von Jawlensky, the 3rd-century Egyptian ...

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