Arts & Culture

2019 Sep 20

Blodgett Chamber Music Series: Parker Quartet

8:00pm

Location: 

Paine Hall, 3 Oxford St., Cambridge

Join the Harvard Music Department for an evening of music by the Parker Quartet.

The program includes Shostakovich String Quartet #11 in F minor, Opus 122; Dvorak, String Quartet in G major, Opus 106; Shostakovich, String Quartet #9 in E-flat Major, Opus 117.

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2019 Sep 18

Visiting Artist Lecture: Crystal Morey

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Join us in welcoming Crystal Morey to the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard to talk about her work in porcelain. Morey’s porcelain sculptures narrate the interdependence between humans, plants, and animals while cultivating empathy for our changing world.

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2019 Sep 07

Lecture & Exhibition Reception: Devitrified

4:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Join Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard for a lecture with Colby Charpentier, 2018–19 Artist In Residence, as he discusses the work he developed during his residency. Immediately following the lecture will be the opening reception of Devitrified, Charpentier's solo exhibition.

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2019 Sep 09

Exhibition: Cross Country

Mon Sep 9 (All day) to Thu Oct 3 (All day)

Location: 

Crossings Gallery, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

In her first exhibition since moving from Minneapolis to Boston in 2018, Anda Tanaka explores the question of what happens to an artist’s work when her environment changes. Cross Country features two sets of abstract landscapes: prints and paintings she created in previous years while based in the Midwest, and a new series of drawings made since arriving in Boston. Contrasting these two bodies of work, Tanaka reveals the ongoing and inexorable dialogue between an artist and her environment, an evolution made manifest in the materiality of her work.

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2019 Sep 19

Exhibition Reception: Cross Country

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Crossings Gallery, Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Join the Harvard Ed Portal for an exhibition reception for Cross Country. In her first exhibition since moving from Minneapolis to Boston in 2018, Anda Tanaka explores the question of what happens to an artist’s work when her environment changes. Cross Country features two sets of abstract landscapes: prints and paintings she created in previous years while based in the Midwest, and a new series of drawings made since arriving in Boston. Contrasting these two bodies of work, Tanaka reveals the ongoing and inexorable dialogue between an artist and her environment, an...

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2019 Aug 31

Exhibition: Fruits in Decay

Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Mar 1 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

Fruits in Decay is a new special exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery that explores blight, rot, and other diseases on summer fruits. It features exquisitely detailed glass botanical models of strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and pears made by famed glass artist Rudolf Blaschka. On display for the first time in nearly two decades, these models capture—with astonishing realism—the intricacies and strange beauty of fruits in various stages of decay.

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2019 Aug 31

Exhibition: Critical Printing

Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, University Teaching Gallery, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Critical Printing is an experimental course offered by Harvard’s Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies that integrates studio and seminar instruction, allowing students to explore print as artists and scholars simultaneously. In this installation, as in the course, prints are organized not by medium or chronology, but by fundamental modes of critical thinking that emerge from the printmaking process. In the gallery, works are grouped around the following themes: reversal; pressure; color separation; depth; and replicability.

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2019 Aug 31

Exhibition: Early Christian Africa: Arts of Transformation

Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, University Teaching Gallery, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Christianity has important early roots in the Nile Valley and Ethiopia. Related arts often embody core local African values—an aesthetics that privileges moral value and simplicity over opulence, wealth, or power. This is an art of the people: limestone not marble, wool and linen rather than silk, bone instead of ivory, terracotta, wood, and copper in place of gold.

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2019 Aug 31

Exhibition: Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

Sat Aug 31 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, University Research Gallery, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

In this new exhibit, discover how celebrated American artist Winslow Homer’s work for the illustrated periodical Harper’s Weekly helped shape his later career as a painter and watercolorist.

During the Civil War (1861–1865), American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910) served as a correspondent for Harper’s. His sketches of soldiers, both in battle on the front lines and in quieter moments back at camp, were reproduced to accompany the journal’s accounts of the conflict. Homer worked for Harper’s just as new technologies were making it possible to rapidly...

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2019 Sep 06

Exhibition: Crossing Lines, Constructing Home

Fri Sep 6 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, Special Exhibitions Gallery, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

What does it mean to be displaced from culture and home? What are the historical contexts for understanding our contemporary moment? How does an artist’s work and process embody and engage the narratives of displacement and belonging?

Crossing Lines, Constructing Home investigates two parallel ideas: national, political, and cultural conceptions of boundaries and borders; and the evolving hybrid spaces, identities, languages, and beliefs created by the movement of peoples.

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2019 Aug 31

Dark Waters: All-Night Movie Marathon

7:00pm to 1:00am

Location: 

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

This year’s annual movie marathon at the Harvard Film Archive finds danger on the high seas, in the churning rapids and even on a seemingly placid lake, presenting a selection of taut and waterlogged films where boat voyages become suspended states of mind: obsessive, delusional, perilous and even disastrous.

From Huston’s classic adventure of improbable romance aboard the dilapidated African Queen to Polanski’s vision of sexualized power games on a cramped sailboat, to the solitary epic ocean adventure of the young Japanese sailor in Kon Ichikawa’s Alone on the...

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2019 Aug 02

Harvard Film Archive: Summer Film Series

Fri Aug 2 (All day) to Fri Aug 30 (All day)

Location: 

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

The Harvard Film Archive presents films Friday through Monday nights year-round. Open to the public, all screenings are held in the Archive's 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection located in the historic Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

Throughout August, The Harvard Film Archive will present screenings directed by Fritz Lang, Francesco Rosi, Howard Hawks, and Joan Tewkesbury.

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2019 Jul 30

Exhibition: Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons Across Cultures

Tue Jul 30 (All day) to Sun Aug 18 (All day)

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Nearly as universal as war itself has been the inclination to decorate the weapons of war. People through time and in nearly all cultures - rich and poor, leaders and followers, foragers in the most forbidding climates on the planet, and kings of the world’s great civilizations - have painstakingly embellished their weapons. We may marvel at their splendor in startling contrast to their deadly purpose, and we may wonder why we have always felt so compelled to transform implements of war into objects of surprising beauty.

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2019 Jul 25

Exhibition: Ashcharya

Thu Jul 25 (All day) to Sat Aug 31 (All day)

Location: 

Gutman Gallery, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge

Sneha Shrestha (aka Imagine), Ed.M.’17 brings her large-scale mural indoors to Gutman Library by reducing the size of her work while still sharing a big mindful message. She invites viewers to slow down and meditate over the multiple layers in this painting and wishes to inspire the community to keep their sense of wonder and be open to surprises that we encounter in our lives and our careers.

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2019 Aug 15

Film Screening: Volga Volga

7:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

Join the Davis Center for a film screening of Volga Volga

Volga Volga (Волга-Волга) is typical of the escapist musical comedies directed by Russian filmmaker Gregori Alexandrov. The film's star is Alexandrov's wife Lubov Orlova, here playing a physical culturalist named Strelka. The hero is Byvalov (Igor Hinsky), an itinerant musical-instrument manufacturer who dreams of forming his own orchestra.

Directed by Grigori Alexandrov (1938). Running time 108 minutes. Russian language film with English subtitles.

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