Arts & Culture

2020 Feb 27

The New Geopolitical Order

4:15pm

Location: 

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

The new geopolitical environment taking shape in many parts of the world tends toward increasing authoritarianism and nationalistic competition. In this lecture, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, an international human rights advocate and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will argue that the world’s people deserve better. Despite the demagoguery and isolationism that some leaders are pursuing, he believes it is possible to pursue thoughtful diplomacy and a system of connectivity, coalitions, and partnerships to reform institutions and change polices.

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2020 Jan 23

Gallery Talk: Walk Like an Egyptian

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Fellow Jen Thum explores the basics of ancient Egyptian representation, including why their bodies seem to "walk like an Egyptian."

Free with museum admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before each talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

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2020 Feb 13

Opening Lecture: Painting Edo

6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

As part of the Harvard Art Museums' opening celebration for Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, SOAS University of London art history professor Timon Screech will present "Into the Kaleidoscope: Painting in Edo Japan."

Tickets are required for the lecture and may be acquired in person, by phone, or online for a small fee through the Harvard Box Office. Limit of two tickets per person.

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2020 Feb 27

2019–2020 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Social Sciences

4:15pm

Location: 

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, an international human rights advocate and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will speak about his work defending and promoting universal human rights, including his efforts overseeing humanitarian relief operations and refugee resettlement.

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2020 Feb 26

Conducting Oneself: Choreographing Bodies and Identities On and Off the Podium

4:00pm

Location: 

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

At Radcliffe, Daniel M. Callahan is beginning his second book, “Conducting Oneself,” which examines how the bodies, identities, and repertoire of orchestra conductors produce, legitimate, and limit their movements on the podium and off, from conservatories to coveted positions. Drawing on movement analysis, oral history, and affect theory, the project explores how conductors visibly embody their empathy with scores while simultaneously projecting expertise and power.

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2020 Feb 20

History Reconsidered: Poetry Reading and Discussion

4:15pm

Location: 

Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

Join the Radcliffe Institute for a poetry reading and discussion with Clint Smith.

Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and an Emerson Fellow at New America. He has received fellowships from the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation, while his writing has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Poetry Magazine, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, was published in 2016. It won the 2017...

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2020 Feb 12

Lecture: no noise disturbed the quiet of the morning

4:00pm

Location: 

Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

As a Radcliffe fellow, Anthony Romero (RI '20) is working on a multimedia research and visual art project that includes a collection of related but discrete works which attempt to articulate how indigenous populations, under European colonial rule in Australia, South Asia, and the United States, were controlled through the criminalization and legislating of native sound and music practices. Taken together, these histories reveal how carceral and criminalizing strategies sowed the seeds for the ongoing over-policing of black and brown communities.

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2020 Feb 11

Lecture: Diary of a Tap Dancer

4:15pm

Location: 

Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

During her fellowship, Ayodele Casel (RI '20) is working on Diary of a Tap Dancer, a theatrical work positioning tap dance as the driving force of the narrative. This project aims to create a fuller and more accurate picture of the legacy of the art form by centering the voices of its unnamed women within a broader historical context. Diary explores shared themes of hoofers past and present with stories illuminating the struggle and joy of expression, communication, the evolution of jazz music, gender inequality, and the personal and culturally devastating implications for women...

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2020 Feb 07

The Path Taken: Photography by Lawrence Mullings

Fri Feb 7 (All day) to Sun Apr 26 (All day)

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

On any given day, Lawrence Mullings can be found exploring the paths and hidden corners of the Arboretum. While walking in the landscape to regain his health, his joy in photography was rekindled. He saw how the Arboretum was many different things to him, and to the many different people who come here from around the neighborhood and around the world. To Mullings, the Arboretum is its trees, as well as the myriad ways visitors enjoy them and this landscape.

Now revived in spirit and in creativity, Mullings brings to his exhibition the inspirational scenes he has captured along...

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2020 Feb 08

Opening Reception for The Path Taken: Photography by Lawrence Mullings

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Join the Arnold Arboretum for an opening reception for their newest exhibition, The Path Taken: Photography by Lawrence Mullings.

On any given day, Lawrence Mullings can be found exploring the paths and hidden corners of the Arboretum. While walking in the landscape to regain his health, his joy in photography was rekindled. He saw how the Arboretum was many different things to him, and to the many different people who come here from around the neighborhood and around the world. To Mullings, the Arboretum is its trees, as well as the myriad ways visitors enjoy them...

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2020 Feb 06

A Rose is a Rose: The Art of Botanical Prose

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Attention gardeners, readers, and writers! Come in from the cold for an afternoon as delightful as a spring garden. Jonathan Damery, the associate editor for Arnoldia, will provide an enlivening and breathtaking tour of the artistry found in horticultural and botanical reference books. Bask in the profound eloquence of even the most exhaustive of botanical descriptions. Often cloaked in scholarly tomes, these compositions boast opinion, passion, simply gorgeous wordsmithing, and even intrigue, in some cases.

Cost
Members: $5
Nonmembers: $10

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2020 Feb 13

Opening Celebration: Painting Edo

5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Join the Harvard Art Museums to celebrate the opening of Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, on view from February 14–July 26, 2020.

Be among the first to see over 120 works included in the Harvard Art Museums' latest show, which celebrates the rich visual culture of Japan's early modern era. The galleries are open late, and admission is free for...

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2020 Feb 07

Tour: Reading the Fine Print

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Join student guide May Wang on this special hour-long tour to rediscover the artistic, material, and musical influences behind Taddeo di Bartolo’s Virgin and Child with Angels. Following an investigation of the painting’s iconography, May and her colleagues from the Harvard University Choir will bring the painting to life by performing the hymn featured within it.

Free with museum admission. This tour is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the tour, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

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2020 Feb 14

Exhibition: Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection

Fri Feb 14 (All day) to Sun Jul 26 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Painting Edo—one of the largest exhibitions ever presented at the Harvard Art Museums—offers a window onto the supremely rich visual culture of Japan’s early modern era. Selected from the unparalleled collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world. The dizzying array of artistic lineages and studios active during the Edo...

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2020 Jan 02

Animal Talk: A Dr. Dolittle Scavenger Hunt

Thu Jan 2 (All day) to Fri Jan 31 (All day)

Location: 

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

Scavenger Hunt Dates:
December 21–December 23
December 26–December 31
January 2–January 31

Have you ever wished that you could talk with other animals? Doctor Dolittle, the imaginary character in the Hugh Lofting book The Story of Doctor Dolittle, could do just that! Doctor Dolittle learned animal languages and made animal friends all over the world. Use the clues to find six of his animal friends in the museum and learn how that animal really communicates. Then, like Doctor Dolittle, tell us what you think that animal is saying by drawing or writing...

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