Arts & Culture

2021 Jun 01

Art Talk Live: Käthe Kollwitz and the South African Left

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

German artist Käthe Kollwitz’s reception in the Global South has only recently begun to be considered. Known for its socialist and anti-war sentiments, her work was largely introduced to South Africa by exiles fleeing Nazism, and her prints became an important touchstone for many of the country’s politically minded artists in the years leading up to and during apartheid.

Looking to Kollwitz’s 1905 cycle, Peasant’s War, Jessica Williams will explore how these images circulated among South Africa’s Left and how her work came to influence an entirely new generation of lesser-...

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2021 Apr 29

Virtual Exhibition: A Walk in the Arboretum: Digital Photocollages by Amy Ragus

Thu Apr 29 (All day) to Sun Jul 18 (All day)

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum—Online

Photographer Amy Ragus specializes in multiple frame images of New England landscapes—digital photocollages. Before and during the pandemic, Ragus spent time in the Arboretum, particularly interested in its role as a public space, its open access to everyone. Her work captures the discoveries she found just off a road or path, as well as the people who share this space and enjoy nature throughout the seasons. Explore her sensitive, creative depictions of walks in the Arboretum in this virtual exhibition.

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2021 May 27

Pottery Chill Out

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Jun 24 2021 .
4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Ed Portal—Online

Remember Play Doh when you were a kid? What if we told you you're never too old to play with clay? Sign up for our 5-session Zoom clay class, where we will make and decorate mugs, phone holders, sculptures—whatever you want, really!—using our hands and objects you can find at home. No experience necessary!

We'll teach you everything you need to know, PLUS we'll mail you all the stuff you'll need! You'll get to keep your final product and, as an added bonus, we'll chat about how working with clay can help you relax and knead-out some of the stress you may be feeling.

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2021 Apr 20

Virtual Exhibit: Women of the Museum, 1860–1920: Behind-the-Scenes at the Museum of Comparative Zoology

Tue Apr 20 (All day) to Fri Dec 31 (All day)

Location: 

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

For the first time in the museum’s history, women who labored in the collections, offices, and labs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology in the late 19th century are being revealed in a unique online exhibit from the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. The exhibit is curated by Reed Gochberg, Assistant Director of Studies and a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University.

Women like Elizabeth Hodges Clark, Elizabeth Bangs Bryant, and Elvira Wood persevered diligently behind-the-scenes, gaining unparalleled expertise in what were previously thought to be men’...

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2021 May 25

Vibrant Decay: Drifting Among Moonlit Lotuses with Okuhara Seiko

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

In this program, professor Yurika Wakamatsu will examine Lotus in Autumn (1872), an exceptionally large and immersive ink painting by Okuhara Seiko (1837–1913). The work takes the viewer on a journey from an intricate web of tangled lines and inky blotches to a lotus pond bathed in moonlight.

Rising from the depths of muddy pools, lotuses have long been cherished for their unsullied pink blossoms crowning slender green stems at the height of summer. But in Seiko’s painting, leaves unfurl into broad, broken parasols, and seed pods hang from dry, bent stalks. Why did Seiko...

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2021 May 18

Art Talk Live: Reframing the Tianlongshan Cave Temple Fragments

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

In 1943, the museum was gifted 25 stone fragments from the Tianlongshan cave temples in China’s northern Shanxi province. Beginning in the late 1920s, the reliefs and sculptures were removed from the site and published by art dealer Sadajirō Yamanaka, sparking interest among collectors worldwide. This talk will highlight a collaboration with Harvard students that investigates the creation of the works, their meaning in Buddhist medieval China, their sale and journey to their current home, and the ravaged site they left behind. 

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2021 May 14

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Slavery’s Landscape

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

This seminar will explore how photographers from the Civil War era constructed landscapes of slavery. What symbols and facts did they draw upon, and what narratives and interpretations were they in dialogue with and which did they promote?

Join Makeda Best, photography curator and author of Elevate the Masses: Alexander Gardner, Photography, and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century America (2020), as she explores how Alexander Gardner and others presented the infamous Franklin and Armfield slave pen...

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2021 May 04

Art Talk Live: Reframing Japonisme

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

The fable of the 19th-century European “discovery” of Japanese prints and their catalytic effect on Impressionist painting is by now comfortably worn, threadbare even. But what were painters in Europe actually encountering? 

In this talk, curator Rachel Saunders will take a close look at a major new acquisition that shines a distinctly different light on European interest in “Japanese art,” and the ways in which this new category was constructed in Japan itself. 

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2021 May 01

Creature Feature: What Does the Fox Say?

10:00am to 10:30am

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

Join exhibition production specialist Steve Deane to discover an amazingly intricate silver cup in the shape of a fox head. We will explore how the cup was made, how its use was tied to hunting, and how our exhibition team made the cup “float” for display in an exhibition.

We’ll also look at a series of prints of Reynard the Fox and a small fox sculpture from the fifth century. Families will learn how to make their own sculpture from Play-Doh!

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2021 May 11

Glass Flowers Tours – The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants

6:00pm to 7:10pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

Join us for a virtual tour of the famous Glass Flowers! This docent-led tour will delve into the history, artistry, and significance of the collection and give participants the opportunity to explore the gallery online. These interactive tours are approximately one-hour in length, and offer time for Q&A with your tour guide.

Cost: $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

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2021 Apr 17

Virtual Student Guide Tour: Climate Change, with Sophia Mautz

11:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

Sophia Mautz ’21 illuminates our unfolding climate crisis in her tour focused on three works of art: a 14th-century handscroll painting from Japan, Earthquake from the Legendary History of the Jin’o-ji; a photograph from 1978 by American artist Ana Mendieta, Untitled [filueta grass mound burnt with a cast iron hand, Iowa]; and ...

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2021 Apr 28

Stories from the End of the World

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

The Harvard Art Museums collections have played an important role in the popular undergraduate course Stories from the End of the World, taught by Harvard Divinity School professor Giovanni Bazzana. This fascinating course, which is part of the Harvard College Program in General Education, explores why humans have always imagined the end of their worlds. In this conversation, Professor Bazzana and Jen Thum of the Harvard Art Museums will discuss their recent online collaboration for the course and what students learned about artists’ apocalyptic inspirations over time.

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2021 Apr 23

The Work of Objects: Interpretation within and beyond Museum Walls—Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures (Part 4)

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

This session includes brief talks, followed by a roundtable discussion, by academics and museum professionals who focus on Dutch and American art and history. Speakers will discuss specific objects—ranging from the 17th to the 21st century—that have posed interpretive and museological challenges. They will also present new possibilities for considering the relationship between slavery’s past and present-day racial injustice.

This is the fourth and final session of Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures, presented...

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2021 Apr 23

History, Memory, and Legacy: Jamaica Kincaid, Rosana Paulino, and Cheryl Finley in Conversation—Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures (Part 3)

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums—Online

Renowned writer Jamaica Kincaid and groundbreaking visual artist Rosana Paulino will discuss their explorations of the legacies of slavery in their work. They will be joined in conversation by eminent art historian Cheryl Finley.

This is the third session of Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures, presented by the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Harvard Art Museums, and...

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