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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.

Month of August:

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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 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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2019 Aug 01

Film Screening: Carnival Night

7:00pm

Location: 

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

Join the Davis Center for a film screening of Carnival Night. 

Carnival Night (Карнавальная ночь) managed to satirize Soviet life without offending the Politburo and was a box office hit. It’s New Year’s Eve at the House of Culture and the young stage performers in charge of entertainment are ready to put on a festive performance with singing, dancing, and magic tricks. Unfortunately, Comrade Ogurtsov (Igor Ilyinsky) arrives in time to review and disapprove of the scheduled entertainment. His idea of fun is playing serious classical music and reading...

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2019 Apr 30

Exhibition: Small Steps, Giant Leaps

Tue Apr 30 (All day) to Sat Aug 3 (All day)

Location: 

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that remarkable achievement as the last step in a long series that stretches back through the centuries to the beginnings of the modern scientific understanding of our place in the universe.

On display are landmarks in the history of science from Houghton Library’s collections—such as first editions of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton—together with rarely exhibited highlights from a private spaceflight collection, including artifacts used during the Apollo 11 mission and on the moon itself by astronauts Neil Armstrong and...

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2019 Aug 25

Summer Sundays at the Harvard Semitic Museum

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Aug 25 2019 .
11:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Free, fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East! Activities change daily: construct models of an Egyptian pyramid, inscribe clay tablets, or decode hieroglyphics.

Activities take place on the first floor of the Harvard Semitic Museum. This HMSC museum explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Exhibitions include a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, life-sized casts of famous Mesopotamian monuments, authentic mummy coffins, and tablets containing the earliest forms of writing.

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2019 Jul 11

Film Screening: Jolly Fellows

7:00pm

Location: 

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

Prolific director Grigori Alexandrov scored his first major success with Jolly Fellows (Весёлые ребята). Alexandrov's wife, Lyubov Orlova, stars as Aniuta, a servant who falls in love with musically gifted young shepherd named Kostia (Leonid Utyosov). Aniuta is laboring under the misapprehension that Kostia is a famous conductor, and he certainly isn't about to set her straight.

Alexandrov's bubbling-over ebullience and clever staging of musical numbers is a welcome relief from the dogmatic Russian propaganda pieces then in vogue. The film, one of the first Soviet...

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2019 Jul 05

Film Series: The Complete Howard Hawks

Fri Jul 5 (All day) to Mon Jul 29 (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 July, The Harvard Film Archive will present screenings of director Howard Hawks' notable films. 

Month of July:

  • July 5: ...
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2019 Jul 20

Exhibition: Cosmic Origins

Sat Jul 20 (All day) to Wed Nov 27 (All day)

Location: 

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

On July 20, 2019, the Harvard Museum of Natural History marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon with the unveiling of Cosmic Origins. Visitors to this new mini-exhibit—located within the Earth & Planetary Sciences exhibition—will investigate the origins of and processes shaping planetary bodies and stars using touchable specimens, colorful visuals, and interactive media.

Through November 27, 2019, the exhibit will also feature an original lunar specimen on loan from NASA, collected during the Apollo 12 mission. Don’t miss the...

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2019 Jun 20

Exhibition Tour: Small Steps, Giant Leaps

4:30pm to 5:15pm

Location: 

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Join curator John Overholt for a guided tour of the exhibition Small Steps, Giant Leaps to learn about the ways early modern science inspired and made possible the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

Following this tour will be a a screening of The Right Stuff (1983) at the Harvard Film Archive at 5:30pm

An Exhibition Tour will also be offered on...

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2019 Jul 11

Exhibition Tour: Small Steps, Giant Leaps

12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Join curator John Overholt for a guided tour of the exhibition Small Steps, Giant Leaps to learn about the ways early modern science inspired and made possible the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

Tours are free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

Exhibition Tours are also offered on the following dates:

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2019 Jun 26

Exhibition Tour: Small Steps, Giant Leaps

5:30pm to 6:15pm

Location: 

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Join curator John Overholt for a guided tour of the exhibition Small Steps, Giant Leaps to learn about the ways early modern science inspired and made possible the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

Tours are free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

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2019 Jun 25

Gallery Talk: Introduction to the Dark Arts—Ancient Egyptian Magic

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Jen Thum, the Inga Maren Otto Curatorial Fellow in the Division of Academic and Public Programs, will give this gallery talk.

The Harvard Arts Museums galleries are full of stories—this series of drop-in talks gives visitors a chance to hear the best ones! The talks highlight new works on view, take a fresh look at old favorites, investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and reveal the latest discoveries by curators, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Free with museums admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15...

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