Events Calendar

Arts at Harvard

Thursday 5/28

VES Thesis Exhibition; Opening Reception at 9:00 AM

Presented by Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Carpenter Center
Runs: 5/1 - 5/28
The senior thesis is the capstone of the undergraduate student's work in VES. Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 5:30-7:30 pm Exhibition: May 1–28, 2015 More Details

Alumni Spread Luncheon at 11:30 AM

Presented by Harvard Alumni Association
Harvard Yard
Runs: 5/28
Alumni Spread Luncheon The Harvard Community is welcome to enjoy lunch in the Old Yard on Commencement. Luncheon tickets are for a bagged lunch of a sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie, and a bottle of water. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15. More Details

Annual Meeting of Harvard Alumni Association at 2:30 PM

Presented by Harvard Alumni Association
Tercentenary Theatre
Runs: 5/28
The Harvard Alumni Association's Annual Meeting (Commencement Afternoon Program) convenes in Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement afternoon, Thursday, May 28 at 2:30 p.m. It includes welcoming remarks and acknowledgments by Cynthia Torres AB '80, MBA '84, president of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA); an announcement of Overseer and HAA Board elections; the presentation of the Harvard Medals; remarks by Harvard University President and Lincoln Professor of History Drew Gilpin Faust; and the Commencement address by Deval L. Patrick AB '78, JD '82. Admission for the Afternoon Program is free, and tickets are required. Harvard ID only. More Details

Friday 5/29

Live Matter: Exhibition by Rosetta S. Elkin at 9:30 AM

Presented by Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Byerly Gallery, Byerly Hall
Runs: 5/5 - 5/29
Live Matter concerns itself with the ongoing measure of the natural world—how plant life has been described, muted, and labeled throughout botanical history—to reveal a new discourse that delights in an attitude of discovery, one that acknowledges the aliveness of plants. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to stand beneath the complex of a mature root system, gaining a rare vantage point from which to consider the normally concealed foundations of plant life. Live Matter offers a provocative new perspective on the living, breathing organisms that are all around us, yet seldom fully appreciated.  More Details

Drapetomania: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba at 10:00 AM

Presented by Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art
Runs: 1/30 - 5/29
A forgotten visual arts and cultural movement that thrived briefly between 1978 and 1983, Grupo Antillano articulated a vision of Cuban culture that privileged the importance of Africa and Afro-Caribbean influences in the formation of the Cuban nation. In contrast to the official characterization of Santeria and other African religious and cultural practices as primitive and counter-revolutionary during the so-called Quinquenio Gris (a "grey" period of neo-Stalinist censorship during the 1970s), Grupo Antillano valiantly proclaimed the centrality of African practices in national culture. They viewed Africa and the surrounding Caribbean not as a dead cultural heritage, but as a vibrant, ongoing and vital influence that continued to define what it means to be Cuban. Some Afro-Cuban intellectuals, such as the noted ethnomusicologist Rogelio Martínez Furé, proclaimed triumphantly that a "new," authentic Cuban art had been born. More Details

Saturday 5/30

Once Upon a Mattress at 7:30 PM

Presented by Cabot Theater Company
Cabot House Theatre
Runs: 4/30 - 5/3
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If you thought you knew the plot of 'The Princess and the Pea,' you're in for a big surprise!ONCEUPONAMATTRESStells the story of a far off kingdom ruled over by a Queen who has decreed that no one in the kingdom may wed until Prince Dauntless is married to a true princess of royal blood. Princess Winnifred, the thirteenth princess to try to win the Prince's hand, proves herself to be different than any other princess - and that just might be enough to allow her to pass the Queen's test. More Details

Sunday 6/14

RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole and MAHLER Symphony No. 1 at 3:00 PM

Presented by Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras
Sanders Theatre
Runs: 6/14
57th Season Final Concert RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole and MAHLER Symphony No. 1 More Details

Wednesday 6/24

Paperclay Symposium with Rebecca Hutchinson, Graham Hay and Jerry Bennett at 9:00 AM

Presented by Ceramics Program
Ceramics Studio
Runs: 6/24 - 6/26
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A unique collaboration featuring three leading international paper clay artists – Rebecca Hutchinson, Graham Hay and Jerry Bennett; this hands-on workshop will provide an opportunity for students to explore and experience new approaches to sculptural forms and functional pottery using paper clay and other innovative materials.  More Details

Thursday 6/25

Paperclay Symposium with Rebecca Hutchinson, Graham Hay and Jerry Bennett at 9:00 AM

Presented by Ceramics Program
Ceramics Studio
Runs: 6/24 - 6/26
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A unique collaboration featuring three leading international paper clay artists – Rebecca Hutchinson, Graham Hay and Jerry Bennett; this hands-on workshop will provide an opportunity for students to explore and experience new approaches to sculptural forms and functional pottery using paper clay and other innovative materials.  More Details

Friday 6/26

Paperclay Symposium with Rebecca Hutchinson, Graham Hay and Jerry Bennett at 9:00 AM

Presented by Ceramics Program
Ceramics Studio
Runs: 6/24 - 6/26
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A unique collaboration featuring three leading international paper clay artists – Rebecca Hutchinson, Graham Hay and Jerry Bennett; this hands-on workshop will provide an opportunity for students to explore and experience new approaches to sculptural forms and functional pottery using paper clay and other innovative materials.  More Details

Tuesday 8/25

Mare Liberum: or, The Other Island at 10:00 AM

Presented by Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Carpenter Center
Runs: 8/25 - 4/14
With "or, The Other Island," the Brooklyn-based collective Mare Liberum will transform the iconic ramp, Level 3 gallery and adjacent terrace at the Carpenter Center into a boat workshop and library, a site for a series of participatory workshops, and an installation of work relating to the collective’s multi-year inquiry into landscape, utopia, watercraft and water as a commons. More Details

Sunday 9/20

Mare Liberum: or, The Other Island at 5:00 PM

Presented by Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Carpenter Center
Runs: 8/25 - 4/14
With "or, The Other Island," the Brooklyn-based collective Mare Liberum will transform the iconic ramp, Level 3 gallery and adjacent terrace at the Carpenter Center into a boat workshop and library, a site for a series of participatory workshops, and an installation of work relating to the collective’s multi-year inquiry into landscape, utopia, watercraft and water as a commons. More Details