Visiting Artists

Constant reinvention

da CostaAcclaimed classical guitarist, lawyer, diplomat and former beauty pageant contestant Daiana Ferreira da Costa talks about the discipline and thought behind a successful career in the arts and beyond.  

By Jake Stepansky ‘17

2017 Apr 04

Visiting Artist Lecture with Katherine Hackl

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Registration: 

Presented by: Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard Katherine Hackl

Join us in welcoming Katherine Hackl for a lecture on her stunning vessel and tile work. Hackl recently moved to Boston from Lambertville, New Jersey where she has maintained her pottery and tile studio for over 20 years. She is currently a studio artist at Mudflat Studios, in addition to her ongoing studio work in New Jersey.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, email Kathy King, Director of Education at kking@fas.harvard.edu or sign up below.

 

Embodied practice 

Okwui OkpokwasiliOkwui Okpokwasili considers herself a "performance maker" rather than a dancer. Her work combines dance, music and spoken word, and will be the subject of a conversation on March 6 and a master class on March 7. 

By Samantha Neville '19

2017 Mar 07

vocalist ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO

4:00pm

Location: 

Horner Room, Agassiz House, Radcliffe Yard

Angélique KidjoPresented by: Learning From Performers and WGBH Jazz 24/7
Admission: Free; seating first-come, first served, subject to venue capacity.

Praised as “the undisputed queen of African Music” (Daily Telegraph) and honored for her activism on behalf of human rights and female empowerment, Angélique Kidjo has released ten albums, including her 2014 Grammy Award-winning “Eve.” She will deliver a lecture-performance entitled “Dahomey Dance: How Rhythms and Songs Travelled From Benin to the Americas,” followed by an audience Q&A and reception. Kidjo is an artist-in-residence at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

2017 Mar 25

“Marvi: The Mystic Muse” film screening and discussion

4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Pakistani singer Sanam MarviPresented by: Harvard Ed Portal, Celebrity Series of Boston, Harvard South Asia Institute, World Music/CRASHarts and Learning From Performers
Admission: Free and open to the public. RSVPs required.
Location map

The award-winning film Marvi: The Mystic Muse explores Pakistani singer Sanam Marvi’s search for her own roots across Pakistan and her journey with Sufism. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Tanya Panjwani and Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University. This event is held in conjunction with Sanam Marvi's concert on Sunday, March 26 at 7:30 pm at Sanders Theatre, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston and World Music/CRASHarts. For more information about the concert and tickets, visit the Celebrity Series website.

Life conjures art

Sharon BridgforthCreate the life you want as an artist, says playwright Sharon Bridgforth. Then focus on the work. She will deliver a public lecture on Feb. 24 in Farkas Hall at Harvard.

By Samantha Neville ‘19

2017 Apr 27

Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony Honoring Actor JOHN LITHGOW

4:00pm

Location: 

Loeb Drama Center Main Stage, 64 Brattle St.

John Lithgow announced as 2017 Harvard Arts Medal Recipient
Presented by: Learning From Performers
ADMISSION: Free, tickets required.
How to get tickets: Available in person at the Harvard Box Office, Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St., Cambridge, online, or by calling 617.496.2222 (online and phone ticket orders subject to service fees). Ticket distribution for Harvard affiliates (2 per person, with valid ID) begins Tuesday, April 18; ticket distribution for the public (2 per person) begins Thursday, April 20. Some remaining tickets may be available at the door one hour prior to event start time.


Award-winning actor John Lithgow ’67 ArD ’05 is the recipient of the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust at a ceremony presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Harvard University Board of Overseers in association with the American Repertory Theater. It will include a discussion with Lithgow moderated by President Faust. This is the opening event for ARTS FIRST, Harvard University’s annual festival showcasing student and faculty creativity in the arts celebrating its 25th anniversary April 27-30.

2017 Apr 05

vocalist/musician CASSANDRA WILSON

4:00pm

Location: 

Leverett Old Library, McKinlock Hall, 11 Mill St. (between Plympton Street and DeWolfe Street)

Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi who incorporates blues, country and folk music into her work.Presented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free, tickets/RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
Venue: Leverett House Library Theatre

“A singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” (Gary Giddins), Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi who incorporates blues, country and folk music into her work. Designated a Jazz Master in Residence at Harvard, she will discuss her career and creative process during a conversation moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African and African American Music. Wilson will also appear in concert with the Harvard Jazz Bands on Saturday, April 8 at 8 pm, Sanders Theatre; for tickets and other information, visit the Harvard Box Office website.

2017 Mar 24

classical guitarist DAIANA FERREIRA DA COSTA

1:00pm

Location: 

Lamont Library, Forum Room

classical guitarist DAIANA FERREIRA DA COSTAPresented by: Learning From Performers and Lamont Library
Admission: Free and open to Harvard ID holders only (tickets/RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
Blog post: Read an interview with Daiana on the Harvard Arts Blog

Born in Paraguay, Daiana Ferreira Da Costa is a lawyer and a Cultural Ambassador for her native country, as well as an acclaimed, prize-winning classical guitarist and music teacher. She will discuss her career as a musical artist and perform selections on guitar during this lecture-demonstration.

2017 Feb 24

playwright SHARON BRIDGFORTH

4:00pm

Location: 

Farkas Hall Studio, 10 Holyoke St.

playwright SHARON BRIDGFORTHPresented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free, tickets/RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
Related eventlove conjure/blues presented by Harvard’s BlackC.A.S.T., April 13-15, 21-22.

A 2016 Doris Duke Artist and a 2016 Creative Capital awardee, Sharon Bridgforth collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her ritual/jazz texts. In this artist talk, she will focus on the process of using theatrical jazz performance methodologies to explore Black American migrations queerly, sharing images and video from early workings of her piece love conjure/blues and her new project, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home. love conjure/blues—which will be presented by Harvard’s BlackC.A.S.T. theater group during the spring term, April 13-21—explores a range of possibilities of gender expression and sexuality within a rural, Black working class context. The dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home project will acquire and gift a home to an emerging artist. The project will be in residence in the artist house for a month, offering art centered community engagement activities leading up to the house gifting.

2017 Mar 03

Visiting Artist Lecture with Ronan Peterson

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Ronan Peterson PitcherPresented by Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard

Join us as Ronan Kyle Peterson shares unique process of making highly-surfaced, functional work and his life as a studio potter at Nine Toes Pottery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ronan is in Boston as a Visiting Artist at Mudflat Studio and you can find out more information on his workshop here.

This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

 

2017 Feb 17

Visiting Artist Trisha Baga

3:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Trisha BagaTrisha Baga
Public Workshop
Fri, Feb 17, 3­–5:30 pm
Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard: 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02478

Followed by a video screening and reception next door at the Harvard Ed Portal from 5:30 - 7 pm

As the 2017 Josep Lluis Sert Practitioner in the Arts at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard, Trisha Baga will lead an open ceramics session and screening at Harvard Ceramics Program on Feb 17. The event will be the culmination of workshops with VES students that explore the performative and political capacities of clay.

Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

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