Museums, Galleries & Art Exhibitions

Museums & Galleries

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Peabody Museum Gallery Talk: All the World is Here
Friday 11:30 AM

Co-Curator Diana Loren will lead a talk in the newly opened exhibition, All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology. In a beautifully restored gallery, see an astonishing array of over 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Together they trace the early history of the museum’s collections and the birth of American anthropology. Visitors will enter the world of a late 19th-century museum and be transported into the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition where Frederic Putnam, the second Peabody Museum director, presented the museum’s anthropological vision and collections to a wider world.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave.

Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary Museum Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides
Friday-Saturday 12:30 PM, Sunday 1 PM
Free with museum admission. Free to holders of a current Harvard ID (+1 guest). Free Admission Day 4/30 in honor of the Peabody Museum's 150th anniversary.
Meet in the museum's side lobby near the water fountain. Tours are 45 minutes. Visit towering Native American totem poles and precious artifacts of the ancient world. See life-size casts of Maya monuments and changing exhibitions such as Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West, featuring 19th-century warrior art, and Digging Veritas, which explores the archaeology of colonial Harvard, Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures, and Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay. Tours visit highlights on the first and third floors. Guides encourage conversation and are interested in visitor reflections.
Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., 3rd Floor

Harvard Semitic Museum: Recreating the Throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres
Thursday-Sunday 11 AM-4 PM
Explore Mesopotamian casts, a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, and a full-scale reproduction of an ancient Egyptian throne belonging to Queen Hetepheres (about 2550 BC) of cedar, brilliant blue tiles, and gold created by a multidisciplinary Harvard team.
Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave.

"Pop-up" Exhibit: The Global Exposure Project
Thursday-Monday 10 AM-5 PM​​​​​​​
Free with museum admission. Free to holders of a current Harvard ID (+1 guest). Free Admission Day 4/30 in honor of the Peabody Museum's 150th anniversary.
Showcase of the 2017 Harvard Business School Art Society’s photography competition. The Global Exposure Photo Project Competition encourages members of the Harvard Business School (HBS) community to share their passion for seeing the world through photography. The HBS Art Society receives entries and selects winners via popular vote and a committee. The winning photographs are displayed at HBS' Spangler Center Lounge and the two museums in April.
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., and the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., 3rd Floor

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums
Thursday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM​​​​​​​
Free admission on Saturday
Galleries feature an ever-changing selection of works from the ancient world to the present, and from the Americas, Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and West and East Asia. Don't miss the exhibition Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, as well as student performances in the courtyard throughout the day on Saturday. Amenities include shop and cafe.
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Adolphus Busch Hall
Saturday 1-5 PM​​​​​​​
A unique collection of plaster casts of sculpture and architectural stonework from the High Middle Ages. Student performances will be held throughout the afternoon (see Performance Fair schedule).
Adolphus Busch Hall, 29 Kirkland Street

Houghton Library

John Lithgow: Actor as Artist
Thursday-Friday 9 AM-7 PM, Saturday 9 AM-5 PM​​​​​​​
John Lithgow originally enrolled at Harvard intent on becoming a painter. Even as a professional actor, he has never given up on the visual arts. To honor Lithgow as this year’s Harvard Arts Medalist, Houghton Library presents an exhibition of the actor’s drawings, featuring designs for student productions at Loeb Drama Center and caricatures depicting his early career on Broadway and in television, including memorable performances in M. Butterfly and the hit sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Houghton Library

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art

Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present
Thursday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM​​​​​​​
Juan Roberto Diago, a leading member of the new Afro-Cuban cultural movement, has valiantly denounced the persistence of racism and discrimination in Cuban society. This exhibition of mixed-media and installation artworks traces Diago’s vibrant career from the mid-1990s, when he began to construct a revisionist history of the Cuban nation from the experience of a person of African descent. It is a history of enslavement and cultural loss, but also of resilience and recovery.
Cooper Gallery, 102 Mount Auburn St.​​​​​​​

Radcliffe Institute

Playing Fair? Title IX at 45
Thursday-Sunday 9 AM-5 PM
Drawing on materials in the Schlesinger Library, this exhibition illuminates the history of Title IX and how athletics became part of the broader political and cultural struggles of contemporary life.
First floor, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Yard

Overlay: Exhibition by Xaviera Simmons
Thursday-Sunday 12-5 PM

Simmons’s body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture and installation.
Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, Radcliffe Yard

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Art in the Houses

Kirkland House Gallery Show
Friday 4-6 PM 
Showcase of undergraduate student artwork.
Kirkland House, Senior Common Room (Entryway A)

Mather House: Ceramics and Woodturning Exhibition
Friday-Sunday 8 AM-11 PM
This exhibition showcases student work from the Mather House ceramics studio and woodturning studio.
Mather House Three Columns Gallery, 10 Cowperthwaite St.

Made in Adams with Love
Friday-Sunday 8 AM-11 PM
The Made in Adams with Love exhibition will feature artwork created in any of Adams House’s diverse art and maker spaces by both resident and non-resident artists. This collection highlights the best of the artwork made in this historic House in all types of medium, ranging from traditional drawings and paintings to more technologically advanced processes in digital media.
Adams Art Space, 26 Plympton St.

Lowell House Portrait Show
Friday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
Each semester for the past few years, artist and Lowell House Senior Common Room member Steve Coit has offered workshops in portrait drawing. In these workshops, students learn about the neurobiology of seeing and facial recognition, practice transferring visual information to paper, and study how to draw facial features accurately. As their final project, each student creates an archival portrait of a person they know well. Coit has painted many portraits of members of the Harvard faculty and administration that can be viewed widely across campus, including three portraits currently on display in Lowell House.​​​​​​​
Lowell House Dining Hall, 10 Holyoke Pl.

Admission for all House exhibitions: use your Harvard ID or see Building Manager/Security Guard.​​​​​​​

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Art Exhibitions sponsored by Departments, Offices & Groups

Y2Y through Art: Seeing and Understanding the Community Surrounding Youth Homelessness in Harvard Square
Saturday 10 AM-1 PM
Come visit Y2Y's space and learn about youth homelessness, while experiencing artwork by members of the Y2Y community.
Y2Y Harvard Square, 1 Church St., Cambridge, MA (basement of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church)

I am Here: Expressions of Belonging in the First Year at Harvard
The Community and Diversity program of the Freshman Dean's Office presents a student-generated quilt celebrating the diversity of the class and feelings of belonging and inclusion. After this display, the quilt will be included in the university archives.
Science Center Arcade

Poles Apart: Poland's Culture Wars
Thursday 12-2 PM, Friday 10 AM-4 PM, Saturday 1-4 PM, Sunday 1-3 PM

Almost three decades after successful transition to democracy, Polish society is torn apart by growing political polarization and conflicts. In recent years, millions of Poles took to the streets to express opposing views about country’s politics, history and future. In this exhibit, Warsaw based photographers document deep cleavages and clash of political visions pitting Poland’s national identity and traditional values against modern liberal ideas and European identity.
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Jacek E. Giedrojć Gallery, 27 Kirkland Street

Harvard Office of International Education: Annual International Photo Contest Exhibition
Award-winning photos by Harvard undergraduates abroad.
Memorial Hall basement hallway, outside Queen's Head Pub

VES 2017 Senior Thesis Exhibition Opening
Saturday-Sunday 1-10 pm, through May 25
Opening Reception Friday 5 PM

The senior thesis is the capstone of the undergraduate student's work in VES. The majority of theses in VES are practice-based, in studio arts or moving-image. Toward the end of their junior year, students propose a thesis project, a substantial body of work that builds on work done in other classes. Each student develops the thesis project in discussion with a faculty adviser, who meets with the student regularly over the course of the academic year. Three times during this period, the student meets with the adviser and two faculty readers for critique and assessment. Thesis projects are exhibited in May along with the end-of-year student screenings.
Levels 1 and 3, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St.

Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum: Operation Fistula Photo Exhibit and Mother's Day Card Fundraiser
Friday 12-5 PM, Saturday-Sunday 11 AM-3 PM
Exhibit of global-health-related photography with a table for free Mother’s Day cards (suggested donation of $5 per card). All proceeds go to Operation Fistula raising funds for obstetric fistula surgery.
Science Center Arcade

Friday 2-5:30 PM and 6-8 PM
Integrating visual art, experimental music and EEG technology, this interactive art project invites the audience to explore the therapeutic potential of art. Sam Wu ’17; Wa Liu, Yale ’17 Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard

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