Artist David Levine’s The Best New Work is a series of performances designed to deliver canonical works of art criticism to a wider audience by performing them, as personal monologues, in the exhibition venue itself. Actors drift through the galleries, gift shop, cafe, and open spaces of the building, performing their essay as though on an endless loop. The performers’ attitude, delivery, affect, and mood reflect their location, their audience, and time of day.
The Harvard Art Museums Archives is participating in Cambridge Open Archives, an annual event that offers the rare chance to visit a number of unique archives and collecting agencies in Cambridge. Staff from the Harvard Art Museums Archives will present archival materials, with a focus on the history of the Calderwood Courtyard. Talks will be held at 4pm and 5pm, in the museums’ Materials Lab, on the Lower Level.
Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., curator of American art, emeritus, at the Harvard Art Museums, and former curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Yale University Art Gallery, will offer his views on some of the seismic changes he has observed in the art world since 1961. He will describe such positive developments as the growing popularity of art and art museums and the ever-increasing quality of exhibitions, and less positive ones, including the decline of connoisseurship. Stebbins will discuss the work of Andrew Wyeth and Jeff Koons, among others.
Jessica Bardsley, the Agnes Mongan Curatorial Fellow in the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, will give this gallery talk related to the exhibition A.K. Burns: Survivor’s Remorse, on view May 19, 2018–August 12, 2018.
Join us for an architectural tour that will stop on all of the Harvard Art Museums’ public floors, led by Peter Atkinson, director of facilities planning and management. You will hear about the history of the building, which is registered on the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as learn more about the concepts behind and execution of our eight-year renovation and expansion project.
Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: Free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes...
Jennifer Quick, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Associate Research Curator in Photography in the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, and artist and printer Gary Schneider will give this gallery talk.
Ethan Lasser, head of the Division of European and American Art and the Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Curator of American Art, will give this gallery talk. The talk is part of a series about American art, which is intended for beginners, enthusiasts, and people who just like looking at art.
Amy Brauer, curator of the collection in the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, and Kate Smith, paintings conservator and head of the paintings lab in the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, will give this gallery talk.
Matt Collins, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, and James Yamada, senior design technologist at Certain Measures and tool developer at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, will give this gallery talk.
Danielle Carrabino, associate research curator in the Division of European and American Art, and Matt Collins, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, will give this gallery talk.