Museums

2018 Jan 20

Look Back: The Western Tradition in Retrospect

Sat - Sun, Jan 20 to May 6, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

The history of art is usually presented as a forward march, with individual works studied as points along a path of progress to the present. This installation—matching the Harvard survey course it accompanies—reverses that familiar direction. The sequence proceeds from recent art back to the Renaissance. This retrospective history of art is meant to capture the point of view of artists themselves, who have, for generations, tried—variously—to preserve, transform, surpass, or overturn what came before them.

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2018 Jan 20

Rome: Eternal City

Sat - Sun, Jan 20 to May 6, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Rome, known as the “common fatherland,” was the goal of pilgrims, travelers, and artists from all over Europe. One of the most celebrated was Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), a Venetian who spent his entire career in Rome. He produced on average two etchings a month (fourteen are featured in this installation), and his image of Roman grandeur left an indelible stamp on the European imagination.

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2018 Jan 20

Fernando Bryce: The Book of Needs

Sat - Sun, Jan 20 to May 6, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

The Harvard Art Museums present Fernando Bryce’s The Book of Needs, a multipart work comprised of 81 ink-on-paper drawings. Bryce, who was born in Peru but has lived extensively in Berlin and New York, selectively reconstructs images from early issues of the UNESCO Courier, published in English, French, and Spanish since 1948. Over its history, the journal has focused on science, education, race, culture, politics, and international strife, among other subjects.

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2018 Jan 13

Capturing Butterflies and Moths with Pencil and Paper

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St

Drawing Butterflies and Moths in Colored Pencil at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryExplore the beauty of butterflies and moths with artist, illustrator, and educator Erica Beade!. We will use close observation and various realistic drawing techniques to capture these animals and bring them to life on the page. This event is available for children ages 9-13.

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2018 Jan 27

Drawing Butterflies and Moths in Colored Pencil

9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St

Drawing Butterflies and Moths in Colored Pencil at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryExplore the beauty of butterflies and moths with artist, illustrator and educator Erica Beade! This three-hour workshop will introduce observational drawing techniques with pencil and then dive into colored pencil techniques used to create a rich, vibrant image. All skill levels are welcome.

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2017 Nov 14

Materials Lab Workshop: Dutch Old Master Drawing Materials and Techniques

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Materials Lab, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

After taking a closer look at early Dutch Golden Age drawings from the Abrams Collection with a curator and a conservator in the Art Study Center and in the galleries, participants will join Francesca Bewer, research curator for conservation and technical studies programs, in the Materials Lab to try their hand at drawing in the manner of early Dutch masters, exploring historical media and instruments.

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2017 Nov 04

Symposium: Dutch Drawings on the Horizon: A Day of Talks in Honor of George S. Abrams

10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

This symposium brings together international experts on 17th-century Dutch drawings in honor of George S. Abrams ’54, HLS ’57. Mr. Abrams and his late wife, Maida, pioneered the collecting of Dutch drawings in the United States and have been a unifying force for study and scholarship in the field. Their generous gift of 110 works in 1999 transformed the Harvard Art Museums’ Dutch drawings collection into one of the most comprehensive in any U.S. museum. Speakers will use the vast breadth and depth of the Abrams Collection as a touchstone for discussing the exceptional draftsmanship of the Dutch Golden Age, from Goltzius to Rembrandt.

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2017 Nov 01

Lecture: Encyclopedia or Kaleidoscope? When Private Philosophy Chambers Go Public

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.

In this lecture, James Delbourgo, associate professor of the history of science and the Atlantic World at Rutgers University, reflects on the restaging of Harvard’s Philosophy Chamber and asks what kind of museological value lies in undoing the specialization of knowledge to return to the universal: does it reconstitute an enlightened encyclopedism or ignite a chain reaction of kaleidoscopic juxtapositions? Given the apparent contrast between secretive early modern universalism and the public character of modern specialized knowledge, what does it mean to restage private philosophy chambers for public audiences in 2017?

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2017 Nov 01

Day of the Dead Museum Open House and Evening Celebration

4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Remember and celebrate your departed loved ones at this year’s Día de los Muertos altar, savor traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto, and enjoy a presentation by Harvard Professor Davíd Carrasco as part of this festive evening of music and community. Come dressed as a catrina or a catrín and participate in the costume contest at 7:00 pm. 

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2017 Nov 04

Day of the Dead Family Celebration at the Peabody Museum

12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Live music, dancers, and beautiful decorations help to make this a joyful event designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of loved ones.

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2017 Oct 26

Lecture: How Coin Finds Are Changing the Face of Roman Britain: The Contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme

7:00pm

Location: 

Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

Roger Bland, former Keeper of Coins at the British Museum and Founder of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, will deliver this evening’s lecture.

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2017 Oct 19

No More, America: Film Screening

Thu - Sun, Oct 19 to Dec 31, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 

Level 5, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

On Wednesday, July 21, 1773, two graduating seniors at Harvard, Theodore Parsons and Eliphalet Pearson, were summoned before a public audience to debate whether slavery was compatible with “natural law.” No More, America (2017; 14 min.), a film by Peter Galison, reimagines this original debate to include the powerful voice of Phillis Wheatley, an acclaimed poet, then-enslaved, who lived just across the Charles River from the two Harvard students. Her presence serves as an intervention, rejecting the racist rhetoric employed by both sides through excerpts from her published works.

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