Museums

2018 Jan 13

Capturing Butterflies and Moths with Pencil and Paper

2:00pm to 3:00pm

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Presented byPeabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston and the Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean Program at the David...

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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

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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

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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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2017 Oct 13

Electrical Fire! A Course of Experiments Performed for the Curious in the Philosophy Chamber

2:00pm

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Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Science Center, Lecture Hall D, 1 Oxford St

Ever wonder what it was like to attend Harvard College in the mid-1700s? Join Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments to re-create 18th-century electrical experiments straight out of the lecture notes of Professor John Winthrop.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, and USW30: Tangible Things: Harvard Collections in World History... Read more about Electrical Fire! A Course of Experiments Performed for the Curious in the Philosophy Chamber

2017 Oct 12

Gallery Talk at the Harvard Art Museums

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

Hear from curators, conservators, fellows and museums staff in the galleries. See Harvard Art Museums website for information on specific Gallery Talks. 

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
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2017 Oct 13

Making Room: Cartography, Collecting, and the Construction of Empire

6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

This program is the keynote lecture for the symposium The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces (October 13–14) at the Harvard Art Museums.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: The symposium is presented as part of HUBweek 2017 (October 10–15). The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Please register here. Following the lecture, The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 exhibition will remain open until 8pm.... Read more about Making Room: Cartography, Collecting, and the Construction of Empire

2017 Sep 18

What About Revolution? Three Lectures on Aesthetic Practices after 1917

Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Nov 06 2017 except Mon Sep 25 2017, Mon Oct 09 2017, Mon Oct 16 2017, Mon Oct 23 2017, Mon Oct 30 2017.
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Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

On the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, this lecture series brings to campus three internationally distinguished historians of modern art to discuss the role that artists and filmmakers played in the revolutionary reorganization of social relations in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and ’30s. How did their utopian imagination take on spatial and pictorial form? How did their work help to engender processes of emancipation and social transformation? And what role has their example played in the intersection of radical aesthetics and leftist politics ever since?

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