Visual Arts

2016 Apr 13

In Fine Feather: Selected Featherwork from Peabody Collections

9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave

Mummy mask with feathers, Peru. © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 42- 28-30/5804 (digital file# 99320014)
Mummy mask with feathers, Peru.
Exhibition dates: Saturday, April 13–September 5, 2016, 9 AM–5 PM
Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
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Feathers, large and small, plain and colorful, have been used for millennia to enhance the beauty and power of clothing and other objects. Highlighting rare and beautiful pieces from the Peabody Museum’s collections, this small-scale exhibition explores the ways in which feathers have been used to signal or endow beauty, wealth, status, and spiritual wellbeing in cultures around the world. Read more about In Fine Feather: Selected Featherwork from Peabody Collections

2016 Apr 28

Exhibition Opening with Photographer Matika Wilbur: Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women

5:00pm

Location: 

Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street, The Radcliffe Institutephoto-by-matika-wilbur

Photo by Matika Wilbur
Photo by Matika Wilbur
Presented by: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Free and open to the public. RSVP here.
Exhibition by Photographer Matika Wilbur runs 4/29-5/28
Opening: Thursday, April 28, 5 PM
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Please join photographer Matika Wilbur for an opening reception for her exhibition, Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women, in the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery in Byerly Hall at the Radcliffe Institute.

Wilbur, a photographer from the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes (Washington), is the only Native American photographer and social documentarian to be welcomed into each of the 562+ Native American sovereign territories in the United States. In this exhibition, Wilbur's striking photographs, written narratives, and audio interviews provide insights into contemporary Native American women.  Read more about Exhibition Opening with Photographer Matika Wilbur: Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women

2016 Apr 13

Artist Talk: White Butterfly

4:00pm

Location: 

CGIS Knafel, K050, 1737 Cambridge St.

Presented by: Harvard South Asia Institute Arts Program
Free and open to the public
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Milan Rai, Visiting Artist, South Asia Institute Art Program
Chair: Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Rai’s White Butterfly project was a personal art installation that has grown with a global outreach for different community causes and concerns. It is a demonstration of how the role of art can take different turns when shared across social media, connecting people and communities to effect social change and awareness. From Scotland to Greece to New York to Africa over the past two years, many connections around the world have been established. Read more about Artist Talk: White Butterfly

2016 Apr 11

Museum Conversations: Curating Data/Challenging History

6:30pm

Location: 

Northwest B-103

Presented By: Co-sponsored by the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture and the Harvard Art Museums
ADMISSION: This exhibition is free and open to the public.

In this year's seminar on innovative curatorial practice, Laura Kurgan of Columbia University and artist Fred Wilson will, from different perspectives, reflect on their work to reimagine how museum exhibits present information, often by juxtaposing the unexpected to create new insights. Their short presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion. Read more about Museum Conversations: Curating Data/Challenging History

2016 Apr 10

Ah humanity! An audio-video installation

Repeats every day until Sat Apr 16 2016 .
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Location: 

Science Center Plaza

Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA)Presented ByHarvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA)
ADMISSIONFree and open to the public
Runs: April 10-16
Part of the HUCA Spring 2016 series.

Ah humanity! is a large-scale audio-video installation by the artists Ernst Karel, Véréna Paravel, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. The Harvard University Committee on the Arts is sponsoring this weeklong event, in which four channels of sound will be projected into the Plaza and a single channel of video onto the façade of the Science Center, every evening. Read more about Ah humanity! An audio-video installation

2016 Mar 30

Female Athletes of Boston

Thu - Tue, Mar 30 to May 30, 7:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Mather House - Lower Lounge Gallery Gallery - 10 Cowperthwaite St

Presented by: Mather House Faculty Deans
Admission: Free and open to the public. For access to the gallery please see the Mather House Building Manager, Security Guard, or House Administrator.
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, April 30, 5-6 PM

Photo exhibit curated by Naomi Lang - Mather Class of 2016.   Read more about Female Athletes of Boston

2016 Mar 30

Female Figure - Idols and Shame

Thu - Sun, Mar 30 to Apr 30, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Mather House - Sandra Naddaff and Leigh Hafrey Three Columns Gallery

Presented by: Mather House Faculty Deans
Admission: Free and open to the public. For non-Mather faculty and staff, please stop by the Building Manager's or the House Administrator's Office for access to the galleries.  
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, April 30, 5-6 PM

Female Figure: Idols and Shame - Oil paintings by Serena Eggers Mather Class of 2017, Visual and Environmental Studies Concentrator  Read more about Female Figure - Idols and Shame

2016 Mar 30

Lecture: “Bringing Wine and Joy: Dionysos and Viticulture on Coins of Asia Minor"

6:00pm

Location: 

Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Presented ByHarvard Art Museums
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public. Following the lecture, the ancient art galleries will remain open until 8 pm.
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Many regions of ancient Asia Minor were what we would now think of as “wine country.” In Greek and Roman times, several cities prospered from viticulture, as evidenced by their coins depicting grapes, amphorae, and the wine god Dionysos himself. More than 50 cities in Asia Minor claimed to be his birthplace, and would organize wine festivals and Carnivalesque parades to honor him. Johannes Nollé, professor of ancient history and epigraphy at Ludwig-Maximilians University, in Munich, will present some of the best examples of coins from the region and convey some of the joie de vivre so characteristic of life in classical antiquity. Read more about Lecture: “Bringing Wine and Joy: Dionysos and Viticulture on Coins of Asia Minor"

2016 Mar 23

Exhibition Opening: Little People and Other Things

5:00pm

Location: 

Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Exhibition runs March 24-April 16
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 12 noon-5 pm.
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Please join Radcliffe fellow Valérie Massadian for an opening reception for her exhibition in the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery in Byerly Hall at the Radcliffe Institute. Read more about Exhibition Opening: Little People and Other Things

2016 Apr 05

Lecture: Everywhen Artist Talk with Christian Thompson

6:00pm

Location: 

Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Presented ByHarvard Art Museums and Harvard University Native American Program
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public. Following the lecture, the Everywhen exhibition will remain open until 8 pm.
Special Exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia runs Feb. 5-Sept. 18

Christian Thompson, who is among the artists featured in the special exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, will discuss his paper “Creative Responses to Australian Material Culture in the Pitt Rivers Museum Collection: Parallels between Christian Thompson—We Bury Our Own and Fred Wilson—Mining The Museum.” He will also perform songs in Bidjara, an Indigenous Australian dialect.  Read more about Lecture: Everywhen Artist Talk with Christian Thompson

2016 Feb 24

Phil Collins: A Learning Site

2:55pm

Location: 

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Level 3, Sert Gallery

Exhibition dates: March 2–April 21, 2016
Presented byCarpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Hours: Galleries: 12–7, Wed–Sun
Free and open to the public

The multilayered practice of British artist Phil Collins is the focus of a constellation of curatorial and academic activities over three months dedicated to exhibiting, experiencing, studying, and analyzing the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices.  Read more about Phil Collins: A Learning Site

2016 Feb 24

Dance Performance and Conversation with Karole Armitage

7:30pm to 10:00pm

Location: 

Calderwood Courtyard, Harvard Art Museums

Presented ByHarvard Art Museums and WBUR
Please note: The dance performance will last five minutes, with a brief introduction by Karole Armitage. Please plan to arrive promptly by 7:30 p.m. The performance will be standing room only. There will be no seating in the courtyard before or during the performance.
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Dancers from Armitage Gone! Dance Company and Harvard University students will perform a short dance inspired by the exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia. The dance will be performed to Didjerilayover, a composition by Stuart Dempster featuring the evocative harmonics of the traditional Aboriginal instrument the Didjeridu, which Dempster introduced to the United States. The event will take place in the Calderwood Courtyard at the Harvard Art Museums.

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