In the course of ethnographic fieldwork in central Australia in the 1990s, Michael D. Jackson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, got to know Paddy Nelson Jupurrula, one of the pre-eminent Warlpiri artists of the Western Desert painting movement. Professor Jackson will share some of Jupurrula’s insights into a worldview that emphasizes metamorphic processes, phases, or passages rather than contrasting conditions, such as being and nothingness, life and death, presence and absence, subject and object. In describing and depicting the transformations through which all things pass, Warlpiri artists invoke gestation and birth, sexual intercourse, digestion and defecation, sleeping and waking, fullness and emptiness as basic ontological metaphors.… Read more about Lecture: On the Road with Paddy Nelson Jupurrula
Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Presented By: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study ADMISSION: This exhibition is free and open to the public and contains content that may not be appropriate for all visitors. Feb. 10, 2 PM: Fellow’s presentation by Philippe Grandrieux, lecture hall at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., followed by the exhibition opening at 5 PM. Exhibition runs Feb. 10-Mar. 12 Gallery Hours: 12-5 PM, Monday - Saturday (closed Sundays)
In this Radcliffe Institute exhibition, filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux presents three video installations from his series Unrest. White Epilepsy and Meurtrière are shown as a diptych, alongside a new single-channel video and a new triptych. Grandrieux strives for inventive, truly radical cinema. His first three full-feature films—Sombre (1999), La vie nouvelle (2002), and Un lac (2008)—demonstrate his exploration of image, sound, and narrative structures.… Read more about Unrest: Exhibition by Philippe Grandrieux
In his ongoing exhibition Program Martin Beck employs a series of explorative strategies that have simultaneously performed and critically reflected on the kinds of activity an institution uses to build, organize, and engage with its audiences. From the… Read more about Artist Talk: Martin Beck
Consumer Research Center/ engages in consumer activities as models for social connectivity in twenty-first-century arts organizations. CRC/ is a public arena and research platform that uses forms of consumer exchange—bookshops, coffee bars, fashion and design boutiques, and farmers markets—to pose questions about the power and value of consumer points for building publics. … Read more about Consumer Research Center / bookshop
Exhibition dates: February 5, 2016–September 18, 2016 Presented by: Harvard Art Museums Opening Celebration for Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia: February 4, 5 PM 5-6 PM: Viewing open 6-7:30 PM: Lecture 10 PM: Museum closes
To celebrate the opening of the special exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, on view February 5 through September 18, 2016, the Harvard Art Museums will present a discussion highlighting the show’s central themes of transformation, performance, seasonality, and remembrance. Stephen Gilchrist, Australian Studies Visiting Curator, will be in conversation with Vernon Ah Kee, who is among the artists featured in the exhibition.
Radcliffe Institute fellow Reiko Yamada, an independent composer and sound artist, created Reflective, a series of interactive sound art installations based on the aesthetic concept of imperfection in human life. It is an exploration of various media and interactive features to create a deeper engagement with the audience.
Presented by: Harvard Art Museums Free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk. Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Museums staff will be on hand to collect tickets.
Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Presented by: Harvard Art Museums Free admission. Following the lecture, the Beyond Bosch exhibition will remain open until 8pm. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.
It is nearly impossible to go “beyond Bosch.” Master of the outlandish and premier portraitist of the hellish beyond, Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516) challenged imitators, yet imitators were legion, as the exhibition on display at the Harvard Art Museums shows. Joseph Leo Koerner, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard, will introduce the art of this most enigmatic of painters, consider its amazing afterlife, especially in the medium of print, and explore how the achievements of the artist transcended those of his predecessors. Sketching the path from Bosch to Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525–1569), Koerner will discover the birth of a painting of everyday life from the spirit of enmity.… Read more about Beyond Bosch?
with Jill Johnson and Hans Tutschku Wed, Feb 3, 6 pm Reception to follow
On Feb 3, Jill Johnson, dancer, choreographer and Director of Dance at Harvard, and Hans Tutschku composer and Director of the Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition, perform in response to the installation of Pneumatic Bodies. Free and open to the public.
Episode 8: A Social Question In the fall of 1973 curators Barbara Norfleet and William S. Johnson organized the exhibition The Social Question: A Photographic Record 1895–1910 at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. The selection of photographs was drawn from the Social Ethics Collection originally assembled by pioneering scholar on social reform Francis Greenwood Peabody, founder of the Social Ethics Department at Harvard University in 1906. The photographs dated from late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and were part of a collection of six thousand images Peabody had assembled as part of his activist engagement with social issues such as immigration and changing labor conditions. … Read more about Martin Beck: A Social Question
Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia surveys contemporary Indigenous art from Australia, exploring the ways in which time is embedded within Indigenous artistic, social, historical, and philosophical life. For Indigenous people, the past is understood to be part of a cyclical and circular order known… Read more about Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia
The art of Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516) is characterized by fantastic creatures, fire-breathing monsters, and apocalyptic visions of Hell. Fascination with Bosch’s paintings ignited the imaginations of artists and viewers alike, giving rise to a distinct group of images inspired by this singular artist. This exhibition, organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum, explores the phenomenon of Bosch’s wide-reaching impact through the print medium from the 16th century to the present. The more than 30 prints on display, mostly from private collections, are joined by a selection from the Harvard Art Museums collections, presenting a unique opportunity to view these riveting works.… Read more about Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print