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
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
Norwegian artist Edvard Munch has achieved superstar-like status in the art world and in popular culture, largely due to his well-known painting The Scream. The first of four versions of this famous work is housed at the National Museum Oslo. Nils Ohlsen, director of Old Masters and modern art at the National Museum, will visit Harvard to discuss his museum’s strong Munch holdings, including both paintings and prints, as well as its definitive collection of Norwegian modernism. As the National Museum prepares for a major modernization and expansion, this lecture is about a work in progress.... Read more about The Integration of an Art “Superstar”: Munch at the National Museum Oslo—Today and Tomorrow
The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, presents its annual Holiday Show and Sale December 10–13 in its state-of-the-art facility at 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA.
More than seventy artists will present an extraordinary selection of ceramic work for sale. From functional dinnerware to sculptural masterpieces, this popular exhibition has something for everyone and attracts several thousand visitors each year.... Read more about Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale 2015
The Ed Portal welcomes Harvard PhD. candidate Eva Payne, who will give a talk on Corita Kent's work and on her experience curating Corita Kent-themed exhibitions at Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library and at the Harvard Art Museums. The event will also feature the screening of a short film documenting Kent's process that was restored for the Harvard Art Museums’ exhibition. You’ll also have the chance to learn up close about the technique of silk screening with local silkscreen artist Dave Tree, whose work is connected to the themes and technique Corita Kent often explored.... Read more about Corita Kent: Behind the Scenes
The Harvard Student Art Show is an independent student-run event held each spring, which displays and sells the artwork of students from Harvard College and the Harvard graduate schools. The purpose of the show is to expose the Harvard community to art on campus and to provide a public venue for student-artists to showcase their work. As we are looking to recruit students with diverse interests and concentrations to organize and execute this event, many positions do not require previous art or art historical knowledge.
Materials Lab, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St
Presented by: Harvard Art Museums $15 materials fee. Registration is required and payment must be made in advance. Please email email@example.com or stop by the museums’ admissions desk to register. Space is limited to 12 participants. Minimum age of 14.
Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St
Presented by: Harvard Art Museums Free admission. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.
At this compelling performance-lecture, members of the ESTAR (SER) research consortium will explore the group of mysterious documents known as the “Nachtigall Convolute”—ambiguous but remarkable materials that appear to detail the strange activities of an intimate sodality of scholars, artists, and intellectuals based in Istanbul in the early 1940s. Willing attendees will have an opportunity to experiment with the techniques of “figuration” that seem to be at issue in these puzzling sources.... Read more about The Nachtigall Convolute: Metempsychotic Figuration and the Matter of Lost Objects