Visual Arts

2015 Sep 09

The Shadow of War: 20th-Century Historical Documents from the José María Castañé Collection

Repeats every day until Sat Sep 12 2015 .



Houghton Library, Amy Lowell Room

Presented by: Harvard College Library
Hours: see website

This exhibition of materials from the José María Castañé Collection shows the shadow of war as it fell across the world throughout the century, from the Russian Revolution to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The exhibition features documents by Joseph Stalin, Lev Trotsky, Harry Truman, and Charles de Gaulle, as well as photographs of the famous—Hitler at the third Nazi Party conference—and unknown—a selection of albums compiled by unidentified German soldiers. The Shadow of War is on display at Houghton Library through September 12.... Read more about The Shadow of War: 20th-Century Historical Documents from the José María Castañé Collection

2015 Sep 18

Clay All Night

9:00pm to 1:00am


Ceramics Studio

Friday, September 18, 9 PM-1 AM

Students converge to hear music, model clay, spin on the wheel, and snack at Clay All Night.Each fall, students converge to hear music, model clay, spin on the wheel, and snack at Clay All Night.

Studio party for Harvard undergraduates only
(Valid Harvard...

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2015 Sep 29

visual artist JANET ECHELMAN

Registration Closed 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Rose Kennedy Greenway, Summer St. near Atlantic Ave., Boston

“As If It Were Already Here” Presented by Learning from Performers
ADMISSION: Free and limited to Harvard affiliates only. Please RSVP below at "Sign up for this event"; for more information email Program Director Thomas Lee.

Creator of numerous public art projects, Echelman will lead a site visit to her latest creation, “As If It Were Already Here,” a 600-foot sculpture reconnecting downtown Boston to the waterfront at the head of the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Summer St. near Atlantic Ave. in the vicinity of South Station. Accompanying Echelman will be Greenway public art curator Lucas Cowan and project manager Laura Jasinski.... Read more about visual artist JANET ECHELMAN

2015 Aug 25

Student Print Rental Program through the Harvard Art Museums

(All day)


Harvard Art Museums

This fall, the Harvard Art Museums will reintroduce the Student Print Rental Program. On hiatus since 2008, the popular program allows Harvard students to rent original prints from the museums to hang in their dorm rooms for the year. It aims to encourage interest in and understanding of art by making it a part of students’ everyday lives.

For a small fee, about 300 undergraduate and graduate students living in university housing will be able to choose from a collection of prints; each student can rent one print per academic year. The selection of available prints ranges from...

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2015 Aug 25

Opportunity: Gallery Intern at the Ed Portal

Tue Aug 25 (All day) to Fri Sep 18 (All day)


Gallery at Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave. Allston

The new Ed Portal facility in north Allston opened its doors in February 2015 and includes a 120-seat performance space and a small gallery. The person hired for this internship will be involved in the curation and installation of exhibitions in the gallery but also in creating guidelines for gallery use including an exhibition checklist, statements regarding insurance and liability policies, agreements regarding sale of artwork, procedures for documenting exhibitions, and language for a call for guest curators and/or artists for group shows. A strong intern who successfully completes...

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2015 Aug 24

Corita Kent: Footnotes and Headlines

Mon - Fri, Aug 27 to Dec 7, 9:00am - 5:00pm


Schlesinger Library, first floor, 10 Garden St

Corita Kent: Footnotes and HeadlinesExhibition: August 24-Decembe 4, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm
Presented byRadcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Drawn from the Schlesinger Library’s collection of Kent’s papers, letters, and images, this exhibition explores her career, artistic process, teaching, and activism. Footnotes and Headlines illuminates the work and life of an innovative artist who confronted war, hunger, and the Catholic Church hierarchy through her art.
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Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry



Dates: February 5 - April 16  CLOSEDGlaze Chemistry
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Matthew Katz/Casey Zeng

Course description:  This class will cover technical information about Glaze and Clay formation led by Alfred University instructor Matthew Katz, and facilitated by Ceramics Program staff member Casey Zeng. Along with technical information, students will learn about how to effectively understand and work with their materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a glaze to substitute materials, how glaze temperature works, alter surface qualities, and prevent glazing defects. The class itself will be a combination of on-demand, video lectures, live online discussions, and real-world experimentation. The information will be provided through on-line lectures that students can view in class as well as review outside of class. There will be live, on-line discussions with the instructor scheduled throughout. Please note - there is not personal work to be made through this class - only testing for the class. It can be arranged to purchase studio access (see below).  Knowledge of PowerPoint and use of a personal laptop is highly recommended but not necessary. (10 classes) Note: There is no class on Monday, February 19th for President's Day.

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Explore Soda Firing



Dates:  February 2 - April 6    CLOSED    Denny McLaughlin
Days/Times: Fridays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Course description: Explore nature-inspired visual and tactile surfaces on wheel thrown forms by using soda slips and washes as well as patterns and textures. Fresh spontaneous approaches on soft clay, as well as more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be developed. A three-dimensional artist, from either clay or another discipline will be selected by each student to inspire the development of new methods that go beyond the familiar solution in making a soda fired functional pot.  The experience of building a larger vocabulary of soda firing possibilities and results will lay the groundwork for new directions for functional work. (10 classes/14 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges



Dates: January 30 - April 17    CLOSEDStephanie Young
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  
Level: Beginning - Intermediate                      
InstructorsStephanie Young

Course description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students. (12 classes/14 weeks)
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Absolute Beginners



Dates: February 3 - April 21   CLOSEDStuart Gair
Days/Times: Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Stuart Gair

Course description: Ready to try your hand at the wheel? Become a member of the Harvard Ceramics community in this introductory throwing course with 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence Stuart Gair. Explore the basics of wheel throwing in this fun and casual class. The instructor guides you through a variety of forms to then decorate and glaze as well as introduces you to the studio. With this class, you will receive seven-day access to the studio to practice your new skills! (12 classes/14 weeks)
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Molds and Multiples



Dates: January 30 - April 17  CLOSEDMolds
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Geoff Booras

Course description: Utilizing mold making techniques is an interesting, contemporary approach to producing objects quickly whether it be a set of mugs or multiple versions of an object that come together to form compelling installation or sculpture. Students will learn to make 1, 2, and 3-part molds for press molding and slip casting. We will be working from found objects as well as learning methods of prototyping to produce the objects from an original. (12 classes/14 weeks)
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Tile Mural



Dates: February 7 - April 11  CLOSED

Tile Mural Class Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Marek Jacisin

Course descriptionDiscover the various techniques to design and produce one of a kind and multiple low relief, clay tiles. The class will include design techniques, working on a primary sketch, transferring the image onto clay, carving and cutting the tile using an assortment of tools. Simple and more advanced decorating techniques will be introduced including the use of mold-making. In addition to their own creations, students will design and make a mural intended for outdoor installation. Use of multimedia techniques such as using lightweight concrete or epoxied polystyrene boards will be discussed. The design and production will be done during the 2018 Spring semester and installation will occur at the beginning of the Summer or Fall. (10 classes/13 weeks)
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Independent Studio



Dates: January 29 - May 5Potter's Tool Box   CLOSED
Days/Times: N/A
Level: Advanced

Course description: Self-directed work for advanced participants previously enrolled in a Ceramics Program course and who have passed the Electric Kiln test. Independent Studio students have proven that they are capable of processing their own work. This course includes studio access and other opportunities. (14 weeks) ... Read more about Independent Studio

2015 Aug 25

Mare Liberum: or, The Other Island

Tue - Sun, Aug 28 to Sep 23, 10:00am - 5:00pm


Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Residency + Exhibition
Aug 25-Sep 20, 2015

With "or, The Other Island," the Brooklyn-based collective Mare Liberum will transform the iconic ramp, Level 3 gallery and adjacent terrace at the Carpenter Center into a boat workshop and library, a site for a series of participatory workshops, and an installation of work relating to the collective’s multi-year inquiry into landscape, utopia, watercraft and water as a commons. 

The title of the exhibition⎯drawn from Michel Tournier’s novel Friday (1967), a retelling of Defoe's Crusoe (1719)⎯can be taken as a...

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