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The Shadow of War: 20th-Century Historical Documents from the José María Castañé Collection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 Read more about The Shadow of War: 20th-Century Historical Documents from the José María Castañé Collection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: June 7 - August 9Glaze Chemistry
Days/Times: Thursdays, 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, 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.

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Explore Soda Firing



Dates:  June 8 - July 27   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. (8 classes/10 weeks)
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Basics and Challenges



Dates: June 5 - July 24Stephanie Young
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  
Level: Beginning - Intermediate                      
Instructors: Stuart Gair

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. (8 classes/10 weeks)
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Slab Happy!



Dates: June 5 - June 26Slab Happy
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Peter Berry, Stuart Gair, Pamela Gorgone, Joanna Mark

Course description: Every week, for four weeks, a featured instructor will demonstrate their methods of working with slabs and invite students to create a slab-based project either in class or during their own time. Overall, students will receive four different approaches to this building technique and be encouraged to find their own! This class is intended to compliment those enrolled in a Summer 2018 ceramics class. (4 classes)
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Adventures in Slipcasting, Prototyping and Mold-Making



Dates: June 12 - July 31
Days/TimAdventures in Mold Makinges: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Geoff Booras

Course description: Born out of design and production methods, slip-casting is an agile technique that can be applied to many facets of ceramics, from industrial ceramics to the fine arts. Whether producing quantities of functional vessels or creating a single, meticulous replication with a sculptural intent, slip-casting methods are extremely useful can help facilitate a variety of forms and number of objects. This class will explore the possibilities of slip-casting, paying special attention to the process of prototyping (including the application of 3D ceramic printing) and quality mold-making. This course is intended for those who have taken “Molds and Multiples” or are comfortable processing plaster and making basic, one-two part molds. (8 classes/10 weeks)
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Image on Clay



Dates: June 14 - August 2 - WAITLISTEDImage on Clay
Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Kathy King

Course descriptionNew avenues towards personal expression are realized through applying image-based surface techniques such as sgraffito, mishima, monoprinting and vinyl resist. Traditional printmaking techniques will be applied to ceramics through utilizing silk screening methods with EZ Screens and preparing and using 20x24 inch silkscreens. Students will then learn transfer techniques to apply personal imagery onto 2D and 3D ceramics forms. Guest artist, Arthur Halvorsen will present his transfer methods in July.
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Independent Studio



Dates: May 29 - August 11 (11 weeks) or Independent Study
June 18 - August 11 (8 weeks)
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. (8 or 11 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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