Fall Opening Celebration-The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820


Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 5:00pm to 9:00pm


Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: Free admission, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed on the Lower Level beginning at 5 pm. One ticket per person. Seating will begin at 5:30 pm. After capacity is reached, additional seating in nearby Deknatel Hall will be available to view the lecture via simulcast.
Please note: The museums will remain open until 9 pm. The lecture will take place from 6 to 7:30pm in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Lecture attendees are invited to return to the galleries after the discussion, as well as to enjoy a reception in the Calderwood Courtyard.
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Contemporary artist Simon Starling will discuss his own practice, which stands at the intersection of art, science, and technology, in light of the range of objects, voices, and ideas that animated Harvard’s 18th-century Philosophy Chamber, the subject of this fall’s special exhibition, The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820.

Following his presentation, Starling will be joined in conversation by Ethan Lasser, head of the Division of European and American Art and the Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Curator of American Art, and Jennifer L. Roberts, the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.

Simon Starling was born in 1967 in Epsom, United Kingdom, and graduated from the Glasgow School of Art. He was professor of fine arts at the Städelschule in Frankfurt between 2003 and 2013. He won the Turner Prize in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize in 2004. He represented Scotland at the Venice Biennial in 2003 and has exhibited widely with solo exhibitions at Mass MOCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; The Power Plant, Toronto; Musée d’art contemporain du Val de Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France; Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; Tate Britain, London; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; MUMA, Melbourne, Australia; Casa Luis Barragán and Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. The artist currently lives in Copenhagen.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.