Symposium: The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces


Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00am to 5:00pm


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

The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces explores the concept of rooms as idea generators throughout global history.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: The symposium is presented as part of HUBweek 2017 (October 10–15). The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Please register here.
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
Related eventMaking Room: Cartography, Collecting, and the Construction of Empire lecture, Oct. 13, 6 PM
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Presentations by artists, academics, and curators will investigate issues of access, ideology, cross-cultural exchange, and virtuality as related to a wide range of spaces, from plantation parlors and surgical theaters to the biosphere and flight simulators.

The symposium complements the current special exhibition, The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 (May 19–December 31, 2017), which considers the varied people, ideas, and objects that animated this important room in Harvard’s history.


All symposium events will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 8:30 am.

Please see Harvard Art Museums website for schedule of events.