Ongoing & Upcoming Exhibitions

From ancient artifacts to contemporary artworks, Harvard's museums and galleries house astonishing collections that illuminate a wide range of disciplines. They are open free of charge to all university affiliates, and several with an admission fee to the public. The following list may not be comprehensive; please check the museums' and galleries' websites for more information.

2016 Feb 11

Recreating the Throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres

Sat - Wed, Feb 11 to May 31, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave

Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Admission: Free  
Museum hours: Open Monday-Friday, 10am - 4pm; Sundays, 1pm - 4pm. Closed Saturday
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An interdisciplinary collaboration at Harvard University has created a full-scale reproduction of an ancient Egyptian

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2016 May 21

Sea Creatures in Glass at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

May 21, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St

Presented by: Harvard Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free and open to the public
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Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals. Renowned for their beauty and exacting detail, the Blaschka invertebrate models were commissioned by universities and museums throughout world during the nineteenth century. Read more about Sea Creatures in Glass at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

2016 Oct 01

Nasca Ceramics Ancient Art from Peru’s South Coast exhibit opens

Oct 01, 9:00am to Sep 04, 5:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Admission: Free with Harvard ID; admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours. General admission includes all exhibits. The Peabody Museum is adjacent to the Harvard Museum of Natural History
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Adorned with vibrant hues and intricate designs, ceramic vessels made by the Nasca people are a strikingly beautiful testament to a culture that flourished along Peru’s arid southern coast 2,000 years ago. Although these people are perhaps most famous for the “Nazca Lines”–massive animal-shaped earthworks visible from above–a new Peabody Museum small-scale exhibit will examine this culture through its unique pottery style. Read more about Nasca Ceramics Ancient Art from Peru’s South Coast exhibit opens

2017 Mar 10

Scale: A Matter of Perspective

Fri - Sun, Mar 10 to Dec 10, 3:15pm - 3:15pm

Location: 

The Special Exhibitions Gallery, Science Center, Room 371, 1 Oxford Street

Alice in WonderlandPresented by: The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
Admission: Free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM
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Scale has long captivated the human imagination, as evidenced in classics such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in today’s popular movies and television shows. People spend hours making models that shrink or enlarge everyday objects and surroundings. They invent technologies to explore tiny realms or search vast stretches of the cosmos beyond sight. Read more about Scale: A Matter of Perspective

2017 Apr 03

Exhibition: Playing Fair? Title IX at 45

Mon - Fri, Apr 3 to Sep 15, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, 3 James St

Presented by: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Admission: Free and open to the public
Exhibition Runs: 4/3-9/15 
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM
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This exhibition highlights the 45 years that Title IX has been in effect, on and off the playing field

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2017 Apr 22

Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

Sat - Sun, Apr 22 to Dec 31, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave

Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Admission: Free with Harvard ID; admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours. See website for admission rates for non-Harvard ID holders. The Peabody Museum is adjacent to the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Hours: 9 AM-5 PM, every day
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On April 22, 2017, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology will celebrate its 150th anniversary year by opening All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology. Unveiled within a beautifully restored 4th floor gallery, this new exhibition will feature an astonishing array of over 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, many on display for the very first time. Read more about Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology

2017 May 18

Trisha Baga: CCC (Ceramics Club Cambridge)

Thu - Sun, May 18 to Sep 17, 9:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

Level 0, Display Case, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St

Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
Runs: May 18-September 17
Galleries: 12–6 PM,  Thu–Sun
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Why make ceramic protest signs? Because we will be protesting these things for a long time to come….This proposition informs the CCVA summer

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2017 Jun 08

Media Bichos: Wavelinks

Thu - Sun, Jun 8 to Sep 24, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

Level 1, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St

Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
Runs: June 8-September 24
Galleries: 12–6 PM,  Thu–Sun
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Renée Green’s Pacing residency continues with a summer installation of Media Bichos: Wavelinks in CCVA’s Level 1 Gallery space.

Designed

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2017 Jul 20

Exhibition: Rejuvenation

Thu - Tue, Jul 20 to Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: 

Crossings Gallery, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Presented by: Harvard Ed Portal
Admission: Free and open to the public
Public gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 10 am- 7 pm, Friday 10 am-5 pm
Runs: July 20-August 22
Reception featuring artist talks, live music, and a free raffle for prizes: Thursday, July 20, 6-8 PM. 

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2017 Aug 24

Exhibition: VES Visiting Faculty 2017–18

Thu - Sun, Aug 24 to Sep 24, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

Level 3, Sert Gallery, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St.

Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public. 
Gallery Hours: 12pm–6pm Thu–Sun
Opening Reception: Wed, Sep 13, 2017, 5–7 pm
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The Visiting Faculty 2017–18 exhibition presents work by four new visiting faculty members in Visual and Environmental Studies. Each year for almost fifty years, the department has invited visual artists and filmmakers who are leaders in their fields to work closely with its students, invigorating and enriching the academic program and broadening departmental conversations with their outside perspectives and experiences. This year is no exception as the department welcomes Judith Belzer, Ken Okiishi, Elle Pérez, and Richard Renaldi, each engaged with varied approaches to painting, photography, and the moving image. Read more about Exhibition: VES Visiting Faculty 2017–18

2017 Aug 26

World in a Drop: Photographic Explorations of Microbial Life

9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St

Presented by: Harvard Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free with Harvard ID for you and one guest. Others; $12 Adults; $10 Students/Seniors; $8 age 3-18. Available at front desk at time of visit. 
Museum Hours: 9 AM-5 PM
Exhibition opens Saturday, August 26, 2017
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The minuscule ecosystem within a single drop of water is home to an astonishing diversity of organisms busily living out their lives and interconnected by myriad complex relationships. Read more about World in a Drop: Photographic Explorations of Microbial Life

2017 Aug 26

Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran

Aug 26, 10:00am to Jan 07, 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: See website for admission
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
Runs: August 26-January 7, 2018
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The 19th century was an era of heightened image-making in Iran. As the century unfolded, the new Qajar dynasty sought to unify a country torn by decades of civil war, even as the outside world increasingly intruded on Iranian affairs. The expansionist ambitions and technological advances of European powers brought Westerners to Iran and, to a later and lesser extent, drew Iranians to the West. Stimulated and challenged by developments both inside and outside their country, Persian artists mastered new image-making technologies and readily assimilated an unprecedented influx of pictorial material from abroad into their traditional art forms. Read more about Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran

2017 Sep 08

Panel Discussion and Seminar - Warren MacKenzie and John Reeve: Kindred Spirits

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Presented by: Harvard Ed Portal and Lacoste Gallery

Warren MacKenzie, John Reeve, Ken Ferguson
L-R: Warren MacKenzie and John Reeve with Ken Ferguson

Panelists:

Nora Vaillant curator, art historian and writer
Mark Pharis artist, teacher and writer
Mary Barringer artist, editor and writer

This panel will explore Warren and John’s unique friendship and the shared philosophy of these mingei ceramic legends.  Warren and John were contemporaries and good friends, working at the Leach Pottery at different times and together in the US and England. Warren on John: “We were both seeking our own language. We shared the idea that pots should be made easily and quickly; they should not be elaborate things. We didn’t have to explain ourselves to one another.”

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2017 Oct 19

Exhibition: We Just Fit, You and I

Oct 19, 12:00pm to Jan 07, 6:00pm

Location: 

Level 1, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St.

Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public. 
Gallery Hours: 12pm–6pm Thu–Sun
Opening Reception: Wed, Sep 13, 2017, 5–7 pm
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We Just Fit, You and Ii is a group exhibition that probes the boundaries between bodies and architecture. Featuring Michelle Lopez, Sondra Perry, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Michael E. Smith, each artist looks to contemporary technology, unexpected material behavior, and architecture as primary means by which to re-articulate the human form.   Read more about Exhibition: We Just Fit, You and I