Public Art at ARTS FIRST

STUDENT PUBLIC ART PROJECTS IN HARVARD YARD

Plug-In House/ The Silver Room

on view April 26 – 29
Hours: Thursday-Friday 12-10 pm, Saturday 11 am-10pm, Sunday 12-8pm

by James Shen and Eric Williams, GSD Loeb Fellows '18
LOCATION: Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard

The student-built Plug-In House proposes a modest and sustainable solution to urban housing shortages. Chicago's The Silver Room hosts varied cultural events inside the House to explore and celebrate place-making.

Full schedule of events:
Thursday
12 pm: Live DJs and performers
3 pm: Live painting on and inside the Plug-In House
6 pm: Real Talk Storytelling: Open mic live storytelling event. Five-minute community stories, any theme, any style.
7 pm: Live DJs and performers

Friday
12 pm: Live DJs and performers
2 pm: soul status, an improvisation-based dance installation choreographed by Tiffany Lau('19) and Anna Antongiorgi('19). Originally set for the Science Center Plaza, soul status was created via the Emerging Choreographers Residency with the Harvard Dance Program. Its centered on creating a welcoming space, trying to figure out what is 'home,' and appreciating other people who make that space.
3 pm: Live painting on and inside the Plug-In House
4 pm: Plugin Presentation: Eric and James curate a program discussing their current projects and design best practices for public spaces
4:30 pm: Niemans Present: The Nieman Class of 2018 read from their diaries, from their favorite books and from their works in progress
6 pm: Experimental Film Screening: Harvard film students show a series of experimental short films
7 pm: Live DJs and performers

Saturday
11 am: 30-minute guided meditation and restorative yoga for all levels, led by Yoga and Mindfulness instructor, Marlene Boyette of Leela Yoga & Wellness, @PeaceInBoston and @Blck.and.Blnd
1 pm: Game Time: Come play some of our favorite group games, spending a relaxing afternoon in the Plug-In House. We'll have checkers and chess, playing cards, board games--come play!
1 pm: Live painting on and inside the Plug-In House
4 pm: Niemans Present: The Nieman Class of 2018 read from their diaries, from their favorite books and from their works in progress
5 pm: The Groove: Musical performances by local singer/songwriters and DJs to get your body moving!
7 pm: Experimental Film Screening: Harvard film students show a series of experimental short films

Sunday 
12 pm: Live DJs and performers
1 pm: Poets Corner featuring talented emerging poets from the Harvard and Cambridge communities
3 pm: Live painting on and inside the Plug-In House
3 pm: Black Panther Talkback: Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) African American Student Union and AfricaGSD for a conversation about Black Panther, identity, and the Wakandan Utopia
5 pm: Experimental Film Screening: Harvard film students show a series of experimental short films
6 pm: Live DJs and performers

The Ouroboros Project

on view April 26 – 29
Artist talk Saturday 2 pm
by Shuang Liang GSD '18
LOCATION: Harvard Yard, near Mass Hall

The well-known symbol of the eternal cycle of destruction and re-creation, realized in contemporary construction materials, invites reflection on consumption and material culture.

Sheer

on view April 26 – 29
Artist talk Saturday 3 pm
by Christina Shivers GSD '22
LOCATION: Harvard Yard, in front of Holworthy

This colorful and deceptively simple sculptural installation explores subtle shifts between opacity and transparency.

Urban Amoeba

on view April 26 – 29
Artist talk Saturday 1 pm
by Victor Chohao Wu GSD '19, Kevin Fu GSD '19, Zheng Yu Yang GSD '19, Harry Lee GSD '19
LOCATION: Lehman Hall/Dudley House Plaza

The incongruous recreation of one of Earth's oldest organisms questions the impact of climate change and invasive species.

Di-versity, Uni-versity

on view April 26 – 29
Artist talk Saturday 3 pm
by Daniel Shieh GSD '19
LOCATION: Tercentenary Theatre, between Widener Library and Emerson

This interactive installation invites reflection on the challenge and import of building and maintaining a diverse academic community.

These projects are presented through the Office for the Arts Public Art Program.

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS IN ALLSTON

New Allston Mural by Paul Deo

Unveiling ceremony Sunday April 29, 12-1 pm
LOCATION: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Since the fall semester, Harlem-based artist Paul Deo has been working with Harvard and Allston-Brighton students to create a unique mural combining his signature bright colors and Afrofuturistic style with inspiration from Allston's history and culture. Celebrate the unveiling of this new work by an artist whose themes radiate joy and inclusivity.

Western Ave. Arts Walk

Sunday April 29, 1-5 pm, leaving hourly
LOCATION: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Join a Western Ave. Arts Walk to learn about Allston's public art, including pieces by world-renowned sculptors at Harvard Business School and a building-sized installation featuring unexpected materials. Student-guided walking tours take one hour. Advance registration is preferred. So are comfortable shoes.