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


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

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.

The museums will remain open until 9pm. 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.

Free admission, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed on the Lower Level beginning at 5pm. One ticket per person. Seating will begin at 5:30pm. After capacity is reached, additional seating in nearby Deknatel Hall will be available to view the lecture via simulcast.

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