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2019 Mar 26

The Coinage of the Achaian League: Between Federal Authority and Civic Autonomy

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Since the American Revolution, the Achaian koinon (“league” in Greek) has been an essential case for understanding the formation of a centralized, federal government from a group of formerly autonomous, geographically disparate city-states. However, coins are conspicuously absent from historical research on this topic—despite the fact that coinage functions as an immediate marker and official product of the authorities within a society.
 
In this lecture, Catherine Grandjean, professor of ancient history at the University of...

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2019 Mar 19

Gallery Talk: Activation of Moholy-Nagy’s Light Prop for an Electric Stage

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Melissa Venator, the Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, will give this gallery talk.

Is it an experimental lighting device, the subject of New Vision films and photographs, or a motorized kinetic sculpture? The Light Prop has expanded our definition of art for 90 years. Learn more about this fascinating object and see it in operation, in conjunction with the exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard (February 8–July 28, 2019).

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2019 Mar 13

Tour: Hans Arp’s Constellations II

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Join us for an in-depth tour of the exhibition Hans Arp’s Constellations II, on view from February 8 to July 28, 2019, by exhibition curator Melissa Venator, the Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum.

This exhibition presents the room-sized wall relief Constellations II, by Alsatian artist and poet Hans Arp (1886–1966). On public view...

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2019 Mar 12

Materials Lab Workshop: Shadow/Substance—Paper Cutting and Kara Walker

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

This workshop takes inspiration from the art of Kara Walker, whose U.S.A. Idioms will be on view at the Harvard Art Museums from March through October 2019. This monumental collage, made with Sumi ink on newsprint, sheds new light on the themes of race and history that Walker has explored throughout her long career, including in an extensive body of work featuring silhouettes and other forms of cut paper.

Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and...

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2019 Mar 08

Art Study Center Seminar: Painted Piety—The Art of Religious Devotion in Morocco

11:00am to 12:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

In this seminar, Mounia Chekhab Aboudaya, curator for North Africa and Iberia at the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, and Rachel Parikh, the Calderwood Curatorial Fellow in South Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, will explore the religious and artistic context behind a large, calligraphic panel venerating the Prophet Muhammad.

This recent acquisition, created in 20th-century Morocco, is as enigmatic as it is striking—there is no known devotional panel like it. However, drawing from other objects, such as pilgrimage guides and prayer books, within Harvard Art Museums...

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2019 Mar 06

Art and Religious Devotion in Morocco: Notes on a Calligraphic Panel from the Harvard Art Museums

6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

A large-scale calligraphic panel from Morocco features stylized views of Mecca and Medina and representation of the Prophet Muhammad’s sandals, alongside prayers praising the Prophet and a selection of verses from the Qur’an.

This striking work raises the broad question of representational imagery in an Islamic devotional context as well as the more specific matter of artistic transfer from illustrated copies of the Dala’il al-Khayrat (The Ways of Edification). This famous collection of prayers blessing the Prophet, compiled by the 15th-century Sufi mystic...

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2019 Feb 28

Film by Design: Bauhaus and the Moving Image, Part 1

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

In conjunction with our special exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard, this film series will reconstruct how Bauhäusler (students and faculty at the Bauhaus) actively engaged with moving images between 1919 and 1933. They created abstract animations, lightplays, architectural films, and short documentaries; they invited avant-garde filmmakers to present their work at the Bauhaus; they organized frequent film screenings at Bauhaus festivities; and they even made a series of material...

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2019 Feb 27

Tour: The Bauhaus and Harvard

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Join us for an in-depth tour of our special exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard, on view from February 8 to July 28, 2019.

The Bauhaus and Harvard exhibition—mounted in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany—presents nearly 200 works by more than 70 artists, drawn almost entirely from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive Bauhaus collection. Founded in 1919 and closed just 14 years later, the Bauhaus was...

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2019 Feb 22

Art Study Center Seminar: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop

11:00am to 12:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

The Harvard Art Museums recently acquired 80 prints and proofs from the Brandywine Workshop, a print studio in Philadelphia that has been in operation since the early 1970s. Elizabeth M. Rudy, the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Associate Curator of Prints, will lead a focused discussion about a selection of these prints.

The seminar will take place in the Art Study Center, Level 4.

Free admission, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar will open on Friday, February 1, 2019, and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register...

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2019 Feb 19

Gallery Talk: A History of Change—Hans Arp’s Constellations II

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Madeline Corona, objects conservation fellow in the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, will give this gallery talk. The exhibition Hans Arp’s Constellations II is on view from February 8 to July 28, 2019.

Free with museums admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before each talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in...

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2019 Feb 16

Pairing Mindful Meditation with a Scholar’s Rock

10:30am to 11:30am

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Join Caitlin Casey, a student in the arts in education program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE), for a special mindfulness meditation session.

Inspired by Christophe Andre’s book Looking at Mindfulness: Twenty-Five Paintings to Change the Way You Live and HGSE’s Project Zero, which offers thinking routines like See-Wonder-Connect, this meditative experience will allow visitors to engage deeply...

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2019 Feb 15

Gallery Talk: What Is Love? Baby, Don’t Hurt Me

12:30pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Rachel Parikh, the Calderwood Curatorial Fellow in South Asian Art; Frances Gallart Marques, the Frederick Randolph Grace Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Art; and Whitney Christopher, technology fellow in the Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology department, will give this gallery talk.

Our galleries are full of stories—this series of drop-in talks gives visitors a chance to hear the best ones! The talks highlight new works on view, take a fresh look at old favorites, investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and reveal the latest discoveries by curators,...

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2019 Feb 14

Gallery Talk: Tainted Love

12:30pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Jen Thum, the Inga Maren Otto Curatorial Fellow in the Division of Academic and Public Programs; Gabriella Szalay, the Renke B. and Pamela M. Thye Curatorial Fellow in the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art; and Shiva Mihan, the Schroeder Curatorial Fellow in the Division of Ancient and Mediterranean Art, will give this gallery talk.

Our galleries are full of stories—this series of drop-in talks gives visitors a chance to hear the best ones! The talks highlight new works on view, take a fresh look at old favorites, investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and reveal...

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2019 Feb 13

Gallery Talk: Crazy in Love

12:30pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Jessie Park, the Rousseau Curatorial Fellow in European Art; Marina Isgro, the Nam June Paik Research Fellow in the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art; Correna Cohen, curatorial fellow in the Division of Academic and Public Programs; and Joanna S. Seidenstein, the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Curatorial Fellow in the Division of European and American Art, will give this gallery talk.

Our galleries are full of stories—this series of drop-in talks gives visitors a chance to hear the best ones! The talks highlight new works on view, take a fresh look at old favorites,...

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2019 Feb 12

Gallery Talk: Building, Dwelling, Landscape—The Bauhaus in Dessau

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Charlotte Leib, curatorial intern at the Harvard Art Museums and graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will give this gallery talk.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard (February 8–July 28, 2019), the talk will discuss how the New Architecture of the Bauhaus aimed to transform the domestic dwelling into a rational, efficient, and functional space while also seeking to bring inside and outside space into closer...

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