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2019 Apr 30

Gallery Talk: Richard Lippold’s World Tree and the Bauhaus Legacy in Harvard’s Space Garden

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 explore how American artist Richard Lippold both borrowed from and extended the ideals of Bauhaus artists in his design for World Tree (1950), a stainless-steel sculpture installed at...

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2019 Apr 26

Walking Tour: Harvard Graduate Center

3:30pm to 4:30pm

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 lead a special, hourlong walking tour of the Harvard Graduate Center. The center was designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, his students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and his colleagues at the Cambridge-based firm The Architects Collaborative between 1948 and 1950.

The tour will explore the center’s significance as the first modernist building complex realized on Harvard’s campus while introducing visitors to the artworks...

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2019 Apr 26

Walking Tour: Harvard Graduate Center

10:30am to 11:30am

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 lead a special, hourlong walking tour of the Harvard Graduate Center. The center was designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, his students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and his colleagues at the Cambridge-based firm The Architects Collaborative between 1948 and 1950.

The tour will explore the center’s significance as the first modernist building complex realized on Harvard’s campus while introducing visitors to the artworks...

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2019 Apr 19

Art Study Center Seminar: Photography and the Bauhaus

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

At the Bauhaus, the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design, photography performed a variety of roles. In the hands of trained professionals and talented amateurs, the medium helped shape the Bauhaus image and market the school’s innovative designs to industry. It also served as an important means of pure artistic expression. 
 
In this seminar, Laura Muir, curator of the The Bauhaus and Harvard exhibition, and Gary Van...

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2019 Apr 18

Film by Design: Bauhaus and the Moving Image, Part 3

6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

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 Apr 11

Tour: The Bauhaus and Harvard

12:30pm to 1:30pm

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 Apr 06

Pairing Mindful Meditation with a Scholar’s Rock

10:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

In honor of Slow Art Day, Caitlin Casey, a student in the arts in education program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE), will guide visitors in 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 ...

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2019 Apr 05

Art Study Center Seminar: Intersections between Media—European Medals, Prints, and Paintings from the 16th to 19th Century

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

In this seminar, Jessie Park, the Rousseau Curatorial Fellow in European Art, and Kirsten Burke, a Ph.D. student in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard, will explore new ways of seeing medals as they intersect with other artistic media.

A rare opportunity to engage with these small works up close, this seminar will illuminate the importance of medals as artistic masterpieces, technological innovations, and identity-makers, from which various social and political implications were generated in surprising and compelling ways.

The seminar will...

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2019 Mar 29

Bauhaus 100: Object Lessons from a Historic Collection

10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, the Bauhaus was the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design. A century later, we continue to learn from the rich trove of student exercises, iconic design objects, photographs, textiles, typography, paintings, and archival materials in the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive Bauhaus collection. Join us as leading and emerging scholars share new research on these objects and related works in Harvard collections.

This symposium is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition ...

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2019 Mar 28

Film by Design: Bauhaus and the Moving Image, Part 2

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

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 Mar 26

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

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

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

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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

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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

Location: 

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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