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2019 May 30

Free Admission Day for Harvard Commencement

10:00am to 5:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission to all visitors today, in celebration of Harvard Commencement.

Explore the collections galleries and discover masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and more. Visit works by internationally recognized contemporary artists such as Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, and Kerry James Marshall, and check out the Bauhaus and...

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2019 May 29

Free Admission Day for Harvard Class Day

10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission to all visitors today, in celebration of Harvard Class Day.

Explore the collections galleries and discover masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and more. Visit works by internationally recognized contemporary artists such as Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, and Kerry James Marshall, and check out the Bauhaus and Harvard...

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2019 May 28

Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

4:15pm to 5:30pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

In 1930, Ellery Sedgwick (1872–1960), owner and editor of The Atlantic Monthly, traveled from Boston to Japan, where he encountered an extraordinary 13th-century sculpture of Prince Shōtoku at Age Two. Sedgwick ultimately acquired the sculpture of Prince Shōtoku, who is regarded as the founder of Buddhism in Japan. When the sculpture arrived in the United States in 1937, a visiting Japanese conservator discovered that it contained an extraordinary cache of more than 70 dedicatory objects. It has taken over 80 years to begin to unlock the complex secrets of this princely...

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2019 May 16

Gallery Talk: Happy Birthday, Walter Gropius!

12:30pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

In honor of Gropius’s 136th birthday (on May 18), learn more about his fascinating life and work in this special talk in the galleries of The Bauhaus and Harvard (February 8–July 28, 2019) exhibition. Melissa Venator, the Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, will give this gallery talk.

Walter Gropius’s accomplishments as a modernist architect were eclipsed only by his visionary contributions to art education. After founding the Bauhaus...

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2019 May 11

Walking Tour: Harvard Graduate Center

10:30am to 11:30am

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

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 May 03

Art Study Center Seminar: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop

11:00am to 12:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

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 Apr 30

The “Peculiar Problems” of Preservation: Life, Death, and the Afterlife in the Museum

6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

In 1933, Rutherford John Gettens, conservation scientist at the Fogg Art Museum, wrote a letter to his colleague Dr. S. Paramasivan to ask about the “peculiar problems” he faced in the conservation of archaeological objects at the Madras Government Museum, in India. Who, he wondered, has the right to preserve museum collections, and why? Whose histories are preserved and whose are erased or omitted through the preservation process?

Though nearly 90 years have passed since this correspondence, some of these same issues continue to trouble museums around the world. In this...

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2019 Apr 27

Members Celebrate the Bauhaus

9:00am to 10:30am

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Members and their non-member guests are invited to a special morning celebration of our latest special exhibition, The Bauhaus and Harvard. You’ll enjoy coffee and light refreshments before attending a lecture by Laura Muir about the Bauhaus.
 
Founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, and closed just 14 years later, the Bauhaus was the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design. Harvard University played host to the first Bauhaus exhibition in...

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2019 Apr 24

Gallery Talk: Kara Walker’s U.S.A. Idioms

12:30pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Chassidy Winestock, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard and a graduate student intern in the Division of Modern and Contemporary 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 the latest discoveries by curators, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Free...

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2019 Apr 23

Gallery Talk: Recline to Dine

12:30pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Frances Gallart Marques, the Frederick Randolph Grace Curatorial Fellow in Ancient 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 the latest discoveries by curators, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Free with museums admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required....

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2019 Apr 22

Film by Design at HFA—Light Plays, Form Plays: Film Experiments after the Bauhaus

7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street

In conjunction with the Bauhaus centennial, this film series will reconstruct how members of the Bauhaus—one of the most progressive art, architecture, and design schools in the early 20th century—actively engaged with moving images between the years 1919 and 1933. It explores a vibrant field of experimentation with a medium that has long remained marginal in the accounts of the Bauhaus by tracing how artists, architects, designers, weavers, typographers, and photographers turned to film both as a new mode of artistic expression and as a tool of design: film sketches, abstract animations...

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2019 Apr 18

Gallery Talk: Sylvia Plimack Mangold—Taking Measure

12:30pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Marina Isgro, Nam June Paik Research Fellow in the Division of Modern 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, investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and reveal the latest discoveries by curators, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Free with museums admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required....

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2019 Apr 18

Midday Organ Recital: Members of the Harvard Organ Society

12:15pm to 12:45pm

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Harvard Art Museums, Adolphus Busch Hall, 29 Kirkland Street, Cambridge MA

Members of the Harvard Organ Society will perform.

Recitals are performed on Harvard’s famous 1958 D. A. Flentrop organ. Audience members are invited to lunch quietly while listening.

Free admission

Presented by the Harvard Organ Society in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums and Memorial Church.

2019 Apr 16

Materials Lab Workshop: Drawn to Art Reproduction

1:00pm to 4:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

For 19th-century artists, the evolution of reproductive technologies was never far from their minds, or hands, when making illustrations for the mass press. For much of the century, artists relied on professional wood engravers to translate their working drawings into the network of discrete black marks required for the printing of images on a typographic press. After the advent of photography in 1839, the industry experienced a flourishing of technological and material workarounds to this reliance on the reproductive engraver. The ability to produce printing plates from a photographic...

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2019 Apr 16

Gallery Talk: Chinese Jades—“The Fairest of Stones”

12:30pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Melissa Moy, consultative curator for Chinese ceramics, 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, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Free with museums admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before each talk,...

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