Harvard Art Museums from Home

October 23, 2020
A man's hand holds a mobile phone that displays a Harvard Art Museums magazine article.
Photo: Zak Jensen

The museums are temporarily closed, but our channels are open. We’re here to bring you stories that reflect the power of art to soothe the mind, inspire conversation, and bring people together. We’ll share new material with you on this site regularly—from artist talks to favorite objects to videos and more.

Check our calendar for a schedule of online live events. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep in touch! 


Join us online Wednesday, October 28 as curators discuss artworks that address the struggle for equal voting rights in the United States.

Register today for the upcoming October 30 Art Study Center Seminar at Home, featuring Larry Cook and Makeda Best.

Fun for the whole family! We’ve just expanded the online Materials Lab programs, where kids can make art at home inspired by artworks in the collections. Also, our Coloring Ancient Egypt activity book is now available in a variety of languages.

Tours, Art Talks, seminars, and more are a click away on our events calendar. Check out some new programs we’ve just announced.

Art Talks

Lifting the Veil from Herbert Bayer’s Verdure

One PrintFive Stories

RubensBrush and Movement

Cyanotypes—Art and Science at Home

The Wood and the Worms

Mirror, Mirror: Reflections on the Etruscans and Their Afterlife

Max Beckmann’s Self-Portrait in Tuxedo

Artist Dan Flavin’s relief aquatint printing technique

The Ushabti of Princess Maatkare

Doorway on Wheels and David Smith’s Sculptural Practice

Color in Chinese Numbered Jun Ware Ceramics

Painting Edo and the Transcendence of Laughter

Introducing Painting Edo

How Egyptian Art Works 

Tours from Home

A History of Color: An Audio Tour of the Forbes Pigment Collection

Experience Painting Edo


Family-Friendly Resources

Materials Lab at Home

Coloring Ancient Egypt 
activity book—ready for download (Spanish, English, and Chinese)

Explore sculpture at the Harvard Art Museums 

Latest from Index Magazine

What Does a Famous Harvard Chair Have to Say about Patriarchy? 

Down the Rabbit Hole, Through the Looking Glass: Peter Newell’s Alice Illustrations

Strategies of Withdrawal: The Art of Lee Lozano and Charlotte Posenenske

Escape Artists

Art and Agency

A Salve for Your Snake Bites

Homecoming for a Degas Drawing 

A Cross-Collection Endeavor: Researching Photographs of Hampton Institute in Harvard’s Social Museum Collection

Painting Light! Summer Selections of Modern and Contemporary Art

Fellowship, in Image and in Practice 

Reflecting on Freedom

Voting Rights, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement

In Honor of Juneteenth

Armchair Travel

Faktura, Not Fiction: El Lissitzky’s Proun 12E

Unraveling the (Production) Secrets of an Egyptian Textile

Grenville Winthrop’s Portland Vase

Life at Home through Artists’ (and Curators’) Eyes

Making Blue Paper in the French Countryside

Art and Politics in the 1940s: Ben Shahn


Staff Picks

What Kids of All Ages Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home (Part 5)

What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home (Part 4)

Curatorial Fellow Shiva Mihan’s Favorite Works of Art

What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home (Part 3)

What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home (Part 2)

What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home

Conservator Kate Smith’s Favorite Work of Art


From the Archives

Colombian artist Doris Salcedo discusses the creative process, the themes of mourning and grief, and her public art installations protesting political violence and oppression

Peruvian-born artist Fernando Bryce asks us to rethink the lessons history can teach us

Sanchita Balachandran considers preservation, asking whose histories are preserved and whose are erased through the preservation process

Makeda Best, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, sat down with New Orleans photographers Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun to discuss their work related to issues of social justice

Kara Walker’s powerful drawing U.S.A. Idioms and other works by Walker were included in a 2019 installation at the museums

More than three decades after his death, James Baldwin remains one of the most well-known voices in American cultural criticism

Our conservation channel takes you behind the scenes in the museums’ Straus Center