Virtual Student Guide Tours

June 1, 2020
At left, a young woman gestures in front of a large expressionist triptych painting. Two people sit on a bench with their backs to the viewer, and a young person is standing at far right. The painting shows many colorful, shadowy figures in a performance.
Photo: Tim Correira Photography

Join us live on Zoom for virtual Student Guide Tours! These interactive tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on objects chosen by each Student Guide and provide a unique, thematic view into our collections.

The free, 30-minute tours will be offered live via Zoom on Tuesdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 11am (all times EDT). Please follow the links below to join each tour; no pre-registration required.

 

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, June 2, 8–8:30pm (EDT)
“Visions of the Future,” with Cecilia Zhou 
Cecilia Zhou ’22 will examine how three works of art, spanning approximately 700 years, position themselves vis-à-vis the future. 

To join, follow this link: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/96534706683 (pre-registration not required).

  

 

Saturday, June 6, 11–11:30am (EDT) 
“Looking Inside, from the Outside,” with Emilė Radytė
Emilė Radytė ’20 will lead a conversation about how and to what effect interiority is represented in art, and how art can become a medium for expressing both frustrations and hope of the spirit.  

To join, follow this link: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/91254819337 (pre-registration not required).

 

For more information about how to join a meeting on Zoom, click here; for general questions about Student Guide Tours, email am_register@harvard.edu.

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, including art history, visual and environmental studies, the sciences, history, and literature. Through their training, Student Guides gain knowledge of the collections and develop skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership. This program is supported by the Ho Family Student Guide Fund.

 

PAST TOURS

Saturday, May 30
“The Art of the Everyday,” with Paul Tamburro 
Paul Tamburro ’21 explored distinctions between art and everyday objects and the relationship between art and mass production.

Thursday, May 28
“Decay and Regeneration,” with Mei Tercek 
Mei Tercek ’21 considered how decay can be a destructive and revitalizing force in art.

Tuesday, May 26
“Architecture as Art,” with Gavin Moulton
Gavin Moulton ’20 explored the theme of architecture as art in a discussion focused on several works in the collections spanning a thousand years of art history.

Monday, May 25
Celebrating the Class of 2020
Emilė Radytė, May Wang, Gavin Moulton, and Tommy Mahon, our Ho Family Student Guides from the Harvard Class of 2020, shared their favorite artworks from the Harvard Art Museums collections in this special, celebratory tour.

Saturday, May 23
“Spirituality in Secular Art,” with Adam Sella 
Adam Sella ’22 considered different ideas of spirituality and how these are reflected in artwork we might not immediately consider to be spiritual.  

Thursday, May 21
“The Golden Globe,” with May Wang
May Wang ’20 considered works from across the collections that include or evoke gold in the context of global exchange.

Tuesday, May 19
“Make It New” with Tommy Mahon
Tommy Mahon ’20 focused on four artworks embodying aesthetic, political, and spiritual transformations.

Saturday, May 16 
“Decay and Regeneration,” with Mei Tercek 
Mei Tercek ’21 considered how decay can be a destructive and revitalizing force in art, focusing on several works from the collections.  

Thursday, May 14
“Art in Exile,” with Vlad Batagui
Vlad Batagui ’21 explored the relationship between art and the origins of its creation, looking at different ways in which art objects and artists get removed from their original cultural contexts.

Tuesday, May 12
“Constructing Nature,” with Sinead Danagher
Sinead Danagher ’21 discussed several works of art that use or invoke nature in their media, imagery, and style.

Saturday, May 9
“Visions of the Future,” with Cecilia Zhou 
Cecilia Zhou ’22 examined how three works of art, spanning approximately 700 years, position themselves vis-à-vis the future. 

Thursday, May 7
“Spirituality in Secular Art,” with Adam Sella 
Adam Sella ’22 considered different ideas of spirituality and how these are reflected in artwork we might not immediately consider to be spiritual.  

Tuesday, May 5
“Decay and Regeneration,” with Mei Tercek 
Mei Tercek ’21 discussed whether decay can be both destructive and revitalizing in art.  

Saturday, May 2
“The Golden Globe,” with May Wang
May Wang ’20 considered works from across the collections that include or evoke gold in the context of global exchange.

Thursday, April 30
“Constructing Nature,” with Sinead Danagher
Sinead Danagher ’21 discussed several works of art that use or invoke nature in their media, imagery, and style. 

Tuesday, April 28
“The Art of the Everyday,” with Paul Tamburro
Paul Tamburro ’21 explored distinctions between art and everyday objects and the relationship between art and mass production. 

Thursday, April 23
“Architecture as Art,” with Gavin Moulton
Gavin Moulton ’20 explored the theme of architecture as art in a discussion focused on several works in the collections spanning a thousand years of art history. 

Tuesday, April 21
“Reality and Artifice,” with Emilė Radytė
Emilė Radytė ’20 explored the theme of reality and artifice in an interactive discussion focused on several works in the collections. 

Want to learn more from our Student Guides? Browse our past Student Guide Tours on our Vimeo channel and follow @harvardarthappens on Instagram.