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Due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis, we regret that all in-person events have been canceled through December 31, 2020.

A large, wide wooden box is open, showing five equal sections filled with plastic foods, including vegetables, crackers, cookies, pastries, and a chocolate donut. Two sunny-side up eggs and a slice of bacon are fixed above the inside cover of the box.
Claes Oldenburg, American, Designed by George Maciunas, American, Published by Fluxus, American, False Food Selection, 1966. Wooden box with offset printed label, containing readymade plastic foods. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Barbara and Peter Moore Fluxus Collection, Margaret Fisher Fund and gift of Barbara Moore/Bound & Unbound, M26457. © Claes Oldenburg.

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Plastics in the Collections

Seminar

In this live Zoom presentation, conservators Sue Costello and Georgina Rayner will discuss the challenges of working with plastic media.

This painting shows three pairs of black lace-up boots against a white-gray sheet. The boots are lined up in a row: the top of the first boot is rolled over with laces tangled; the sole of the third boot faces up, illuminated by flecks of white paint; and the last pair of boots seem to teeter on the edge of the table. In the center of the image is a thin white line; the right side of the image is a photograph of the corresponding side of the painting, taken under raking light. The black boots appear in a lighter shade.
Vincent van Gogh, Dutch, Three Pairs of Shoes, 1886–87. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, 1951.66. The right side of the painting has been photographed under raking light by the team at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies.

Learning to See: Art, Medical Imaging, and Project Success

Special Event

Join us on Zoom to learn more about Project Success for High School Students and how looking at art can help doctors better see their patients.

Within the oval opening of a rectangular gold frame, a woman seen in half-length pours steaming liquid from a cup into a saucer held in her left hand.  She is looking down and is turned slightly to the left; a striped scarf is draped over her shoulders.
Louis-Marin Bonnet, French, The Woman Taking Coffee, 1774. Stipple, etching, engraving, and gold leaf. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Susan and Richard Bennett Fund and through the generosity of two anonymous donors, M23100.

Art Talk Live: Precious Deception—The Illegal Use of Gold Leaf in an 18th-Century Color Print

Gallery Talk

Meg Grasselli will discuss this unusual print with gold leaf and why artist Louis-Marin Bonnet had to conceal his authorship.

Ben Shahn, Welders, For Full Employment After the War, 1944. Poster; photolithograph in colors. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Stephen Lee Taller Ben Shahn Archive, Gift of Dolores S. Taller, M25733. Artwork © Estate of Ben Shahn/Licensed by VAGA, N.Y.

Virtual Gallery Tour for Friends and Fellows of the Museums

Gallery Talk

Virtual gallery tours are designed especially for our Friends and Fellows and are led by our curators, fellows, and other specialists.

A split-screen image shows on the left six prints in a grid-like pattern: three rows include two colored circular prints each on a square gray background. On the right, a young woman wearing a navy sweatshirt and black apron sits at a table with her hands folded, a bulletin board of artist tools behind her.
(Left): Dan Flavin, American, Untitled, 1992. Double-sided relief aquatints on handmade paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, M25122.A, M25122.B, M25122.C. © Dan Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, N.Y.

Virtual Gallery Tour for Friends and Fellows of the Museums

Gallery Talk

Virtual gallery tours are designed especially for our Friends and Fellows and are led by our curators, fellows, and other specialists.

A split-screen image shows on the left six prints in a grid-like pattern: three rows include two colored circular prints each on a square gray background. On the right, a young woman wearing a navy sweatshirt and black apron sits at a table with her hands folded, a bulletin board of artist tools behind her.
(Left): Dan Flavin, American, Untitled, 1992. Double-sided relief aquatints on handmade paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, M25122.A, M25122.B, M25122.C. © Dan Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, N.Y.

Virtual Gallery Tour for Friends and Fellows of the Museums

Gallery Talk

Virtual gallery tours are designed especially for our Friends and Fellows and are led by our curators, fellows, and other specialists.