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Harvard Art Museums from Home

Experience the Harvard Art Museums from home as we spotlight new stories about our collections and revisit some old favorites.
Six figures occupy a shallow space with a bright yellow background. They are bare-footed and bare-chested and wear red and white garments on their lower bodies. On their upper bodies they wear sashes, necklaces, and gold-colored headgear topped with purple blossoms. The central figure has blue skin. Three figures hold him up, supporting his shoulders, outstretched arm, and upturned foot. To the right and left of the central group stand two animal-headed figures. The one on the left has tan skin, a rounded muzzle, and a long, curving tail; he holds a mace and circular shield. The figure on the right has dark gray skin, a tapering muzzle, and a short, pointed tail; he holds a quiver with arrows. There are four ornamental trees in the background.

Fellowship, in Image and in Practice

Works of art from across the collections offer examples of people drawing strength from social ties, in good times and bad.

This painting is made up of horizontally placed stripes of paint that are brushed or sprayed on and allowed to drip. The grid is four columns across and about six rows down. Orange dominates the right half but the whole work is interspersed with dark red, black, tan, and green. The color blocks mostly follow the grid but often go beyond the gridlines or span two of the carefully applied rectangles varying in length and thicknesses.

Painting Light! Summer Selections of Modern and Contemporary Art

To mark the start of summer, curators and curatorial fellows in the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art explore works across media that are inspired by the season.

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.

Art Talk: Dan Flavin’s Relief Aquatint Technique

Join Christina Taylor to discover the relief aquatint printing technique that artist Dan Flavin used to create Untitled (Paper Disc).

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.

Virtual Student Guide Tours

Join us live on Zoom for interactive, thematic tours led by Harvard undergraduates from the Ho Family Student Guide Program!

An overview of a wooden tabletop shows the top edges of a group of books, a yellow Post-It note, and a set of keys on a metal ring. Leaves from a potted plant appear slightly out of focus at the top and right. The Post-It note displays the following bullet points in graphite: shower, get dressed, eat.

Staff Picks: What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen To While at Home (Part 4)

Harvard Art Museums staff share their favorite art-related books, podcasts, and small-screen picks.

Printed on a sheet of white paper with rough edges and visible paper fibers are the following words in black ink: “To Be Sold on board the Ship Bance-Island, on tuesday the 6th/ of May next, at Ashley-Ferry ; a choice/ cargo of about 250 fine healthy/ Negroes,/ just arrived from the/ Windward & Rice Coast./ —The utmost care has/ already been taken, and/ shall be continued, to keep them free from/ the least danger of being infected with the/ Small-Pox, no boat having been on/ board, and all other communication with/ people from Charles-Town prevented./ Austin, Laurens, & Appleby./ N.B. Full one Half of the above Negroes have had the Small-Pox in their own Country.” To the left of this text is a silhouette of a figure dunking a basketball (a recognizable image of Shaquille O’Neal); to the right a silhouette of a figure dancing (a recognizable image of Michael Jackson).

Reflecting on Freedom

In the final installment of our three-part series, curatorial fellows share works from the Harvard Art Museums collections that reflect on the Black American experience by synthesizing historical narratives, popular culture, and personal stories.

This screenprint shows a group of brown-skinned figures gathered in a large room with a wooden floor and blue walls. The figures have few facial features. The figures’ clothes are either black, red, yellow, blue, or beige or in combination of those colors. In the foreground, men and women wait in line. In the center of the composition, a woman sitting at a large yellow table rests her hands on a large white open book; a man wearing a black suit points to one of the pages. In the background, a man in a blue suit stands in a voting booth and is pulling the lever.

Voting Rights, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement

Curatorial fellow Katherine Mintie shares works from the Harvard Art Museums collections that address the struggle for full and equal voting rights, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement.

By Katherine Mintie

Two women look closely at one of several prints displayed on tabletop easels on a large gray table. In the background on a projector screen is an image of a dish decorated in blue and green flowers.

Art Study Center Seminars at Home

We may be closed for now, but we’re bringing our experts to you in a new online series, Art Study Center Seminars at Home.

A mummiform figurine of blue faience (ceramic) has painted details in black ink, with a vertical hieroglyphic inscription at the front.

Art Talk: The Ushabti of Princess Maatkare

Join graduate student Inês Torres to learn about the aesthetics and function of ancient Egyptian funerary figurines called ushabtis.

This cream-colored jug has a copper trim and handle. One side of the jug shows an image rendered almost entirely in black. A figure, in chains, draped in a white garment, is seated atop a group of rocks along a coast. His arms are outstretched. In the background is a body of water with a ship on the horizon. Alongside this image is the text “Am Not I a Man and a Brother.”

In Honor of Juneteenth 

Curatorial fellows share works from the Harvard Art Museums collections in honor of Juneteenth, America’s second Independence Day.