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1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University.

Midday Organ Recital: Janet Yieh

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

Recitals are performed on Harvard’s famous 1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, at Adolphus Busch Hall.

Untitled, 1840s–50s. Sixth-plate daguerreotype. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs, 2008.304.

Gallery Talk: The Daguerreotype as Democratic Image

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Photography curator Makeda Best explores how the daguerreotype influenced 19th-century American society.

Still image from No More, America, a film by Peter Galison, 2017. © Peter Galison.

No More, America: Screening and Discussion

Film

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Co-directors Peter Galison and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will discuss this powerful film that reimagines a 1773 debate about slavery at Harvard.

Carl Grossberg, Jacquard Factory, 1934. Oil on panel. Collection Merrill C. Berman.

Art Study Center Seminar: New Objectivity in Germany [AT CAPACITY]

Seminar

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

This seminar will focus on German realism from the interwar period, highlighting themes of industry and technology.

Ford Madox Brown, Self-Portrait, 1877. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.185.

Gallery Talk: Who’s Who—19th-Century Portraits

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Miriam Stewart will examine several portraits that capture the personalities of the age.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

The Temple of Artemis at Sardis, featuring the Butler expedition’s crane (which still works), 1910 and 2010. Top photo: Howard Crosby Butler Archive, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University; bottom photo: Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Archives Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

To celebrate American Archives Month, materials from the museums’ archives will be on view in the Art Study Center on Mondays in October.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On Mondays through the fall, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Augustin Amant Constant Fidèle Edouart, William Buckland and his Wife and son Frank, Examining Buckland’s Natural History Collection, 1828–29. Silhouette, cut black paper pasted down on cream paper ground; a few elaborations in black pen and wash. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mary L. Smith Fund, 66.964, TL41686.2.

Gallery Talk: Materials, Techniques, and History of Augustin Edouart’s Silhouettes

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Paper conservator Penley Knipe will discuss a silhouette of geologist William Buckland and his family.

Willem Pietersz. Buytewech, A Standing Man, Hand on Hip, c. 1616–17. Brown ink and brown wash over traces of black chalk on cream antique laid paper. The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Promised gift, 25.1998.14.

Gallery Talk: Dutch Drawings in Focus—Gentleman, Peasant, Soldier

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Austėja Mackelaitė will discuss scenes from everyday life, which were enormously popular during the early Golden Age.

Jananne Al-Ani, Shadow Sites II, 2011. Single-channel HD video projection, color, with sound, 8:38 min. Jointly owned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Accessions Committee Fund purchase) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2014. © Jananne Al-Ani.

In Between Places: Making Contemporary Art in the Middle East

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

MoMA director Glenn Lowry examines how artists in the Middle East today are bridging local and global concerns in their work.

1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University.

Midday Organ Recital: Clara Gerdes

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

Recitals are performed on Harvard’s famous 1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, at Adolphus Busch Hall.

Prepared by Charles Willson Peale, 1741–1827, Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), 1786–1827. Animal specimen. Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ornithology Department, Harvard University, TL41676.1. © President and Fellows of Harvard College. Photo: Courtesy of the Ornithology Department, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations—Decay

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard Ph.D. candidate Oliver Wunsch will discuss works featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On Mondays through the fall, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

The Temple of Artemis at Sardis, featuring the Butler expedition’s crane (which still works), 1910 and 2010. Top photo: Howard Crosby Butler Archive, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University; bottom photo: Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Archives Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

To celebrate American Archives Month, materials from the museums’ archives will be on view in the Art Study Center on Mondays in October.

Jean-Baptiste Chapuy, after Simon Louis Boizot, Liberty, Armed with the Scepter of Reason, Strikes Down Ignorance and Fanaticism, 1793. Mezzotint on off-white antique laid paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Jakob Rosenberg Fund, 2012.216.

Gallery Talk: Spooky, Bloody Times—Prints of the French Revolution

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On Halloween, prints curator Elizabeth Rudy will look at works from this tumultuous period.

Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Martin Luther, 1546. Oil on panel. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Meta and Paul J. Sachs, 1955.164.

Gallery Talk: The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Research curator Danielle Carrabino will examine works related to Luther’s famed theses, pinned to his church door on October 31, 1517.

Cylinder Electrical Machine, Manufacturer: Benjamin Martin, c. 1766. Mahogany, cloth, brass, rope cord, and glass. Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, TL41680.

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations— Electrical Machines, Mechanical Orreries, and the Atom Bomb

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Rutgers professor James Delbourgo will discuss works featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition with curator Ethan Lasser.

1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University.

Midday Organ Recital: Nicholas Quardokus

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

Recitals are performed on Harvard’s famous 1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, at Adolphus Busch Hall.

Muhammad Riza [al-Imami], Rectangular Mirror Case with Flowers, Butterfly, and Sleeping Bird, 1847–48. Exterior: watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard; interior: watercolor, gold-colored pigments, brass particles, and lacquer over brass layer on pasteboard. Kooros Family Collection, TL41541.3.

Gallery Talk: Fluid Forms and Mobile Figures—Lacquer in 19th-Century Iran

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Mary McWilliams will discuss works featured in our Technologies of the Image exhibition.

© Sara Pooley. Courtesy of Theaster Gates Studio.

Formal Forms

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Artist Theaster Gates will deliver a poetic sermon on creating temporary and semi-permanent structures as part of his practice.

William Henry Fox Talbot, Articles of China, c. 1844. Salted paper print on wove paper from calotype negative. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs, 2007.141.

Art Study Center Seminar: The Particularities and Peculiarities of the Salted Paper Print [AT CAPACITY]

Seminar

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Learn about the fascinating photographic process behind this precursor to analog photography.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, A Farm on the Amsteldijk(?), c. 1650–52. Brown ink, brown wash and white opaque watercolor on cream antique laid paper. The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gift of George Abrams in memory of Maida Abrams, 2004.181.

Dutch Drawings on the Horizon: A Day of Talks in Honor of George S. Abrams

Symposium

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The symposium will focus on the fine draftsmanship of artists in the Dutch Golden Age.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Aleksandr Rodchenko, Kino Glaz, 1924. Lithograph. Typo-Lithography Goskino. Museum of Modern Art, New York City, Given anonymously, 498.1987. Image courtesy of Museum of Modern Art. Art © Estate of Aleksandr Rodchenko/RAO, Moscow/VAGA, New York (www.vagarights.com).

What about Revolution? Three Lectures on Aesthetic Practices after 1917

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

MoMa curator Leah Dickerman will deliver the final lecture, “How Can a Work of Art Be Revolutionary? Case Studies in the History of the Left.”

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, A Fishing Boat, Honfleur, c. 1830. Oil on paper laid down on ragboard. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Adele R. Levy Fund, Inc., 1962.88.

Gallery Talk: Camille Corot, Théodore Rousseau, and the Landscape in 19th-Century France

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Edouard Kopp will examine why the pictorial genre of landscape had such an appeal for French artists of the 19th century.

1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University.

Midday Organ Recital: Mary Jodice

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

Recitals are performed on Harvard’s famous 1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, at Adolphus Busch Hall.

Carl Grossberg, Textile Factory, 1934. Oil on panel. Collection of Merrill C. Berman, TL41741.12.

Gallery Talk: Carl Grossberg and New Objectivity

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Melissa Venator will discuss Grossberg’s realist works, created during the interwar period in Germany.

Robert Smullyan Sloan, Negro Soldier, 1945. Egg tempera and oil on board. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Michael Kempner, Michael Maher, and Ann Schwarz, 2004.194. © Robert Smullyan Sloan.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed for Veterans Day.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On Mondays through the fall, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Jacques de Gheyn II, A Roma Woman with a Child, c. 1604. Brown ink and black chalk on light tan antique laid paper. The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Promised gift, 25.1998.10.

Materials Lab Workshop: Dutch Old Master Drawing Materials and Techniques

Workshop

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

This workshop is offered in conjunction with a special installation of Dutch drawings from the Abrams Collection.

Members Tour

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curators lead members on a tour through select galleries while the museums are closed to the public.

1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University.

Midday Organ Recital: Angela Kraft Kross

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

Recitals are performed on Harvard’s famous 1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, at Adolphus Busch Hall.

Johann Gotthard von Müller, after John Trumbull, Battle of Bunker’s Hill, 1798. Engraving. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray, G2840.

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations—Copley and Trumbull in Print

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Amy Torbert will discuss works featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

László Moholy-Nagy, Light Prop for an Electric Stage (Light-Space Modulator), 1930. Aluminum, steel, nickel-plated brass, other metals, plastic, wood, and electric motor. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, BR56.5. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Gallery Talk: Activation of Moholy-Nagy’s Light Prop for an Electric Stage

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Melissa Venator will discuss and activate László Moholy-Nagy’s pioneering device from 1930.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard undergraduates lead these tours focused on one or more objects in our collections.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On Mondays through the fall, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Courtesy of Mehta-Hamilton Productions.

Film: Earth

Film

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

A screening of the final installment of the Elemental trilogy, Earth, and a conversation with filmmaker Deepa Mehta.

John James Audubon, Wild Turkey Cock, Hen, and Chicks, c. 1828–29. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from Museum of Comparative Zoology, Gift of John E. Thayer, Class of 1885, 1964.146.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed for Thanksgiving.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On Mondays through the fall, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Mirza Jani ibn Ahmad, Mirror Case with Flowers and Birds, Iran, c. 1825–50. Opaque watercolor, gold-color pigments, platy hematite particles, and lacquer on pasteboard. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, 2014.384.

Gallery Talk: Qajar Lacquer as a Medium of Exchange

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Mary McWilliams will discuss works featured in our Technologies of the Image exhibition.

1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University.

Midday Organ Recital: Carson Cooman

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

Recitals are performed on Harvard’s famous 1958 D. A. Flentrop organ, at Adolphus Busch Hall.

Stephen Sewall, Copy of Inscription on Dighton Rock (detail), 1768. Black ink on paper. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University, PM# 967-28-10/45474, TL41654.1. Photo: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations—The Inscription on Dighton Rock

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Conservator Anne Driesse and conservation scientist Georgina Rayner will discuss works featured in our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

W. & S. Jones, “Slide detail,” Jones’s Most Improved and Solar Compound Microscope, c. 1798. Brass, glass, and mahogany, with slides of paper and organic materials. Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, 1184, TL41679.6. Photo: Courtesy of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

Materials Lab Workshop: Optical Devices in Science and Art in Early Modern Times

Workshop

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Learn how optical devices helped change how people saw the world in this workshop related to our Philosophy Chamber exhibition.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On Mondays through the fall, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Members Tour

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curators lead members on a tour through select galleries while the museums are closed to the public.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On Mondays through the fall, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

László Moholy-Nagy, Light Prop for an Electric Stage (Light-Space Modulator), 1930. Aluminum, steel, nickel-plated brass, other metals, plastic, wood, and electric motor. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, BR56.5. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Gallery Talk: Activation of Moholy-Nagy’s Light Prop for an Electric Stage

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Melissa Venator will discuss and activate László Moholy-Nagy’s pioneering device from 1930.

Art Study Center Open Hours

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On Mondays through the fall, the Art Study Center will welcome walk-ins from 1 to 4pm.

Fogg Interior Courtyard with Christmas Tree, 1962. Photographs of the Harvard Art Museums, 1927–2001 (HC 22), file 2.24 (6/9). Harvard Art Museums Archives, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed on Christmas Day.

Illustrated Manuscript of An`am-i Sharif (Prayer Book) in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic, Turkey, c. 1790. Painting with calligraphy; ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums, 1985.260.

Gallery Talk: Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Mary McWilliams will discuss works featured in our exhibition of art from Iran’s Qajar period.

Peter Campbell, Washington, D.C. (Gethsemane Spiritual Temple), 1964. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 2.2002.3238.

Art Study Center Seminar: American Photographs Continued, 1970s–2000s [AT CAPACITY]

Seminar

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Makeda Best examines American works that followed Walker Evans’s iconic American Photographs.

Rajput Hunter Batters a Leaping Tiger from a Tree, India, Kota, Rajasthan, 17th century. Colors and gold on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch, 2009.202.39.

Art Study Center Seminar: The Royal Hunt in India

Seminar

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Explore images of the hunt in select drawings and paintings as well as the political and cultural significance of these works.