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Magical stele, Egyptian, Late Period, 664–332 BCE. Limestone. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Gerhardt Liebmann, 1991.642.

Gallery Talk: Introduction to the Dark Arts—Ancient Egyptian Magic

Gallery Talk

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Fellow Jen Thum will explore how magic was used for protection in ancient Egypt, and how images came to life on the walls of Egyptian tombs.

Installation with ladders of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, Warburg Hall, Fogg Museum, 1941. Exhibition Records (HC 6), folder 2038. Harvard Art Museums Archives, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Cambridge Open Archives

Special Event

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As part of this annual event, Harvard Art Museums staff will present selections from our archives, with a focus on our teaching mission.

Saitō Noriko, Japanese, Mori yo!, Hey, Forest!, 2006. Ink on paper; drypoint. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of the David L. Klein, Jr. Foundation in memory of Sylvan Barnet and William Burto, 2017.228.

Materials Lab Workshop: Drypoint Printing with Noriko Saitō [AT CAPACITY]

Workshop

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Explore the process of drypoint printing with contemporary artist Noriko Saitō, whose work is featured in our exhibition Japan on Paper.

Photograph and X-ray images of Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, Japanese, Kamakura period, datable to about 1292. Wood (hinoki cypress) with polychromy; inlaid rock-crystal (quartz) eyes. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial and promised gift of Walter C. Sedgwick in memory of Ellery Sedgwick Sr. and Ellery Sedgwick Jr., 2019.122. X-ray image courtesy of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies.

Gallery Talk: Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

Gallery Talk

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Cambridge, MA

Curator Rachel Saunders will reveal the inside story on Prince Shōtoku at Age Two.

Lucia Moholy, British, Bauhaus Building, Dessau, 1926. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Ise Gropius, BRGA.20.24. © Lucia Moholy Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Tour: The Bauhaus and Harvard

Tour

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Join us for an in-depth, hourlong tour of our special exhibition, on view from February 8 to July 28, 2019.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

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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.

Josef Albers, American, Homage to the Square: Against Deep Blue, 1955. Oil on Masonite. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Anonymous gift, BR63.28. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gallery Talk: Red, White, and Blue

Gallery Talk

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To celebrate Independence Day (July 4), fellows Gabriella Szalay, Jen Thum, and Julie Wertz will highlight works featuring red, white, and blue.

Elaine Mayes, 4th of July N.Y.C., 1978. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs, P2002.1.6.

Museums Closed

Special Event

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The Harvard Art Museums will be closed for Independence Day.

Photograph and X-ray images of Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, Japanese, Kamakura period, datable to about 1292. Wood (hinoki cypress) with polychromy; inlaid rock-crystal (quartz) eyes. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial and promised gift of Walter C. Sedgwick in memory of Ellery Sedgwick Sr. and Ellery Sedgwick Jr., 2019.122. X-ray image courtesy of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. 

Tour: Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curators and conservators reveal the inside story on Prince Shōtoku at Age Two.

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.

László Moholy-Nagy, American, 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

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Curator Lynette Roth will discuss and activate this experimental device from 1930 by László Moholy-Nagy, a Bauhaus pioneer.

Octopus and Shell, Japanese, 1820s. Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Friends of Arthur B. Duel, 1933.4.2067.

Gallery Talk: Japan on Paper

Gallery Talk

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Curatorial assistant Yan Yang will discuss the sophisticated designs and bold planes of color of Japanese woodblock prints.

Nam June Paik, American, Untitled, 1993–95. Laser print on canvas with Sony Watchman TV, tin robot, acrylic paint and oil pastel. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Hakuta Family, 2017.154.

Gallery Talk: It’s Electric—Nam June Paik in the 1960s

Gallery Talk

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Cambridge, MA

Fellow Marina Isgro will explore Paik’s art in the context of the 1960s, when artists increasingly incorporated technology into their work.

Utagawa Hiroshige, Japanese, Bow-Shaped Crescent Moon, from the series Twenty-Eight Views of the Moon, Edo period, c. 1832. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Friends of Arthur B. Duel, 1933.4.323.

Tour: Japan on Paper

Tour

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Join Ph.D. candidate Helen Swift for an in-depth, hour-long tour of our exhibition Japan on Paper, on view May 25 through August 11, 2019.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

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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.

Tower-shaped casket, Italian, 12th century. Ivory plaques mounted on oak, with gilt bronze fittings. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund, 1931.51.

Gallery Talk: What’s in That Box?

Gallery Talk

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Cambridge, MA

Join curatorial fellow Jen Thum to figure out what is inside—or no longer inside—mysterious containers from across the collections.

Members Tour

Member Event

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Cambridge, MA

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

David Smith, American, Bird, 1957. Silver. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Lois Orswell, 1979.409. © The Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, N.Y.

Gallery Talk: Silver Sculptures by David Smith

Gallery Talk

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Curator Sarah Kianovsky will explore the reflective qualities of Smith’s silver sculptures.

Hans Arp’s relief, Constellations, as displayed in Harkness Commons Dining Room, Harvard University, c. 1950. Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth. Photo: D. H. Wright.

Tour: Hans Arp’s Constellations II

Tour

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A tour focused on Hans Arp’s room-sized wall relief commissioned by Bauhaus founding director Walter Gropius for the Harvard Graduate Center.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

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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.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, Four Studies of Male Heads, c. 1636. Brown ink and brown wash 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, 2018.228.

Gallery Talk: Rembrandt’s Performance of Drawing

Gallery Talk

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Curatorial fellow Joanna S. Seidenstein will focus on a special display of the Dutch artist’s drawn and printed sketches.

Oskar Schlemmer, German, Costume designs for “Triadic Ballet,” 1926. Black ink, opaque and transparent watercolor, metallic paint, and graphite on cream wove paper mounted to cream card. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Museum purchase, BR50.428.

Tour: The Bauhaus and Harvard

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Join us for an in-depth, hourlong tour of our special exhibition, on view from February 8 to July 28, 2019.

Photograph and X-ray images of Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, Japanese, Kamakura period, datable to about 1292. Wood (hinoki cypress) with polychromy; inlaid rock-crystal (quartz) eyes. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial and promised gift of Walter C. Sedgwick in memory of Ellery Sedgwick Sr. and Ellery Sedgwick Jr., 2019.122. X-ray image courtesy of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies.

Gallery Talk: Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Conservator Angela Chang will reveal the inside story on Prince Shōtoku at Age Two.

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.

Reginald Marsh, American, Astor Hotel, 1933. Mezzo-fresco (lime wash on plaster). Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Felicia Meyer Marsh (Mrs. Reginald Marsh), 1979.389. © Estate of Reginald Marsh/Art Students League, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gallery Talk: Art and Science—Frescoes

Gallery Talk

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Fellows Julie Wertz and Jen Thum will explore the chemistry, materials, and processes required for creating frescoes.

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.

Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, Traveling Hat with Spring Greens, 1801. Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Friends of Arthur B. Duel, 1933.4.2680.

Gallery Talk: Japan on Paper

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial assistant Yan Yang will discuss the sophisticated designs and bold planes of color of Japanese woodblock prints.

Paul Gauguin, French, Poèmes Barbares, 1896. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, 1951.49.

Gallery Talk: Gauguin Painting over Gauguin and Van Gogh

Gallery Talk

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Conservator Kate Smith will discuss how she and her team discovered underpaintings and restoration painting by Gauguin in a selection of works.

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.

Members Tour

Member Event

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Cambridge, MA

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

Louise Nevelson, American, Total Totality II, 1959–68. Painted wood. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Richard H. Solomon in honor of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney L. Solomon, 1978.531. © Estate of Louise Nevelson/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gallery Talk: Women Artists Take Up Space

Gallery Talk

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Staff Assistant Erica Lawton will discuss large-scale works by female artists whose art addresses both the personal and the political.

Kara Walker, American, U.S.A. Idioms, 2017. Collage of Sumi ink and graphite on cut newsprint on gessoed white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, 2017.220.

Gallery Talk: Kara Walker’s U.S.A. Idioms

Gallery Talk

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Curator Mary Schneider Enriquez and conservator Penley Knipe will discuss Walker’s large-scale, masterful work.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, Portrait of an Old Man, 1632. Oil on oak panel. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Nettie G. Naumburg, 1930.191.

Gallery Talk: Rembrandt’s Fascination with Faces

Gallery Talk

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Curatorial research associate Susan Anderson will discuss Rembrandt’s obsession with facial features and how they revealed character.

Luster bowl with seated figures, Iran, Kashan, Seljuk-Atabeg period, 12th–13th century. Lusterware. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Dr. Denman W. Ross, 1923.137.

Gallery Talk: Luster Lust Lost

Gallery Talk

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Curatorial fellow Shiva Mihan will discuss a fascinating selection of luster tiles and vessels from medieval Iran.

Frances Benjamin Johnston, American, Races, Negroes: United States. Virginia. Hampton. Hampton Normal and Industrial School: Agencies Promoting Assimilation of the Negro. Training for Commercial and Industrial Employment. Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, Hampton, Va.: Class in Laboratory, 1899–1900. From The Social Museum Collection. Platinum print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Social Museum Collection, 3.2002.2.2.

Museums Closed

Special Event

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The Harvard Art Museums will be closed for Labor Day.

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.