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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.

From Small Album with Photographs of Women, Iran, late 19th century. Albumen silver print. Collection of Azita Bina and Elmar W. Seibel, TL41579.7.

Gallery Talk: Visualizing Modernity—Early Photographs from the Middle East

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. candidate Mira Xenia Schwerda will examine photographs on view in our Qajar exhibition and discuss their relationship to modernity.

Courtesy of Stephen Broomer.

Film: Potamkin

Film

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

In his 2017 film, director Stephen Broomer presents an experimental biography of Harry Alan Potamkin, the renowned film critic.

Jacques de Gheyn II, Three Studies of a Dragonfly, c. 1600. Brown ink over black chalk on cream antique laid paper. Maida and George Abrams Collection, Boston, Massachusetts, TL41760.3.

Gallery Talk: Dutch Drawings in Focus—Virtuoso Studies in Pen and Ink

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Austėja Mackelaitė will examine several masterful works on paper by artists of the early Golden Age.

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.

Double Page from the Album of Photographs by ʿAli Khan Vali, Iran and Russia, 1862–1900. Albumen silver prints mounted on sailcloth. On loan from the family of ʿAli Khan Vali to Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University, AKP111, TL41576.1.

Gallery Talk: ʿAli Khan Vali and His Album—The Visual Archive of a Qajar Governor

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

András Riedlmayer, from Harvard’s Fine Arts Library, will discuss an album of photographs of Qajar Iran governor ʿAli Khan Vali (1846–1902).

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.

Replica of the west choir screen (c. 1250) in Naumburg Cathedral, Germany, c. 1901–3. Plaster. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Emperor Wilhelm II, BR30.41.

Music for the Mass

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

Join us at Adolphus Busch Hall for an inspired performance by professional musicians and Harvard and New England Conservatory students.

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.

Square with Figures and Spotted Animals, Egyptian, Byzantine period, 5th–7th century. Wool and linen, tapestry weave. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Carroll F. Wales, 2002.318.2.

Gallery Talk: Textiles from Egyptian Late Antiquity and Beyond

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Harvard Ph.D. candidate Katherine Taronas will discuss how Egyptian textile designs changed over time.

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.

One of the Ten Kings of Hell, Chinese, 15th–16th century. Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Donald Rabiner and Claudia Brown in memory of Viola Seideman, 1979.406.

Gallery Talk: The Ten Kings of Hell

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Wai Yee Chiong will discuss these compelling paintings that depict kings delivering judgment above images of tortured sinners.

Double Page from the Album of Photographs by ʿAli Khan Vali, Iran and Russia, 1862–1900. Albumen silver prints mounted on sailcloth. On loan from the family of ʿAli Khan Vali to Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University, AKP111, TL41576.1.

Film and Discussion: Gazing through a Lens—ʿAli Khan Documents 19th-Century Iran

Film

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Preview Azadeh Tajpour’s film about a fascinating album of photographs on view in our Technologies of the Image exhibition.

Hendrick Goltzius, Seated Female Nude, c. 1594–1600. Black chalk on cream antique laid paper; later borderline in brown ink. Maida and George Abrams Collection, Boston, Massachusetts, TL41760.1.

Gallery Talk: Dutch Drawings in Focus—Images of the Body

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Drawings curator Edouard Kopp will explore how Dutch artists of the early Golden Age treated the human figure in their works.

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.

Pen Box Designs with European Women in Portrait Medallions and Reclining in Landscapes (top and bottom); Portraits of Muhammad Shah Qajar and a European Woman with a Bouquet (center), from An Album of Artists’ Drawings from Qajar Iran, Iran, 1780–1860.
Counterproof with ink and watercolor on paper, pricked (top); graphite on paper (center, top); counterproof on paper, pricked (center, bottom); counterproof with ink and graphite on paper (bottom). Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund, 1960.161.41.

Gallery Talk: Artistic Practice and Materials in 19th-Century Qajar Iran

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Conservators Kathy Eremin and Penley Knipe will share what they learned about Qajar artists while conserving objects for an exhibition.

Lorna Simpson, 1957–2009 Interior, 2009. Gelatin silver prints. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, 2010.1. © Lorna Simpson.

Gallery Talk: Lorna Simpson’s 1957–2009 Interior

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Photography curator Makeda Best will examine photographs from Simpson’s 1957–2009 Interior, on view in the “Built Environment” installation.

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Double Rubber Plinth), 1996. Rubber and polystyrene (two units). Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Jorie Marshall Waterman ’96 and Gwendolyn Dunaway Waterman ’92 Fund, 2012.119. © Rachel Whiteread.

Gallery Talk: Rachel Whiteread and the Built Environment

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Associate curator Mary Schneider Enriquez will examine Whiteread’s sculpture, which is included in the “Built Environment” installation.

Andy Warhol, Happy December, Bob, 1954. Lithograph. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Robert M. MacGregor, M15485. © 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Members Holiday Celebration

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Hot beverages, sweet treats, and more in the Calderwood Courtyard as we welcome members to celebrate the holiday season.

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.

After Hans Bol, Noah’s Ark. From Thesaurus Sacrarum, published by Gerard de Jode, 1585. Engraving with transparent and opaque washes. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Barbara Ketcham Wheaton in memory of Robert Bradford Wheaton, 2011.613.11.

Gallery Talk: Books in Context

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Prints curator Elizabeth Rudy will examine prints in the context of the volume they’re bound in.

Konrad Klapheck, Sketch for Hero’s Chant, 1975. Charcoal and red pencil on prepared canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Lufthansa German Airlines, 1984.192. © Konrad Klapheck/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gallery Talk: Man and Machine—From Carl Grossberg to Konrad Klapheck

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Lynette Roth will explore how industrial design figures in select works by German artists.

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.