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Lucia Moholy, Bauhaus Masters’ Housing, Dessau, 1925–1926: Bedroom in Walter Gropius’s house, 1926. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Ise Gropius, BRGA.21.242. © Lucia Moholy Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Art Study Center Seminar: Photography and the Bauhaus [AT CAPACITY]

Seminar

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Laura Muir and MIT Museum’s Gary Van Zante will discuss a selection of works from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s Bauhaus collection.

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.

Thomas Couture, French, Romans of the Decadence, 1847. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.224.

Gallery Talk: Recline to Dine

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Frances Gallart Marques will examine ancient and modern depictions of luxurious dining experiences.

Archaeologists Julia Judge (Harvard University, Classics; toward the center of the photo, in white shirt) and Will Bruce (Gustavus Adolphus College; at far right, in white shirt) and architect Zhao Sheng (Harvard University Graduate School of Design; toward the center, in ivory hat) oversee and record excavation at the site of the Palace of Croesus.

Recent Discoveries at Sardis: From the Bronze Age to the End of Antiquity

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Nicholas Cahill, director of the Sardis expedition, will present exciting results from the group’s recent work at the ancient site in Turkey.

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

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Graduate student Chassidy Winestock will discuss Walker’s large-scale, masterful work.

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

Midday Organ Recital: Cheryl Van Ornam

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

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

Emanuel de Witte, Dutch, The Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, with a Sermon in Progress, c. 1665. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Partial and promised gift of Dr. Gordon J. Gilbert and Michele Gilbert, 2014.411.

Gallery Talk: Space and Spirituality in the Dutch Golden Age

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Joanna S. Seidenstein will discuss how Dutch artists used architecture and setting in their works to evoke spirituality.

Harvard Graduate Center main quadrangle and World Tree sculpture, 1950s. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections.

Walking Tour: Harvard Graduate Center

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Graduate intern Charlotte Leib will lead an hourlong walking tour of this first example of modernist architecture on Harvard’s campus.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

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

Harvard Graduate Center main quadrangle and World Tree sculpture, 1950s. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections.

Walking Tour: Harvard Graduate Center

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Graduate intern Charlotte Leib will lead an hourlong walking tour of this first example of modernist architecture on Harvard’s campus.

Herbert Bayer, American, Design for a Multimedia Trade Fair Booth, 1924. Opaque watercolor, charcoal, and touches of graphite with collage of cut, printed, and colored papers on off-white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of the artist, BR48.101. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. 

Members Celebrate the Bauhaus

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

We invite members to join us for coffee and treats in the courtyard and a lecture by Laura Muir, curator of our Bauhaus 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.

Gerd Arntz, German, Workers’ Colony, 1925. Woodcut. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Purchase in memory of Eda K. Loeb, 2017.48.

Gallery Talk: Who Owns the World? Art & Politics in the Weimar Republic

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

On International Workers’ Day, Lynette Roth will discuss early 20th-century German artists whose work addressed the period’s class conflict.

Photograph of Ibrahim Miranda’s El Tunel, in the Art Study Center. Ibrahim Miranda, Cuban, El Tunel, 1999. Offset lithograph on white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, 2018.33.40. Photo: Danny Hoshino.

Art Study Center Seminar: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop

Seminar

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Elizabeth Rudy will showcase a major acquisition by the museums: 80 prints and proofs from the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia.

John Singer Sargent, American, The Breakfast Table, 1883–84. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.150.

Gallery Talk: Metal Detection

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Miriam Stewart will examine several artworks featuring silver, gold, and copper.

Harvard Graduate Center main quadrangle and World Tree sculpture, 1950s. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections.

Walking Tour: Harvard Graduate Center

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Graduate intern Charlotte Leib will lead an hourlong walking tour of this first example of modernist architecture on Harvard’s campus.

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.

Hans Naumth (photograph), American, Joan Miró (mural), Spanish, Portrait of Walter Gropius with Joan Miró mural, Graduate Center, Harvard University, 1952. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Transfer from Harvard Art Museums Archives, Walter Gropius Papers, 2018.214. Photo: Hans Namuth. Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. © 1991 Hans Namuth Estate.

Gallery Talk: Happy Birthday, Walter Gropius!

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Melissa Venator celebrates Gropius’s birthday with a walkthrough of the Bauhaus exhibition.

Kerry James Marshall, American, Untitled, 2008. Acrylic on PVC panel. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard Norton Memorial Fund and purchase through the generosity of Nancy B. Tieken, 2008.233. © Kerry James Marshall.

Free Admission Day for Art Museum Day and International Museum Day

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Explore the Harvard Art Museums for free today.

Loose S-shaped plaque with dragon head and bird tail, Chinese, late Eastern Zhou period, 500–400 BCE. Translucent honey-colored nephrite. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.50.468.

Gallery Talk: Jade in the Lab

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Conservation scientist Katherine Eremin and conservator Angela Chang reveal what they discovered while investigating ancient Chinese jades.

Untitled, soldier photographing children, 1910s. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 2.2002.2202.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed for Memorial Day.

Photograph and X-ray images of Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, Japanese, Kamakura period, datable to about 1292. Japanese cypress; assembled woodblock construction with polychromy and rock-crystal inlaid eyes. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Promised gift of Walter C. Sedgwick in memory of Ellery Sedgwick Sr. and Ellery Sedgwick Jr., 99.1979.1. X-ray image courtesy of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies.

Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Hear about the latest investigations into this remarkable 13th-century sculpture and the cache of relics it contained.

© Susan Young

Free Admission Day for Harvard Class Day

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Admission to the Harvard Art Museums is free to all visitors today to celebrate Harvard Class Day.

Gunta Stölzl, Swiss, Tapestry, 1922–23. Cotton, wool, and linen fibers. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund, BR49.669. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

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.

Free Admission Day for Harvard Commencement

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Congratulations, graduates! Museums admission is free to all visitors today to celebrate Harvard Commencement.

Ruth Asawa, American, Untitled [BMC.121, Exercise in color vibration and figure], 1946–49. Collage of cut colored paper on paper prepared with opaque watercolor on orange wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Josef Albers, BR49.407. © Estate of Ruth Asawa.

Gallery Talk: Ruth Asawa’s Student Exercises from Black Mountain College

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial assistant Bridget Hinz will explore works Asawa produced while a student of former Bauhaus master Josef Albers.

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.

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

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.

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

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed for Independence Day.

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

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

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

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

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

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

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.