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Mathew B. Brady & Studio, Brady’s National Portrait Gallery, and Anthony & Co., Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, 1861. Albumen silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell, 2010.74.

Gallery Talk: Viral Images of the Civil War Era

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial fellow Katherine Mintie will discuss cartes de visite, a popular and widely circulated format of photography in the 1860s.

John Washeba, Elizabeth Jones, and Minna Hurwitz examine an object in the Conservation Lab, Fogg Museum, 1958. Conservation Department History Collection, box 9. Harvard Art Museums Archives, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Archives Open Hours

Special Event

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Cambridge, MA

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

Kay Sage, American, Untitled, from The Minutes, 1943. Gray wash over graphite on off-white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, 1998.76.

Gallery Talk: Small Mysteries—Surrealist Works on Paper

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Discover two rarely seen surrealist works by artists Kay Sage and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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

Midday Organ Recital: Harvard Organ Society

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

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

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

Curatorial fellow Lauren Hanson will discuss and activate this experimental device from 1930 by László Moholy-Nagy, a Bauhaus pioneer.

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.

Unidentified artist, after Winslow Homer, News from the War [Drawn by our special artist, Mr. Winslow Homer], from Harper’s Weekly, June 14, 1862. Wood engraving and letterpress on cream laid paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Ted Stebbins, 2018.163. 

Gallery Talk: Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial assistant Casey Monahan will offer insights on the paintings and drawings featured in the exhibition Winslow Homer: Eyewitness.

Gustave Moreau, French, The Apparition, 1876–77. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.268.

Gallery Talk: Season of the Witch

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

In honor of Halloween, four curatorial fellows will offer a special, one-hour talk exploring depictions of powerful women in art.

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

Midday Organ Recital: Jin Kyung Lim

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

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

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: The Haunted Museums

Gallery Talk

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Cambridge, MA

This Halloween, four of our fellows will offer a special, one-hour talk exploring haunting or spectral works on display in the museums.

Cylindrical tripod Zun wine container with domed cover and decoration of fantastic animals, Chinese, Han dynasty, 2nd–1st century BCE. Cold-painted funerary ware: light gray earthenware with cold-painted pigments. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial gift of the Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation and partial purchase through the Louise Haskell Daly Fund, 2006.170.175.A–B.

Gallery Talk: (Don’t Fear) the Reaper

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

In honor of All Hallows’ Day, four of our fellows will offer a special, one-hour talk exploring the theme of death in art.

Lili Almog, Muslim Girl #14, from the series The Other Half of the Sky, 2009. Archival pigment print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs, 2019.80. © Lili Almog; courtesy of the artist.

Tour: Crossing Lines, Constructing Home

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Join curators Makeda Best and Mary Schneider Enriquez for an hourlong tour of our special exhibition, on view through January 5, 2020.

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.

Chandra McCormick, American, Daddy’O, The Oldest Inmate in Angola State Penitentiary, 2004. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist. © Chandra McCormick.

Louisiana Medley: The Social Justice Photography of Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun discuss their documentary work in the American South, with curator Makeda Best and professor John Stauffer.

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

Midday Organ Recital: Karen Christianson

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

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

Installation view of Candida Höfer, Untitled, from the projection Turks in Germany 1979, 1979. Slide projection with 80 color slides, 35 mm. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Francis H. Burr Memorial Fund, 2019.126.

Gallery Talk: Candida Höfer: Turks in Germany 1979

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Lynette Roth will discuss Candida Höfer’s photographic series Turks in Germany 1979.

Dario Robleto, American, A Sadness Silence Can’t Touch, 2005. Casts of Civil War–era “pain bullets” (bullets used by soldiers to bite on during surgery), made from dissolved audiotape recordings of poets’ voices; lace and fabric from mourning dresses; ink-dyed yellowheart and ash; nickel, silver, and milk paint; typeset. Courtesy of Dario Robleto.

Art Study Center Seminar: Dario Robleto: Witnessing Sound [AT CAPACITY]

Seminar

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Artist Dario Robleto will share a rare recording made during a 1918 battle and explore what it means to be an “auditory witness.”

Mona Hatoum, Palestinian, Hair Necklace, 2013. Human hair and wooden bust. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. G. David Thompson, in memory of his son, G. David Thompson, Jr., Class of 1958, by exchange, 2013.16. © Mona Hatoum.

Gallery Talk: The Museum Is Your Classroom

Gallery Talk

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Cambridge, MA

Fellow Jen Thum will explore how works in the University Study Gallery and beyond are being used this semester in teaching across disciplines.

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.

Special Tour for Supporters

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curators lead supporters 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 Cross

Performance

29 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA

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

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

Curatorial fellow Lauren Hanson will discuss and activate this experimental device from 1930 by László Moholy-Nagy, a Bauhaus pioneer.

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.

Eugenio Dittborn, 2nd History of the Human Face (Socket of the Eyes), Airmail Painting No. 66, 1989. Paint and photosilkscreen on 3 sections of non-woven fabric. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, 2013.11. © Eugenio Dittborn. Photo: Joerg Lohse.

Gallery Talk: Crossing Lines, Constructing Home

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Mary Schneider Enriquez will discuss several of the works and themes in Crossing Lines, Constructing Home.

Close-up of a glass muller being used to combine the pigment carmine lake with linseed oil to make a red paint.

Materials Lab Workshop: Investigating Color in Art

Workshop

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Explore questions and challenges related to the materiality of color in art works, such as the alteration of color over time.

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.

Installation view of Winslow Homer: Eyewitness, on view at the Harvard Art Museums through January 5, 2020.

Tour: Exhibition Design as Storytelling

Tour

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Cambridge, MA

Exhibition designer Elie Glyn considers how the gallery design of the Winslow Homer exhibition communicates an art historical narrative.

Winslow Homer, Prisoners from the Front, 1866. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Frank B. Porter, 1922, 22.207. Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, N.Y.

Tour: Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Join curatorial fellow Katherine Mintie for a closer look at our new exhibition Winslow Homer: Eyewitness.

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

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Cambridge, MA

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

X-radiograph of the Master of the Fogg Pietà’s The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, 2008. Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums, Alan Burroughs Collection of X-Radiographs, 1927.306.X.2.

Gallery Talk: New Frames for the Renovated Museums

Gallery Talk

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Cambridge, MA

Conservator Allison Jackson will offer insights about selecting and conserving frames for some of the museums’ most iconic European paintings.

Harry Annas, American, Untitled-boy kneeling with turkey, man standing by, 1947. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, American Professional Photographers Collection, 4.2002.11245.

Museums Closed

Special Event

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Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed for Thanksgiving.

Close-up of a glass muller being used to combine the pigment carmine lake with linseed oil to make a red paint.

Materials Lab Workshop: Investigating Color in Art

Workshop

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Explore questions and challenges related to the materiality of color in art works, such as the alteration of color over time.

Valeria Luiselli. Photo courtesy of Diego Berruecos/Gatopardo.

Reading and Conversation with Author Valeria Luiselli

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Valeria Luiselli discusses her recent work about the experience of migration, with professors Mayra Rivera and Mariano Siskind.

Special Tour for Supporters

Member Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

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

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

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Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed on Christmas Day.

Larry Fink, New Year’s Eve Party, American Legion, Bangor, January 1980, printed 1983. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous gift, 2013.105. © Larry Fink.

Museums Closed

Special Event

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Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed on New Year’s Day.

© Peter Vanderwarker.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed today to conduct yearly maintenance and testing of our building at 32 Quincy Street.

© Peter Vanderwarker.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed today to conduct yearly maintenance and testing of our building at 32 Quincy Street.

© Peter Vanderwarker.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed today to conduct yearly maintenance and testing of our building at 32 Quincy Street.

© Peter Vanderwarker.

Museums Closed

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums will be closed today to conduct yearly maintenance and testing of our building at 32 Quincy Street.