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Art Study Center Seminar: Otto Piene’s Sketchbook Practice

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Goldring.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

This event is at capacity.

In this session, poet and artist Elizabeth Goldring will discuss the artistic practice of her late husband, German-born Otto Piene, as manifested in his sketchbooks, many of which have never before been exhibited. The special exhibition Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55 (on view February 9–June 3, 2018), features one of Piene’s earliest sketchbooks, which the artist had kept in the pocket of his uniform as a teenage anti-aircraft fighter in World War II. Just as his 1960s interdisciplinary “sky art” derives from that wartime experience, so, too, did sketching remain for him a generative site for material experimentation and visionary large-scale projects throughout his career. Accompanying Goldring in the session will be Jungmin Lee, a former museum intern who worked on the Inventur exhibition and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, as well as Lynette Roth, the Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and head of the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The seminar will take place in the Art Study Center, Level 4.

Free admission, but capacity is limited to 15 and registration is recommended. To register, please email
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk. Note that there is a wait list for this program; spots unclaimed by 11am will be released to those on the wait list. Please be prepared to present a photo ID.
Lockers are available on the Lower Level, Level 1, and Level 4 to check bags, coats, umbrellas, and any food or drink.