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Gallery Talk: Fluid Forms and Mobile Figures—Lacquer in 19th-Century Iran

Muhammad Riza [al-Imami], Rectangular Mirror Case with Flowers, Butterfly, and Sleeping Bird, 1847–48. Exterior: watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard; interior: watercolor, gold-colored pigments, brass particles, and lacquer over brass layer on pasteboard. Kooros Family Collection, TL41541.3.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Mary McWilliams, the Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, will give today’s gallery talk. Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran is on view through January 7, 2018.

Free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Museums staff will be on hand to collect tickets.

Gallery talks are offered by curators, conservators, fellows, and other museums staff; they focus on aspects of the installation process, exploring both intellectual and more practical considerations. Museums staff will, for example, tease out arguments at play in the galleries, discuss conservation treatments, look closely at specific collections, or draw connections between works of art throughout the museums.