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Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

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

Installation view of JODI: OXO (2018) at the Harvard Art Museums.

GAMES JODI PLAY

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

The artist collective JODI, whose interactive installation is currently on view in the Lightbox Gallery, will discuss their practice.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

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

Still from Der Verlorene (The Lost One; 1951). Image courtesy of Photofest.

The Management of Shattered Identity: German Films, 1945–57

Film

24 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

In conjunction with Inventur, this series at the Harvard Film Archive features overlooked films from the postwar period in Germany.

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.

Still from Jonas (1957). Image courtesy of SWR Media Services.

The Management of Shattered Identity: German Films, 1945–57

Film

24 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

In conjunction with Inventur, this series at the Harvard Film Archive features overlooked films from the postwar period in Germany.

Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, In the Loge, c. 1899. Woodcut. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Bentinck-Smith, M21064.

Gallery Talk: The Woodcut in the Late 19th Century

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Prints curator Elizabeth Rudy will explore how artists reimagined this traditional medium at the dawn of the 19th century.

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 paintings that depict kings delivering judgment to sinners with conservator Penley Knipe.

David Levinthal, Untitled, from the series Wild West, 1987–89. Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film. Courtesy of the artist.

David Levinthal: History, Memory, and Myth

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Levinthal will discuss his Polaroid photography, which explores history and myths in American culture, with curator Makeda Best.

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

Gallery Talk: American Art 101

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

In this first talk in a series about American art, curator Ethan Lasser will highlight three masterpieces.

Student Guide Tour

Tour

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

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

Free Admission Day for ARTS FIRST

Special Event

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Admission to the museums is free today for all visitors, in celebration of Harvard’s annual arts festival.

Claude Monet, The Gare Saint-Lazare: Arrival of a Train, 1877. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, 1951.53.

Gallery Talk (in Korean): The Wertheim Collection

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Today’s gallery talk about the Wertheim Collection will be offered in Korean, by curatorial fellow Jessie Park.

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.

Hermann Glöckner, German, Four Folds on Orange Next to Three on Grey-Blue, 1956. Collage with folded colored paper and varnish. Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, TL41825.13. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Gallery Talk: Constructivism in Postwar Germany? Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff and Hermann Glöckner

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. candidate Olivia Crough will consider these German artists’ works in the context of prewar avant-garde movements.

Direct Animation on Film

Film

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Join us to watch a series of animated films produced by participants in several Materials Lab Workshops this spring.

George Maciunas, American, Grotesque Face Mask, c. 1973. Offset photolithograph on card. Anonymous loan, 72.1997. © George Maciunas Foundation.

Gallery Talk: Fluxus Multiples and Performance

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Research fellow Marina Isgro will discuss how Fluxus artists used their reproducible art objects in performances.

Bronze fals of ʿAbd-al-Malik (Ummayads), standing caliph, 690–702 CE, mint of Manbij, found in Antioch, 1936. Numismatic Collection, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Firestone Library, Princeton University.

Numismatic Archaeology: Interpreting Coin Finds from Excavation Contexts

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Princeton curator Alan Stahl explores how ancient, Islamic, Byzantine, and medieval contexts have affected the interpretation of coin finds.

Werner Heldt, German, Still Life at the Window, 1950. Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Purchase in memory of Eda K. Loeb, 2017.55.

Gallery Talk: Werner Heldt’s Still Life at the Window

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Lynette Roth and conservation fellow Anne Schaffer will examine the range of painterly techniques employed in this recent acquisition.

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.

Peter Keetman, German, Front Cover Plates (Volkswagen Factory), 1953. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Purchase through the generosity of the Cultural Council in the Federation of German Industry, 1992.28.

Gallery Talk: The Photography of Richard Peter, Sr., and Peter Keetman

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. candidate Jungmin Lee will discuss how these postwar German artists staged their photographs from aesthetic and political perspectives.

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.

Liu Dan, Chinese, Scholar’s Rock, 1993. Framed horizontal wall scroll; ink on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Alan J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky and through the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art, 2003.83.

Gallery Talk: Rock Paintings by Liu Dan

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curatorial assistant Yan Yang will examine contemporary ink artist Liu Dan’s renderings of rocks—a traditional subject in Chinese art.

John Schabel, Night Shot 6, 2001. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Schneider/Erdman Printer’s Proof Collection, partial gift, and partial purchase through the Margaret Fisher Fund, 2016.182. © John Schabel.

Photography as Performance: A Conversation with John Schabel and Gary Schneider

Lecture

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Celebrate the opening of Analog Culture: Printer’s Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981–2001, on view through August 12.

© 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.

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.

Bernardo Bellotto, Italian, View of Dresden: New Market with the Picture Gallery and the Church of Our Lady, 1749. Etching. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray, G650.

Gallery Talk: Dresden in the 18th Century

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Prints curator Elizabeth Rudy will explore how 18th-century artists depicted the German city.

Edmund Kesting, German, Untitled, 1950. Chemically manipulated photo-sensitive paper with ink and scratching out. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Antonia Paepcke DuBrul Fund, 2016.213.

Gallery Talk: Realism and Abstraction in Postwar Photography

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. candidate Caitlin Dalton will examine photographs from the period of German reconstruction.

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.

Hans Uhlmann, Male Head | Männlicher Kopf, 1942. Steel sheet. Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, FrK 4237/1995, TL41826. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Photo: Jürgen Diemer.

Gallery Talk: Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55

Gallery Talk

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Curator Lynette Roth will explore the Inventur exhibition, which showcases the remarkable diversity of works produced in postwar Germany.

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.