Art Study Center Seminars at Home

June 22, 2020
Index Magazine

Art Study Center Seminars at Home

Two women look closely at one of several prints displayed on tabletop easels on a large gray table. In the background on a projector screen is an image of a dish decorated in blue and green flowers.
Photo: Huixuan Liu

As of June 22, 2020, upcoming Art Study Center Seminars at Home will be listed on our calendar

Our monthly Art Study Center Seminars give visitors a chance to look closely at original works of art and discuss new research with curators, conservators, fellows, and special guests. Topics, which vary widely, highlight the depth of the Harvard Art Museums collections and the dynamic research interests of our staff.

Since we are unable to welcome you into the museums at this time, we are bringing our experts to you in a new online series, Art Study Center Seminars at Home. 


Friday, June 19, 2020, 11–11:45am
Terracotta Figurines from Antiquity to Modernity

In the 1870s, thousands of ancient terracotta figurines were discovered in cemeteries surrounding the small city of Tanagra in Greece. The figurines became a sensation with Victorian audiences. In this seminar, Frances Gallart Marques discussed how the brightly colored figures of young women, at once lively and quiet, resonated with and inspired many works by 19th-century painters, musicians, and writers.

Led by: 
Frances Gallart Marques, Frederick Randolph Grace Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Art

Friday, June 5, 2020, 11–11:45am 
Mexico: Prints and Revolution, 1910–45

In the early 20th century, Mexican artists embraced printmaking as a means of reaching a broader audience, creating works that expressed the sociopolitical concerns central to the nation’s 1910–20 revolution and its aftermath. In this seminar, curator Mary Schneider Enriquez explored the topic through a range of works—from José-Guadalupe Posada’s broadsheets and the iconic, post-revolution images by muralists David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera, to the politically charged works of Leopoldo Méndez and the print collective Taller de Gráfica Popular.  

Led by:
Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Friday, May 15, 2020, 11–11:45am
Drawn Together—Conviviality in European Drawings

While drawing is often described as the most intimate medium of art making, artists often take delight in capturing or imagining pleasurable social gatherings and spirited entertainments. In this seminar, Joachim Homann and Margaret Grasselli examined a selection of European drawings from the 17th to the early 20th century that exemplify companionship and conviviality. They also discussed how these works reflect, envision, sanction, or deride closeness between people—whether imaginary or well-observed. 

Led by:
Joachim Homann, Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings, Division of European and American Art

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Visiting Senior Scholar for Drawings, Division of European and American Art; and Visiting Lecturer, Department of History of Art and Architecture

Friday, May 1, 2020, 11–11:45am
Arts and Industry in Europe, 1750–1900

In Europe during the mid-18th century, expanding global markets spurred new relationships between artisans, entrepreneurs, and consumers. In this seminar, Casey Monahan and Gabriella Szalay explored this unprecedented symbiosis between arts and industry, with a special focus on developments in metalwork and the production of ceramics.

Led by:
Casey Monahan, Cunningham Curatorial Assistant for the Collection, Division of European and American Art

Gabriella Szalay, Renke B. and Pamela M. Thye Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art