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This drawing depicts a male figure with a pointed hat and an oversized suit with a large circular collar calmly folding his hands and leaning backward. He looks toward the left of the picture.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Spanish, Pierrot, 1918. Graphite on off-white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs, 1965.317. © Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Art Talk Live: Feeling Funny—Picasso in 1918

Gallery Talk

With supreme economy and enviable elegance, Pablo Picasso’s Pierrot speaks about the purpose of art in a time of crisis.

This image shows a small statue of a greenish-white ceramic lion standing on a thin terracotta base. Its four legs are in parallel pairs and the front legs feature patches of green. Its tail is tucked flat against its back and its mouth is open, as if roaring.
Lion, Hurrian, Mitannian period, 1500–1350 BCE. Glazed terracotta. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard-Baghdad School Expedition, 1931.162.A.

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Art and Technology—3,500 Years Ago


Discover ancient objects from the Mesopotamian town of Nuzi and how decades of technical study have revealed the secrets of their making.

This molded sculpture depicts a small rabbit lying down with ears extended and front limbs outstretched in near profile view. Small, spherical shapes and bits of yellow can be seen throughout the sculpture, giving it a roughly textured surface.
Dieter Roth, Swiss, Shit Hare, 1975. Dirt, straw, hay, and rabbit droppings, pressed into a mold. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Purchase in memory of Eda K. Loeb, 2001.50. © Dieter Roth Estate/Hauser & Wirth.

Art Talk Live: The Abject Object—Decay and Irreverence in Dieter Roth’s Multiples

Gallery Talk

Curatorial fellow Lauren Hanson discusses Roth’s use of unconventional and irreverent materials in his works.

This is an image of a folding screen featuring paintings of various green plants and trees set against a gold background.
Still from Edo Avant-Garde (2019). Master of the I’nen Seal (1600–1630), Sōtatsu school, Trees, Japanese, Edo period, mid-17th century. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, colors, and gold on paper. Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Charles Lang Freer Endowment, F1962.30. Image courtesy of Linda Hoaglund.

Edo Avant-Garde

Special Event

Curator Rachel Saunders discusses the film Edo Avant-Garde with director Linda Hoaglund.

This black and white photograph shows a living room filled with sleek, modernist furniture.
Lucia Moholy, British, Bauhaus Masters’ Housing, Dessau [Lucia Moholy and László Moholy-Nagy’s Living Room], 1927–28. Gelatin silver print with gouache retouchings. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Ise Gropius, BRGA.21.55.A. © Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Art Talk Live: Picturing the Modern Home—Lucia Moholy’s Bauhaus Living Room

Gallery Talk

Learn about the historically overlooked role Lucia Moholy played in promoting a Bauhaus vision of modern living.