All In-Person Events Canceled through June 30, 2021


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Due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis, we regret that all in-person events have been canceled through June 30, 2021.

This is a composite image featuring four headshots, including two women and two men. The photos are arranged in a grid pattern.
Clockwise from top left: Mark Sealy, courtesy of Steve Pyke; Ilisa Barbash, courtesy of Kris Snibbe / Harvard Gazette; Makeda Best, courtesy of Unique Nicole; and David Odo, courtesy of Matthew Monteith.

Troubling Images: Curating Collections of Historical Photographs


Curators discuss how to approach photography collections that depict colonial violence, racist stereotypes, or other difficult imagery.

A red chalk drawing on white paper of a nude man reclining, with face and hands unfinished.
Pontormo (Jacopo Carrucci da Pontormo), Italian, Reclining Nude Youth, c. 1537–42. Red chalk on cream antique laid paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Loeser, 1932.144.

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Pontormo—Drawing the Figure


Professor Dennis Geronimus of NYU discusses a selection of Pontormo’s unforgettable figure studies with curator Joachim Homann.

This photograph shows a red octagonal stop sign, without the lettering, standing on a grassy curb adjacent to a green building, which is supported by two columns. Under the open area is a metal folding chair. In the background, on the other side of a sidewalk, sits a single-story beige building, with grass in front.
Debi Cornwall, American, Dara Lam Stop, 2017, from the series Necessary Fictions: Atropia. Archival pigment print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs, 2019.319. © Debi Cornwall.

Art Talk Live: Reframing Photographic Histories at the Harvard Art Museums

Gallery Talk

Curator Makeda Best explores the history of photography collecting at Harvard and her work to foreground new perspectives and interpretations.

In the photomontage, a smiling young woman wearing pink pants and a white shirt is gesturing to a large mask on the wall. The mask is black with white eyes and has strands of blue and black beads hanging from the bottom.
One of the works Kaitlin Hao will discuss is a Liberian (Mano) “chief’s mask.” Photomontage courtesy of Alexis Boo ’22.

Virtual Student Guide Tour: The Museums, Revisited, with Kaitlin Hao


It’s all about museum practice in this tour with Kaitlin Hao from the Ho Family Student Guide Program.

A man on horse drags a dead ram behind, while two wolves follow in pursuit.
Antonio Tempesta, Italian, Published by Claes Jansz. Visscher, Dutch, A Wolf Hunt, with a Dead Ram as Bait, 16th–17th century. Engraving. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Eric A. von Raits in memory of Helen van C. de Peyster von Raits, M22312.22.

Art Talk Live: The Art of Extinction in Early Modern Europe

Gallery Talk

What can Antonio Tempesta’s print A Wolf Hunt teach us about extinction in early modern Europe and today?

This is a close-up photograph of a woman smiling while holding a pair of glasses near her chin. She is wearing a black dress and an orange patterned head scarf.
Photo courtesy of Christy S. Coleman.

The Intentional Museum


Join us on Zoom for this year’s Seminar on Innovative Curatorial Practice, with American historian Christy Coleman.

This photograph shows six vertical rectangular panels hinged together against a gray background. Each panel features a vertical rectangular painting showing different birds, flowers, and landscape elements placed on a gold background.
Watanabe Seitei, Birds and Flowers of the Twelve Months, Japanese, Meiji era, c. 1890. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on silk. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Acquired with a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art, 2020.252. Image: Courtesy of Grace Tsumugi Gallery.

Art Talk Live: Reframing Japonisme

Gallery Talk

Join Rachel Saunders for a close look at a major new acquisition that challenges the category of “Japanese art.”

This circular sandstone relief, placed on a wooden surface, depicts a flying figure with trailing robes and scarves holding a bowl in its right hand. It is flying toward the left and looking back over its right shoulder.
Flying Apsaras Holding a Bowl, from Tianlongshan Cave 3, near Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, 534–550. Sandstone. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.53.16.

Art Talk Live: Reframing the Tianlongshan Cave Temple Fragments

Gallery Talk

This talk investigates fragments from China’s Tianlongshan cave temples and new efforts to uncover their recent history and original context.

A woman presses her cheek against the long blade of a scythe as she works to sharpen it with her riddled hands.
Käthe Kollwitz, German, Whetting the Scythe, plate 3 from the cycle Peasant’s War, 1905. Etching printed in black ink on off-white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Museum purchase, BR33.36. © Estate of Käthe Kollwitz, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Art Talk Live: Käthe Kollwitz and the South African Left

Gallery Talk

Graduate student Jessica Williams explores Käthe Kollwitz’s prints and their influence on South Africa’s young modernists.