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.

A blue wall in a gallery shows an arrangement of several framed painted fans in an irregular layout. Many of them are spaced off the wall by several inches.

Art Talk Live: Setting the Fans Afloat

Gallery Talk

Learn about the creative process behind the unique display of Japanese fans in the special exhibition Painting Edo.

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.