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American Watercolors, 1880–1990: A Conversation with Artist Richard Tuttle and Curators of the Exhibition [AT CAPACITY]

Image of a watercolor drawing of a seascape featuring abstracted strokes of color in shades of blue, green, yellow, red, pink, and grey, layered over a white background.
John Marin, Seascape, 1914. Watercolor over graphite on heavy white wove paper; some color applied and worked with a tool and fingers. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of James N. Rosenberg, 1950.48. © Estate of John Marin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

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This event is at capacity. The lecture will be recorded.

This event requires a reservation; see further details below.

Join us for a discussion about our special exhibition American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light, featuring artist Richard Tuttle, who contributed to the exhibition catalogue, and members of the curatorial team.

On view at the Harvard Art Museums from May 20 to August 13, 2023, the exhibition presents more than a hundred compelling and rarely seen watercolors by both well-known and historically underrepresented American artists. All works are drawn from the Harvard Art Museums’ deep and diverse holdings. Expanding the canon and including many new acquisitions on view for the first time, the exhibition seeks to inspire conversations and enrich today’s practitioners.

Richard Tuttle, Artist
Joachim Homann, Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums
Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Visiting Senior Scholar for Drawings, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums
Miriam Stewart, Curator of the Collection, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums
Elisa Germán, Lunder Curator of Works on Paper and Whistler Studies at the Colby College Museum of Art (former Emily Rauh Pulitzer Curatorial Fellow in Contemporary Drawings at the Harvard Art Museums)
Penley Knipe, Philip and Lynn Straus Senior Conservator of Works on Paper and Head of the Paper Lab, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums

Following the discussion, guests are invited to visit the exhibition on Level 3.

Free admission, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations may be arranged by clicking on the event on this form beginning Saturday, May 13, after 10am.

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open for seating at 3:30pm.

Limited complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museum.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Alexander S., Robert L., and Bruce A. Beal Exhibition Fund, the William Amory Fund, the Rabb Family Exhibitions Fund, and an anonymous donor. Related programming is supported by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series Endowment Fund. This catalogue was made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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