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Art Talk Live: Gaming the Museum

A multicolored abstract arrangement of geometric shapes.
Sol LeWitt, American, Complex Forms, 1989. Etching and aquatint on white, machine wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, M21803. © 2021 The LeWitt Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Gallery Talk

This event was recorded. Please view the talk on our Vimeo channel.

Art museums are full of games hiding in plain sight. We’ll uncover the games lurking in the prints displayed in the exhibition States of Play: Prints from Rembrandt to Delsarte, as well as the collections at large.

Led by:
Jeff Steward, Director of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology

Spanning more than three centuries, the works in States of Play: Prints from Rembrandt to Delsarte unveil the layers of creative revision, correction, and adjustment behind finished prints. Central to this process is the concept of a “print state,” which traditionally refers to a version of a print that precedes the final product. By decoding creative choices that the artist pursued or abandoned in each successive step, the exhibition helps uncover the full breadth of experimentation and demystifies printmaking terminology and techniques.

This talk will take place online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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Art Talks Live are presented via Zoom every other Tuesday at 12:30pm (ET) and offer an up-close look at works from our collections with our team of curators, conservators, fellows, and graduate students.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.

The Harvard Art Museums have reopened to the public. Reservations are required for visitors and can be made up to three weeks in advance. Please visit the museum website for more information.

This exhibition was made possible by the Robert M. Light Print Department Fund. Related programming is supported by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series Endowment Fund.