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

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.

Gallery Talk

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

In this talk, photography curator Makeda Best will explore the history of photography collecting at Harvard and share her work to foreground new perspectives, contexts of interpretation, and historical connections.

Led by:
Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

This talk is part of a series inspired by ReFrame, a museum-wide initiative to reimagine the function, role, and future of the university art museum. These talks examine difficult histories, foreground untold stories, and experiment with new approaches to the collections of the Harvard Art Museums, reflecting the concerns of our world today.

This talk will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, 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.