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Artist Talk and Opening Reception for Please Stay Home (off-site program)

An ink wash drawing depicts two men in a bedroom, with text at the bottom.
Darrel Ellis, Untitled (Please Stay Home Tonight, Please Stay Home Today), c. 1981–85. Graphite, pen, ink, and ink wash on paper. Courtesy of Candice Madey, New York. Photo: Adam Reich.

Special Event

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Join us at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts for an artist talk and opening reception with artists, scholars, and curators about the exhibition Please Stay Home: Darrel Ellis in Dialogue with Leslie Hewitt and Wardell Milan. Centered on a less recognized body of Ellis’s work and featuring new commissions by Leslie Hewitt and Wardell Milan, this special exhibition is guest curated by Makeda Best, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums.

Following the conversation, there will be a reception on Level 1 of the Carpenter Center, and the exhibition, Please Stay Home, will be on view on Level 3.

Leslie Hewitt, Artist
Wardell Milan, Artist
Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Chair of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums

This Carpenter Center event is free and open to the public; registration is optional. Reservations may be arranged online through this form.

The conversation will take place in the Carpenter Center theater on the Lower Level. Please contact the Carpenter Center front desk for assistance with elevator and wheelchair usage at 617-496-5387, or at with any questions ahead of the event.

Generous support for Carpenter Center programming is provided by the Friends of the Carpenter Center. Lead support for Please Stay Home is provided by the Harvard Art Museums Photography Committee. Additional support for the exhibition is generously provided by the Jeffrey and Leslie Fischer Family Foundation. The Harvard Art Museums’ modern and contemporary art programs are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art. Special thanks to Allen Frame.

This event is part of ArtsThursdays, a university-wide initiative supported by Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA).