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Celebrating Future Minded: New Works in the Collection: A Day of Spotlight Tours

A cove reflecting the pink sky is bordered by a rocky shore in this view of a sunset.
Edward Mitchell Bannister, American, Cove at Sunset, 1880–1900. Oil on board. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Daniel A. Pollack, Class of 1960, American Art Acquisition Fund and through the generosity of Sharon Bushnell and Henry F. Sears, Elizabeth Gordon, Christopher D. Hohlstein and Kathleen Matthews Hohlstein, and Linda H. Kaufman, 2022.14.


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event does not require registration; see further details below.

We invite you to drop in on one of our Spotlight Tours focused on works in the exhibition Future Minded: New Works in the Collection (March 1–July 21, 2024), which highlights a selection of works acquired in recent years that exemplify the Harvard Art Museums’ collecting vision and strategies. Throughout the day, you can hear from a diverse group of speakers and discover the stories behind some of these objects, most of which are on view for the first time.

Each tour is 30 minutes. Join us for as many tours as you like!

11am: “Looking Forward and Looking Back,” exploring works by Melissa Shook and Jane Yang-D’Haene
Isabelle Halsey ’25, Ho Family Student Guide

Noon: “Printing Joy,” exploring prints by Yoshida Fujio
Lillian Wies, Gregory and Maria Henderson Curatorial Fellow in East Asian Art

1pm: “Nanban and the Story of Japan’s First Black Samurai,” exploring drawings by Toyin Ojih Odutola
Sophia Scott ’25, Ho Family Student Guide

2pm: “Painting Home,” exploring a painting by Edward Mitchell Bannister
Hannah Gadway ’25, Ho Family Student Guide

3pm: “The Ocean and Its Sequins,” exploring a work by Pacita Abad
Jieyan Wang ’25, Ho Family Student Guide

4pm: “Threads of History,” exploring a silk waistcoat
Horace D. Ballard, Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Curator of American Art

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the Admissions desk.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

This program is supported in part by the Ho Family Student Guide Fund.

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums prepares students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. Through their training, Student Guides gain knowledge of the collections and develop skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership.

Funding for Future Minded: New Works in the Collection is provided by the Melvin R. Seiden and Janine Luke Fund for Publications and Exhibitions. Related programming is supported by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series Endowment Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art. Acquisition of each work in our collection is made possible thanks to our supporters, past and present.

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.