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Party Animals: An Ancient Feast

Bell krater depicting a symposium, Attributed to the Philocleon Reverse Group, Greek, Attic, c. 390 BCE. Terracotta, red-figure technique. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, ANSA IV 910. © KHM-Museumsverband.

Special Event

Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue
Allston MA

Celebrate the fall harvest season by feasting with your neighbors! Join the Harvard Ed Portal in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums and the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, for a special evening inspired by the Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings exhibition, on view at the Harvard Art Museums through January 6, 2019.

Start the night off with a visit to the Ceramics Program to see Raise a Glass, an exhibition featuring contemporary responses to the ancient objects in Animal-Shaped Vessels. Then head next door to the Ed Portal to experience feasting traditions from the ancient world through food, drink, music, and performance inspired by the cultures—and creatures—represented in the museums’ exhibition.

The program will take place at the Harvard Ed Portal, located at 224 Western Avenue, in Allston, Massachusetts.

Tickets are required for this event and cost $10 per person. Your ticket is inclusive of all food, drink, and entertainment, and each attendee will also receive a complimentary admission pass to the Harvard Art Museums. This event is open only to participants aged 21 and older.

Tickets are available by phone, online, or in person beginning at noon on Friday, October 19, through the Harvard Box Office. For more information, please visit the Harvard Box Office website.

Crucial support for the Animal-Shaped Vessels exhibition came in the form of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. In addition, the Harvard Art Museums are deeply grateful to the anonymous donor of a gift in memory of Melvin R. Seiden and to Malcolm H. Wiener (Harvard A.B. ’57, J.D. ’63) and Michael and Helen Lehmann for enabling us to mount this exhibition and to pursue the related research. This work was also made possible in part by the David M. Robinson Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund.

Share your experience of the Animal-Shaped Vessels exhibition via social media with the hashtag #partyanimals, #HarvardArtMuseums, #HarvardCeramics, and #Gallery224.