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Spotlight Tour: Fabrics of Art, with Varya Lyapneva ’26

A young woman with blonde hair stands in front of a green wall gesturing toward a painting that appears to float beside her. It represents a woman dressed in a skirt, blouse, and shawl, holding a bird in her right hand. An attendant holds an umbrella over the woman’s head.
One work Varya Lyapneva will spotlight is Mama Ocllo (1835–45), a Spanish colonial painting of the mythic Inkan queen credited with teaching Inka women how to weave cloth.


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

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

On this tour, Varya Lyapneva ’26 will explore the role of fabric in the history of painting and sculpture, looking closely at three works. They are Red and Pink (1925), a painting commissioned from Georgia O’Keeffe by the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company; Edgar Degas’s Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen (1880), a sculpture that radically incorporates diverse materials, including a real tulle skirt; and Mama Ocllo (1835–45), a painting from Spanish colonial Peru that depicts the mythic Inkan queen credited with teaching Inka women how to weave cloth.

Spotlight Tours offer a chance to explore the collections of the Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. Free and open to the public, these tours start outside the museum shop on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm. Drop in and join the conversation! And find out what the Student Guides are up to anytime on Instagram @harvardarthappens.

Please check in with museum staff at the Admissions desk in the Calderwood Courtyard to request to join the tour. Tours are limited to 18 people and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; no registration is required.

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 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.

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.