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Virtual Student Guide Tour: Art + Tech, with Adam Sella

In this photomontage, a smiling young man stands on a beach facing right, dressed in blue shorts and shirt. His arms outstretched, he seems to hold a large black and white photograph of an African American man dressed in a black suit. He is sitting on a chair and faces the viewer. Below the portrait are the words “Fred. Douglass.”
One of the works Sella will discuss is a black and white photograph of Frederick Douglass. Photomontage courtesy of Alexis Boo ’22.


Adam Sella ’22 searches the museums’ collections to explore how art and technology interact, while insisting that art itself is a form of technology. He will start with a 19th-century photograph of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who understood photography as a technology with significant social and political implications. Next, he will move to Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals (1962), which underwent an innovative, noninvasive form of conservation treatment that involved digitally projected color. Finally, he will wrap up with a reflection on the virtual museum tour itself.

This interactive tour will take place online via Zoom. To join, click the following link: (free admission; no pre-registration required).

This tour coincides with ARTS FIRST, Harvard’s annual festival showcasing creativity on campus, happening virtually in 2021.

Virtual Student Guide Tours take place every Thursday at 8pm and every Saturday at 11am on Zoom. Each tour is unique and offers a chance to explore the collections of the Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. Drop in and join the conversation!

For instructions on how to join a meeting on Zoom, click here.. For general questions about Student Guide Tours, email

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

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on objects chosen by each Student Guide and offer a unique, thematic view into the collections.

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.