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Virtual Student Guide Tour: Staged, with Maeve Miller

In this photomontage, Maeve Miller is smiling and appearing to hold a colorful abstract painting that depicts a formal party scene, with men and women seated around tables. In the middle sits a boy holding a dummy in a patterned coat and top hat.
One of the works Maeve Miller will discuss is Jacob Lawrence’s 1952 painting Ventriloquist. Photomontage by Alexis Boo ’22.


In her tour, Maeve Miller ’22 will explore how performance and entertainment figure into three works of art. She will examine the woodcut Magician (1956), which Erich Heckel made in Germany more than 40 years after the heyday of his involvement with the Expressionist art movement; the painting Ventriloquist (1952), which Jacob Lawrence made in Harlem, New York, as part of his Performance Series; and a woodblock print depicting two actors, which was made in the late Edo Period (1794) by Tōshūsai Sharaku, a semi-legendary print designer about whom little is known. Miller will consider why the artists might have chosen these subjects and what the works reveal about both the artists and performers portrayed within them.

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

Virtual Student Guide Tours take place every Thursday at 8pm 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!

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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.

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