Art Talks

Six square collaged images of individuals holding up pieces of paper with written haiku poetry.

Haiku and You: Painting Edo and the Arnold Arboretum

Learn about haiku in the Edo period and explore haiku as a creative practice, inspired by the Arnold Arboretum and the Painting Edo exhibition.

This molded sculpture depicts a small rabbit lying down with ears extended and front limbs outstretched in near profile view. Small, spherical shapes and bits of yellow can be seen throughout the sculpture, giving it a roughly textured surface.

Art Talk: The Abject Object—Decay and Irreverence in Dieter Roth’s Multiples

Explore Dieter Roth’s use of unconventional and irreverent materials in his works.

A wooden sculpture of a small child lies carefully on an examination table in a laboratory. A dark-haired woman leans over the sculpture, holding a flashlight to cast light onto the object.

The Botany of a Buddhist Sculpture: Hinoki Cypress and Prince Shōtoku at Age Two

Get up close with the extraordinary sculpture Prince Shōtoku at Age Two and discover new insights gained from collaborative research with the Arnold Arboretum.

This black and white photograph shows a living room filled with sleek, modernist furniture.

Art Talk: Picturing the Modern Home—Lucia Moholy’s Bauhaus Living Room

Learn about the historically overlooked role Lucia Moholy played in promoting a Bauhaus vision of modern living.

This drawing depicts a male figure with a pointed hat and an oversized suit with a large circular collar. His hands are folded, and he is leaning backward.  calmly folding his hands and leaning backward. He looks toward the left of the picture.

Art Talk: Feeling Funny—Picasso in 1918

With supreme economy and enviable elegance, Pablo Picasso’s Pierrot speaks about the purpose of art in a time of crisis.

This black and white photograph shows the ceiling and upper wall of a room. The corner at left is in a darker shade and there seems to be an open door. On the right is the top half of a glass vase with three long stems. The title “Object Lessons” is printed in white.

Object Lessons: The Bauhaus and Harvard

Hear from The Bauhaus and Harvard curator Laura Muir with a special preview of our new publication Object Lessons: The Bauhaus and Harvard.

Two side-by-side photographs show different sides of an ancient Greek terracotta flask on a gray stand. The left shows a painted scene of a woman dancer, flanked on each side by bearded sirens. The right image shows one of the bearded sirens centered on the terracotta pot.

Art Talk: The Scary Truth about Ancient Sirens

What makes sirens so scary? Join archaeologist Frances Gallart Marqués as she explores the hybridity and fluidity of these ancient creatures through their depictions in Greco-Roman objects.

These side by side photographs show a pair of delicately sculpted unpainted terracotta busts. On the left is a bust of the head and upper torso of a man wearing a large, brimmed hat and tunic/jerkin. On the right is a bust of the head and upper torso of a woman wearing a head covering/veil and a simple kirtle.

Authorship Rediscovered: New Evidence about Harvard’s Pair of Renaissance Terracotta Busts

Art historian Felipe Pereda and conservator Tony Sigel propose new evidence to identify the sitters and the sculptor for a pair of unusual Renaissance terracotta busts.

Seen from above, a blue wall in a gallery shows an arrangement of several framed painted fans and mock-ups in an irregular layout. The gallery is filled with installation materials and equipment. A person measures a cardboard mock-up.

Art Talk: Setting the Fans Afloat

Learn about the creative process behind the unique display of Japanese fans in the special exhibition Painting Edo.

This watercolor depicts a large gray boulder with rich orange and yellow segments, centered in an outcrop of other rocks. Behind the boulder is a stand of trees, beyond which can be seen a craggy mountain peak beneath a cloudy blue sky.

The Fogg at 125: An American Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

Explore the long-lasting legacy of the 19th-century American Pre-Raphaelite painters at the Fogg Museum, as we celebrate its 125th anniversary.