Art Talks

This image shows a split screen. On the left, a woman wearing a black apron sits at a worktable with woodcut blocks and prints. On the right, there are two color prints of a woman’s face in three-quarter profile with a shoreline behind her.

Art Talk: Edvard Munch’s Jigsaw Woodcut Technique

Conservator and printmaker Christina Taylor demonstrates the jigsaw woodcut printing technique that artist Edvard Munch used to create two colorful prints.

A black and white photograph shows a close-up view of two people seated in a booth at a diner. They are nearly in silhouette, their faces lit mostly by light from a large window just beyond the table. At right, a man smiles faintly, resting one elbow on the table, while holding a spoon with his other hand. Across the table, a woman in a sweater, wearing a knit cap over her curly hair, reaches one arm toward the window, looking intently as she draws on it with her finger, tracing curling lines in the condensation.

Art Talk: Reframing Photographic Histories at the Harvard Art Museums

Curator Makeda Best explores the history of photography collecting at Harvard and her work to foreground new perspectives and interpretations.

This split-screen image shows two sides of a realistic sculpture of a boar. On the left is a frontal view; on the right is a side view.

Creature Feature: Heroes and Hogs in Ancient Greece

Ph.D. candidate Sarah Eisen explores how pigs and wild boar challenged ancient Greek heroes like Odysseus and Herakles.

This digital rendering includes photographs of stone wall carvings. The rendering shows a corner of the room where two walls meet. The wall on the left has an arched doorway, and above it, a row of repeated carvings of a seated figure. To the right of the door, in the corner, is a carving of a standing robed figure. In the same corner is a slightly larger robed standing figure, in high relief on a pedestal. Just to the right of that figure is an even larger robed figure, also in high relief, of a seated Buddha, on a lotus leaf–patterned pedestal.

Art Talk: Reframing the Tianlongshan Cave Temple Fragments

Curator Sarah Laursen investigates fragments from China’s Tianlongshan cave temples and new efforts to uncover their recent history and original context.

This image shows a split screen. On the left, a woman wearing a black apron sits at a worktable with several woodcut prints in front of her. They show abstracted orange-hued nude figures on the shore of a pond, with green foliage behind them. The right side is an enlarged view of one of the prints, and it is set against a black background. A signature is at bottom right.

Art Talk: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Color Woodcut Technique

Christina Taylor demonstrates the color woodcut printing technique Ernst Ludwig Kirchner used to create the dynamic print Bathers Tossing Reeds.

A silver stirrup cup in the shape of a fox head. Its eyes are wide open and its ears perked up.

Creature Feature: What Does the Fox Say?

Discover a fantastic silver cup in the shape of a fox head, and find out how our team made it “float” while on display.

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.