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Harvard Art Museums from Home

Everything you need for a virtual visit to the museums—online events, audio and video offerings, activity books to download, and more.

Two paintings appear next to each other in a gallery. On the left, positioned on a gray flat pillar in front of a gallery wall, is a multicolored abstract painting that shows a group of people surrounded by various patterns; on the right is an abstract painting hanging on the wall that depicts a close-up of a gathering of human-like shapes. Label text is to the right of the painting on the wall.

Building Community through Art

Francesca Bewer, from the Harvard Art Museums, and Erin Muirhead McCarty, from Community Art Center, discuss their collaboration on a youth program last summer in Cambridge.

By Andres Mendoza

In an art gallery, the left and right walls have built-in glass cases featuring various objects, such as decorative pieces and weapons. There is a pedestal in the middle of the room that has a large bronze vase in a glass case. Three words describing the materials represented in the gallery—

Getting Schooled by Kids: What We Learned in the Age of Remote Teaching

Three museum staff members who specialize in ancient art share the lessons they learned from teaching remotely.

By Jen Thum, Frances Gallart Marqués, Yan Yang

Three people gather around a painting in an oval frame. The painting shows three Black  females surrounded by yellow flowers.

Open Doors

Take a moment to look back with us as we celebrate our reopening in 2021.

This installation shot shows part of a gallery with light gray walls and a brown wood floor. On the two visible walls hang eleven framed paintings. In the center of the floor stands a square-shaped wooden table; atop it are three porcelain objects within a vitrine.

Reflecting on Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade

How can museums—themselves so often enmeshed with histories of slavery, colonization, and white supremacy—be mobilized for racial justice?

By Sarah Mallory, Kéla Jackson, Rachel Burke, Joanna Sheers Seidenstein

This composite image shows three horses grazing in the rolling hills of an open pasture. The left half of the image, which shows a horse in the foreground and part of another horse, is a full-color painting. The horses are reddish in color, and the surrounding landscape includes greens, reds, and blues. The image continues on the right side in black and white outline and shows the rest of one horse and another one leaning down to eat grass.

Coloring German Expressionism

The Harvard Art Museums have produced a coloring book about German expressionism for adults—kids can join in the fun as well!

A color screenshot shows two images: one on top and one on bottom. The top image shows a light-skinned woman with short brown hair in black-frame glasses in front of a small landscape painting, and the bottom frame shows a light-skinned man in front of a green bookcase filled with books.

@busch_hall Conversations: Lynette Roth and Joseph Leo Koerner

The Busch-Reisinger Museum’s new Instagram account @busch_hall hosts conversations with established and emerging scholars, contemporary artists, and museum peers on Instagram Live.

A square grid of nine separate images is arranged in three rows. On the top row, from left to right, is a color poster for an event titled “Becoming Black” with a headshot of a young, light-skinned Black woman; a black and white photograph of a barrel-arched portal; and a painted portrait depicting a man in ceremonial military dress. In the second row is a black and white photograph of a forest in the fog, with the text “Art and Environment in the Third Reich” centered over it; a book cover with caricatured depictions of ethnographic types and the partially visible title “Constructing Race on the Borders of”; and a collage consisting of biomorphic forms in dark orange and orange-red intermittently placed against a blue field. In the third row is an image with the all-caps text “I am a citizen of the world” atop a graphic design of black and white ribbons interlacing over a burnt-orange background; an installation photograph of people viewing a projected video of a woman smearing paint

Introducing @busch_hall

The Harvard Art Museums are pleased to announce the launch of the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s new Instagram account: @busch_hall!

By Lynette Roth, Lauren Hanson

There are two images side by side. The image on the right is a painted fan. It features two white magnolia flowers, one facing downward and one facing more upward, and several large green leaves set against a smoky gray background. The image on the right is a composite image of three photographs of a living magnolia plant, which has white petals, bright green leaves, and a magenta pink center.

Painting Edo and the Arnold Arboretum

Painted plants come to life through an ongoing collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University inspired by the exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection.

This is a composite image featuring headshots of two women and two men arranged horizontally.

Troubling Images: Curating Collections of Historical Photographs

Curators discuss how to approach photography collections that depict colonial violence, racist stereotypes, or other difficult imagery.