Trash, Treasure, Art
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Trash, Treasure, Art

Except for a small piece of paper, Konstantin Simun might have worked with oil and canvas rather than the sculptures for which he is internationally known. Originally hoping to be a painter, Simun was accepted to art school in his native Russia when he was 11 years old. He was given a piece of paper … Continue reading

Connecting History and Art
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Connecting History and Art

Cambridge Rindge and Latin (CRLS) students are building a special connection to the Harvard Art Museums with the museums’ Graduate Student Teacher program, which the students say has changed the way they experience art and history. “In history class, we usually look at the pictures and talk about the context, but here we get to … Continue reading

Art That Interrupts
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Art That Interrupts

Walking through level one of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, visitors these days are immersed in a visceral, dynamic experience. Created by Shahryar Nashat, an exhibit titled “Skins and Stand-Ins” uses video, sound, color, and sculpture to “intervene” in the space originally built by modernist architect Le Corbusier. Two benches by the artist … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Mahler

Speaking to an audience at the Harvard Ed Portal, Federico Cortese, senior lecturer on music and director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, wondered why Americans have such a unique relationship with Gustav Mahler, the composer who conducted both the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic before his death in 1911. When he came to the … Continue reading

The Power of Theater
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The Power of Theater

At Boston Green Academy (BGA) in Brighton, Brendan Shea, manager of education and community programs at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), wrote words on a whiteboard as the audience called them out. “Freedom,” one person said. “Worth. And oppression,” another volunteered. The crowd of advanced placement English students, who had seen the A.R.T.’s production of … Continue reading

The Power of Poetry
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The Power of Poetry

  For Elisa New, the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University, poetry is all around us. “I try to teach poetry both as an art form and a kind of historical documentation,” New says. “When I walk through midtown Manhattan, I have Frank O’Hara on my shoulder, reminding me to look … Continue reading

Pieces of a Puzzle
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Pieces of a Puzzle

  We recently asked Amy Brauer, the Diane Heath Beever Curator of the Collection, in the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, if she could pick an object in the collections that has a compelling story. She immediately thought of a 6th-century BCE Greek vase that had been missing a fragment for years. Q First, … Continue reading