Apr
18
3:30 PM15:30

ART, INTERPRETATION, AND THE STREET DISPOSITION

It has become commonplace to appeal to the notion of "lived experience" when thinking about how members of established social groups respond to the world differently. But how exactly does this phenomenon work? In other words, why is it possible for people from different socially conditioned backgrounds to perceive some objects of experience in fundamentally distinct ways? The purpose of this presentation is to offer an intuitive way for thinking about how a person's life experience can be shaped by their knowledge or ignorance of certain dominant forms of oppression—ultimately informing how they see certain things external to their consciousness.  Led by Darien Pollock, accompanied by Miguel Santiago.

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May
3
12:00 PM12:00

Unveiling of Pine in the Sand

Pine in the Sand tells a story about unpredictable change while highlighting the often overlooked maintenance and infrastructure enlisted to preserve and stabilize the environment. 

A mound of sand is planted with a pitch pine and partially contained by a ring of concrete barriers opposite rows of granite benches. Through the seasons, as the sand shifts, the tree acts as a register for change.

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May
6
3:30 PM15:30

HOW IRONING BROUGHT ME TO HARVARD: A PERFORMATIVE LECTURE WITH CHLOE CHAPIN

Chapin learned how to iron for her very first job as a dresser with a Shakespeare company in 1991. Twenty years later, she was designing Broadway musicals; 30 years later, she'll graduate from Harvard with a PhD in American Studies. In this lecture, Chapin will share her journey from doing the laundry to researching it for her dissertation—on the history of male evening dress—in a discussion of materiality, tacit knowledge, and ironing tips. 

Chloe Chapin, a former professional costume designer, is now a PhD candidate in the American Studies Program at Harvard University. Chapin has an MFA in design from the Yale School of Drama, an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and an AM in History from Harvard University. She has taught fashion history and costume design at FIT, Parsons The New School of Design, Reed College, and Tufts University, and has been a MacDowell Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Her research focuses on fashion and gender—typically the history of men’s suits.
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May
7
3:30 PM15:30

DANCE PERFORMANCE BY AYSHA UPCHURCH

Join us for an exploration of movement as embodied learning and transformation for social inclusion. Upchurchis an artist, instructor, and education consultant committed to youth advocacy, social inclusion, artistry development, and transformative education. She launched and directs HipHopEx, a collaborative lab where students explore hip-hop in education. She is also an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 
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Apr
12
3:30 PM15:30

UNBOUNDED: A SALUTE TO THE BEAUTIES

Karlene Griffiths Sekou in collaboration with Vision Lab presents ”Unbounded: A Salute to the Beauties” featuring guest artists Azmera Hammouri-Davis, capoeira and poetry artist, and co-founder of Break the Box; Butana Molefe, a South African drummer and vocal artist, and special interview with Jovonna Jones is a historian and theorist of race, aesthetics, and culture in the United States. She’s committed to black space wherever we find and create it. “Unbounded” also features Vision Lab collaborative artists Kythe Heller, Michelle Bentsman, and Andrew Staffer.
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Apr
11
3:30 PM15:30

CIRCLE UP

Join us for a short film and intimate discussion about transforming personal trauma into art, healing, and community justice. A screening of the documentary Circle Upwill be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Julie Mallozzi and film subjects Janet Connors and Clarissa Turner. The film tells the story of a group of mothers seeking justice for their murdered sons—justice that involves not revenge and incarceration, but forgiveness, accountability, and community healing.  
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Apr
5
3:30 PM15:30

DIASPORIC DISCOURSE: REFLECTING ON BEAUTIES AS A CONVERSATION ON AFRICAN CITIZENSHIP

Makamo’swork focuses on the brilliance and positivity of the African child’s narrative, and the empowering visual focus on girls in particular. He works with media ranging from charcoal and acrylic to silk screen and oil paint. Makamo has exhibited in group and solo shows in South Africa, France, Italy, the United States, Amsterdam, and Scotland, among other places. He was featured on the cover of Time’s 2019 Optimists issue, guest edited by Ava DuVernay. 
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Mar
8
12:30 PM12:30

Octavia Butler reading group with Rachel Vogel

Join a book club–style discussion of Octavia Butler’s science fiction, in which participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their favorite book or passage by the author. Readers will begin in the gallery, where they will listen closely to a recording of Butler in the sound work You Got to Make Your Own Worlds (for when Siri is long gone). They will also engage with major recurring themes found in Butler’s work—such as gender, race, power, technology, and the environment—and discuss how they relate to the works in Future Fossil.

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Feb
8
12:30 PM12:30

The making of Future Fossil with curator Meg Rotzel

Join the exhibition curator and Radcliffe arts program manager for a tour of the exhibition. Participants will gain an understanding about how the materials and techniques used in fabrication of the artworks underpin the various concepts that run through the exhibition. They will also learn how exhibitions are brought to life in the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery. 

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Jan
31
2:00 PM14:00

Gallery talk with artist Clarissa Tossin and curator Meg Rotzel

Clarissa Tossin, a fellow at Radcliffe in 2017–2018, returns to present Future Fossil,a continuation of her work in the Institute’s artist studios. Join the artist and curator for a conversation about the inspiration for the exhibition and the themes that appear throughout. 

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Nov
27
3:30 PM15:30

Stairway to Heaven: Henrietta Leavitt and the Cosmic Distance Ladder

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Hours: Noon–5 PM, Monday–Saturday

The science and the controversies behind the exhibition’s exploration of cosmic distance with the astrophysicists João Alves RI ’19 and Alyssa Goodman, faculty codirector of the science program. Light reception to follow.
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