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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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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Feb
22
12:30 PM12:30

Gallery talk with andré m. carrington, 2018–2019 Beatrice and Shepherd Blane Fellow

Join the Radcliffe fellow andré m. carrington to learn more about the author Octavia Butler, whose work provided inspiration for the exhibition. In his research, carrington examines the cultural politics of race, gender, sexuality, and genre in black and American popular texts. In Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2016)he analyzes the role of blackness in science fiction and fantasy works across popular media, including comic books, fanzines, and television. 

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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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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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