Harvard Art Happens

Harvard Art Happens Harvard Art Happens represents the Harvard Art Museums' student community: the Student Board, Student Tour Guides, and Graduate Student Teacher Program.

The Student Board comprises of a diverse and multidisciplinary group of students each representing the undergraduate residential houses of Harvard. Student Board members act as liaisons between students and the museums by deepening and sustaining student involvement with the museums across campus, as well as disseminating information about the museums' resources, spaces, and programs. Student Board members act as on-campus ambassadors for the museums. The Student Tour Guides are a group of Harvard undergraduate students dedicated to sharing their love of art through free 45-50 minute tours in the Harvard Art Museums galleries. Each tour is unique, shaped around the interests of individual students. Tour themes range from exploring the spatial context of art to delving into works representing imagery of the supernatural and divine. Tour guides also come from a diversity of academic backgrounds, with some students studying History of Art and Architecture, the Classics, History and Literature, and Astrophysics to name just a few. The Graduate Student Teaching Program is a yearlong program offered by the Harvard Art Museums' Division of Academic and Public Programs in collaboration with the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS), the public high school in Cambridge. This program is designed exclusively for Harvard Graduate School of Education students, and is a mentored student teacher position that leads interactive gallery and classroom sessions for CRLS students.

Operating as usual

For regular updates about our virtual programming during the COVID-19 crisis, please like our new page: Ho Fami...
05/27/2020

For regular updates about our virtual programming during the COVID-19 crisis, please like our new page: Ho Family Student Guide Program! All of our content will be shared there (not here)!

Come participate in a live zoom tour about “decay and regeneration” Thursday at 12 Noon-12:30pm EDT! Along the way Mei ’21 will take you to one of the best loved spots in the museums – Renée Sintenis’s “Daphne” – and explore how desire can become destructive. Free and open to everyone, it’s accessible via the link on our tour page. https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/article/virtual-student-guide-tours

04/17/2020
Ho Family Student Guide Program

Check out our new art discussions and be sure to like our new page!! (Ho Family Student Guide Program)

Bored? Join student guides Gavin '20 and Paul '21 for a talk about the famous Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli! We'll talk about two works in the Harvard Art Museums that speak to the scope of the artists' oeuvre and his complex life.

Debuting her new tour is senior guide Shayla '18. Come to the Harvard Art Museums this Saturday at 11am to participate i...
04/06/2018

Debuting her new tour is senior guide Shayla '18. Come to the Harvard Art Museums this Saturday at 11am to participate in "Working Hard or Hardly Working: Copywright, Ownership, and Artists' Labor" around the collections!

Here's our first full weekend of tours! Be sure to stop by at any or all of these, starting today at 2pm!
09/22/2017

Here's our first full weekend of tours! Be sure to stop by at any or all of these, starting today at 2pm!

09/16/2017
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Zhan Wang's sculpture is quite a conversation starter, according to student guide Natalie Kim. Join us for a tour this weekend with Natalie or one of her fellow guides! http://hvrd.me/jYN230fbNnx

Following student guides and board members around the world this summer! Lots of art to see :)
06/16/2017

Following student guides and board members around the world this summer! Lots of art to see :)

Following student guides and board members around the world this summer! Lots of art to see :)

Hey everyone! Today we're starting our summer series! We'll be following student guides and board members throughout the...
06/08/2017

Hey everyone! Today we're starting our summer series! We'll be following student guides and board members throughout the summer, sharing interesting art and architecture they encounter around the world. If you'd like to take part, use the hashtag #HAHsummerseries and your photo could be featured!
Today's post is from student guide Isabella '19. This photo was taken at Storm King Art Center, NY, one of the world's leading sculpture parks. Although originally intended to be a museum geared towards Hudson River School painting, the non-profit park opened with the purchase of 13 modern sculpture works by David Smith (1906-65).

The amazing Maille Radford '17, Student Board Member and intern at the Straus Center, who combines her passion for the a...
04/11/2017
Harvard College graduate gets joint degrees in art and science

The amazing Maille Radford '17, Student Board Member and intern at the Straus Center, who combines her passion for the arts and science!

Maille Radford, the first student to graduate with joint degrees in chemistry and history of art and architecture, has her sights set on a museum career.

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04/09/2017

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04/09/2017

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Meet Student Board Member Rebecca Dolan '19! Rebecca is an English concentrator and lives in Adams House. Outside of the...
04/08/2017

Meet Student Board Member Rebecca Dolan '19! Rebecca is an English concentrator and lives in Adams House. Outside of the museums, she is an exec on The Harvard Crimson's Arts board and is also involved with The Harvard Advocate's Art board. She tells us that her favorite museum is the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York because she used to live a block away from it this past summer and would stop in often.

Here, Rebecca stands next to her favorite work at the Harvard Art Museums, which is Renée Sintenis' Daphne (1930). She says on it: "Harvard is of course an intellectual destination, but it's also an aesthetic one. Especially if you're willing to see it as such. This room in particular does an impressive job of showing sculpture in a way that allows it to breathe with the campus around us. My favorite piece in here is 'Daphne.' She offers an interesting look at art that came out of Germany in the interwar period. What does this bronze cast of a mythological nymph tell us about how artists were processing and making sense of that trauma?"

To find out why she loves being a Student Board Member, head over to our Instagram @harvardarthappens!

Thanks, Harvard Art Museums!
04/03/2017
Harvard Art Museums

Thanks, Harvard Art Museums!

On our student guide tours, “You can be part of an astrophysicist’s tour on the theme of time or a computer scientist’s tour on the theme of problem solving.”

Looking to engage with some art this weekend? Of course you do! Come on one of our Student Guide tours, which are 30-40 ...
03/24/2017

Looking to engage with some art this weekend? Of course you do! Come on one of our Student Guide tours, which are 30-40 minute tours during which Student Guides explore 3-4 objects based upon themes unique to their interests– yes, that means every guide's tour is different!

Tomorrow (Friday, 3/24) at 2:00 p.m., Jack Dent is giving his tour, "Visions of the Future: Scenes of the Utopia and Dystopia in the Industrial Age,” on which he says: "I explore the role of art in shaping our attitude to new technologies. Specifically, I focus on how various artistic movements each sought to frame the societal changes that were brought about by the first wave of mass urbanisation, industrialisation, and mechanisation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." Claude Monet's The Gare Saint-Lazare: Arrival of a Train (1877) is a stop on his tour.

Tours meet in the Calderwood Courtyard near the admissions desk. See you there!

[Credit line: Claude Monet, “The Gare Saint-Lazare: Arrival of a Train,” (1877). Oil on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906. 1951.53]

Meet our Student Tour Guide Shayla! Shayla Partridge ’18 studies History and Science and lives in Leverett House. When s...
02/28/2017

Meet our Student Tour Guide Shayla! Shayla Partridge ’18 studies History and Science and lives in Leverett House. When she’s not either working at or wandering around the Harvard Art Museums, she participates in HIV/AIDS activism and advocacy work, teaches sexual health workshops to Boston high-schoolers, and reads and writes poetry for her workshop class. She also tells us that her favorite museum is MoMA PS1 because of its wide open spaces and dynamic exhibits.

Shayla’s tour is called “You’re So Vain: Archetypes and Accessibility in Art.” She says on it: “My tour is about the variety of ways in which artists employ archetypes, and the occasions in art that lack the uniqueness we sometimes presume of it. Sometimes archetypes are a fact of mass production, sometimes they serve as historical and social commentary, and sometimes the point is to familiarize the unfamiliar or defamiliarize the ubiquitous. This tour asks questions about the purpose and place of archetypes and templates in art across time, from ancient statuettes to modern paintings.” Head over to our Instagram (@harvardarthappens) to see Shayla talk about the last object on her tour!

👋 Hi, Class of 2018 and families! The Student Tour Guides are so excited to be giving tours for Junior Parents Weekend. ...
02/25/2017
Instagram post by Harvard Art Happens • Feb 25, 2017 at 8:06pm UTC

👋 Hi, Class of 2018 and families! The Student Tour Guides are so excited to be giving tours for Junior Parents Weekend. Welcome to campus and the Harvard Art Museums!

1 Likes, 3 Comments - Harvard Art Happens (@harvardarthappens) on Instagram: “👋 Hi, Class of 2018 and families! The Student Tour Guides are so excited to be giving tours for…”

This is our Student Tour Guide Charlie. Charlie Krumholz '18 lives in Eliot House and studies Economics. His favorite ar...
02/12/2017

This is our Student Tour Guide Charlie. Charlie Krumholz '18 lives in Eliot House and studies Economics. His favorite artist is John Singer Sargent and his favorite museum is (obviously!) the Harvard Art Museums. Beyond the museums, he is also a part of the JFK Jr. Forum, a research assistant for Larry Summers, and is on The Advocate's Art board.

Charlie's tour is about art and the context of political and economic transformations, exploring the question of how artists respond to such changes within their societies.

Head over to our Instagram @harvardarthappens to see what Charlie's favorite work in our collection is!

These wonderful people are our Senior Student Tour Guides Ariana (left) and Sam (right), and they plan engaging and info...
02/09/2017

These wonderful people are our Senior Student Tour Guides Ariana (left) and Sam (right), and they plan engaging and informative informal meetings when we don't have official museum training sessions and also serve as figures of help and advice for our newer Student Tour Guides.

Ariana Chaivaranon '18 lives in Adams House and is concentrating in Visual and Environmental Studies. Her tour is on the spiritual and divine in art and how artworks can act as interlocutors between the viewer and the other world they are depicting. Sam Shapiro '18 lives in Currier House and is concentrating in History of Art and Architecture and Social Anthropology. Sam is also a Curatorial Intern within the Division of European and American Art at the Harvard Art Museums. His tour is called "The Museum Wall" and it considers not only artworks themselves, but also the conditions under which we encounter them.

If you want a sneak peek of Ariana and Sam's respective tours, head over to our Instagram @harvardarthappens!

This is our Student Tour Guide David. David Kurlander '17 lives in Adams House and is studying History and Literature. O...
02/08/2017

This is our Student Tour Guide David. David Kurlander '17 lives in Adams House and is studying History and Literature. Outside of giving tours, David enjoys 1980s films about dystopian technocracies (he recommends "The Running Man" as a jumping-off point) and is currently poring over 1960s annual reports of government contractors in search of a singular "military industrial aesthetic."

His tour is called "The New Hope: Depictions of Birth Amidst the Rubble," which traces the role of babies 👶🏻 or youth as bright spots in otherwise morose or apocalyptic art objects.

Want to find out what David's favorite piece at the Harvard Art Museums is? Check out our Instagram @harvardarthappens!

The Materiality of Mourning featured on Hyperallergic! "Doris Salcedo is interested in replicating the indefinite, affec...
02/07/2017
Doris Salcedo Captures the Weight of Mourning

The Materiality of Mourning featured on Hyperallergic!

"Doris Salcedo is interested in replicating the indefinite, affective qualities of mourning — its weight, intangibility, absurdity, and reliance on personal associations."

Doris Salcedo is interested in replicating the indefinite, affective qualities of mourning — its weight, intangibility, absurdity, and reliance on personal associations.

What do you think is the role of cultural institutions in today's political climate? We've been thinking a lot about thi...
02/06/2017
MoMA Takes a Stand: Art From Banned Countries Comes Center Stage

What do you think is the role of cultural institutions in today's political climate? We've been thinking a lot about this question and one of our Student Tour Guides brought up this article for discussion:

The museum has rearranged its permanent-collection galleries to showcase art from Iran, Iraq and Sudan, whose citizens are being denied entry to the United States.

We found this amazing sketchbook of Gilles-Marie Oppenord yesterday during the Student Tour Guides' tour of the new exhi...
02/03/2017
Instagram photo by Harvard Art Happens • Feb 3, 2017 at 5:27pm UTC

We found this amazing sketchbook of Gilles-Marie Oppenord yesterday during the Student Tour Guides' tour of the new exhibition Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium. Elizabeth Rudy, the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Associate Curator of Prints, who walked us through the exhibition informed us that this work is on loan from the Houghton Library! The exhibition is on view now until May 7, 2017. #DrawingsAtHarvard

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Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate! This year is the year of the rooster 🐓 [Credit line: "New Year Print: Roost...
01/28/2017

Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate! This year is the year of the rooster 🐓

[Credit line: "New Year Print: Rooster Brings 'Fu Gui' ('Wealth') and an Auspicious Pendant Couplet Reading 'Tian Xia Tong Chun' ('Everyone Shares the Same Spring')," (early 20th century). Woodblock print; ink and color on paper; with printed shop inscription reading "Hua Dian" ("print shop") at bottom right. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Carl Schuster, Esq. 1935.37.98.]

Our Student Tour Guide Ariana is working with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies to curate Arab Spring/Unfinished Jou...
01/26/2017

Our Student Tour Guide Ariana is working with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies to curate Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys: The Art of Helen Zughaib, which is open from January 30 to March 3 on the concourse level of CGIS South (1730 Cambridge Street). Zughaib states, “I hope through my work, to encourage dialogue and bring understanding and acceptance between the people of the Arab world and the United States, especially since 9/11, our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the more recent revolutions and crises across the Arab world.” We can’t wait to see the show during a particularly relevant contemporary political climate.

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01/04/2017

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One of the iconic works from our collections, Kerry James Marshall’s “Untitled,” makes an appearance on the cover of Artforum this month! Marshall is the subject of a major retrospective currently on view at the Met Breuer.
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The artist has connected this work to Langston Hughes’s famous 1926 essay, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” which urged African American artists to embrace black culture, paint “Negro faces,” and eschew the aesthetics of “whiteness.” Marshall’s work answers Hughes’s call in part by placing abstraction — considered the great advancement of the Western avant-garde in the twentieth century — in a black context. #KerryJamesMarshall #MetBreuer #LangstonHughes #ContemporaryArt

We're reflecting on another amazing year as a part of the Harvard Art Museums' student community- so thankful for the mu...
12/30/2016

We're reflecting on another amazing year as a part of the Harvard Art Museums' student community- so thankful for the museums, its staff members, and an open environment at Harvard that allows us to explore, appreciate, and share ideas about art. Happy almost 2017, everyone!

Happy Winter Solstice! ❄️ It’s the first day of winter and also the shortest day and longest night of the year. We’re br...
12/21/2016
Instagram photo by Harvard Art Happens • Dec 21, 2016 at 5:48pm UTC

Happy Winter Solstice! ❄️ It’s the first day of winter and also the shortest day and longest night of the year. We’re bracing ourselves for the cold and wishing that winter will look as idyllic as this Edo Period hanging scroll painting of sparrows perched on snowy branches- is that too aspirational?

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We went to the gift shop to find some holiday cards for our art-loving family and friends, and ended up falling in love ...
12/10/2016
Instagram photo by Harvard Art Happens • Dec 10, 2016 at 8:13pm UTC

We went to the gift shop to find some holiday cards for our art-loving family and friends, and ended up falling in love with everything there. Check out our Instagram Stories (@HarvardArtHappens) for some cool finds! P.S. you can get a discount if you show your Harvard ID 🎁

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The power of museum tours! "Let me propose a compromise: a thematic tour, or set of tours, that would take in the multic...
12/09/2016
Got an Hour? See the Met These 4 Ways

The power of museum tours!

"Let me propose a compromise: a thematic tour, or set of tours, that would take in the multicultural mix of a great global museum, but selectively, in a purposefully hopscotching way, with an eye on the clock; tours that would last somewhere under an hour, the span of a workday lunch break."

The collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a number of remarkable depictions of powerful women. Here’s our 50-minute critic’s guide.

Thanks for giving us a shoutout, Harvard Art Museums!
12/08/2016
Harvard Art Museums

Thanks for giving us a shoutout, Harvard Art Museums!

Dorms aren’t the first place you’d think of as the home for works of art. But the Harvard Art Museums annual Student Print Rental Program is helping challenge that perception by giving students on campus the opportunity to rent an original print for their dorm room.

Students living on campus have adorned their walls with prints borrowed directly from the museums’ collections—some of them by the likes of Daumier, Joan Miró, and Andy Warhol.

A huge congratulations to our Student Board Member Maille Radford '17 on winning the prestigious Marshall Scholarship! W...
12/07/2016
Two Harvard scholars headed across the pond

A huge congratulations to our Student Board Member Maille Radford '17 on winning the prestigious Marshall Scholarship! With an interest in science and the arts, Maille plans to pursue two one-year master's degrees at the Art Museum at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London

Two Harvard students were among those selected to receive prestigious Marshall Scholarships, which support up to two years of study in the United Kingdom.

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