Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
November 2, 5-8 p.m. Da de los Muertos. Music, food, and Mexican art are showcased in this annual celebration hosted in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico.
Opening November 15, 5-7 p.m. Michael Rockefeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961. Opening night reception and book signing for this exhibit of black-and-white images that document the life of the Dani people in the Baliem Valley (today part of Indonesia), most of which have never been publically displayed. Rockefeller 60 took more than 3,500 photographs during the Peabody Museums New Guinea Expedition (1961-1963).
December 7, 5:30 p.m. The Voyage of the Hat: Captain Samuel Hill of Boston and the Collection of Lewis and Clark. Reception and lecture by Mary Malloy, of the museum studies program. 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge.
Continuing Noble Pursuit: The Duch ess of Mecklenburg Collection from Iron Age Slovenia. The exhibit tells the story of an unconventional woman while displaying many of the European artifacts she excavated prior to World War I.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
November 15, 6 p.m. Lecture and book signing by Dale Peterson, author of Writing the Life of Jane Goodall, who will discuss the special pleasures and perils of writing the life of a living person whose accomplishments are far from over. Free and open to the public. 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge.
Continuing Arthropods: Creatures That Rule is a multimedia exhibit that looks at how these creaturesinsects, spiders, crustaceans, and centipedeshave evolved over 500 million years. Includes fossils, specimens, photographs, and video presentations.
Continuing Looking at Landscape: Environmental Puzzles from Three Photographers. Visitors can decipher themes in American landscapes through noting scale, color, patterns, and other visual cues in works by Alex S. MacLean, Anne Whiston Spirn, and Camilo Jos Vergara.
Continuing The Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal, Divine features a full-scale, furnished replica of a two-story Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 B.C.E.) village house; Nuzi and the Hurrians details everyday life in northern Mesopotamia ca. 1400 B.C.E. Also on display are ancient Cypriot artifacts from the Cesnola Collection.
Closing December 10 Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique. More than 30 drawings and prints from the Dutch master are on display, with a focus on pen strokes and other distinguishing techniques.
Continuing German Art from the 1980s. Major works by well-known and underappreciated artists.
Fogg Art Museum
Opening November 11 DISSENT! presents dozens of printed images that express resistance to religious, political, and social systems, demonstrating the role of printmaking in disseminating opinions.
Continuing A Public Patriotic MuseumArtworks and Artifacts from the Artemus Ward House. This exhibit includes paintings, prints, furniture, textiles, ceramics, and domestic and agricultural tools associated with Ward, commander of the colonial militia besieging Boston before the appointment of George Washington.
Closing November 19 Sharon Lockhart: Pine Flat. A film about the experience of childhood in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, and 19 color photographs of the children.
Closing November 12 The New Chinese Landscape: Recent Acquisitions features a set of paintings depicting contemporary China that centers on artists who revitalize ancient motifs with modern techniques and styling.
Opening December 2 Overlapping Realms: Arts of the Islamic World and India, 900-1900. A sampling of art, primarily ceramics and metal work, produced by people inhabiting a region that stretched from southern Europe through South Asia.