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September-October 2009

A copy portrait of Samuel Johnson by Gilbert Stuart, after Sir Joshua Reynolds, from <em>A Monument More Durable Than Brass</em> at Houghton Library

A copy portrait of Samuel Johnson by Gilbert Stuart, after Sir Joshua Reynolds, from A Monument More Durable Than Brass at Houghton Library

Harvard College Library

Vincent Gagliostro’s <em>Enjoy AZT</em> (1993), from Re-View at the Sackler

Vincent Gagliostro’s Enjoy AZT (1993), from Re-View at the Sackler

Allan Macintyre, Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum ©President and Fellows of Harvard College

A scene from <em>Sullivan’s Travels</em>, at the Harvard Film Archive

A scene from Sullivan’s Travels, at the Harvard Film Archive

Harvard Film Archive

A work from the Harvard Map  Collection’s exhibit <em>Gleams of a Remoter World: Mapping the European Alps</em>

A work from the Harvard Map Collection’s exhibit Gleams of a Remoter World: Mapping the European Alps

Harvard College Library

Cristián Samper, director of the  Smithsonian National Museum of  Natural History, lectures on October 27

Cristián Samper, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, lectures on October 27

Courtesy of the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk delivers the Norton Lectures.

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk delivers the Norton Lectures.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

“Stellar Outcasts: Hypervelocity Stars” are the topic for Observatory Night in September.

“Stellar Outcasts: Hypervelocity Stars” are the topic for Observatory Night in September.

R. Bazinet

SEASONAL

The Farmers’ Market at Harvard 
www.dining.harvard.edu/ flp/ag_market.html

This outdoor market, which runs through October, offers fresh produce, baked goods, jams, herbs, chocolates, and cheeses, along with cooking demonstrations. It is organized by the Harvard University Dining Services.

In Cambridge:

• Tuesdays, 12:30-6 p.m. (rain or shine) Outside the Science Center, at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland streets

In Allston:

• Fridays, 3-7 p.m. Corner of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue

Carpenter Center for the  Arts and the Harvard Art Museum
www.ves.fas.harvard.edu; 617-495-2317

• Opening October 15, at 7 p.m., with a reception and discussion with curators

ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987–1993 features more than 70 items related to the pivotal grass-roots movement, along with the premiere of the ACT UP Oral History Project, a suite of videotaped interviews with surviving members of the organization. Other events planned in conjunction with the exhibit include a two-day M. Victor Leventritt Symposium exploring ACT UP Twenty Years Later; film screenings; lectures and gallery talks; and a poetry reading. Visit the website for details.

 

THEATER

The American Repertory Theatre 
www.amrep.org; 617-547-8300

• August 21 through January 2 (for details, see www.amrep.org/tickets/09-10_ART_Package_Calendar.pdf.)

The inaugural season under new artistic director Diane Paulus opens with Shakespeare Exploded, a festival of plays inspired by the bard’s work: The Donkey Show (a disco adaptation of a Midsummer Night’s Dream); Sleep No More (a Hitchcockian Macbeth); and The Best of Both Worlds (a gospel and rock musical based on The Winter’s Tale, the original version of which has its own short run in early October).

 

DANCE

The Harvard Dance Center
www.fas.harvard.edu/~dance
www.boxoffice.harvard.edu;
617-496-2222; 495-8683; 60 Garden Street

• September 4 and 5, at 8 p.m. Debut features contemporary choreography by Larissa Douglas, Harvard dancers, and local musicians.

• October 16, at 7 p.m. Boston Ballet Dance Talks: World Passions offers performances by and conversations with company members.

 

LIBRARIES

www.hcl.harvard.edu/info/exhibitions/index.cfm#hmc

Houghton Library 
617-495-2439

• Continuing: A Monument More Durable Than Brass: The Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson celebrates the literary giant’s 300th birthday and elucidates his life and times in London. 

Pusey Library 
617-495-2417

• Continuing: Gleams of a Remoter World: Mapping the European Alps explores how cartographers over the centuries have responded to the challenge of portraying the Alps. A variety of genres are featured, including maps that celebrate military conquest, panoramic views, hiking and skiing trails, and transportation routes.

 


EXHIBITIONS

Harvard Art Museum — Sackler
www.harvardartmuseum.org
617-495-9400; 485 Broadway

• Continuing: Re-View. This survey of approximately 600 works from the Harvard Art Museum—the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Arthur M. Sackler—is a special installation of objects historically exhibited in separate facilities. 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
www.peabody.harvard.edu; 617-496-1027

• September 17, 5-7 p.m. Reception for Human Documents: Eight Photographers, by Robert Gardner. The images (on display through September 20) offer a deeper understanding of humanity.

• Opening October 22. Sacred Spaces highlights the work of  artist Samina Quraeshi, inspired by pilgrimages to Sufi sanctuaries in the Indus Valley and by the role of Sufism in South Asian society.

• Continuing: Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard elucidates the ongoing excavation of the Indian College (next to Matthews Hall).

• Continuing: The Masked Festivals of Canton Bo looks at the role of spirit dancers, singers, and performers in eastern Liberia and western Ivory Coast.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
www.hmnh.harvard.edu; 617-495-3045

• September 9, at 5:30 p.m. Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation with James D. Watson and Edward O. Wilson, moderated by Robert Krulwich, of National Public Radio. Sanders Theatre. See museum website for ticket information.

Three events are planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology by Swiss geologist and ichthyologist Louis Agassiz. Two events, free and open to the public, fall in October.

• October 15 at 6 p.m. This Brick Ark: Celebrating the Museum of Comparative Zoology’s First 150 Years and the Beginning of the Next 150 is a lecture by Museum of Comparative Zoology director James Hanken, followed by a reception in the newly renovated Great Mammal Hall.

• October 27, at 6 p.m. Lecture by Cristián Samper, Ph.D. ’92, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and newly elected Harvard Overseer.

Continuing: Evolution, a new permanent exhibit, offers fossil, anatomical, and genetic evidence of shared evolutionary history, highlighting diversity within species and cutting-edge Harvard biological research.

Continuing: Language of Color explores how color is produced, perceived, and displayed across the animal kingdom.

Semitic Museum
www.fas.harvard.edu/~semitic
617-495-4631

Continuing: The Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal, Divine includes a full-scale replica of an Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 b.c.e.) village house.


FILM

The Harvard Film Archive
www.harvardfilmarchive.org
617-495-4700; visit the website for complete listings.

• September 11-21: The Films of James Whale features Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Showboat, The Old Dark House, and Remember Last Night? 

• September 18-19: New and Recent Films of Sharon Lockhart. The West Coast artist will appear for screenings and will discuss the intermingling of documentary reportage and conceptual art.

• September 25: Sullivan’s Travels. The Preston Sturges film will be shown in conjunction with the Harvard University Press publication of A New Literary History of America, edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, Cabot professor of English literature and professor of African and African American studies, who will also be on hand to discuss their work.

• October 18-26: A retrospective of the files of German artist Ulrike Ottinger, who will also discuss her projects.


LECTURES

The Humanities Center at Harvard
www.fas.harvard.edu/~humcentr
617-495-0738

• September 22, 29; October 13, 20, 26; and November 3, at 4 p.m. Sanders Theatre. Free and open to the public.

The Norton Lectures, delivered by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature, examine “The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist.” 

The Tanner Lectures, delivered by Jonathan Lear, Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the department of philosophy at the University of Chicago, consider

• “Irony and Identity,”  November 4, at 4:30 p.m., Lowell Lecture Hall. 

• “Becoming Human Is Not That Easy,” November 5, at 4:30 p.m., Lowell Lecture Hall. 

• “Ironic Soul,” November 6, at 10:00 a.m.,  Barker Center Room 110, 12 Quincy Street. 

 

MUSIC

Sanders Theatre
www.boxoffice.harvard.edu; 617-496-2222. All concerts at 8 p.m.

• October 23: The Harvard Glee Club joins the Princeton Glee Club to celebrate the next day’s football game.

• October 30: The Harvard University Bands will com-memorate their ninetieth anniversary at a concert featuring the Harvard Jazz Band, the Harvard Wind Ensemble, and guest tuba soloist Ken Amis. 

• October 31: The Radcliffe Choral Society and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum perform “Hallelujah Halloween.”

 

NATURE AND SCIENCE

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
www.cfa.harvard.edu/events
617-495-7461. 60 Garden Street

• September 17 and October 15 at 7:30 p.m. Observatory Nights offer free, nontechnical lectures on astronomy and—weather permitting—rooftop viewing.