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Events on and off campus during September and October

From left: Pakistan, 1956, by Gordon Lankton, on display at the Museum of Russian Icons; view of the pond amid autumnal tones at Tower Hill Botanic Garden; from the immersive installation Figurehead 2.0 by Charles Standison, at the Peabody Essex Museum

From Left: Gordon Lankston/Museum of Russian Icons; Tower Hill Botanic Garden; ©Ken Sawyer, 2019/Peabody Essex Museum


Nature and Gardens | Exhibitions and Events


Nature and Gardens

Historic New England
At least 12 landscapes connected to notable homes are open, including the Victorian-era Castle Tucker (Maine), Governor John Langdon House (New Hampshire), and Roseland Cottage (Connecticut). Lyman Estate architectural tours are offered through October 9. Paintings reflecting regional scenes and history are also on display at the Eustis Estate (Massachusetts) through October 31.

Farmers’ Market at Harvard
Support local growers offering fresh produce and specialty goods. Science Center Plaza. Tuesdays, 12-6 p.m., through October 27

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Wend your way through Pliny’s Allée, the shade and “secret” gardens—or meander to the wildlife refuge pond. It’s a great place for families to spend time outdoors.

Garden In the Woods
Learn about New England’s flora while enjoying late-bloomers and peaceful walks among the greenery at this Framingham haven.

Exhibitions and Events

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Experience the museum at home: watch dozens of free video lectures (like “Who Discovered Evolution?”) and a podcast series highlighting collections, scholars, and scientists. The “Mesopotamian Monuments Tour”—live-streamed guided visits to the relevant museum exhibits—is slated for September 15 and October 21.

Harvard Art Museums
Online thematic talks, articles, and videos—as well as works viewed through the Google Arts & Culture platform—offer insight into creative enterprises across genres, geography, and time.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Adam Pendleton, Elements of Me. Stark, formalized geometric shapes, in black and white, reflect what the New York artist calls “Black Dada.” (Through September 27)

Museum of Russian Icons
Stunning images crystalize a global adventure in The Long Way Home: A Photographic Journey with Gordon Lankton. (Through September 27)

Peabody Essex Museum
Charles Sandison: Figurehead 2.0. The artist’s immersive environment blends physical movements of visitors with eighteenth-century shipping data and real-time global weather and traffic patterns “to create an ever-changing, lyrical tapestry of past and present.” (Opens September 28)

Institute of Contemporary Art
More than 70 works by the versatile artist Sterling Ruby employ traditional craft aesthetics and techniques, offering a critical look at modernism and at expressions of power and violence in American culture. (Through October 12)

Arts, events, and further excursions are also listed at


Courtesy of the Shelburne Museum

Vermont’s Shelburne Museum highlights art, design, and Americana on a campus populated with multiple historic buildings, each a museum of sorts in itself. Take a weekend jaunt to revel in the shifting season close to Lake Cham­plain. Peter Kirkiles: At Scale features 14 crea­tions by the Connecticut artist (and meticulous professional metal fabricator). He crafts quotidian objects that stand on a par with human beings: Luxus Camera (at right) looks you in the eye. He has also created a Studebaker truck that fits in human hands. The point, in part, is to prompt new ways of seeing what’s made, how, and why. Theoretically related, a second exhibit, Creature Comfort: Animals in the House (at left, Sebastian Errazuriz’s Waiting, Single Perch Lamp), explores humans’ complex relationship to fellow creatures through eclectic household objects that people have refashioned or replicated from other animals’ forms.
Shelburne Museum
Through October 12