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Events on and off campus during May and June


From left: from Federico Fellini’s La Strada; kayak trips with the Trustees; Untitled (Portrait A.H.), 1947, Anneliese Hager, at the Harvard Art Museums

From Left: harvard film archive; Bob handelman/the trustees; Harvard Art Museums/©president and fellows Harvard college


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Beacon Hill Garden Club
Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill. Enjoy tours of nine unique urban sanctuaries otherwise not open to the public. (May 19)

Nature & Science

The Trustees
Spring excursions abound on Trustee properties around Greater Boston. Explore contemporary sculptures with little ones during Stroller Tours at deCordova, in Lincoln. (May 18) End the week with sunset kayak trips at the Crane Wildlife Refuge, in Ipswich. (June 3 and 4) Join a guided Long Hill Garden Tour, in Beverly. (June 26)

Middlesex Fells Reservation
The state-owned conservation land just north of Boston is a trove of hiking trails and outdoor adventures. Among the many organized seasonal events are walks/talks that highlight forest wonders and the importance of monitoring the plants and wildlife living within these 2,600 acres. (May and June)


Harvard Radcliffe Institute
Tune in online for a prescient look at “Charismatic Robots in Everyday Life” with Heather Knight, assistant professor of computer science and leader of the CHARISMA research group at Oregon State University. (May 10)




Photograph by Aram Boghosian/Charles River Conservancy

Not so long ago, very few would have risked a plunge into the Charles River. Yet decades of anti-pollution efforts and monitoring of parasites have transformed just such a dip into a fun little adventure. Highlighting this shift, the nonprofit Charles River Conservancy (which also holds trash clean-up events) has joined the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to host the sixth City Splash day on June 18. Intrepid swimmers, registered in advance, meet at Fiedler Field dock to enter the water. Separately, the Conservancy is spearheading plans for a seasonal in-river swimming pool off of North Point Park, and the Charles River Swimming Club leads the popular One Mile Swim race. Not a swimmer? Come on down anyway, set up a blanket picnic, and watch others enjoy this renewed natural resource.

Charles River Conservancy


Historic New England
Bring chairs, picnics, and dancing shoes to the Twilight Lawn Concert: Little Big Band, at the 1846 Gothic Revival Roseland Cottage (just over the Massachusetts border) in Woodstock, CT. (June 10)


Harvard Film Archive
Forgotten Filmmakers of the New French Wave, curated by film critic Jean-Michel Frodon, features La Dérive (Paula Delsol), L’Amerique Insolite (François Reichenbach), and Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier), among many others. (May 6-29)

The Complete Federico Fellini covers the maestro’s 50-year-plus oeuvre, including shorter works and recent restorations, along with documentaries about the ingenious, influential Italian filmmaker. (June 10-August 15)

24th Annual Provincetown Film Festival
More than 80 select independent films, from international features and documentaries to animated narratives and award-winning shorts. (June 15-19)

Exhibitions & Events

Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
Colossal Heads of Mexico: Family Workshop. Explore the artifacts and influence of the Olmec civilization of ancient Mexico: touch a modern replica of a sculpted head and paint a mini-plaster version of your own. (May 15)

The outdoor Summer Solstice Celebration offers music, art activities, food—and more—to a crowd of all ages. (June 21)

Houghton Library
In Black and White explores the intersection of art and activism through archival images of landmark plays—Funnyhouse of a Negro, by Adrienne Kennedy, and Dutchman, by Amiri Baraka—that were taken by New York Times photographer Alix Jeffry in 1964. (Through July 22)

Harvard Art Museums
White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph highlights the experimental darkroom practices and surrealist sensibilities of this German creator of photograms, which invert the usual dark-light equation using sunlight—the longer materials are exposed, the brighter they become. (Through July 31)

Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities celebrates the inventive Philadelphia organization’s fiftieth anniversary through colorful works by nearly 30 artists. Following a mission of collaboration and experimentation, the Workshop created opportunities for fledgling and outsider art-makers. (Through July 31)

Currier Museum of Art
Enjoy a Sunday café brunch at this Manchester, N.H., arts-and-culture hub, followed by gallery strolls. The excellent permanent collection is complemented by exhibits like Warhol Tests. Featuring arresting black-and-white short films of the artist’s friends, including Salvador Dalí, Edie Sedgwick, and Lou Reed, the artwork presages the current era of digital-screen stardom and selfies. (Through July 3)

Museum of Russian Icons
Maine-based Ukrainian-American artist Lesia Sochor’s hand-decorated eggs, reflecting historic symbolism and traditional craftsmanship, are on display in Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal. (Through July 24)

Images of Atheism: The Soviet Assault on Religion examines the way visual propaganda—bold posters, slogans, and pamphlets—aided the Communist Party’s “campaign to eradicate faith” between 1920 and 1990. (May 5-October 2)

Cape Ann Museum
Window on the Marsh offers works by three artists—painters Martin Johnson Heade and Fitz Henry Lane, and photographer Martha Hale Harvey—who capture the beauty and ecological value of the Great Marsh. (Through November 27)