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A quilt from the Shape/View series: 2015–2017, all works hand-stitched cotton View III 43×57 in.

Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery



Anna Von Mertens depicts the findings of female astronomers using quilts and drawings.


Documentarian Kent Garrett ’63 returned to Harvard last fall for a screening of his work.

Documentarian Kent Garrett ’63 returned to Harvard last fall for a screening of his work.

Photograph by Jim Harrison


How Black Journal raised the country's consciousness, and opened Kent Garrett's eyes to television's potential

March-April 2017

Octavia Spencer at a screening of Hidden Figures at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph by Joel Kowsky/NASA

The actress will attend the Hasty Pudding's festivities on January 26.


Ryan Reynolds appears at the 82nd Academy Awards.

Photograph from Wikimedia 

The producer and actor will attend the Hasty Pudding’s festivities on February 3.


The screening of Kent Garrett’s Black GI

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Hidden gem: the Harvard Film Archive

January-February 2017

In Jackie, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (played by Natalie Portman ’03) navigates the wake of her husband's assassination.
Photograph by Stephanie Branchu. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

The screenplay, by Today Show producer Noah Oppenheim ’00, traces how the Camelot myth was made.


Stills from "Presenting Jane"

Frames from Presenting Jane (1953). On top, poets John Ashbery (left) and Frank O'Hara flank James Schuyler, who wrote the script for the short film (top); below, painter Jane Freilicher walks on water.
Courtesy of the Harvard Film Archive and the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University. HFA Item no: 37864.

A rediscovered short film, with new commentary by Jane Freilicher and John Ashbery ’49, Litt.D. ’01, gives a glimpse of the New York School's early days.


Working on his 2012 short film, Reckart hangs a puppet upside down from the set’s ceiling. “Head over Heels” took a 40-member crew some 15 months to make.

Photograph courtesy of Timothy Reckart

The director of Head Over Heels and The Star, on animation's different dimensions

November-December 2016

Composer Nicholas Britell has written scores for films including MoonlightA Tale of Love and Darkness, and The Seventh Fire. He is also a pianist and producer (most recently of Whiplash, by Damien Chazelle ’07).

Courtesy of Nicholas Britell

A film composer's career, from annotating Sneakers to doing “archaeology” for 12 Years a Slave

September-October 2016