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During her Norton Lectures, Laurie Anderson plays a violin of her own invention.

During her Norton Lectures, Laurie Anderson sometimes dances with herself or plays a violin of her own invention.
Screenshot by Lily Scherlis

Arts

Artist Laurie Anderson delivers her fifth virtual Norton Lecture on Wednesday.

11.8.21

a hat made of jaguar pelt

Hat courtesy of the Houghton Library. Photograph by Jim Harrison

Two explorers strip to stay aloft.

May-June 2021

Zoom-like grid of colorful portraits of people in pandemic-era face masks.

Nielsen's portraits reflect the early experiences of real people striving to protect themselves from COVID-19 and respond to the new pandemic-era.

Photograph courtesy of MASS MoCA

Richard Nielsen: “This is Not a Gag,” at MASS MoCA

March-April 2021

Artist Shen Wei in his studio amid his large-scale abstract paintings

Shen Wei in his New York studio, 2014

Photograph by Jeffrey Sturges

“Shen Wei: Painting in Motion,” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

March-April 2021

A detailed 1598 map of Iceland, with monstrous sea creatures in the surrounding waters and polar bears on ice flows.

Click on arrow at right to view full map

Image courtesy of the Harvard Map Collection

The era of imaginative mapmaking

March-April 2021

Purple spruce cones

Photograph by William (Ned) Friedman

Re-engaging with nature alongside the director of the Arnold Arboretum

March-April 2021

Solomon Gate in an open position.

Solomon Gate in its typical open position

 

At Houghton and Lamont libraries, a creative new entry into the Yard

March-April 2021

Photo of the entrance to the Peabody Museum

Peabody Museum

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Daderot

“We must begin to confront the reality of a past in which academic curiosity and opportunity overwhelmed humanity,” Harvard president Lawrence Bacow wrote. 

1.28.21

Three people in 1950s New York

New York, by Robert Frank, negative 1955-56
Courtesy of the Addison Gallery of American Art

“Robert Frank: The Americans,” at the Addison Gallery of American Art

January-February 2021