Harvard Art Museums from Home

September 11, 2020
A man's hand holds a mobile phone that displays a Harvard Art Museums magazine article.
Photo: Zak Jensen

The museums are temporarily closed, but our channels are open. We’re here to bring you stories that reflect the power of art to soothe the mind, inspire conversation, and bring people together. We’ll share new material with you on this site regularly—from artist talks to favorite objects to videos and more.

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On Index, read how 1960s artists Lee Lozano and Charlotte Posenenske rose to critical and commercial success, only to then withdraw from the art world.

In an Art Talk, conservation scientist Julie Wertz talks about the science and process of cyanotypes, demonstrating how you can make one at home.

Register today for a free Art Study Center Seminar. On Friday, September 25, you can discover the complexities of handling art made from plastic. On October 9, reconstruct the elaborate painting process of British artist Albert Moore.

Art Talks

The Wood and the Worms

Mirror, Mirror: Reflections on the Etruscans and Their Afterlife

Max Beckmann’s Self-Portrait in Tuxedo

Artist Dan Flavin’s relief aquatint printing technique

The Ushabti of Princess Maatkare

Doorway on Wheels and David Smith’s Sculptural Practice

Color in Chinese Numbered Jun Ware Ceramics

Painting Edo and the Transcendence of Laughter

Introducing Painting Edo

How Egyptian Art Works 

Tours from Home

Experience Painting Edo


Family-Friendly Resources

Materials Lab at Home

Coloring Ancient Egypt 
activity book—ready for download (Spanish & English)

Explore sculpture at the Harvard Art Museums 

Latest from Index Magazine

Escape Artists

Art and Agency

A Salve for Your Snake Bites

Homecoming for a Degas Drawing 

A Cross-Collection Endeavor: Researching Photographs of Hampton Institute in Harvard’s Social Museum Collection

Painting Light! Summer Selections of Modern and Contemporary Art

Fellowship, in Image and in Practice 

Reflecting on Freedom

Voting Rights, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement

In Honor of Juneteenth

Armchair Travel

Faktura, Not Fiction: El Lissitzky’s Proun 12E

Unraveling the (Production) Secrets of an Egyptian Textile

Grenville Winthrop’s Portland Vase

Life at Home through Artists’ (and Curators’) Eyes

Making Blue Paper in the French Countryside

Art and Politics in the 1940s: Ben Shahn


Staff Picks

What Kids of All Ages Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home (Part 5)

What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home (Part 4)

Curatorial Fellow Shiva Mihan’s Favorite Works of Art

What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home (Part 3)

What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home (Part 2)

What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen to While at Home

Conservator Kate Smith’s Favorite Work of Art


From the Archives

Sanchita Balachandran considers preservation, asking whose histories are preserved and whose are erased through the preservation process

Makeda Best, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, sat down with New Orleans photographers Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun to discuss their work related to issues of social justice

Kara Walker’s powerful drawing U.S.A. Idioms and other works by Walker were included in a 2019 installation at the museums

More than three decades after his death, James Baldwin remains one of the most well-known voices in American cultural criticism

Our conservation channel takes you behind the scenes in the museums’ Straus Center