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Harvard Art Museums from Home

Experience the Harvard Art Museums from home as we spotlight new stories about our collections and revisit some old favorites.

This framed painting shows an older white man in a tuxedo holding a cigarette. At rgiht, the image is reflected in the glass of a gallery.

Art Talk: Max Beckmann’s Self-Portrait in Tuxedo

Curator Lynette Roth examines Max Beckmann’s Self-Portrait in Tuxedo (1927) and the ongoing fascination with this enigmatic painting.

A split-screen image shows on the left six prints in a grid-like pattern: three rows include two colored circular prints each on a square gray background. On the right, a young woman wearing a navy sweatshirt and black apron sits at a table with her hands folded, a bulletin board of artist tools behind her.

Art Talk: Dan Flavin’s Relief Aquatint Technique

Join Christina Taylor to discover the relief aquatint printing technique that artist Dan Flavin used to create Untitled (Paper Disc).

At left, a young woman gestures in front of a large expressionist triptych painting. Two people sit on a bench with their backs to the viewer, and a young person is standing at far right. The painting shows many colorful, shadowy figures in a performance.

Virtual Student Guide Tours

Join us live on Zoom for interactive, thematic tours led by Harvard undergraduates from the Ho Family Student Guide Program!

An overview of a wooden tabletop shows the top edges of a group of books, a yellow Post-It note, and a set of keys on a metal ring. Leaves from a potted plant appear slightly out of focus at the top and right. The Post-It note displays the following bullet points in graphite: shower, get dressed, eat.

Staff Picks: What Art Enthusiasts Can Read, Watch, and Listen To While at Home (Part 4)

Harvard Art Museums staff share their favorite art-related books, podcasts, and small-screen picks.

A mummiform figurine of blue faience (ceramic) has painted details in black ink, with a vertical hieroglyphic inscription at the front.

Art Talk: The Ushabti of Princess Maatkare

Join graduate student Inês Torres to learn about the aesthetics and function of ancient Egyptian funerary figurines called ushabtis.

Four college-age students—three women and one man—stand in a gallery looking at a tall wheeled metal sculpture made of bars, curved arcs, and square forms, painted black. Abstract paintings are on the walls nearby.

Art Talk: Doorway on Wheels and David Smith’s Sculptural Practice

Curator Sarah Kianovsky discusses how David Smith revolutionized sculptural practice, looking closely at his work Doorway on Wheels from 1960.

A flowerpot with a matching basin is set against a gray background. The pot is purple on the outside and a light blue on the inside. There is a dark beige line around the rim of the interior of the pot, just above the blue. Two indented lines run down either side of the pot.

Art Talk: Color in Chinese Numbered Jun Ware Ceramics

Conservator Susan Costello discusses the complex chemistry of the blue-and-purple glazes of numbered Jun ware, a rare form of Chinese ceramics.

A woman with long dark hair wearing a blue shirt stands facing a framed blue and gold manuscript folio. She is holding a magnifying glass. Another framed manuscript page is positioned on the wall behind her.

Staff Picks: Curatorial Fellow Shiva Mihan’s Favorite Works of Art

Shiva Mihan tells us why two Islamic folios are her favorite works in the Harvard Art Museums.

A pair of tortoise-frame sunglasses sits atop a thin stack of books. A small bottle of hand sanitizer and the bottom-left corner of a laptop keyboard appear to the left. Leaves from a potted plant appear slightly out of focus at the top.

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

More Harvard Art Museums staff share their favorite art-related books, podcasts, and small-screen picks.