Fogg Art Museum. Through April 2. "Chasing Shadows: Photographs from the Collection." The concept for the show is embedded in its title: It speaks to the unique qualities of photographic processes, to the history of the medium and to the history of the collection under the steward-ship of the late Davis Pratt.
Through July 1995. "Shades of Significance: Tonal Values in Abstract Art." From its perceived origins in Cubism, through its dominance of the post-war American art scene, to its current coexistence with other approaches to imagemaking.
Through summer 1995. "Selections from the Joseph H. Hazen Collection." This exhibition offers viewers a rare opportunity to view privately owned works by some of the great masters of the late 19th and early 29th centuries. Included are works by Braque, van Gogh, Kandinksky, Modigliani, Leger, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec.
"France and the Portrait, 1799-1870." This installation of works from the permanent collections explores the changing conventions and practice of portraiture in France between the rise to power of Napoleon Bonaparte and the fall of the Second Empire.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 280 The Fenway, Boston. 566-1401. Through June 4. "Dennis Miller Bunker and His Circle" features more than 30 works of Bunker and some of the most celebrated names in American painting in the late 19th century.
Museums of Cultural and Natural History. Ongoing. "Birthstones" Explores the cultural and natural history of birthstones, and how perceptions of these precious and semiprecious gems have been influenced by mythology and astronomy.
Peabody Museum. Ongoing. "Encounters with the Americas."
Ongoing. "Ju/wasi: Bushmen of the Kalahari."
Ongoing. "Worlds in Miniature, Worlds Apart: Dioramas, Models and Mannequins in the Peabody Museum."
Ongoing. "The Hall of the Northern American Indian."
Ongoing. "Ware Collection of Glass Flowers."
Sackler Museum. Through May 21, 1995. "Impressions of Mesopotamia: Seals from the Ancient Near East." This display of ancient Near Eastern seals charts their development over 3,000 years of Mesopotamian history.
Through May 21, 1995. "Introduction to Byzantine Coinage." Showcases the Whittemore collection of Byzantine coins, including over 3,000 gold, silver and bronze coins that cover the range of Byzantine numismatics from A.D. 491 to 1453.
Through March 5. "Linear Graces...(and Disgraces): Drawings from the Courts of Persia, Turkey, and India." The second half of a two-part exhibition, is drawn from the Museum's holdings and from private collections of drawings by master artists of Iran, Turkey and India.
Through April 9. "The Renaissance in France: Drawings from the Ecole des Beaus-Arts, Paris" is the first comprehensive exhibition in North America devoted to drawing during the French Renaissance, and the accompanying catalogue will be the only book available in English on French drawings of the 16th century.
Through March 5, 1995. "Women and the Arts of Asia." Highlights the role of women in the arts of Asia from, five different perspectives.
Schlesinger Library. Through March 29. "Exhibition of Ceramics by the Eight Eldest Members of the Radcliffe College Ceramics Studio."
Through March 30. Drawings, Paintings and Pastels by Ann Strieby Philips; Treasure Maps and Other Works on Folded Paper by X. Bonnie Woods."
Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus. Will show Robert Hilferty's "Stop the Church!" Emerson Hall, room 305, 8 p.m. Reception follows.
Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 495-4700. $5 for students, unless special event. "Barren Lives" at 8 p.m.
Cultural Relativism and Female Circumcision/Genital Mutilation. Henry Steiner, director, Human Rights Program, HLS. Room G-2, Kresge Building, HSPH, 12:30 p.m.
The Social History of Satan in Sectarian Judaism and First-Century Christianity. Elaine Pagels, professor of religion, Princeton University. Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave., 5 p.m.
The Current State of Pakistan-U.S. Relations. Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States. Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, 5:45 p.m. 17 February Friday
Dunster House Music Society. Cellist Julia Tom and pianist Simon Tom perform works by J.S. Bach, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Ginastera. Dunster House Library, 5:30 p.m. Free.
Bach Society Orchestra. Will perform Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with violinist Melinda Hakim '97, flutist Isabel Gill '97 and keyboardist Mary Farbood '97; the East Coast premiere of John Harbison's 1991 Oboe Concerto, with oboist Daniel P. Kim '97; and Mahler's Kindertotenlider with mezzo-soprano Mary Westbrook-Geha. $7/$5 for students.Sanders Theatre, 8 p.m. Tickets are available atthe Holyoke Center Ticket Office and the SandersTheatre Box Office at 496-2222.
Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy St.,Cambridge. 495-4700. $5 for students, unlessspecial event. "Appleseed" at 5:30 p.m. "MacrossII" at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. "Giant Robo" at 7 p.m."Macross Plus" at 9:30 p.m.18 February Saturday
Opportunes. Sanders Theatre, 8 p.m. Call496-2222 for more information.
Young Artists Showcase. PresentsBenjamin Brecher, tenor, with Beth Beeson onFrench horn and Kayo Iwama on pino. IsabellaStewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. $2for students. Call 734-1359 for more information.
Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy St.,Cambridge. 495-4700. $5 for students, unlessspecial event. "Macross II" at 3, 6:30 and 9:30p.m. "Appleseed" at 5:30 p.m. "Orguss O2" at 7p.m. "Macross Plus" at 8:30 p.m.19 February Sunday
Organ Recitals at Harvard. JoanLippincott, organ virtuoso and PrincetonUniversity organist. Adolphus Busch Hall, 29Kirkland St., Cambridge, 3 p.m. $4 for students.
Sunday Concert Series. PresentsMusicians from Marlboro performing Haydn Trio 101for Viola, Tenor Viola and Cello; Hindemith Octetfor Winds and Strings and Beethoven's Septet inE-flat Major, Op. 20 Isabella Stewart GardnerMuseum, 1:30 p.m. $2 for students. Call 734-1359for more information.
Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy St.,Cambridge. 495-4700. $5 for students, unlessspecial event. "Macross II" at 3, 6:30 and 9:30p.m. "Appleseed" at 5:30 p.m. "Devil Man" at 7p.m. "Macross Plus" at 8:30 p.m.20 February Monday
Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy St.,Cambridge. 495-4700. $5 for students, unlessspecial event. "The Crisis" at 5:30 p.m. "Secretsof a Soul" at 7:30 p.m. "Giant Robo/Macross Plus"at 9:30 p.m.21 February Tuesday
Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy St.,Cambridge. 495-4700. $5 for students, unlessspecial event. Private Screenings for Friends onlyat 5:30 p.m. "Zero for Conduct" at 7:45 p.m."Devil Man/Macross Plus" at 9:30 p.m.
An Evening of Poetry and Painting.Marilyn Chin, Karen Swenson and Janet Echelman.Lower Common Room, Adams House C, 8 p.m.
On the Idea of a Chinese Buddhist Canon.Stephen Teiser, professor of religion, PrincetonUniversity. Room 4, Coolidge Hall, 1737 CambridgeSt., 4:15 p.m.
The Making of Malcolm. Michael EricDyson, professor of communication studies,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. SperryRoom, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave., 5:15 p.m.22 February Wednesday
Harvard Film Archive. 24 Quincy St.,Cambridge. 495-4700. $5 for students, unlessspecial event. "Zero For Conduct" at 5:30 p.m."Loves of a Blond" at 7:30 p.m. "Orguss O2/MacrossPlus" at 9:30 p.m.
So You Want to Go to France. A paneldiscussion with graduate and undergraduatestudents who have lived, worked and studied inFrance, and with Eleanor Sparagana, Study AbroadAdvisor. Dudley House, Fireside Room, 4 p.m