Campus Arts

Rebecca H. Dolan
Arts

Arts Vanity: Eight Famous Artworks That Accurately Represent 2016

As the year draws to a close, it comes time to reflect, or maybe in the case of 2016, to forget.

Arts 2016 Year-in-Review Data
Books

The Arts 2016 Year-in-Review Survey Results

The numbers have been crunched and the results are in. The Harvard Crimson's arts board is proud to present the top 10 films, musics, books, TV shows, campus theater productions, and events, as determined by a Harvard-wide survey.

On Campus

'Little to Do with Anything' Provides Pointed Fun

​“We have statues to pee on,” says one of the characters, a Harvard student, while encouraging another to hurry up in “Little to Do with Anything.” Kirkland Drama Society’s newest production—its annual, very loose adaptation of a Shakespeare farce—is a version of “Much Ado About Nothing,” relocated to Cape Cod and set a week before graduation.

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On Campus

The Frontier between the Arts and Sciences: Harvard's Pioneers

Harvard College promises its undergraduates a liberal arts education, but under its online course catalog, departmental classes are categorized under four distinct headings. The widespread ingrained sense of division between the arts and sciences traces back to popular ideas about brain lateralization: The left hemisphere processes logical information, and the right hemisphere, creative. But what of the students interested in studies that fall within the intersection of disciplines?

Berliner Philharmoniker
Music

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston Friday night at Symphony Hall.

On Campus

The Record Hospital Brings Underground Music to Holden Chapel

​On Nov. 6, Record Hospital—the underground music department of WHRB, Harvard’s FM radio station—hosted musicians in Holden Chapel to perform for a local audience from all over the Boston area.

Dudamel & Borda
Music

Dudamel & Borda

Gustavo Dudamel and Deborah Borda of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra discuss the role of the orchestra in the twenty-first century during their visit to Harvard last Monday.

Dudamel Conducts
Music

Dudamel Conducts

Los Angeles Philharmonic Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel conducts a performance by the Longy School of Music’s Sistema Side by Side Orchestra in Sanders Theatre last Monday.

On Campus

Doris Salcedo Commemorates Colombian Victims in New Exhibition

​Despite the international acclaim her sculptures receive for their sociopolitical implications, Doris Salcedo identifies solely as a maker of art. “I am an artist,” she said at the press preview of her new exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums. “I am not a political activist; I am not in social justice. I am an artist: That’s all I am and all I want to do.”

Students of Color in the 2016 Elections
College

Students of Color in the 2016 Elections

Students in Spanish 126: Performing Latinidad process through the yard on Monday as a part of a performance piece exploring experiences of Latinos in the United States. The procession made stops around Harvard Yard for a poetry reading, a coordinated spoken word piece, and other acted performances commenting on anti-Latino discourse in the 2016 presidential election.

Summer Night
On Campus

Winslow Homer’s ‘Summer Night’ Returns to Cambridge

One of Winslow Homer’s most striking works, “Summer Night,” has arrived at the Harvard Art Museums, on loan from the Musée d’Orsay until July.

On Campus

‘Embodied Absence’ Bring Chile’s Suppressed Art Back to Focus

“Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s Now” is a new exhibition at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, but one might encounter pieces from it, such as Luz Donoso’s “Señalamientos con cuerpo estrecho” (Signage with Narrow Body), while taking a walk through Cambridge. This is not the exhibition’s only unconventional aspect—it also largely involves performance art.

Museums

Art Museums Celebrate Opening of Colombian Artist Doris Salcedo's Special Exhibit

Students and local residents flooded into the Harvard Art Museums’ Menschel Hall on Tuesday to learn about the theme of mourning in Colombian artist Doris Salcedo’s work.

Music

Boston Modern Orchestra Project Elevates Great Contemporary Classical

The concert, billed as “A special tribute to Steven Stucky,” indeed provided a fitting commemoration to the contemporary American giant while also doing justice to the works of the other composers featured on the program.

Rupi Kaur: Milk and Honey
Books

Rupi Kaur Brings Spoken Word to Harvard

Poet Rupi Kaur performed spoken word poetry and read from “Milk and Honey,” her bestselling book, for a packed lecture hall in Sever on Oct. 28.