Since the arrival of artistic director Diane M. Paulus ’88, the ART has been developing a new identity for itself on several fronts, including increased ties to New York, opportunities for Harvard students to assist large productions, and devotion to spreading participation in making theater.
A still from the animated short "The Show," created by Oliver Luo '13 using sand animation.
A still from the animated short "Falling," created by Oliver Luo '13 using stop-motion and ink animation.
A storyboard by Zachary L. Wong '16.
Still from the animated short "Icarus' Dream" by Zachary L. Wong '16.
A still from the animated piece "The Chromolume," a digital work by Oliver Luo '13.
At Harvard, animators must balance the workload of a normal student with an incredibly time-consuming craft.
It takes 10-20 hours of work to produce 2-3 seconds of animation. Though many students who wish to create animation professionally enroll in art schools, at Harvard a small group of students pursue animation via a track in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department—despite the massive time commitment—balancing their craft with a liberal arts education.
The arts have collectively provided Harvard students with an outlet for creative self-expression, allowing them to explore issues of mental health in safe spaces and with freedom of expression. One campus artist who has utilized art to generate discussion about mental health, Bex H. Kwan ’14, sees the two as inseparable: “What is art not on mental health issues?”
In classical music, the gender gap persists.
“The essence of a conductor’s profession is strength. The essence of a woman is weakness,” said Yuri Temirkanov, former music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. As women’s representation in many fields increases, classical music lags further and further behind, both in the wider music community and at Harvard itself.
A section of the murals in the Mogao Caves depicts a military victory. Harvard art historian Langdon Warner controversially removed murals from the caves and brought them to Harvard, where they remain today.
With pieces from around the world in their collections, Harvard's museums negotiate what artifacts they rightfully hold and should put on display.
Despite opening to much fanfare, few now use the SOCH's recording studio.
Six years after its opening, the SOCH recording studio has fallen into disuse. Despite its goal of unifying campus musicians, the musical community at Harvard is as incohesive as it was when the space first opened. What happened to the studio and the vision that inspired it?