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Visual Arts

Motion Picture

GIFs seem to have become a ubiquitous presence on the internet—the driving force for hugely popular websites, and a bone of contention for pronunciation-snobs the world over. But amid a superfluity of cats and reality show soundbites, there exist thoughtful, intricately executed GIFs that suggest the form is much more worthy of the label “art” than the casual visitor to BuzzFeed might think.

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Visual Arts

Art House

Harvard’s residential housing system is currently in the midst of a massive overhaul––Quincy and Leverett have already undergone extensive renewal, and Dunster is slated to go under the knife next year. But this focus on modernization only tells part of the story. Each of Harvard’s twelve residential houses is home to artifacts that attest to its singular history.

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Arts

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance

New ideologies about aesthetics and an unprecedented appreciation of the past have emerged in tandem with modern technological methods to effectively recreate the grandiosity of the University’s historic look.

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Music

The Creationists

The work produced by undergraduates who are awarded creative theses varies widely with regard to medium as well as subject matter. But these students are united by a belief that creative work is just as valid a way of demonstrating scholarly excellence as critical work.

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Arts

Knock 'Em Dead: At Harvard, Crafting Comedy Is No Laughing Matter

Stand-up comics often appear to be completely at ease, dishing out joke after joke in quick succession. While impressive, this seemingly effortless delivery belies the huge amount of work that goes into crafting a stand-up routine. Writing comedy takes not only talent, but also a willingness to devote oneself to the honing of skills that take years of experience to master.

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Visual Arts

Advertising Cover Pic

Art-oriented students are often conflicted about pursuing the financial security of advertising on the one hand and the stigma of "selling out" on the other.

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Visual Arts

A Hard Sell: The Boundaries between Art and Ads

In an age where advertisements often seem to assault us at every turn (or rather, click) it is easy to develop a cynical attitude about the potential for advertisements to be works of art. But in fact, the history of advertising and the history of art are inextricably linked, and the advents of modern advertising continue to open up possibilities for artistic innovation within the field.

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Visual Arts

Dessert Storm

Declare baking an art form, and it’s likely you’ll be met with a few raised eyebrows. But for students at Harvard with a passion for creating desserts that are as aesthetically dazzling as they are delicious, there is no question that dessert-making is indeed an art form.

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Arts

Fighting Words

When the confessional, highly personal medium of spoken word poetry meets a slam competition, poets have to reconcile the strategizing required to do well in a tournament with staying true to themselves as artists.

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Music

Taking Notes

Sampling has gained the approval of artists and critics alike. But while the artistic community sees it as an innovative device that should be continued, the law has lagged behind, creating a legal gray area that interferes with artistic innovation.

Art of Rehab
Music

Art of Rehab

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Arts

Recovery of the Artist

For performing artists practicing their crafts at a high level, the threat of injury is ever looming. When a dancer, musician or singer is sidelined by a performance-related injury, the rehabilitation process can be a frightening and lengthy process that may or may not end in recovery. In the field of performance-related rehabilitation, the focus has shifted to prevention. Often performance-related injuries are avoidable, but many performers are unaware of what they are doing wrong.

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On Campus

Is 31 a Crowd?

The Harvard theater community is in a period of tremendous productivity—but with it have come growing pains, with strains on personnel and space.

Club Harvard: The Post-Graduate Social Network
Covers

Club Harvard: The Post-Graduate Social Network

"The Ghent Altarpiece" by Jan van Eyck
Visual Arts

Art in Crisis

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An Evil Woman

Academic Fair at the Plaza
On Campus

Opening Days

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Transatlanticism

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I Am Not at a Cafe