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During the panel, speakers highlighted additional scientifically and historically significant items in the museum’s possession.
In a lecture titled “How Nature Can Save Us,” M. Sanjayan focused on how important nature is to humans.
Nestled in a building of glass and chrome is what appears to be a Victorian era collector’s room. The theme of the exhibit is obvious: Wispy tentacles undulate across the muted blue wallpaper, the hanging vintage prints are decorated with umbrella-like forms, and the glass cases display slabs of rock which I am told are jellyfish fossils. (It took me a moment to realize what these were because jellyfish don’t have bones.)
“Black Chronicles II,” as the exhibition is called, is the continuation of a similar project looking to address the absence of cultural diversity in the Victorian historical narrative.
Peabody Museum visitors examine a table full of objects associated with the Day of the Dead. This setup is part of the Peabody Museum's celebration of the Day of the Dead for local families.
Polly R. Hubbard, the Peabody Museum’s education manager, described the holiday as a way of “welcoming back spirits of people who have passed on...with joy and happiness, and remembering what they were like...instead of woefully missing them.”
The Harvard Art Museums drew inspiration from pop artist Corita Kent for its food and music at its student celebration on Thursday evening.
Thomas Gertzen speaks about German archaeological expeditions in Egypt around the time of World War I, and the possible anti-Semitic currents within German archaeology swirling around the iconic bust of Queen Nefertiti. The event was hosted by the Harvard Semitic Museum.
A plate of Mersu, an ancient Mesopotamian candy made from dates, sits on a table during the Harvard Semitic Museum’s event on Ancient Near East foods.
A woman looks at an exhibit at the Harvard Semitic Museum during a reception featuring traditional Mesopotamian cuisine. Students, professors, and community members discussed the exhibit while sampling a menu featuring 4,000-year old recipes.
People stand in line at the reception for the Harvard Semitic Museum’s event on Ancient Near East foods to sample Mesopotamian cuisine.
The Museum of Fine Arts' latest exhibit, “Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer,” offers a nuanced investigation into the rise of a bourgeoisie created by global trade and a sympathetic meditation on striving to improve, maintain, or accept one’s class identity.
Museumgoers swarm the fourth floor of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston on Friday evening. The ICA hosted the event "First Fridays: Fashion Forward," with an emphasis on the question: "What is queer fashion?"