Mirroring nationwide conversations on social justice, Harvard’s Music Department is beginning to expand its course offerings beyond the bounds of the Western canon. As the music concentration prepares for an overhaul of its undergraduate requirements, faculty and students reflect on the ways in which the department is rethinking curriculum and canon.
In addition to addressing this historical need, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art serves as an idiosyncratic institution that exists simultaneously at the intersection of art, academia, and sociopolitical discussion by developing and maintaining close, symbiotic relationships with both the Harvard Art Museums and the Hutchins Center.
While there is much contemporary theater devoted to political and social topics, the approaches vary—as do the philosophical implications. Activist theater on college campuses provides interesting illustrations of these variations.
Whatever it is that accounts for the particular allure of Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin” at the Harvard Art Museums, there’s no denying that it is a hard painting to forget. But many visitors may not know is that the painting has a history with richness to match: a ruined friendship, a missing museum, a Nazi art auction. This is that story.
The arts offer a unique example of a flowering cultural exchange and promising potential for collaboration between New York and Boston.