AAAYA - Boston: Harvard Art Museum Visit

AAAYA - Boston: Harvard Art Museum Visit
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

When: Saturday, September 23rd
Time: 1pm
Where: 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (map)
Contact: Karmen Cheung, 917-609-2687

Join us for a trip to the Harvard Art Museum! We'll be meeting at the main lobby area. In addition to their permanent collections, there will be three new exhibits:

  • Women in South Asian Art: Drawn from the Harvard Art Museums’ renowned South Asian art collection, this University Teaching Gallery installation complements an undergraduate course exploring images of women in South Asian art; the course takes a historical perspective in order to understand the politics of gender and the social status of women in today’s South Asia. In addition to historical examples of female patronage and representations of goddesses, the installation includes a group of objects portraying women as active agents—a lady chasing a cat, for example, or a rare depiction of a female artist. A small group of erotic images invites viewers to consider the relationship between erotic science and the Indic attitude toward the body, in which sexuality and virility are auspicious forces. The installation’s related course is taught by Jinah Kim, the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.
  • Art in 19th Century Iran: The 19th century was an era of heightened image-making in Iran. As the century unfolded, the new Qajar dynasty sought to unify a country torn by decades of civil war, even as the outside world increasingly intruded on Iranian affairs. The expansionist ambitions and technological advances of European powers brought Westerners to Iran and, to a later and lesser extent, drew Iranians to the West. Stimulated and challenged by developments both inside and outside their country, Persian artists mastered new image-making technologies and readily assimilated an unprecedented influx of pictorial material from abroad into their traditional art forms.

What about Revolution? Aesthetic Practices after 1917: Complementing undergraduate and graduate seminars on the role of modern artists in revolution, this University Teaching Gallery installation presents three new models of avant-garde aesthetic practice that developed in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917. The first model comprises El Lissitzky’s expansion of abstraction into the realms of architecture and exhibition design; a second is the experimental photography advanced in the mid- to late 1920s by the constructivist Aleksandr