The first exhibition of its kind, Inventur examines the highly charged artistic landscape in Germany from the mid-1940s to mid-1950s. Taking its name from a 1945 poem by Günter Eich, the exhibition focuses on modern art created at a time when Germans were forced to acknowledge and reckon with the atrocities of World War II and the Holocaust, the country’s defeat and occupation by the Allies, and the ideological ramifications of the fledgling Cold War. Chosen for the way it helps characterize the art of this period, the word Inventur(inventory) implies not just an artistic stocktaking, but a physical and moral one as well—the reassurance of one’s own existence as reflected in the stuff of everyday life. The exhibition, too, “takes stock,” introducing the richness and variety of the modern art of this period to new audiences, while prompting broader questions on the role of the creative individual living under totalitarianism and in its wake.
Inventur includes more than 170 works, encompassing nearly 50 German artists; many of the works have never been on view outside Germany. The exhibition draws from the Harvard Art Museums’ Busch-Reisinger and Fogg collections and is complemented by works from more than 50 public and private collections in the United States and in Germany. It includes key artists from across Germany who worked in an array of media: photography, collage, photomontage, drawing, painting, sculpture, and commercial design.
Tickets: Adults, $15; seniors (65+), $13; Non-Harvard students (18+), $10. The museums are free for youth under 18, members of the Harvard Art Museums, and Cambridge residents. Harvard University students, faculty, and staff receive free admission for themselves plus one guest. Massachusetts residents receive free admission on Saturdays, 10am–noon.
Timing: 10:00am to 5:00pm
For more information: https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/exhibitions/5388/inventurart-in-germany-194355
Fifty years ago, the uprising of May ‘68 shook French society to its foundations. Part of a globe-spanning rebellion stretching from Berkeley to Beijing, from Tokyo to Tunis, from Turin to Tashkent, the French May challenged capitalism and imperialism while proclaiming the possibility of a utopian transformation of everyday life. Poignantly, ’68 was also the year of Martin Luther King’s tragic assassination, sparking widespread riots across the United States in parallel to the events in France. The reappearance of the ghost of social revolution in the historic birthplace of the ideas of 1789 and the Paris Commune captured the radical imagination in a way hardly matched at the time or since. What remains of this challenge fifty years on?
Situating May ’68 within its larger context, events and exhibits in this series examine the unique staying power of the French events in historical memory while considering the relevance of the Global 1968 today. Read more about the series.
Spring 2018 Semester
Open conversation and game event where you can practice Italian while enjoying a real Italian Espresso and cookies among friends.
Every Thursday, in 273 Ryder, from 3:00 to 4:00
Political figures, painters, activists, writers, actresses… so many women have shaped the 20th century. From Simone Veil to Brigitte Bardot, discuss ten women who have impacted culture and society.
In this course you’ll discuss ten Francophone women whose lives and work have changed culture and society and have helped shape the course of the twentieth century in France and around the Francophone world. You’ll discuss, read and learn more about the incredible contributions of:
G. de Gaulle
Simone de Beauvoir.
Location: French Cultural Center- Alliance Francais of Boston, 53 Marlborough St, Boston MA
Date: Starting September 21st, 2017
More information available at the following link
Families can explore every corner of this fully-equipped Japanese house reconstructed in Boston by Japanese carpenters. Japanese family life, customs, ceremonies, art, architecture and seasonal events are all highlighted in the fully functional 100-year-old house inside the Museum.
This House was a gift to the City of Boston from the City of Kyoto on the 20th Anniversary of their sister city relationship in 1979. It was brought to the United States piece by piece and rebuilt at Boston Children’s Museum, where it still stands today. Very few of these houses still exist even in Japan, so come explore this rare and very special landmark.
Location: Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St Boston, MA 02210
More information available here.