Events & exhibitions

HOLD Opening Event

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024
    3 PM ET
  • Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Garden, Radcliffe Yard
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
Photo of the 2023 RIPAC Winners (left to right) Gabriel Jean-Paul Soomar and Curry J. Hackett in front of their art installation in the Wallach Garden.
(Left to right) Gabriel Jean-Paul Soomar and Curry J. Hackett in front of their art installation in the Wallach Garden. Photo by Kevin Grady/Harvard Radcliffe Institute

Join us to celebrate the opening of a new installation by Harvard Graduate School of Design students Curry J. Hackett MAUD ’24 and Gabriel Jean-Paul Soomar MArch II ’24, MDes ’24, winners of the biennial Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition.

Hackett and Soomar’s installation, HOLD, takes cues from the architecture of Radcliffe Yard, as well as a vessel’s hull and sail. In both its title and U-shaped form, the work acknowledges the complex relationship Black communities have had with enclosure, symbolizing restrictions placed on Black mobility (including redlining, incarceration, and slavery), as well as embracing spaces that have brought communities of color together (such as the Black church, the front porch, and the hair salon).

Installed in the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Garden, HOLD creates a new outdoor site for reflection, welcoming all visitors and inviting them to engage with the work and to contemplate communities that may historically–or currently–be overlooked.

In this opening event, a short speaking program will be followed by a lively and informal gathering, with light refreshments and a DJ set by the artists.

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Free and open to the public.

To attend the in-person event, each individual will need to register.

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