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Although we are excited to have our fellows back on campus and working in Byerly Hall, Harvard Radcliffe Institute programs remain primarily virtual as we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic. See Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates.

Past Events
& Exhibitions

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All Events & Exhibitions

21 Sep
2020
16 Jan
2021

Accompanied: The Artworks of Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman

Exhibition

The virtual exhibition Accompanied: The Artworks of Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman presents a pair of artists whose work was transformed by an abiding friendship. Pappas and Slosburg-Ackerman, both fellows at Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute in the 1980s, have sustained a conversation over four decades about artistic endeavor, studio practice, and pedagogy. The artists were members of the founding group of the Brickbottom Artists Building—one of the country’s first artist-developed live-work buildings—and are professors emeriti at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. They have continued to work in adjoining studios for more than 30 years and have taught generations of artists.

Date & Time Monday, September 21, 2020
through Saturday, January 16, 2021
26 Aug
2020
26 Aug
2021
Date & Time Wednesday, August 26, 2020
through Thursday, August 26, 2021
Location Long 19th Amendment Project Portal

04 Nov
2019
18 Jan
2020
Date & Time Monday, November 4, 2019
through Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
20 Sep
2019
09 Mar
2020

Angela Davis: Freed by the People

Exhibition

No single person sits more squarely at the intersection of transnational struggles for freedom than the controversial political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Yvonne Davis. Her arrest, incarceration, and trial formed one of the most widely debated legal cases in world history. Because she sparked worldwide movements that changed the 20th century, Davis was “freed by the people” well before her trial came to an end.

Date & Time Friday, September 20, 2019
through Monday, March 9, 2020
Location The Lia and William Poorvu Gallery, Schlesinger Library
3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
03 May
2019
23 Feb
2021

Pine in the Sand

Exhibition

Pine in the Sand tells a story about unpredictable change while highlighting the often overlooked maintenance and infrastructure enlisted to preserve and stabilize the environment.

Date & Time Friday, May 3, 2019
through Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location Radcliffe Yard
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
27 Mar
2019
29 Jun
2019

Willie Cole: Beauties

Exhibition

Willie Cole’s Beauties are haunting, full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, each named after a woman from the artist’s family and cultural history. Cole has used irons and ironing as central motifs in his work for 30 years, evoking everything from African masks to slave ship diagrams to the routines of domestic servitude. In this special installation, the gallery will be lined wall to wall with the Beauties. Standing silent—like sentinels, tombstones, shrouds, or windows—the prints will open a space for confronting anew the whole range of often contradictory energies running through them: resistance and oppression, beauty and violence, labor and forbearance.

Date & Time Wednesday, March 27, 2019
through Saturday, June 29, 2019
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
31 Jan
2019
16 Mar
2019

Clarissa Tossin: Future Fossil

Exhibition

Clarissa Tossin RI ’18 expands on her fellowship project with a newly commissioned exhibition that considers the ecology of an uncertain future. Inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction trilogy Xenogenesis (1989), in which the Amazon becomes the site for a new civilization of alien-human hybrids, Tossin speculates on a postapocalyptic world following ecological collapse. Pairing DIY plastic recycling techniques with the materials and practices of Amazonian aesthetic traditions, she highlights the contemporary footprint left in the geological sedimentation of the earth. These new works consider indigenous knowledge in relationship to the environment while also resembling ruins of a world yet to come.

Date & Time Thursday, January 31, 2019
through Saturday, March 16, 2019
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
09 Nov
2018
19 Jan
2019

Anna Von Mertens: Measure

Exhibition

Anna Von Mertens uses the structures of quilting and drawing to examine the frontiers of human understanding. In this exhibition, commissioned for the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Von Mertens explores the life and work of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the women “computers” hired a century ago to study glass-plate astronomical photographs at the Harvard College Observatory. Leavitt searched for patterns among these glassy stars, and her findings provided a unit of measurement for galactic distances and led to our current understanding of the shape of the cosmos. Von Mertens’s meticulous stitches and intricate graphite marks reimagine Leavitt’s patient work, exploring the potency of single, measured actions as units of understanding.

Date & Time Friday, November 9, 2018
through Saturday, January 19, 2019
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
26 Mar
2018
21 Apr
2018

Bouchra Khalili: Foreign Office

Exhibition

The Radcliffe Institute presents a solo exhibition featuring a selection of elements of Bouchra Khalili’s work from Foreign Office, consisting of a digital film of the same title, a group of photographs, and a silkscreen print, titled The Archipelago. The exhibition’s combination of artistic elements suggests an alternative historiography of utopian movements—working in concert, they invite reflection on potential gestures of resistance for the present and the future. 

Date & Time Monday, March 26, 2018
through Saturday, April 21, 2018
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
15 Nov
2017
20 Jan
2018

Jennifer Bornstein: Feminist Archaeology

Exhibition

Feminist Archaeology, an exhibition created by Jennifer Bornstein RI ’15, is an interdisciplinary art project consisting of an original video projection with accompanying prints and sculptures. The exhibition explores various strains of feminism that the artist has experienced both personally and through her research and that have been somewhat at odds with one another over time.

Date & Time Wednesday, November 15, 2017
through Saturday, January 20, 2018
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
02 Oct
2017
19 Jan
2018

Altered Gazes

Exhibition

Altered Gazes foregrounds women as creators and consumers of countercultural content. In addition to materials from our growing collection of comics, zines, erotica and pornography, and other alternative publications, the exhibition features materials from the Ludlow Santo Domingo Collection, one of the largest gatherings of underground, alternative, and pop-culture publications in the world.

Date & Time Monday, October 2, 2017
through Friday, January 19, 2018
Location Schlesinger Library
3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
20 Sep
2017
01 Mar
2019

100+ Years at 73 Brattle

Exhibition

A public art installation by John Wang ’16, winner of the biennial Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition

Date & Time Wednesday, September 20, 2017
through Friday, March 1, 2019
Location Radcliffe Yard
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
26 Apr
2017
01 Jul
2017

Xaviera Simmons: Overlay

Exhibition

Overlay, an exhibition created by the multimedia artist Xaviera Simmons for Harvard Radcliffe Institute, uses text-based video, photographs, and soundscapes to feature characters rooted in stories and historical narratives found in the archives of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.

Date & Time Wednesday, April 26, 2017
through Saturday, July 1, 2017
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
03 Apr
2017
16 Sep
2017

Playing Fair? Title IX at 45

Exhibition

Over the past four decades, the phrase “Title IX” has become practically synonymous with women’s sports. The events leading up to Title IX’s passage in 1972 and the struggle ever since to figure out how to implement the law fairly demonstrate how athletics became part of the broader political and cultural struggles of contemporary American life.

Date & Time Monday, April 3, 2017
through Saturday, September 16, 2017
Location Schlesinger Library
3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
22 Mar
2017
14 Apr
2017
Date & Time Wednesday, March 22, 2017
through Friday, April 14, 2017
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
01 Feb
2017
04 Mar
2017

Lamia Joreige: After the River

Exhibition

In this exhibition, the visual artist and filmmaker Lamia Joreige uncovers the different facets of Nahr Beirut (Beirut River), with its recent and rapid transformations from dumping ground to a place scheduled for ambitious development. After the River invites reflection on the interwoven narratives of the river, its surroundings, and the people who live and work there.

Date & Time Wednesday, February 1, 2017
through Saturday, March 4, 2017
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
16 Nov
2016
14 Jan
2017

Wendy Jacob: Calm. Smoke rises vertically.

Exhibition

Working with vibrating walls, a livestreaming weather report, and architectural models from schools for the blind, this exhibition explores sensory experience through differing modes of perception. The artist Wendy Jacob challenges the viewer to place touch on an equal footing with sight. The title comes from the Beaufort Wind Scale, which relates wind speed to observed conditions at sea or on land.

Date & Time Wednesday, November 16, 2016
through Saturday, January 14, 2017
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
07 Nov
2016
17 Mar
2017
Date & Time Monday, November 7, 2016
through Friday, March 17, 2017
Location Schlesinger Library
3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
05 Jul
2016
21 Oct
2016

Women of the Blackwell Family: Resilience and Change

Exhibition

The Blackwells were a multigenerational family of abolitionists, entrepreneurs, educators, musicians, doctors, writers, expatriates, suffrage supporters, and women’s rights activists.

Date & Time Tuesday, July 5, 2016
through Friday, October 21, 2016
Location Schlesinger Library
3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
29 Apr
2016
28 May
2016

Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women

Exhibition

Matika Wilbur, a member of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes and the creator and director of Project 562, selects a group of striking photographs from among the thousands of portraits she has taken in recent years. Written narratives and audio of the interviews she conducted as part of her project accompany the photographs. Elders, activists, educators, culture-bearers, artists, and students have shared with Wilbur their realities as Native women. They convey how ancestral and contemporary identities shape their lives and hopes in Indian Country.

Date & Time Friday, April 29, 2016
through Saturday, May 28, 2016
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
24 Mar
2016
16 Apr
2016

Valérie Massadian: Little People

Exhibition

There should be a fancy text here.
There won’t be. Sorry. I’m not fancy.

I’d rather get on my knees and talk with children
I’d rather talk to strangers whose language sometimes I can’t understand
I’d rather sense people, little and not so little, beyond language
I’d rather share the beauty of silence between two souls
I’d rather protect the sensuality and the precious way children improvise the world I’d rather spend time building a shack with a four-year-old than socialize
I’d rather, you’d rather, we’d rather. . . 

In here, I’ll gently ask you to take your shoes off, and if you got holes in your socks, who cares, I do very often.
And when you take your shoes off, try to also take your armor off—for here, you can roll on the carpet, lay on the bed, draw on the walls, hide in the closet, sit in silence, gaze into the joy, the sadness, the way children are in and out of the world they live in, with and without us.

—Valérie Massadian

Date & Time Thursday, March 24, 2016
through Saturday, April 16, 2016
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
29 Feb
2016
17 Jun
2016

“A Language to Hear Myself”: Feminist Poets Speak

Exhibition

“A Language to Hear Myself”: Feminist Poets Speak celebrates the ways that feminist poets fashioned words and ideas into a powerful form of personal and political expression.

Date & Time Monday, February 29, 2016
through Friday, June 17, 2016
Location Schlesinger Library
3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
25 Jan
2016
30 Jan
2016

Reiko Yamada and Vijay Iyer: Reflective

Exhibition

This installation is unique in that its material is drawn from recordings of the acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and Harvard professor Vijay Iyer. The sound material, improvised and recorded in collaboration with Reiko Yamada, has been digitally processed and programmed specifically for the exhibition.

Reflective explores the relationship among decisions, actions, and results. The movements of a visitor in the intimate, darkened gallery space is detected by motion capture sensors, which alter the sound quality of the precomposed piece, making the experience more disturbing or pleasant. Each visitor experiences a unique version of the piece, which is four minutes long. 

Date & Time Monday, January 25, 2016
through Saturday, January 30, 2016
Location Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall
8 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
14 Dec
2015
19 Feb
2016

Cookbooks to Treasure: Culinary Rarities from the Schlesinger Library

Exhibition

From Renaissance medical manuals expounding the health and mood-influencing qualities of foods, to the first cookbooks by women, the books in this exhibition open windows into understanding the people who produced and used them.

Date & Time Monday, December 14, 2015
through Friday, February 19, 2016
Location Schlesinger Library
3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
16 Oct
2015
19 Dec
2015

teamLab at Radcliffe: What a Loving and Beautiful World

Exhibition

This exhibition is only the second ever in the United States dedicated to teamLab, which has been acclaimed by critics for its ability to digitally generate sophisticated and dreamlike worlds. In teamLab at Radcliffe: What a Loving and Beautiful World, Chinese and Japanese characters appear on the walls of the gallery. When the viewer’s hand touches a character, an image of the meaning of the character emerges and interacts with images generated from other characters. The result is a colorful, multisensory space that continuously evolves as the images that are released from the characters influence one another.

Date & Time Friday, October 16, 2015
through Saturday, December 19, 2015
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