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November 17, 2015
Talk: Lorraine O’Grady
Lorraine O’Grady (b. 1934) is an artist and critic whose installations, performances, and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity. Born in Boston to West Indian parents, O’Grady came to art late, not making her first works until 1980. After majoring in economics and literature, she’d had several careers: as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government, a successful literary and commercial translator, even a rock critic. The New York Times has subsequently called her “one of the most interesting American conceptual artists around.” And her landmark performance, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, was made one of the entry points to WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007), the first-ever museum exhibit of this major art movement. On the occasion of her solo exhibition Lorraine O’Grady: Where Margins Become Centers at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the artist discusses her rich and critically engaged practice.

Location: Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6—7:30 p.m.


November 10, 2015
Talk: Natalie Czech: Open Seminar
Natalie Czech’s photographic works examine the relationship between text and image, looking at how words evoke and interpret images, while also investigating questions of authorship, subjectivity, documentation, and contextualization. Along these lines, some of Czech’s projects stage interactions with writers past and present, while others contemplate forms of the digital and mass-produced fashion in a photographic register. Czech’s hybrid text-and-image works, in her own words, “propose different spaces and different entry levels, and allow various forms of perception and interaction.”  Suspended between the visual and the literary, this material renders the poetic, journalistic, and epistolary through pictures, thus rethinking both reading and viewing.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.

Natalie Czech: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


November 9, 2015
Talk: Jean-Pascal Flavien: Open Seminar
Jean-Pascal Flavien works in media as diverse as architecture, performance, drawing, and the printed word. Much of his practice destabilizes the space of exhibition. One recent project incorporated profoundly domestic objects—a functioning sink and faucet, an active light switch—into a conventional gallery. In another cycle of works, Flavien installed (or, sometimes, proposed) conceptually complex, mechanically mutable, and typically cuboid “houses” in sites around the world. He is also the co-founder of Devonian Press which publishes artist project periodicals. Flavien has referred to himself as a “grammarian of objects” and, indeed, his varied and poetic output interrogates how inhabited space and domestic forms order meaning.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.

Natalie Czech: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


November 5, 2015
Talk: Futurefarmers: A Farm Sailed Away and Came Back a Garden
Futurefarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an interest in making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding them. Participatory in nature, their work manifests as temporary public art, museum exhibitions, publications, bus tours, public programs and most recently permanent public art. A consistent line through their work reveals sustained questioning about how “nature” and “culture” are perceived. They use various tactics to uncover histories and currents related to this divide by challenging systems of exchange and tools used to “hunt” and “gather.”

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.


October 29, 2015
Reception: Lorraine O’Grady: Where Margins Become Centers and Shahryar Nashat: Skins and Stand-ins

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Levels 1 + 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 5:30—7 p.m.


October 20—24, 2015
Performance: Josiah McElheny: Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center
Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center features two five-foot-high sculptures made of cedar and glass mirror sited individually on separate pedestals. Each sculpture is made of two parallel rectilinear panels with full-length mirrors in which viewers catch their reflections. Both sculptures periodically become part of performances when performers—in fact, Harvard University dance students—inhabit the sculptures on a published schedule, transforming the objects into a kind of fashion accessory.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m. daily


October 23, 2015
Performance: Keith Fullerton Whitman: Ezra Pound Redactions
Electronic musician and composer Keith Fullerton Whitman performs Ezra Pound Redactions, as part of Damon Krukowski: NOT TO BE PLAYED. The exhibition includes enlarged digital scans from the delaminated master disc of Pound’s 1939 readings. Fullerton processes data from the scans through his analog-modular system to create complex sounds and real-time sonorizations.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Keith Fullerton Whitman: Ezra Pound Redactions is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


October 8, 2015
Talk: Damon Krukowski: NOT TO BE PLAYED
Damon Krukowski in conversation with Christina Davis, Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room and Matthew Battles, Associate Director of metaLAB, both at Harvard University.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.

Damon Krukowski: NOT TO BE PLAYED is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


October 3, 2015
Performance and Reception: Kerry Tribe: Critical Mass
Kerry Tribe’s time based works explore memory and representation through film, video, performance and installation. For Critical Mass (2010–), she restages Hollis Frampton’s 1971 groundbreaking experimental film of the same name. In Frampton’s classic structural work, he captures a young couple arguing on film then meticulously edits the single take into a series of repetitive, staccato snippets, unhinging the continuity of the dialogue. In Tribe’s project, actors Nick Huff and Emelie O’Hara perform Frampton’s film from memory, shot for shot, retaining all the original repetitions and stutters of the original work.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 5 p.m.


October 1, 2015
Performance and Reception: Josiah McElheny: Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center
Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center features two five-foot-high sculptures made of cedar and glass mirror sited individually on separate pedestals. Each sculpture is made of two parallel rectilinear panels with full-length mirrors in which viewers catch their reflections. Both sculptures periodically become part of performances when performers—in fact, Harvard University dance students—inhabit the sculptures on a published schedule, transforming the objects into a kind of fashion accessory.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 5 p.m.


September 22, 2015
Talk: Alexander Wolff: Open Seminar
Alexander Wolff is interested in the materiality of works of art and their relationship to the space of exhibition. Primarily working in painting, he draws on the appearance of historical abstraction as a point of reference to interrupt—or disturb—its connection to the contemporary moment, emphasizing instead rough materiality, imprecision, and the handmade.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.

Alexander Wolff: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


September 12, 2015
River Voyage: Mare Liberum

Location: Mystic and Chelsea Rivers
Time: 9:30 a.m.—4 p.m.


September 11, 2015
Talk and Closing Reception: Mare Liberum and Max Liboiron

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 5:30 p.m.


September 10, 2015
Screening: Martin Beck: Reality Is Invisible
In 1971 the experimental filmmaker Robert Fulton made the 16mm film Reality’s Invisible while teaching in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Through candid interviews with VES students, impromptu recordings of faculty lectures, and lingering shots on concrete surfaces and spaces around Le Corbusier’s architecture, Reality’s Invisible is a frenetic and visually lush, almost visceral, portrayal of academic life at the Carpenter Center.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7 p.m.


September 10, 2015
Talk: On Water: Lunchtime Talks with Pierre Bélanger as part of Maren Liberum: or, The Other Island

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 12 p.m.


September 9, 2015
Talk: James Voorhies: Director’s Preview
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce its fall programming with an exciting number of new commissions, performances, lectures, and solo exhibitions. Intersecting with the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Dance Program, Woodberry Poetry Room and the Graduate School of Design, as well as beyond the university with Boston-area environmental water agencies, collaboration surfaces as a prevalent theme. Thoughtful and intentional connections with new collaborators are part of a vision to build community around and for the programing, engaging with some of the most invigorating and critical perspectives in contemporary art, design and education today.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 4 p.m.


September 8, 2015
Talk: Karel Martins: Open Seminar
Martens will discuss the graphic form, construction of typographic meaning, and his printing processes that he has developed since the late 1950’s. This seminar is in conjunction with the Karel Martens: Monoprints exhibition in Display Case at the Carpenter Center.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 4—5:30 p.m.

Karel Martins: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


September 8, 2015
Talk: On Water: Lunchtime Talks with Silvia Benedito as part of Maren Liberum: or, The Other Island

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 12 p.m.


September 3—10, 2015
Workshop: Public Boatbuilding Workshop as part of Maren Liberum: or, The Other Island

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 10 a.m.—5 p.m. daily


August 12, 2015
Talk: Summer Summits: Notes from further afield with Alise Upitis, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center and Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense, Peabody Essex Museum

A series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by some of the most engaging voices in contemporary art at Boston-area art institutions.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7:30 p.m.


August 4, 2015
Talk: Summer Summits: Notes from further afield with Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

A series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by some of the most engaging voices in contemporary art at Boston-area art institutions.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7:30 p.m.


July 29, 2015
Talk: Summer Summits: Notes from further afield with Dan Byers, Senior Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art and Paul Ha, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center

A series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by some of the most engaging voices in contemporary art at Boston-area art institutions.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7:30 p.m.


July 22, 2015

Talk: Summer Summits: Notes from further afield with James Voorhies, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art

A series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by some of the most engaging voices in contemporary art at Boston-area art institutions.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7:30 p.m.


May 12, 2015
Talk + Screening: A Conversation with Gloria Sutton
A conversation between Gloria Sutton and Carrie Lambert-Beatty on the occasion of the release of Sutton’s book, The Experience Machine: Stan VanDerBeek’s Movie-Drome and Expanded Cinema, published by MIT Press. The evening will include a screening of the newly restored HD version of VanDerBeek’s computer animated Poemfield No. 2 (1966–71, 16 mm, color, sound. 5:40 min., Courtesy of the Stan VanDerBeek Estate) and a discussion about durational media and contemporary art with Carrie Lambert-Beatty.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6—7 p.m.

This talk and screening is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


May 6, 2015
Talk: Laylah Ali: John Brown Song!
As the final event in the Black History/Art History Lecture and Performance Series, the artist Laylah Ali will discuss John Brown Song! (2013), an online project commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 5 p.m.

Laylah Ali: John Brown Song! is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


April 24—26, 2015
Performance: Jacques the fatalist and his master
In this vibrant adaptation of Denis Diderot’s classic story about storytelling, the first piece of its kind to be mounted in Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, a determined Director struggles to tell the Audience the story of Jacques and his master—an unlikely and inseparable duo swapping stories of love, lust, and rivalry on their madcap journey through the French countryside.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: daily at 4 p.m.

Jacques the fatalist and his master is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


April 23, 2015
Talk: Krzysztof Wodiczko
In association with John Harvard Projection Krzysztof Wodiczko will discuss his work followed by a conversation with James Voorhies and Silvia Benedito, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6:30 p.m.


April 14, 2015
Talk: Fernanda Fragateiro
A conversation between Martin Beck and Liz Lerman moderated by James Voorhies will look closely at these artists’ work and experience with the Carpenter Center, discussed within the context of how the arts function and the role it plays in exhibition and educational capacities at Harvard University.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.


April 12, 2015
Talk: Dance Dialogues: A Post-Performance Conversation
In conjunction with the spring performance series DUETTI, Harvard University’s Dance Director Jill Johnson and James Voorhies discuss many facets related to the making and presentation of new and repertory duets performed by Harvard student dancers and choreographed by luminaries Brian Brooks, Michelle Dorrance, William Forsythe, Francesca Harper, Jill Johnson, Crystal Pite, and Melinda Sullivan.

Location: Harvard Dance Center
60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 4:15 p.m.

Dance Dialogues: A Post-Performance Conversation is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


April 11, 2015
Reception: Robert Gerard Pietrusko: Six Microphones 
Six Microphones is a piece composed entirely of audio feedback that explores the mutually-constitutive relationship between sound, space, and the body.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 4—5 p.m.


April 9, 2015
Talk: Staging Ground for the Visual Arts
A conversation between Martin Beck and Liz Lerman moderated by James Voorhies will look closely at these artists’ work and experience with the Carpenter Center, discussed within the context of how the arts function and the role it plays in exhibition and educational capacities at Harvard University.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6:30 p.m.


April 7, 2015
Talk: Simon Dybbroe Møller: Open Seminar
Simon Dybbroe Møller’s work deals with the weighty architecture of the pre-digital. Withstanding the present leap towards dematerialization and the progress narrative of technology, Møller tackles the very physical connections between our bodies and what we used to call nature.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 1 p.m.

Simon Dybbroe Møller: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


April 6, 2015
Talk: Nina Beier: Open Seminar
Nina Beier’s practice charts lines of flight through the social and political problematics of representation and exchange, uncovering and re-shrouding phenomena so as to identify moments of conflict and correlation.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 4 p.m.

Nina Beier: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


February 5, 2015
Reception: The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 5:30—6:30 p.m.


March 28, 2015
Screening and Panel Discussion: Nat. Brut Issue Five Release
The launch event of Nat. Brut’s first print issue will begin with a screening of Christina Kolozsvary’s short film The Astronaut and the Star, a fantasy psycho-drama set in the 1940s where a young man roams the hallways of a home in which he is imprisoned, while pining over his mysterious female captor. Following the screening, Nat. Brut editor Kayla E. will moderate an all-female panel of Issue Five contributors, during which participants will discuss gender disparities in their respective artistic fields. Panelists include humorist Alexis Wilkinson, writer Koa Beck, writer and comic Phoebe Robinson, and artist and writer Robyn O’Neil.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.

This screening and discussion is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


March 27, 2015
Talk and Tour: James Voorhies
CCVA’s director James Voorhies leads a talk and tour of the exhibition The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work. The talk will look closely at works by 13 artists presented in the exhibition and the installation’s overall connection to Le Corbusier’s architecture at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. 

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 4:30—5:30 p.m.


March 26, 2015
Performance: Ubu Roi redux
Ubu Roi redux is a one-day intervention of installation, sound, video, a reception and performance organized by participants of the 2014–15 Sert Practitioner seminar with the artist Ulla von Brandenburg.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.

Ubu Roi redux is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


February 26, 2015
Performance and Talk: Nandipha Mntambo: The Flight
As part of Harvard University’s Black History/Art History lecture and performance series, South African artist Nandipha Mntambo debuts The Flight, an original performance in which the artist assumes the identity of a bull before and during a bullfight. Inspired by Miguel Torga’s book Miura (2013), the work explores concepts of empathy, violence, and spectatorship while challenging the binary between human and animal.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 4 p.m.

This performance and talk is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.


January 31, 2015
Screening and Reception: Luther Price: Light Windows
As a filmmaker, Luther Price salvages film footage from discarded prints of old documentaries, Hollywood classics, home movies, how-to reels, and pornography to cut, alter, and reassemble into handmade films. His process often involves physically and chemically manipulating the filmstrip surface by painting, burying, applying ink, or effacing it with scratches and scrapes. The resulting films are completely unique objects, and when combined with light the projections become highly charged visual imagery, transforming 8 mm, 16 mm, and 35 mm found film into unforgettable cinematic experiences.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7 p.m.