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August 2, 2016
Talk: Summer Summits with artist Lucy Kim and curator Lynette Roth

Summer Summits is a series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by engaging voices in modern and contemporary art in the Boston-area. Taking the form of a personal travelogue, two presenters each week will individually share inspiring moments and sites–about art or not–experienced during travel near and far. Summer Summits is an occasion to enjoy drinks, desserts, conversation and music among friends, colleagues and our community under starlight on the stunning terrace of Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center.

Evenings begin at 7:30 pm on the dates indicated below with slideshows starting promptly at 8 pm, each lasting about 20 minutes. While limited refreshments and desserts are provided, guests may also bring their own wine and beer. Free and open to the public.

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


July 26, 2016
Talk: Summer Summits with curators Haden Guest and Henriette Huldisch

Summer Summits is a series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by engaging voices in modern and contemporary art in the Boston-area. Taking the form of a personal travelogue, two presenters each week will individually share inspiring moments and sites–about art or not–experienced during travel near and far. Summer Summits is an occasion to enjoy drinks, desserts, conversation and music among friends, colleagues and our community under starlight on the stunning terrace of Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center.

Evenings begin at 7:30 pm on the dates indicated below with slideshows starting promptly at 8 pm, each lasting about 20 minutes. While limited refreshments and desserts are provided, guests may also bring their own wine and beer. Free and open to the public.

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


May 10, 2016
Talk + Exhibition: Blueprint for Counter Education
The book Blueprint for Counter Education by Maurice Stein and Larry Miller appeared in 1970 as a boxed set with three large graphic posters and a bibliography and checklist that map patterns and relationships between radical thought and artistic practices⎯from the modernist avant-gardes to postmodernism⎯with the philosopher Herbert Marcuse and media theorist Marshall McLuhan serving as intellectual points of anchorage. The book could be assembled into a portable, do-it-yourself learning environment with the posters and an accompanying “shooting script” functioning as a basis for a critically informed, activist and learner-driven model of education. Blueprint for Counter Education became one of the most defining works of radical pedagogy of the Vietnam War era and eventually integrated into the Critical Studies curriculum at California Institute of the Arts.

On the occasion of the release of an expanded edition of Blueprint for Counter Education designed by Project Projects and published by Inventory Press, the Consumer Research Center/bookshop at the Carpenter Center hosts a two-day exhibition, roundtable discussion and book presentation. Organized by Jeffrey Schnapp, the event brings together original authors Maurice Stein and Larry Miller Blueprint for Counter Education in conversation with Schnapp and Project Projects principal Adam Michaels.

Location: CRC/bookshop, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 5—8 p.m.

Don’t Erase Till Monday 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 21, 2016
Talk: Open Seminar: Phil Collins in Context (Part 2)
Open Seminar: Phil Collins in Context is second in a series of open forums organized with students enrolled in the Harvard University course Falling from the Grip of Grace: Critical Readings on Contemporary Art and Exhibitions. Taught by CCVA director James Voorhies, the course undertakes a study of contemporary art and curatorial practice with a focused look at the work Phil Collins.

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Sitea constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6—7:30 p.m.

Open Seminar: Phil Collins 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 8, 2016
Screening and Talk: How to Rule Others: Phil Collins & Siniša Mitrović Select at Harvard Film Archive

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Sitea constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 9 p.m.


April 8, 2016
Screening and Talk: How to Rule Others: Phil Collins & Siniša Mitrović Select at Harvard Film Archive

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Sitea constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices.

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


April 7, 2016
Screening and Talk: Phil Collins: Tomorrow Is Always Too Long 

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Sitea constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices

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


March 31, 2016
Screening: Phil Collins: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Sitea constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices

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


March 24, 2016
Talk: Open Seminar: Phil Collins in Context (Part 1)

Open Seminar: Phil Collins in Context is organized with students enrolled in the Harvard University course Falling from the Grip of Grace: Critical Readings on Contemporary Art and Exhibitions. Taught by CCVA director James Voorhies, the course undertakes a study of contemporary art and curatorial practice with a focused look at the work Phil Collins.

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Sitea constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7—8:30 p.m.

Open Seminar: Phil Collins 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 24, 2016
Screening: Phil Collins: the world won’t listen

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Sitea constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 5:30 p.m.


February 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Consumer Research Center/bookshop

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 7—9 p.m.


February 3, 2016
Reception and Performance: Silvia Benedito + C. Alexander Häusler: Pneuma(tic) Bodies with Jill Johnson and Hans Tutschku

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Levels 1 + 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Time: 6 p.m.