Kwan Fong Gallery

Virtual Lecture Series

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Conservation at the Harvard Art Museums

Friday, Nov 06, 2020
9:15 am PST - 10:05 am PST

Join Ruby Awburn, Haddon Dine, and Julie Wertz, at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, where they will present paintings and objects along with materials and analysis on how science and art coincide in conservation work.

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“Why is Aunt Jemima Retiring?”: Black Caricature as Mnemonic Device

Thursday, Nov 05, 2020
3:00 pm PST

Panel discussion on African American caricature and dinners for students.

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Memories of Home: Memorial, Meaning, and Filmmaking (Common Ground Series)

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020
2:00 pm PST

This conversation pairs filmmaker djones in dialogue with Dr. James Young, professor emeritus UMass Amherst. They will discuss djones’ film “631,” 2008, which documents his family’s stories through their ownership and struggles to maintain a multigenerational home in Youngstown, Ohio.

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Early Islamic Art and Architecture

Friday, Oct 23, 2020
3:30 pm PST

Starting with the rise of Islam in the 7th century CE, through its presence in early medieval Europe, we will examine the iconography of early Islamic visual culture and its expression, and will outline basic religious concepts and rituals that determine built space.


The Red-Rose City of Petra, An Archaeological Tour

Thursday, Oct 22, 2020
4:00 pm PST

This lecture will digitally escort you through the Nabataean city from the 1st century BCE to the 6th century, exploring civic and religious architecture, the lives of the ancient inhabitants, and Petra’s changing religious significance.

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On-Demand Film: Black Memorabilia

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 - Thursday, Dec 31, 2020
12:00 pm PST

Black Memorabilia explores the world of racist material, both antique and newly produced, that propagate demeaning representations of African Americans.


Curatorial Activism in the Contemporary Art Landscape

Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020
4:30 pm PST

In this dialogue, gallery directors Jessica Borusky and Rachel Schmid discuss curatorial practice in today’s world, from academic galleries to public institutions to artist-run spaces.

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Kindness and Aging (Common Ground Series) with Jane Callister and Dr. Lené Levy-Storms

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020
4:00 pm PST

Artist Jane Callister and Dr. Lené Levy-Storms will discuss concepts of kindness and its implementation in our communal world.

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Can We Talk About This? On Diversity in Art Curation in this Cultural Moment with Demecina Beehn and Sheila Goloborotko

Thursday, Jul 16, 2020
4:00 pm PST

A talk on diverse curating from the ground up and the push to make cultural institutions anti-racist.

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American Architecture Since the Revolution

Thursday, Jul 09, 2020
4:00 pm PST

This image-based lecture will survey American architecture since 1775, focusing on the arc of modernism from colonialism to postmodernism.

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Can We Talk About This? On Antifascism and Art in this Cultural Moment with christy roberts berkowitz and Badly Licked Bear

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020
2:00 pm PST

A conversation on mutual aid, antifascism, anarchism, the Jewish left, and incendiary art praxis.

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The Tentmakers of Cairo

Friday, Jun 19, 2020
4:00 pm PST

The Tentmakers of Cairo brings together the stories of the tentmakers and their extraordinary tents around the world.

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Can We Talk About This? On Race and Art in this Cultural Moment with Cole James and Robin Holder

Thursday, Jun 11, 2020
4:00 pm PST

We speak to artists about our current political climate– how it affects the arts and how the arts are working to shape it.


Sak Yant: Sacred Tattoo Art

Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 pm PST

This lecture will provide a basic understanding of Buddhism in Southeast Asia, and the role Sak Yant tattoos play in contemporary merit making in Thailand.


Women Artists Throughout History

Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:00 pm PST

This lecture will cover and discuss accomplished women artists throughout history and their influences on art and culture.


Art in Santa Fe

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
4:00 pm PST

Discover Santa Fe’s historic art districts. Learn how it developed into the creative hub it is today, and take a look at artwork by local artists.


Wedding Customs of 15th Century Florence

Thursday, May 07, 2020
4:00 pm PST

This talk discusses the development of wedding customs in 15th century Florence and the art associated with these ceremonies.


Mummies and More–Discovering Ancient Egypt

Thursday, Apr 30, 2020
1:30 pm PST

Explore the art and archaeology of Ancient Egypt while learning about pyramids, mummification, hieroglyphics, King Tut-Ankh-Amun, and more.


Intro to Australian Art

Thursday, Apr 16, 2020
4:00 pm PST

An introduction to five ideas that have shaped Australian art, from Indigenous cultures to colonial legacies and beyond.