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New England Regional


July-August 2012


The Farmers’ Market at Harvard

In Cambridge:

Tuesdays, noon-6 p.m. (rain or shine)

26 Oxford Street (new location: in front of the Harvard Museum of Natural History)

In Allston:

Fridays, 3-7 p.m.

Corner of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue

Organized by Harvard University Dining Services, this outdoor market runs through October, emphasizing local goods—fresh produce, baked treats, herbs, seafood, pasta, jams, chocolates, and cheeses—and cooking demonstrations, films, and children’s activities.



Harvard Summer Pops Band

  • July 26 at 4 p.m. in Harvard Yard
  • July 29 at 3 p.m. at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston

Concerts celebrate the band’s fortieth season and are free and open to the public.

Sanders Theatre; 617-496-2222

  • August 3 at 8 p.m.

Harvard Summer School Chorus

  • August 4 at 8 p.m.

Harvard Summer School Orchestra

Nature and Science

The Arnold Arboretum; 617-524-1718

  • July 14 through September 16

Ex Herbario: Recent Works by Susan Hardy Brown features encaustic paintings and collages based on the ephemera related to the artist’s daily work as an herbarium preparator at the arboretum. (Brown delivers a talk on September 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; register via the website. An artist’s reception takes place on September 15, from 1 to 3 p.m.)



The Harvard Film Archive; 617-495-4700

Visit the website for complete listings.

  • July 6-16

Erich von Stroheim. A complete retrospective of this silent-movie director’s works will include screenings of The Merry Widow, The Wedding March, and Blind Husbands, as well as Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, in which von Stroheim appears as a silent movie director.

  • July 20-August 6

Universal Centennial celebrates the anniversary of Universal Studios with diverse films such as The Mummy, Pillow Talk, Imitation of Life, Jaws, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and The Big Lebowski.


Harvard Art Museums; 617-495-9400

485 Broadway

  • July 14 at 11 a.m. Gallery talk

In “The Portrait,” assistant curator Elizabeth Rudy explains the many ways Western artists have depicted individuals, including themselves.

  • Through August 18

Jasper Johns / In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print explores Johns’s experiments in printmaking and innovative use of newsprint collage. A related gallery talk, “Jasper Johns and Conceptual Art,” occurs on August 11 at 11 a.m.

  • August 18 at 11 a.m. Gallery talk

In “Cosmopolitan Crosscurrents in a Safavid Painting,” assistant curator Mika Natif looks at East-West relations through a seventeenth-century Persian works, Courtier Refusing Wine from Indian Courtesans.

  • Continuing: Recent Acquisitions, Part II: Building the Collection. More than 30 works on display celebrate additions to the museums during the last four years. 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology; 617-496-1027

  • Continuing: From Daguerreotype to Digital: Anthropology and Photography explores the relationship between visual art and documentation of cultural phenomena. Each image is presented with a story of how it came to be and explanations of technical innovations.
  • August 18, noon to 4 p.m.

Drop-in family event: “Hats Off to You Discovery Room.” Children five and older and their families are invited to explore hats from around the world, then make their own. Free with museum admission.

Harvard Museum of Natural History; 617-495-3045

Oxford Street

The historic Fishes Gallery has reopened to the public following a major makeover, enabling visitors to explore anew the diversity of undersea life “from gars to groupers and stonefishes to sea horses.”

  • Continuing: New England Forests, a multimedia display with exquisite dioramas and other features examines the natural history and ecology of regional forests and their responses to human activity.
  • Continuing: Constructed in 1872 and recently renovated, the Great Mammal Hall showcases creatures from around the world.
  • Continuing: The Glass Flowers are a unique collection of 3,000 botanical specimens intricately rendered by artisans Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph.


Houghton Library

  • Through August 18

The Natural History of Edward Lear commemorates the bicentennial of the author and artist’s birth with a display of his paintings and sketches of the natural world. Harvard holds the world’s largest and most complete collection of Lear’s original artwork and related materials (see “Owl, Pussycat”).

Events listings also appear in the University Gazette, accessible via this magazine’s website,