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Events on and off campus during July and August

From left: Frank Stella’s Star of Persia II (1967), at the Addison Gallery of American Art; from “(It’s) All About the Atmosphere Invitational Exhibition,” Harvard Ceramics Program; a Japanese Nō theater costume (1800-1850), at RISD

Credits from Left: 2017 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (Ars), New York/Courtesy Of The Addison Gallery Of American Art; Courtesy Of The Harvard Ceramics Program/Harvard Office Of The Arts; Courtesy Of RISD


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The Farmers’ Market at Harvard
Established in 2005, the market offers fish, meats, produce, breads and pastries, herbs, pasta, chocolates, and cheeses—along with guest chefs and cooking demonstrations. Science Center Plaza. (Tuesdays, through November 21)

Ceramics Program
The (It’s) All About the Atmosphere Invitational Exhibition,” curated by instructor Crystal Ribich, features a range of objects and celebrates a long tradition of ceramicists gathering to fire their works together. (June 17-August 19)

Swingin’ on the Charles
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of this lively evening event. Lessons for newbies start at 7 p.m.; dancers of any age and ability can swing ’til 11 p.m. Community Boating Inc., Boston’s Esplanade. (August 19) 


Harvard Summer School Chorus
The ensemble performs Mozart’s Requiem. Sanders Theatre. (July 28) 


Harvard Film Archive
In response to uncertain political times, Summer Cinema of Resistance aims to spark discussion with guest speakers and screenings that include Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit, Jean Renoir’s Life Is Ours, and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. (Through August 6)
Saturday Matinee offers a wonderful set of family-friendly films, like Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, the environmental tragicomedy WALL-E, and The Little Fugitive—the classic 1953 American tale of a seven-year-old Brooklyn boy who reacts to a prank played by his brother by fleeing to Coney Island. (Through August 19)

Nature and Science

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Live music and tattoo demonstrations, food trucks, artisans, drawing activities, and garden tours abound at the inaugural Botanical Tattoo Weekend. (July 8-9)

Arnold Arboretum
Weekend walking tours with, or without, themes, like From Seed to Tree (August 5), along with family-focused events, such as Let’s Get Buggy! Exploration of Insect Pollinators. (July 8). 

Events and Exhibitions

Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art
Anchored by photographer Dawoud Bey’s series “Harlem, USA” (1975-1979) and “Harlem, Redux” ( 2015-2016), Harlem: Found Ways also includes mixed media and installation art that explore one of New York City’s most dynamic and historically influential neighborhoods. (Through July 15) 

Harvard Museum of Natural History
World in a Drop: Photographic Explorations of Microbial Life features granular and instructive images by photographer, writer, and biologist Scott Chimileski, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. (Opens August 26)

Harvard Art Museums
The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in the Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820. Artifacts, artworks, and specimens that have played a crucial role in research and teaching at Harvard, and beyond. (See “The Lost Museum,” May-June 2016, page 42.)

Addison Gallery of American Art
Frank Stella Prints: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. The retrospective offers more than a
hundred works by the meticulous abstract artist. (Through July 30)

RISD Museum
Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection reflects both new pieces by emerging artists and traditional woven, knitted, printed, and other handmade objects. (Opens August 11)

Skinny’s 21 (1961), Billy Al Bengston
© Billy Al Bengston

New Britain Museum of American Art
Cubism and abstract expressionism collide with “sun-drenched, laid back, fetishistic Southern California” car, surfer, and drug cultures in the alluring exhibit California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, & Ed Ruscha. (June 23-October 15)

Peabody Essex Museum
Nearly 200 works, from paintings and models to furniture and textiles, explore Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, Style. Co-curated with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. (Through October 9)