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Events on and off campus during January and February

From left: An image of diverse microbe colonies obtained from cabbage and grown in the lab, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History; Sumac with Snail, by James Reis, at the Arnold Arboretum; East Coker (2013), by abstract artist Joe Bradley, at the Rose Art Museum

Credits from left: Courtesy of the Harvard Museum of Natural History; photograph by James Reis/courtesy of the Arnold Arboretum; painting by Joe Bradley, courtesy of the Rose Art Museum

Exhibitions & Events
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Exhibitions & Events

Houghton Library
Rethinking Enlightenment: Forgotten Women Writers of Eighteenth Century France includes Olympe de Gouges, author of the “Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen,” and Émilie du Châtelet, translator of Isaac Newton’s Principia. (Opens January 5)

Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration features more than 60 documents depicting imagined places, from Thomas More’s Utopia to the Stillness supercontinent in N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. (Opens January 16)

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Artist, writer, and filmmaker Renée Green’s two-year residency—spent exploring perceptions of time, space, and place—culminates with a display of video installations and screen prints. (Opens February 1)

Pioneering new-media artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson—known for exploring privacy, identity, and human relationships with machines in the context of the digital age—discusses her work. (February 8) The lecture occurs in conjunction with Art in the Age of the Internet: 1989 to Today, opening at the Institute of Contemporary Art on February 7.

Harvard Art Museums
Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943-55 highlights more than 170 works, many never before seen outside Germany, that were created during a time of collective cultural reckoning. (Opens February 9)

Harvard Museum of Natural History
Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight takes visitors on a multimedia journey from a typical kitchen countertop into the fascinating lives of earth’s first inhabitants. (Opens February 17)

Rose Art Museum
The exhibit Joe Bradleyfeatures two dozen works by the New York-based artist (who was born in Maine), from impromptu drawings to bold, layered abstract paintings. (Closes  January 28)


Wide Angle: The Norton Lectures on Cinema
Three legendary filmmakers are slated to speak at Sanders Theatre: Frederick Wiseman (January 29 and February 5); Agnès Varda (February 26-27); and Wim Wenders (April 2 and April 9).

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Physician Abdul El-Sayed, a candidate for governor in Michigan, discusses “The Epidemic of Poverty: The Government Imperative.” (February 12)
“Casting—When Character Meets Appearance.” Radcliffe Institute fellow Phillip Warnell talks about his research on the metrics of screen-based acting roles. (February 21)


Harvard Film Archive
Norton Lectures in Cinema: Frederick Wiseman. The retrospective includes Titicut Follies, Primate, High School, and Near Death, a six-hour chronicle of the medical intensive care unit at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. (January 19-February 18)
Kevin Jerome Everson—Cinema and the Practice of Everyday Life. The artist rebukes mainstream cinema’s pat cultural depictions and insistence on action and melodrama. Screenings include: Tonsler Park, Erie, Company Line, Ninety-Three, and Ears, Nose, and Throat, a film that reflects on the 2010 murder of Everson’s son. (February 2-26)

Nature and Science

The Arnold Arboretum
Arboretum director William Friedman adresses the nuanced evolutionary ties between plants and the origins of human life in Replaying Life’s Tape Through the Lens of Plants. (January 22)

Close and Closer: Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum by James Reis reveals studied layers of the wondrous landscape. (Opens February 9)