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Autumn (…Nothing Personal)’s benches and polycarbonate tubes form three concentric circles. 

Photograph by Lydia Carmichael/Harvard Magazine


An installation in Harvard Yard creates space to reflect on identity, culture, and visibility.


If I was standing alone I wouldn’t stand it at all (2017)

Photograph by Jason Wyche; © Kevin Beasley

Sculptures that resonate with what’s not there

July-August 2018

Seen at the Arnold Arboretum: a paperbark maple in winter

Photograph by Jim Harrison

A veteran photographer of people turns his lens to plants.

July-August 2018

Among the museum's “Ugly Truth” figures are Aunt Jemima and golliwogs.

Harvard Magazine/NPB

The National Black Doll Museum

May-June 2018

Abbi of Bacabi (1978), among Cannon’s last and unfinished works

Image © 2017 Estate of T. C. Cannon.

Works by T.C. Cannon at the Peabody Essex Museum

May-June 2018

Sleeper’s summer home sprawls across Eastern Point, with views of Gloucester Harbor.

Photograph by Eric Roth/Courtesy of Historic New England

A sprawling house museum celebrates decorative arts and the creative spirit of Henry Davis Sleeper.

May-June 2018

Photograph courtesy of Jack Lueders-Booth/Gallery Kayafas

For seven years, Jack Lueders-Booth (above, left) visited the Massachusetts Correctional Institution-Framingham to teach a photography workshop several days each month. Roaming the grounds, he took women prisoners’ portraits with Polaroid, Leica, and medium-format film cameras, documenting scenes from daily life.


The portraits in Jack Lueders-Booth’s 40-year-old series feel even more vivid today.

May-June 2018

Sunset in Sampela, a village standing a few hundred yards from land in southwestern Indonesia. The nearest sizable island with an airstrip is a two-hour boat ride away.
Photograph by David Hu

In Indonesia, the Bajau fishermen’s way of life is under pressure.

May-June 2018

Willi Baumeister, Growth of the Crystals II | Wachstum der Kristalle II, 1947/52. Oil with resin and putty on hardboard.
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Partial gift of Felicitas Baumeister and Jochen Gutbrod and purchase through the generosity of the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2016.211. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College. 

Taking stock of an overlooked cohort of artists: those who, during World War II, stayed in Germany—and survived