1. What does it mean to be uprooted from culture and home? On view September 6, 2019–January 5, 2020, our new exhibition “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art” opens up new ways of understanding the immigrant experience. Curated by Makeda Best and Mary Schneider Enriquez, the exhibition features works by a global community of contemporary artists, including Do Ho Suh, Emily Jacir, Richard Misrach, and Graciela Iturbide.

    Music: Li-Fonte by Blue Dot Sessions (sessions.blue)

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  2. Join us in celebrating the opening of “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art,” on view September 6, 2019 through January 5, 2020. In light of contemporary global crises, how are curators today working in new ways to integrate historical contexts, make connections between artistic practice and subject matter, and foster dialogue with audiences? Curators Makeda Best and Mary Schneider Enriquez discuss the complexities of curating exhibitions centered on global displacement with Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, the Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the Hood Museum of Art, at Dartmouth College.

    Support for the lecture is provided by the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities. This exhibition is made possible by the Rosenblatt Fund for Postwar American Art, the Agnes Gund Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, and the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Fund for Photography. Additional exhibition-related programming is generously supported by the Nancy S. Nichols Memorial Lecture Fund and the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.

    Thursday, September 5, 2019. Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums.

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  3. Renowned artist Candida Höfer (b. 1944) is best known for her large-format photographs of vacant, sober, and highly detailed interiors. One of her earliest series, however, focused on “guest workers” who joined West Germany’s labor force after World War II. In this lecture, the artist discusses the photographic series, titled “Turks in Germany 1979.” The work is featured in our current special exhibition “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art.”

    “Turks in Germany 1979” is a rare artistic reflection on the changing social and cultural landscape at the time of its making; it continues to resonate today in the face of the largest refugee crisis since World War II and ongoing debates—often centered on Germany—about migration, racism, and national identity.

    The Busch-Reisinger Museum Lectures, sponsored by the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, present important speakers on topics of central and northern European art. In addition, modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums.

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"Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art" is on display September 6, 2019 through January 5, 2020 at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA.

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