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Clay—Modeling African Design

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Clay—Modeling African Design

This exhibition highlights artistic innovation and creativity in Africa as seen primarily through the traditions of ceramic arts from across the continent and over its long history.

Countering the assumption that African arts and societies are largely unchanging and bound to traditions and customs, the remarkable diversity of objects and styles on display here tells a different story. A selection of more than 50 works on loan from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, including those by newly discovered Nigerian artist Alice Osayewe, are shown alongside works from the Harvard Art Museums permanent collections, such as contemporary

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Important: Advance reservations are required.

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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Info regarding how this event is being affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.:

Effective Monday, March 14, 2022 the Harvard Art Museums will no longer require visitors or staff to wear face coverings in most indoor spaces. Masks will be optional throughout most museum spaces, consistent with campus, city, state, and CDC guidelines. However, until further notice, face coverings will still be required for attendees at all events and programs in Menschel Hall, the museums’ 300-seat lecture hall and theater. The museums are committed to creating an environment in which every visitor feels equally respected, regardless of their choice to wear a face covering, and will continue to make disposable masks available for any staff member or visitor who prefers to wear one. Still in effect until further notice: • Reservations are required for all visits. Visit the Ticketing Information page to book timed tickets up to three weeks in advance. • All visitors age 12 or older must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within the previous 72 hours. These and other visitor policies are subject to change; please see the Visitor Policies webpage for current information Please visit our website to learn about our general policies.

COVID-19 Phased Reopening Details

Face Masks Required: No
Limited Capacity: Yes
Reservations Required: Yes
Proof of Vaccination Required: Yes

Dates and Times

Tue, Jul 5, 2022

10:00 am at Harvard Art Museums

Tue, Jul 5, 2022

10:00 am at Harvard Art Museums

Wed, Jul 6, 2022

10:00 am at Harvard Art Museums

Wed, Jul 6, 2022

10:00 am at Harvard Art Museums

Wed, Jul 6, 2022

1:00 pm at Harvard Art Museums


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