Destroying Images: Current Iconoclasm in Context


Mar 01, 2016, 6:00 pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA


Public Lecture

James Simpson, Chair, Department of English and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Harvard University

The destruction of iconic images and monuments—iconoclasm—carried out today by extremists representing a wide range of political and religious views, makes many recoil in horror. This response, however, is in part derived from the fact that our Western cultures have themselves been fiercely iconoclastic. James Simpson will discuss the six classic phases of iconoclasm in European history and highlight the role that museums have played in protecting objects from major iconoclastic events. From this history, he will put current iconoclasm into perspective.


Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Semitic Museum

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.