Inside the Peabody Museum September 2015
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When is a photograph a souvenir? A work of art? Anthropological data? One of the first events of the season is a public lecture and book signing by David Odo, curator and author of The Journey of “A Good Type”: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs (Peabody Museum Press, 2015), The talk is offered in connection with the exhibition of Peabody Museum photographs, From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs, on view weekdays through Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the nearby CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street in Cambridge.
Upcoming events include a new exhibition on musical instruments, Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard, and Day of the Dead. See the Calendar of Events for a complete list of fall programs or have a look at the Fall 2015 Program Guide.
Harvard undergraduate and graduate student guides resume leading lunchtime drop-in Highlights Tours of the museum Saturday, September 26. Each semester students host lively interactive journeys through the galleries, exploring some of the most notable objects in the museum, while pointing out a few of their personal favorites.
"My favorite object is the keris [dagger] from Bali in Arts of War," says Eloise Blondiau (shown above, in Arts of War). "I love the keris not only because it's beautiful, but also because its power isn't immediately obvious to the onlooker. The keris is lethal, in that it has a sharp blade, but it is also thought to have spiritual powers of protection. It's supposed to ease the pain of childbirth if slipped under a mother's pillow, and offer defense in battle."
Fridays, 12:30 pm
Saturdays, 1:00 and 2:00 pm
Sundays, 1:00 and 2:00 pm
Tours are free with museum admission. Large groups should contact the museum for more information.
Touch whale blubber, decode Maya glyphs, or craft traditional Mexican cempasuchil (paper flowers for Day of the Dead). That's a sampling of what K-12 students experience when they participate in a Peabody Museum K-12 program. Students can wear and handle real artifacts one of the six classic programs based in the galleries. Or educators may choose to bring the museum into the classroom: a new program enables classrooms to Skype (video call) with a museum educator in the gallery, while another program loans a kit to the school so students can join an archaeology activity lab. Read more about this year's K-12 programs.
See what's coming up in the Calendar of Events.