Inside the Peabody Museum November 2015
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On Sunday, November 1, from noon to 4:00 PM, the galleries will be filled with live mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, and hands-on activities to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or the Mexican Day of the Dead. It's a joyful event, designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of loved ones. Decorate a sugar skull, make papel picado (cut-paper banners) and other artwork, see the festive artworks from Cambridge's Amigos school, and write a message to place upon the Día de los Muertos altar. View contemporary folk art from Oaxaca by Ventura and Norberto Fabian, and from Guerrero by Javier González Rodríguez. And try a few traditional folk dancing steps to complete a lively afternoon.
Digging Veritas, the exhibition about the archaeology of Harvard Yard, just got an update inspired by the most recent excavation. Visitors with smartphones or tablets can access a free mobile guide to the exhibition on the web— no downloads necessary—with all new images, short videos, and fun facts about the excavation and the history it unearthed. The guide includes the surprising day in the life of a colonial Harvard student (beer for breakfast, anyone?), a student discovery captured on video (click the image above to watch it), and the backstory on a posthumous portrait of Harvard's first Native American graduate. Bring your smartphone and see if you can find the hidden tour "stop" in the gallery.
We remember veterans this month with a curator's view of two canteens from the Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures exhibition. Curator Stephen LeBlanc takes a few minutes to share two U.S. army canteens, one repurposed by Plains Indians. Click the image above to watch the video.
See what's coming up in the Calendar of Events.