Inside the Peabody Museum November 2016
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Day of the Dead Family Celebration
On Sunday, October 30, live mariachi music helps make this 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, and write a message to place upon the Día de los Muertos altar. View the community altar artwork by students from the Amigos School in Cambridge. Read more...
Cake and Curators Bring Out the Crowds
Visitors savored birthday cake--served outside under a sunny sky--and curators took turns bringing out rarely seen treasures from storage during the museum's 150th Anniversary on Saturday, October 8. The FeeJee Mermaid (shown above with Collections Steward Lainie Schultz and Curator Diana Loren) drew an all-ages crowd. More "Curators' Choice" items followed the mermaid: a bear claw necklace collected by Lewis & Clark, lantern slides, a 90,000 year-old human skull from Israel, and a pipe belonging to one of the museum's early directors, Frederic W. Putnam. Visitors enjoyed looking at the "Curators Choice" objects and were encouraged to enjoy the nearby "Please Touch" table of related objects. The anniversary continues with a year-long free lecture series (see below), and a major new exhibition to open in April.
Race, Representation, and Museums Series
November will feature three free public lectures in this year-long series. On Thursday, November 3, anthropologist Joe Watkins (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) of University of Maryland will present Get Them before They’re Gone: From Collecting Cultural Objects to Collaborating with Communities. On Thursday, November 10, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Maia Nuku will present Walking Backward into the Future: 30 Years after Te Māori, reflecting on the legacy of a landmark Māori art exhibition. And on Tuesday, November 29, the Peabody Museum's curator of visual anthropology Ilisa Barbash will present Exposing Latent Images: Daguerreotypes in the Museum and Beyond. She will explore how scholars and artists have used fifteen daguerreotypes of African and African-American slaves from 1850, which are among the Peabody Museum’s most important and controversial objects.
Members Night at the Museum
Enjoy a free, members-only Night at the Harvard Museum of Natural History featuring behind-the-scenes tours, holiday shopping, and extended exhibit hours.
This always-popular and festive member event is a great time to explore new exhibits, meet fellow members while enjoying seasonal refreshments, and use your generous holiday member discount on unique gifts and minerals from The Shop at HMNH.
Sign up for tours of the Mineralogical & Geological Museum’s collection storage and see beautiful minerals, sparkling gemstones, and otherworldly treasures as museum staff talk about their work and the collections. Read more...
In Case You Missed It...
The museum's 150th anniversary has occasioned some media coverage. See the Boston Globe's If Indiana Jones had a favorite museum . . . and Associated Press' Harvard museum to dust off curiosities long kept in storage. And the museum was recently immortalized in the legendary cartoon series The Simpsons; the Peabody was depicted at the center of a trio of museums in the series' Boston-based episode.
Image credits: Collections Steward Lainie Schultz and Curator Diana Loren with the FeeJee Mermaid. Photo by David M. Barron/Oxygen Group. All other images © President and Fellows of Harvard College.
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