The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces (two-day symposium)

The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces (two-day symposium)

Hosted by Harvard University in partnership with Harvard Art Museums

When

Oct 13 14

Where

Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy St Cambridge, MA 02138

Cost

Free

The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces explores the concept of rooms as idea generators throughout global history. Presentations by artists, academics, and curators will investigate issues of access, ideology, cross-cultural exchange, and virtuality via a wide range of spaces, from plantation parlors and surgical theaters to the Biosphere and flight simulators.

The two-day symposium begins on October 13 at 6:00pm with “Making Room: Cartography, Collecting, and the Construction of Empire,” a keynote lecture by Louis Nelson, Professor of Architectural History and the Associate Dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia.

“Follies and Wonder Rooms,” a presentation by conceptual artist Mark Dion discussing the significance of historic interior spaces to his own artistic practice, will conclude the event on October 14 at 3:45pm.

The symposium complements Harvard Art Museums’ current exhibition, The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 (May 19–December 31, 2017), which considers the varied people, ideas, and objects that animated this important room in Harvard’s history.

All symposium events will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

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