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Friday, March 22, 2024 7pm to 8:30pm

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138

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Presented by the Office for the Arts (OFA) at Harvard Dance Program and (snobs._), students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), in partnership with the Harvard Art Museums. 

Join us for an evening of reflection and conversation around disability art, design, and justice in the Calderwoood Courtyard at Harvard Art Museums. A work in extreme stillness and slowness, ON DISPLAY HARVARD is a movement installation and social justice initative that was presented by the Office for the Arts Dance Program at the Harvard Art Museums on December 3, 2023, commemorating International Day of Persons with Disabilities and as part of Heidi Latsky Dance's ON DISPLAY GLOBAL. Graduate School of Desgin (GSD) duo (snobs._) and other GSD student collaborators drew inspiration from the work to create their transformable objects titled Reflections: Harmonious Disarray, an exploration of the relationship between time, movement, and design. 

The evening will feature the students’ artworks, and a community conversation with associate professor Sara Hendren, from Northeastern University, and John Peterson, curator of the Loeb Fellowship at the GSD, who will respond to the works on view. 

The event is the final occurrence that culminates a series of programs under Beyond Access: A Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Harvard.

Beyond Access, a partnership between the Office for the Arts at Harvard Dance Program, led by Elizabeth Epsen, and (snobs._), led by Graduate School of Design students Pin Sangkaeo and Benson Joseph, is a series of events including art-making and disability inclusion workshops, a movement installation, and conversation, which are designed to highlight disability as identity, culture, and an opportunity for innovation.


RSVP FOR REFLECTIONS - capacity is limited

Free and open to the public, but capacity is limited and registration is required. Please enter the museums at the 32 Quincy Street entrance. Limited complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.


Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, writer, and professor at Northeastern University. Her book What Can A Body Do? How We Meet the Built World explores the places where disability shows up in design at all scales: assistive technology, furniture, architecture, urban planning, and more. It was named one of the Best Books of 2020 by NPR and won the 2021 Science in Society Journalism book prize. Her art and design works have been exhibited on the White House lawn under the Obama presidency, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Seoul Museum of Art, the Vitra Museum, and many others, and her work is held in the permanent collections at MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt. She has been an NEH Public Scholar and a fellow at New America, and her commentary and criticism have been published in Harper’s, Art in America, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. Learn more about Sara Hendren

John Peterson, architect, educator and activist, is Curator of the Loeb Fellowship. Peterson is the founder of Public Architecture, a national nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. Peterson’s work has appeared in several books and publications, including The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Architect, Metropolis, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. He has contributed to books such as Expanding Design, Urban Interventions, and The Power of Pro Bono. Peterson led the architectural practice Peterson Architects from 1993 to 2010 and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin and California College of the Arts. A recipient of numerous design and social innovation awards, Peterson has played an important part in defining the concept of “public interest design.” He holds degrees in fine arts and architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow in 2006. Learn more about John Peterson

Sighted guides and live audio description will be available from 7 to 7:30pm for Blind and visually impaired audiences exploring the students’ objects on view. Pre-recorded audio description will be provided for videos on view. In-person ASL and Live CART captioning will be provided for Deaf and hearing-impaired visitors during speaking portions. If you have questions about the accessibility provided or would like to request an accommodation to participate, please contact dance@fas.harvard.edu

The Harvard Art Museums building is accessible for visitors using wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

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