Build a Modern Art Exhibition—Dig up Harvard’s Archives

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Felipe Pereda (Department of History of Art and Architecture)
Freshman Seminar 63U    4 credits (spring term)     Enrollment:  Limited to 12

The making of an exhibition entails a thorough process of investigation. We will need to find the works of art, document them and construct an argument that will be brought to life at a museum gallery. The goal of this seminar is to give you the chance to participate in the research and design of this exhibition, that focuses on the work of a major figure of Spanish and Filipino art of the 20th century, Fernando Zóbel (1926-1984), programmed at the Prado Museum, Madrid. A Harvard Graduate (1949) whose love for painting and collecting mandated his life, Zóbel saw and cultivated art as a universal language without frontiers. Harvard's archives hold hundreds of Zóbel's letters, drawings, paintings and even his class note-books that will guide us into the fascinating life of a modern artist while allowing you to channel the role of a curator.

Prerequisites: Some knowledge of Spanish will be useful but is not required. Zóbel was bilingual, Spanish/English and expressed himself in both languages.

See also: Spring 2021