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Spotlight Tour: Paths to Abstraction

Spotlight Tour: Paths to Abstraction

On Saturday, Sept. 9's tour, Isa Haro will explore how abstraction in art has been practiced, viewed and enjoyed over time, with three very different examples. She will look at a group of Ming dynasty garden rocks (16th–17th century), which served as focal elements in traditional gardens; Paul Cézanne’s "Study of Trees" (c. 1904), a radically austere painting that contributed to Cézanne’s renown as a pivotal figure in the history of abstraction; and Alberto Burri’s "Legno e rosso 3" (1956), a painting made with lacquered bark and a blowtorch. An art, film and visual studies student, Haro aims to bring visitors deeper into this world of abstraction, which has sparked in her curiosity, inspiration and joy.

Spotlight Tours offer a chance to explore the collections of Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. Free and open to the public, these tours start outside the museum shop on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm. Drop in and join the conversation! Find out what the Student Guides are up to anytime on Instagram, @harvardarthappens. Please check in with museum staff at the Admissions desk in the Calderwood Courtyard to request to join the tour. Tours are limited to 18 people and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; registration is not required.


32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Harvard Square

Date & Time

  • Sat Sep 9, 2023

    • 6:00pm - 6:50pm


  • Lectures / Talks
  • Museums / Attractions
  • Visual Art