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Spotlight Tour: Deconstructing Disorientation, with Emily Feng ’25

October 7, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm


October 7, 2023
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
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Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400
In this photomontage, a smiling young woman gestures toward a painting that appears to be floating. She sits on a bench below a window. The painting incorporates broad strokes of mostly red and yellow and shows a heap of ragged bodies, topped by a cross, that nearly crowds out a view of houses and trees.
One of the works Emily Feng will spotlight is Saxon Motif (1964), an oil painting by Georg Baselitz.

In-Person Tour
Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, Enter at Broadway for evening programs

This event does not require registration; see further details below.

On this tour, Emily Feng ’25 will explore how certain works of art provoke a sense of disorientation. A student of philosophy and economics, Feng will look closely at three works: Saxon Motif (1964), an oil painting made in West Germany by Georg Baselitz; Zhan Wang’s Sculpture in the Form of a Nine-Hole Scholar’s Rock, made in China in 2001; and The End of the World (1936), a painting by David Alfaro Siqueiros, which he produced in New York City.

Spotlight Tours offer a chance to explore the collections of the 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! And 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; no registration is required.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

This program is supported by the Ho Family Student Guide Fund.

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums prepares students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. Through their training, Student Guides gain knowledge of the collections and develop skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at am_register@harvard.edu at least 48 hours in advance.