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Robert Gardner, 1925-2014

Robert Gardner

We are deeply saddened about the passing of Robert Gardner this week. Bob was the director of the Carpenter Center from 1976 to 1984 and again in the early 1990s. His inquisitive nature, creativity and energy as a documentary filmmaker, anthropologist and educator continue to resonate at the Carpenter Center and Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. In 1986 he established the Josep Lluis Sert Practitioner in the Arts, leaving a legacy that each year provides generous support to a visiting artist who works closely with Harvard University students. Bob Gardner will be greatly missed.

Read more about Gardner's legacy in his obituary in the New York Times .




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The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies wishes everyone a wonderful summer!

Fall 2014 course listings and event schedule coming soon.


May 2014: Congratulations to VES Prize Winners!

Congratulations to the following VES students on their 2014 prizes:

Brooke Griffin ’14: Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, and the Council Prize in Visual Arts
Clarissa Hart ’14: Albert Alcalay Prize
Bex Kwan ’14: Council on the Arts Citation of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Work
Zena Mengesha ’14: Rudolf Arnheim Prize
Avery Williamson ’13-14: Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize

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Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Read about the VES senior thesis projects, including film/video and animation works and the thesis exhibition, From Here.


April 2014: Giuliana Bruno's new book and lecture highlighted in Gazette article

Read about Professor Giuliana Bruno's new book, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press), in the Harvard Gazette's article. Professor Bruno opens the Film and Visual Studies Graduate Conference on April 10 with a lecture on the subject of the book.

Giuliana Bruno, Surface book cover




April 2014: VES Thesis Students and Linden Street Studios

A recent article in the Harvard Gazette about the Linden Street Studios features the work of several VES thesis students, including Brooke Griffin '14, Frederic Hua '14, Zena Mengesha '14, Tony Cho '14, Ethan Pierce '14-'15, and Matthew Plaks '14.

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March-April 2014: Ross McElwee and the Cambridge Turn at the Pacific Film Archive

Ross McElwee and the Cambridge Turn, a film program at the Pacific Film Archive running March 30-April 2, includes screenings of films by several VES faculty members, including McElwee, Robb Moss, Alfred Guzzetti, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor.

Ross McElwee, Photographic Memory, still photograph


March 2014: Matt Saunders at Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris

A Step Away From Them, an exhibition of color photographs and a new moving image installation by Assistant Professor Matt Saunders, opened at Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris on March 12.

Matt Saunders


February 2014: Amie Siegel's Provenance wins Think:Film Award in Berlin

Associate Professor Amie Siegel wins the Think:Film Award, presented as part of Forum Expanded at the Berlin International Film Festival, for her film Provenance.

Amie Siegel, Provenance


February 2014: Gina Kim's film at Berlin Film Festival

Visiting Lecturer Gina Kim's new film, Final Recipe, is screening at this year's Berlin International Film Festival as the opening film for the Culinary Cinema section. Read more about Final Recipe in an article by The Hollywood Reporter.

Gina Kim, Final Recipe


February 2014: Moss cited as influence by Oscar nominees

In an article in The Washington Post, three former students and Oscar nominees talk about Professor Robb Moss's influence and how he helped them to develop their visions.

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February 2014: Castaing-Taylor and Bujalski '98 part of 2014 Whitney Biennial

Professor Lucien Castaing-Taylor and former VES concentrator Andrew Bujalski AB '98 will be part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, opening March 7.

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February 2014: VES welcomes Jim Voorhies as Carpenter Center Director

Jim Voorhies joins the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts as its first John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director.

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January 2014: VES alum Damien Chazelle '08 wins at Sundance

Whiplash, written and directed by Damien Chazelle AB '08, won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Read more about the film in the New York Times's Carpetbagger blog.

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash, 2013. Image credit Daniel McFadden, Courtesy of Sundance Institute


January 2014: Former students nominated for Oscars in Documentary Feature, Animated Short categories

Three directors who studied filmmaking in VES received Academy Award nominations for Documentary Feature: Jehane Noujaim AB '96 for The Square, Joshua Oppenheimer AB '97 for The Act of Killing, and Richard Rowley '00 for Dirty Wars. Lauren MacMullan AB '89 was nominated in the Animated Short category for her film, Get a Horse!

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January 2014: Moss receives BSFC award

Professor Robb Moss received a 2013 Boston Society of Film Critics Commendation for teaching, recognizing his "mentoring and encouragement of several generations of appreciative students."

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January 2014: VES faculty and visiting faculty in Artforum

In "1000 Words" (available online), Associate Professor Amie Siegel talks about her 2013 work, Provenance. Visiting Professor Jim Hoberman writes about Godard in "Advertisements for Himself" (available online). And the paintings of Visiting Lecturer Thomas Eggerer are discussed in an article by David Joselit. Take a look at the January issue to find even more.

Artforum Magazine, January 2014


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