Harvard Art Museums: Grand Illustrated Lecture and Magic Lantern Show


Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

In the 17th century, scientists, educators, and philosophers used the magic lantern—a device that can project images on a wall or screen—as an instrument. But when the device got into the hands of showmen and conjurers, it became a form of popular entertainment, frightening and thrilling audiences for hundreds of years. Please join us to learn more about this proto-cinematic instrument and enjoy an actual magic lantern show given by collector Richard Balzer. Extraordinary images from hand-painted glass slides will be projected onto a 40-foot screen by a 19th-century magic lantern.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 (May 19–December 31, 2017). Before the presentation, the Philosophy Chamber exhibition on Level 3 will be open from 5 to 6pm.

Free admission. Families are encouraged to attend.

Harvard Art Museums
Menschel Hall
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA

Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.