A small group of students, faculty and staff gathered in Tercentenary Theatre at Harvard early Monday morning to mark the opening of Teresita Fernández's public art exhibit, Autumn (...Nothing Personal).
To recognize the opening of the exhibit, a sunrise gathering and celebration was led by two local tribal community members, Elizabeth James-Perry and Jonathan Perry, as a nod to the traditions and lifeways of Northeast Indigenous culture that pre-dates Harvard.
Underneath clear skies and a setting moon, Elizabeth and Jonathan explained the significance of greeting the sun, the thankfulness the moment brings, and provided a space for individuals to give their own remarks about what they are thankful for.
In attendance were staff from the Office for the Arts at Harvard, the HUNAP office, the Harvard Peabody Museum, Professor Kinew, and various students and Harvard community members.
Coincidentally, Monday was also move-in day for Harvard freshman which meant this event nicely doubled as a recognition of the transition from summer break to the new school year.
HUNAP would like to sincerely thank artist Teresita Fernández for recognizing the need to create space and a venue for Indigenous voices, especially to open the event, and including the Perrys, who are from the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).
Autumn, (...Nothing Personal) will continue to be on view until October 1st.
Autumn, (...Nothing Personal) WEBSITE
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