New Exhibition: Time and Time Again
Explore the concept of time in unexpected places at the Peabody and at the three other Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Semitic Museum, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments). It's all part of the new exhibition Time and Time Again: How Science and Culture Shape the Past, Present, and Future, opening March 6.
Throughout human history, few ideas have eluded clear definition more than the concept of time. Time-related verbs abound: we find it, keep it, measure it, obey it, take advantage of it, waste it, save it, even kill it. We use common notions of it to construct and organize our lives, and yet, do we really know what time is?
Time and Time Again will draw upon materials from several of Harvard's important museum and library collections to explore answers given to that question in various ages by different world cultures and disciplines.
The exhibition will be based at Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (in the Science Center, just north of Harvard Yard), and each of the other Harvard Museums of Science and Culture will have objects on display in the exhibition, as well as in their own galleries.
At the Peabody, Hopi kiva murals from Arizona reveal time in the 14 different layers of plastered and repainted murals. Elsewhere in the Museum, a succession of 16 Maya rulers are portrayed on a 19th-century plaster cast known as Altar Q. Visitors will be able to discover various aspects of time embedded in exhibitions with the help of a self-guide and a forthcoming smartphone app.
More Peabody time-related objects will be on view at the nearby Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, including a mask and headdress from boys' initiation rites and calendars from across the globe.
Learn more about the exhibition and gallery hours.