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Almost Lost Arts: Traditional Crafts and the Artisans Keeping Them Alive

October 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

Emily Freidenrich
Author and Journalist

Josh Luke and Meredith Kasabian
Founders, Best Dressed Signs

Margaret Shepherd
Calligrapher and Author


Director, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, and Senior Conservation Scientist, Harvard Art Museums


What does it mean to be a maker, artist, or artisan in the twenty-first century? In her new book, Almost Lost Arts (Chronicle Books, 2019), Emily Freidenrich explores the work of twenty artisans from points worldwide who practice their craft using traditional techniques and analog technologies. Three Boston-based artists who specialize in calligraphy and handmade signs will engage in a conversation with Freidenrich and museum curator Narayan Khandekar to discuss the rewards and challenges of using slow, intentional processes in a fast-paced digital world, and to explore the significance of the human presence in objects or artwork.

Discussion and Book Signing. Free and open to the public. Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage


This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page and the HMSC website. A recording of this program will be available on the HMSC Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.


October 16, 2019
6:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
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Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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