A guard’s red tie complements a work by the abstract artist Mark Rothko. Untitled (Harvard Mural sketch), 1962. Oil and mixed media on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., NGA1986.43.169, TL41325.2. © 2014 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. “We were here as freshmen and this was never an opportunity for us,” said senior Nick Mendez. “That we get to be here now and get to experience it and be included as part of the community … it’s really wonderful.” “This is amazing. I can’t wait to be here in the daytime,” one student told a friend in the Lightbox Gallery on the top floor, a multimedia presentation space that offers expansive views into the conservation labs, as well as of architect Renzo Piano’s glass roof above and the iconic Calderwood Courtyard below.A few floors down, in an ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern art gallery in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, sophomore Yusuph Mkangara marveled at sections of an ancient sarcophagus depicting scenes of men battling Amazon warriors.“There’s so much to see here,” said Mkangara, an African studies and sociology concentrator and Quincy House resident. “I feel bad for anybody who’s here for just a weekend.”“It’s a really beautiful space that we can come to every day,” echoed his classmate Janice Jia ’17.Earlier in the evening, a smaller group of students who helped ready the museums and will serve as guides when the building officially opens to the public on Nov. 16 were encouraged by chief curator Deborah Kao to make the evocative space their “laboratory of experimentation.”“Create here, and meet self-set challenges,” said Kao. “Allow for your failures as a means to gain mastery. Be a producer of your own propositions.”By welcoming students in the doors first, museums officials were delivering an important message, said sophomore Jess Clay, a Cabot House resident training to be a student guide. “It shows the emphasis is very much on the students” and that the museums are not “the ivory tower,” he said.As the party got under way, some visitors transformed the courtyard into an impromptu disco, dancing to Pharrell Williams’ infectious “Happy.” The song matched the mood of the evening as students from across the University reveled in the reimagined museum spaces. In a gallery featuring a number of studies and works on paper by abstract artist Mark Rothko, senior Nick Mendez shot a quick text to his dad, Ken Mendez ’82.“He said ‘the museum was my former home,’” said Mendez of his father, a history of art and architecture concentrator. The elder Mendez said he was happy to see his son enjoying the space, which took years to recreate.“We were here as freshmen, and this was never an opportunity for us,” added Nick Mendez. “That we get to be here now and get to experience it and be included as part of the community … it’s really wonderful.”Later, members of the Harvard Dance Project entertained the crowd with a sneak peek at its performance of “Look Up” in the Calderwood Courtyard this weekend. The dancers grooved on the bluestone floor as their performance was projected behind them on a video screen with help from artists E.S.P. TV, who helped produce the high-energy event. The show’s title proved fitting. Many of the students who streamed through the building’s Quincy Street entrance immediately gazed skyward, taking in the revamped courtyard, the arcades, and Piano’s “glass lantern.”Encouraged to wear festive dress, many guests arrived decked out in suits, strappy sandals, and sequins. Those looking to add an extra flourish clipped on paper bow ties that were handed out as they entered.Smartphones were ubiquitous and welcomed. Visitors took selfies with friends on the second level, with the courtyard and the adjacent terraces as their backdrop. No flash was allowed, but visitors could snap shots of their favorite artworks, with a few exceptions in restricted pieces.Near the Prescott Street entrance, visitors took in the sprawling, site-specific work by German artist Rebecca Horn. Commissioned for the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Horn’s “Flying Books Under Black Rain Painting” blends performance and kinetic sculpture.The day before, a small group of students watched as Horn directed her “painting machine” to splash black ink on a double-story wall as well as on three opening-and-closing books: Fernando Pessoa’s “The Book of Disquiet,” Franz Kafka’s “Amerika,” and James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” The pages of the paint-splattered books will continue to flutter periodically as viewers pass, activated by motion detectors. Students enjoyed the views from the arcades in the renovated and expanded Harvard Art Museums. Jamie Lee Solimano ’17 (left) and Meg Bernhard ’17 admire work in the newly renovated and expanded Harvard Art Museums during the first opening event Thursday for students. Photos by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Rooms with a view “It’s a really beautiful space that we can come to every day,” said Janice Jia’ 17 (left) during an opening celebration for students Thursday at the Harvard Art Museusms. Jia and her classmate Yusuph Mkangara ’17 looked at sections of an ancient marble sarcophagus. “This is so exciting,” said Danielle Frostig ’18 as she paused with friends in one of the Fogg Museum’s second-floor galleries. In keeping with its teaching and learning mission, the renovated Harvard Art Museums welcomed their first visitors: hundreds of appreciative University students.“This is so exciting,” said Danielle Frostig ’18 as she paused with friends Thursday evening in one of the Fogg Museum’s second-floor galleries.Frostig, who attended an arts high school, said she’d heard much about the museums during her Visitas session last spring. “And then I walk in here, and the very first painting I see is a really famous Monet, and it’s mind-blowing. And I’ve only been in two rooms so far.”Frostig was one of the many undergraduate and graduate students eager to get a look at the expanded and enhanced museums. The students snapped up tickets for the opening party that included sparkling non-alcoholic drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dueling D.J.s clad in matching plaid suits, and, of course, access to the eclectic galleries.
This guest post is written by Jacob Palalay, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).In the U.S. alone, the LGBTQ+ community wields a massive $900B in spending power, and an estimated 1.4M LGBTQ+ -owned businesses generate more than $1.7 trillion for the economy.Despite this immense power, the LGBTQ+ community, much like other minority communities, continues to battle for full equality, both professionally and personally.Organizations like ours, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), can provide the necessary partnership and guidance to help companies, like Dell, identify best practices to support LGBTQ+ businesses.Dell is not only committed to supporting diversity amongst its team members, but with its suppliers as well. Dell spends more than $3 billion with certified women-owned, minority-owned suppliers (including LGBTQ+) and small businesses. Dell established supplier diversity champions throughout the organization, to help suppliers navigate throughout the company, gain access to opportunities and network and build relationships. These champions meet monthly to ensure the company is tracking toward their commitments to facilitate supplier diversity.NGLCC has worked with more than 1,000 organizations on everything from corporate advisory on diversity and inclusion to establishing better procedures for engaging with diverse suppliers. Education is a major part of what we do. I wanted to share a few core pieces of our framework to helping organizations better understand the issues that the LGBTQ+ community face and how they can be addressed.Although Pride month has officially ended, businesses and communities must continue to ask the questions:How can we better support the LGBTQ+ community?How can we ensure all groups are provided the same respect and resources needed to thrive in society?Intersectionality: No Identity Operates in a SiloBefore you can understand how to support the LGBTQ+ community there are two things that should be made clear:No individual holds a single identity, and any individual whose identity includes any minority group likely faces or has felt the challenges endured by minority populations.All rights movements could not exist without the strides made by other groups. The civil rights and women’s liberation movements, for example, have opened the door for many subsequent movements. Diversity drives diversity, and one group’s progress can provide a great roadmap for other communities.For example, Dell’s Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR) voted to include LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) as part of their billion-dollar supply chain spend on diverse-owned businesses. Just by expanding their definition of “diverse” the LGBTQ+ community will benefit exponentially.For Businesses – Collaboration is KeyWith that in mind, businesses of all sizes must consider how company actions and policies impact the LGBTQ+ community. Whether conscious of it or not, everyday decisions could leave a lasting impact for team members or communities. The first step in progress is acknowledging this.The second step is finding the right place to start paving a more equitable path.Engaging with organizations like the NGLCC can help identify existing blind spots in your diversity strategy and assist with implementing changes to better support all team members.Dell has partnered with us on a variety of levels, including:Corporate Procurement Council, which focuses on LGBTQ+ suppliersCorporate Advisory Council, which focuses on Employee Resource GroupsMentorship program, where large corporations mentor an LGBTQ-owned supplier about how to work with large organizationsMarketplace Expo, where companies can showcase products to LGBTQ and small businessesBillion Dollar RoundtableConferences are also a great arena to listen to leaders in the space, network with other businesses, and build relationships that can shape your company’s future. A few (emphasis on few, as there are many other great conferences out there) include:NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference (August 14-17, Philadelphia) – Our annual conference attracts 1,300+ entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, chamber leaders and government leaders for keynotes, workshops and general expo.Out and Equal Workplace Summit (October 1-4, Seattle) – The summit will have more than 90 workshops, panels, roundtables, mixers and more to share strategies and best practices to create inclusive workplaces.Billion Dollar Roundtable (August 21-22, Providence) – BDR members, like Dell, and guests discuss best practices to support supplier diversity and inspire cross-industry change.Citizens, Join the CauseAnyone can take action, regardless of corporate affiliation.The NGLCC has a multitude of affiliate chapters, and if your area is not represented you can connect with your local government to learn how you can get involved and to educate yourself on the issues most relevant to your area.The HRC Corporate Equality Index is also a great resource to ensure you’re working with or supporting companies that have demonstrated a commitment to supporting all publics.Celebrate Pride Across Borders, Today and Every Day If your business is looking to take its diversity initiatives to the next level, we’re here to help. While we specialize in the LGBTQ+ community, we have a broad network to find the best partner.Let’s make strides in the corporate realm to truly be proud for Pride 2019. Jacob Palalay serves as the NGLCC Sr. Director of Corporate Relations by managing established corporate partnerships, sponsorships and corresponding benefits. Additionally, he leads the Corporate Relations team in managing NGLCC’s two corporate councils, programming and events. His passion focus at NGLCC is sustainability, specifically, the social and economic sustainability of diverse suppliers and the LGBTQ community.Palalay received his B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication with a secondary focus in Public Relations from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. He made the move to NGLCC after several years of working on political campaigns, starting as a field organizer in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia where he was born and raised, and eventually working as a campaign manager on a congressional primary in the greater Boston area.
Daniel Lee Giesting, son of Amanda and Louis Giesting of Batesville, was stillborn Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Margaret Mary Hospital. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers Wilbur and Henry Giesting; maternal grandparents Pat and Rick Flodder of Oldenburg; paternal grandparents Mary Lou and Lee Giesting of Batesville; maternal great grandfather Wilbur “Doc” Flodder of Oldenburg as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A private service will be held at Holy Family Church with burial in the church cemetery. Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.