A museum guide who hopes the group — and the art — talk back

first_imgKeto has served as director of the Harvard Student Art Show and as a tutor for children through the Mission Hill Afterschool Program and the Phillips Brooks House Association. Her involvement, she says, is a way to remind herself “how important it is to engage people of all backgrounds and any level of experience.”While she hasn’t completely settled on a focus for her postgraduate studies, Keto gravitates toward contemporary art. She likes the idea of “writing the first draft” of art history, ensuring that new scholarship reflects the diversity of today’s world.She’s been inspired in this effort by Sarah Lewis, assistant professor in the Departments of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) and African and African American Studies. “Professor Lewis has led me to think about how works of art can help expand the boundaries of citizenship,” said Keto, who is currently taking Lewis’s Picturing America seminar.Lewis, a former Marshall Scholar herself, said she is thrilled to see Keto embark on such a journey. “Elizabeth is attuned to the power of curatorial practice for the creation of public narratives — statements that we make through exhibitions about who counts and who belongs; and not only in the discourse in the field of art history, but in civil society,” Lewis said.Keto’s senior thesis focused on the work of Hanne Darboven (1941–2009), an understudied German artist who lived in New York and was friends with Sol LeWitt and other well-known conceptualists. Keto worked to place Darboven in the context of conceptual art, and analyzed how her art challenges the usual understanding of the genre. Keto’s research involved a visit to Darboven’s home in Hamburg, Germany, funded by an Abramson Traveling Fellowship from HAA.Her final thesis is “one of the most comprehensive theoretical approaches to Darboven I have ever read,” said Benjamin Buchloh, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art and Keto’s thesis adviser. “I hope she publishes it soon because the literature on Darboven is very scarce. It would be a major contribution.”Over the summer, Keto will work as an intern in the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Then it’s off to the Courtauld — a destination that’s “been a dream for a long time,” she said.Even the Marshall Scholarship has fit Keto’s aspirations. “The Marshall is about cooperation, diplomacy, building trust across borders,” she said, “and that’s something I think museums can also be a part of, promoting cultural diplomacy and building understanding.” This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Poised and articulate, Elizabeth Keto makes an impression. And she’s been doing that for two years in her role as a student guide at the Harvard Art Museums.Her self-designed gallery tour — featuring such seemingly disparate objects as an Assyrian wall relief, a British “abolitionist” milk jug, and photographs by contemporary American artist LaToya Ruby Frazier — is intended to prompt reflection and conversations, even difficult ones.“My tour asks how art has been used to support or reinforce power, what kinds of politics can have a form in art, and the efficacy of art in producing change,” said Keto, who graduates in May with a concentration in the history of art and architecture. “It’s a tour that resonates with me, and I hope it opens up others’ experiences in the museums.”The recipient of a 2018 Marshall Scholarship, Keto will pursue master’s degrees in art history and curatorial studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She hopes to someday be a curator focused on making museums more representative of diverse artists and more welcoming to visitors of all backgrounds.“Our country is in the middle of this crucial moment around issues of inclusion and diversity,” said Keto one morning amid the bustle of the museums’ courtyard. “I want to help museums reinforce those values, so that any visitor can see some aspect of her life represented.”Keto said she’s noticed that many people aren’t fully at ease in front of art — even when they’re taking a tour.“People can be intimidated by the museum space, and it can be tough sometimes to get them talking,” Keto said. “But everyone has something interesting or insightful to say; people just need the confidence to speak up.”Growing up in Washington, D.C., Keto visited cultural institutions frequently and found her confidence there and on forays into drawing and painting.Early in high school, she participated in a National Gallery of Art program designed to introduce students to careers in art and museums. “We talked to everyone from curators to the conservators who make frames,” Keto said. “At the end of it, I realized you can do this as a career.”Some of Keto’s passion may run in the family. Her paternal grandmother — her namesake, who died just months before Elizabeth was born — painted and trained as an art historian, and as a retiree guided tours at the National Gallery. “I grew up with the sense that [art] had mattered deeply to someone in my family, and it was always something my parents were open to,” Keto said. “It’s almost like I’ve found out more about [my grandmother] through studying art history. I’ll tell my dad about something I’m studying and he’ll say, ‘I remember my mom talking about that.’”The Class of 2018 experienced the transformed Harvard Art Museums for all their four years on campus; the museums reopened in November 2014 following a major renovation and expansion. Access to art has been critical to Keto’s undergraduate experience; she’s been in the museums at least once a week since she arrived as a freshman.The people Keto meets on her tours serve as both inspiration and sources of knowledge. On one early tour, she spoke to groups about American artist Robert Smullyan Sloan’s painting “Negro Soldier” (1945). A visitor identified himself as a veteran, and then explained the symbolism of the soldier’s ribbons in the painting. “You never know what people are bringing with them,” Keto said. “I always end each tour excited to be able to tell even more to the next group.”That’s no surprise to David Odo, the museums’ director of student programs. “Elizabeth has from the beginning of her involvement with the museums been one of the most intellectually engaged, creative, reliable, and hard-working students I have ever known,” he said. “The museums have been an integral part of my education … a space of learning, discovery, and inspiration.” — Elizabeth Keto ’18last_img read more


Syracuse’s 2nd midfield line continues to produce, scores 3 goals in Syracuse’s win over Notre Dame

first_imgVILLANOVA, Pa. – Syracuse’s first midfield of JoJo Marasco, Scott Loy and Luke Cometti is enough to torment any defense. Sometimes Henry Schoonmaker joins them if he’s not leading the second midfield.But when that backup unit fires like it did Thursday, SU feels close to unbeatable.“I’ve said it a couple times now, when our second lines rolling I don’t really see – it’s going to be tough to beat us,” Marasco said.After Thursday’s 9-3 win against Notre Dame (10-4) in the Big East semifinals, head coach John Desko and his players hesitated to claim complete invincibility. But they came close multiple times. And after the Orange’s (12-3) second midfielders combined for three of SU’s even-strength goals Thursday, they had every reason to.Hakeem Lecky led linemates Henry Schoonmaker and Ryan Barber as he constantly threatened with his first step. It’s how he freed himself up for his first goal in the middle of SU’s 3-0 run to end the first half. Half a step to the left opened up a narrow shooting window, and he obliged with a 12-yard snipe.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I mean he’s a good player,” Notre Dame goaltender John Kemp said. “I expect the same thing from every player. He just took good shots.”Kemp entered Thursday’s game surrendering less than eight goals per game on average. Lecky, whose erratic shooting often neutralizes his nearly unstoppable speed, put two past the Tewaaraton Award nominee.Lecky’s pair of goals added to Schoonmaker’s opener. Schoonmaker is one of a few players in the same class of speed as Lecky, and he tore past his man down the right wing and bounced his unassisted shot into the lower-left corner of the goal.“There’s so much speed in our second line and they’ve got to constantly worry about them and us,” Marasco said.Most teams key on Schoonmaker when defending SU’s second midfield, but for much of Thursday’s game, Lecky was covered by Jack Near, the same player who marked first-line playmaker Marasco.As SU dives into a postseason run through May, Lecky’s is a more-than promising development.“We get that – we get him going on that second midfield and between Schoony and Barber, that’s going to be a tough group to stop,” Desko said, “and really help us going down the stretch, getting into the playoffs and building some depth, especially with this warm weather coming.” Comments Published on May 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Related Stories NOTRE TAMED: Syracuse offense breaks out late, defense clamps down on Fighting Irish to send Orange to Big East tournament finalsLamolinara shines in Big East tournament semifinal after watching from sideline last year Syracuse defense frustrates Notre Dame for 2nd time in 6 daysGallery: Syracuse beats Notre Dame 9-3 to advance to Big East tournament finalcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Syracuse stalls out Boston College Heisman Trophy candidate Williams

first_imgThe whole defensive game plan revolved around stopping the most electric runner in the country.Entering Saturday’s game, Andre Williams had averaged an astonishing 299 yards in his last three contests before Boston College arrived in the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse. He had totaled a remarkable 2,073 yards on the season and had firmly entrenched himself as a Heisman Trophy candidate.After the loss, he left the Dome with just 29 more yards and a banged-up shoulder.“We knew all those things and we wish the best for him,” SU defensive tackle Jay Bromley said, “but when you come into the Carrier Dome you aren’t going to win a Heisman on us.”Williams’ Heisman campaign unraveled in front of the 37,406 fans on Saturday against the Orange’s stout defensive front. He scored on a 26-yard run, but otherwise SU held him to just 3 yards on his eight other carries before the running back left the game with an injury in the third quarter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe key was simple: Make the powerful downhill runner go sideline to sideline.“When we looked at his productivity he was like Floyd Little — he liked to go north and south,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “And if you came into him, he’s going to hurt you. That’s why he wears 44. We wanted to make him go sideways and then rally and have our secondary tackle.”But that’s a tougher task to execute than formulate against the Eagles’ physical offensive line. The Orange loaded up the box with four down linemen and four linebackers — Marqez Hodge got the start as SU’s fourth linebacker — and made an effort to get to Williams in the backfield.“Penetration kills offenses,” Bromley said.Five of Williams’ nine carries were for a loss. The running back who had effortlessly shredded Atlantic Coast Conference defenses was rendered inept against Syracuse.To defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough, BC’s game plan was obvious. Boston College had a running back in the Heisman conversation, so the Eagles would try to win the Heisman for him.The Orange sold out for the run, and got beaten through the air a couple of times because of it, but SU held the opposition without a 100-yard rusher as it has in every other game this season.And when Williams’ day was cut short during the third quarter, it felt irrelevant. Boston College’s running game woke up without its star. The bigger loss this Saturday was Marquis Spruill.But the linebacker returned on Syracuse’s next possession and helped the Orange when it needed a final stop late in the game.Said Spruill: “I didn’t want them to take my last game in the Dome from me.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 1, 2013 at 12:16 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more


Chelsea 1-0 Man United: Blues two wins away from Premier League title triumph

first_img1 Chelsea star Eden Hazard Chelsea are now just two wins away from lifting the Premier League title as the Blues opened up a ten point gap at the top of the table with a slim 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.The London outfit have struggled to perform at their best in recent weeks, with a series of draws giving United and Arsenal a glimmer hope of forcing their way into the title race.A win for the Red Devils would have played kindly into the hands of Arsenal, who were only seven points adrift of the league leaders ahead of the match, but Jose Mourinho’s side put any doubt over their title-winning abilities to bed with a typically stubborn triumph.And it was Eden Hazard, tipped as the hot favourite for both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards, who proved the match-winner for Chelsea, slotting the ball through David de Gea’s legs on the stroke of half-time.Chelsea, again, were far from their best, but with the threat of the in-form Marouane Fellaini largely nullified by defender-cum-midfielder Kurt Zouma, Mourinho’s men were rarely troubled, despite United’s best efforts.The visitors’ best chance of an equaliser came in the closing stages when Radamel Falcao burst into the area and slammed an angled shot against the woodwork, though with Fellaini unmarked at the far post, a pass across goal might have seen Louis van Gaal’s side come away with a point.The game ended in controversy as the visitors were denied what first appeared to be a clear penalty when Ander Herrera was tripped by Gary Cahill on the edge of the box, but it proved a brilliant call from referee Mike Dean, as replays showed the Spaniard was looking for contact.It was a lively start from both teams but it was United who carved open the first great chance.The away end, along with goalkeeper David de Gea, were celebrating what they thought be a perfect start from their team, when a swift attacking move found Wayne Rooney in acres of space on the edge of the box.The England captain’s swerving strike was sweet and sent the net rippling, but it clipped just the wrong side of the post to leave United fans red faced.Retuning hero Didier Drogba again struggled to lead the line on his own up front, as, without strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy, Chelsea seemed content to sit back and counter on the break.And United piled men forward, with centre-back Paddy McNair, who was an attacking outlet as well at times, having a pop from distance which was deflected just wide by John Terry.This was not the Chelsea we came to know in the early stages of the season, but they still only needed one chance to go in front, with Oscar’s clever backheel playing through Hazard, who raced onto the ball and slotted coolly through De Gea’s legs on 38 minutes.United continued to commit players forward after the break in search of the equaliser, but that left them vulnerable on the counter and Chelsea were inches away from opening up a two-goal lead on 55 minutes.Drogba bounded forward but the veteran striker failed to beat Chris Smalling for pace, instead opting to let fly from distance. His effort deflected up and over a stranded De Gea but Hazard, who sprinted in at the far post, could only find the outside of the post from an angle.It didn’t curb Man United’s enthusiasm, however, as the Red Devils – who finished the game with 70% possession – went close again through McNair, this time testing the gloves of Thibaut Courtois, before Falcao curled an effort wide and then hit the post late on.But their efforts came to nothing against a steadfast Chelsea defence, with the Blues now only needing wins against Arsenal and Leicester in their next two games to be crowned champions.last_img read more