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Gallery Talk—Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade

By Harvard Art Museums

Curator Sarah Laursen shares works that reflect the entwined histories of the opium and Chinese art trades from the 18th to the 20th century.

A print showing three red and purple opium poppy plants and their roots, with their Latin names below.

.: Wed, December 13 2023 12:30pm – Thu, December 14 2023 1pm.

Ages: Adults.


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400

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Gallery talks are limited to 18 people and registration is required. You can register by clicking on the event on this form, beginning at 10am the day of the talk.



  • In-person only.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Neighborhood 9

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.

Wheelchair accessible.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.

Additional information

Join curator Sarah Laursen for a closer look at artworks in the exhibition Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade (September 15, 2023–January 14, 2024). The exhibition explores the entwined histories of the opium trade and the Chinese art market between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. Laursen will share how these two commodities—acquired through both legal and illicit means—have had a lasting impact on the global economy, public health, immigration law, education, and the arts.