A public art
project for
Harvard University

Presented by
the Harvard
Committee on
the Arts

Harvard Yard

Aug 27 through
Oct 1, 2018

This project was made possible
with the support of the Johnson/
Kulukundis Family President’s Fund
for Arts at Harvard University.

The Project

Autumn (... Nothing Personal) is a public sculpture by the artist Teresita Fernández on view August 27 through October 1, 2018. Commissioned by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, the installation is both a physical site and a space for public dialogue and performance.



Autumn (... Nothing Personal) references James Baldwin’s 1964 text “Nothing Personal,” published as a collaborative book with the photographer Richard Avedon at the height of the civil rights movement. Join us to read James Baldwin’s essay.

We are looking for volunteers to read the essay in public throughout the month of September, 2018. Sign up online to join a group reading or use the installation to read any time. Host your own reading, discussion group, meeting, or public action.

Protest against Powell as Commencement speaker, Harvard Yard, April 23, 1993.
UAV 605.295.21 (Box 1 – Folder 4/23/1993 #3). Harvard University Archives.



Khabeer Sultan

Tercentenary Theatre
Harvard Yard

Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s Americaarrow


Environmental Dialogue:
Claire Chase
and students

Tercentenary Theatre
Harvard Yard

Group Discussion
Teresita Fernández

Tercentenary Theatre
Harvard Yard

Events Aug 27–Oct 1


Teresita Fernández is a contemporary American artist best known for her prominent public installations and experiential large-scale sculptures that evoke striking landscapes. Often inspired by natural wonders, Fernández frequently places importance in her choice of medium, employing gold, graphite, and other minerals that have complicated histories often tied to colonialism.

Appointed by President Barack Obama, Fernández was the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a 100-year-old federal panel that advises the president and Congress on national matters of design and aesthetics. She is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Artist's Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Fernández’s works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. Fernández received a BFA from Florida International University, Miami, in 1990 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, in 1992. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Currently on view at the Harvard Art Museums is Fernández’s ink and pencil drawing Small American Fires (2016), a recent addition to the museums’ modern and contemporary galleries. The twelve-part drawing evokes the landscape of a natural wildfire while alluding to ideas of protest, politics, and change.

Teresita Fernández
Autumn (... Nothing Personal)
Photo: Jon Chase,
Harvard Staff Photographer