Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums Established 1895

The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums) and four research centers (the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The Fogg Museum includes Western art from the Middle Ages to the present; the Busch-Reisinger Museum, unique among North American museums, is dedicated to the study of all modes and periods of art from central and northern Europe, with an emphasis on German-speaking countries; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum is focused on Asian, ancient, and Islamic and later Indian art. Together, the collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media. The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and the public. For more than a century they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in the United States. The Harvard Art Museums’ recent renovation and expansion builds on the legacies of the three museums and unites their remarkable collections under one roof for the first time. Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s responsive design preserved the Fogg Museum’s landmark 1927 facility, while transforming the space to accommodate 21st-century needs. Following a six-year building project, the museums now feature 40 percent more gallery space, an expanded Art Study Center, conservation labs, and classrooms, and a striking new glass roof that bridges the facility’s historic and contemporary architecture. The new Harvard Art Museums’ building is more functional, accessible, spacious, and above all, more transparent. The three constituent museums retain their distinct identities in this new facility, yet their close proximity provides exciting opportunities to experience works of art in a broader context. Exhibitions, Events, and News Our Special Exhibition Gallery presents important new research on artists and artistic practice, and our University Galleries are programmed in consultation with Harvard faculty to support coursework. www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/exhibitions Lectures, workshops, films, performances, special events, and other programs are held throughout the year at the museums. www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar Check out Index, our multimedia magazine, to keep up with what’s happening at the Harvard Art Museums. http://magazine.harvardartmuseums.org/

When finding yourself in the museum takes on new meaning 😆—Thanks @daddariolinda for this amazing photo! John Singleton ...
07/11/2019

When finding yourself in the museum takes on new meaning 😆

Thanks @daddariolinda for this amazing photo! John Singleton Copley’s 1773 portrait of Nicholas Boylston hangs in Gallery 2240.

This spring, the Harvard Art Museums received a gift of 70 of the late modern artist Otto Piene’s sketchbooks dating fro...
07/09/2019
Harvard Art Museums Receives Gift of Otto Piene’s Sketchbooks | Arts | The Harvard Crimson

This spring, the Harvard Art Museums received a gift of 70 of the late modern artist Otto Piene’s sketchbooks dating from 1935 to 2014. Piene co-founded the Düsseldorf-based collective Group ZERO in 1957 and directed the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 1974 to 1994.

This spring, the Harvard Art Museums received a gift of 70 of the late modern artist Otto Piene’s sketchbooks dating from 1935 to 2014.

"The Bauhaus aspired to transform daily life through the power of design, from handheld objects such as dining utensils ...
07/08/2019
Bauhaus turns 100 at Harvard Art Museums - The Bay State Banner

"The Bauhaus aspired to transform daily life through the power of design, from handheld objects such as dining utensils to entire buildings—if not cathedrals, then campuses and public structures."

From 1919 until 1933, the group ran an influential school of architecture, art and design they entitled Bauhaus (“building house”).

When the 13th-century hollow sculpture of Prince Shōtoku was opened in the late 1930s, a cache of devotional objects—inc...
07/08/2019

When the 13th-century hollow sculpture of Prince Shōtoku was opened in the late 1930s, a cache of devotional objects—including miniature sculptures of protective deities, prayers, charms, and Buddhist scripture—was found inside. Researchers have since pondered how, exactly, these dozens of objects fit inside the two foot tall sculpture. Visit “Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within” to learn more! #NowOnView #HarvardArtMuseums

Happy 4th of July! We hope you’re enjoying a sunny beach day as beautiful as this one. 🏖 ☀️ 🦞 #Summer #Happy4th #Hcontem...
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July! We hope you’re enjoying a sunny beach day as beautiful as this one. 🏖 ☀️ 🦞 #Summer #Happy4th #Hcontemporary #FromOurCollections

Graham Nickson, “Bather with Green Towel: Spread,” 1982. Lascaux acrylic paint on canvas. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase through the generosity of an Anonymous Donor. 2001.5

Jenny F. So, Ph.D. ’82, delves into the alluring world of Chinese jades in a new book, "Early Chinese Jades in the Harva...
07/02/2019
Jades, Reread

Jenny F. So, Ph.D. ’82, delves into the alluring world of Chinese jades in a new book, "Early Chinese Jades in the Harvard Art Museums."

A fresh, up-close look at the Winthrop collection

A new pairing on a second-floor wall overlooking the courtyard has placed the work of contemporary artist Kerry James Ma...
07/02/2019
Harvard Art Museums challenges expectations with new art pairing

A new pairing on a second-floor wall overlooking the courtyard has placed the work of contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall alongside that of 17th-century Dutch painter Nicolas Régnier.

A new pairing on a second-floor wall overlooking the Harvard Art Museums’ courtyard has placed self-portraits of contemporary artist Kerry James Marshall alongside that of 17th-century Dutch painter Nicolas Régnier.

Pigment Paradise! 🎨—Our famous Forbes Pigment Collection contains more than 2,500 samples. A revolving selection of mate...
07/02/2019

Pigment Paradise! 🎨

Our famous Forbes Pigment Collection contains more than 2,500 samples. A revolving selection of materials from the collection can be viewed in our 4th floor display case.

© President and Fellows of Harvard College. Photo Credit: Caitlin Cunningham Photography.

This table lamp, made in the Bauhaus metal workshop under the direction of László Moholy-Nagy, is now considered an icon...
07/01/2019

This table lamp, made in the Bauhaus metal workshop under the direction of László Moholy-Nagy, is now considered an icon of Bauhaus design. But in 1924, the lamp failed to achieve the Bauhaus goal of creating objects well suited for industrial production due to its high fabrication cost. Bauhaus objects’ extreme modernity and frequently high prices made them relatively uncommon outside the homes of artists and intellectuals. See this and other household objects in our Bauhaus exhibition, now in its final month! #Bauhaus100 #NowOnView #Bauhaus #HarvardArtMuseums

Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Carl Jakob Jucker, “Table Lamp, 1924. Transparent glass, opaline glass, mercury-silvered German silver, and silvered brass. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Walter Gropius. BR49.248.A-B. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

The first gay pride march took place in New York City on June 28, 1970—the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. ...
06/28/2019

The first gay pride march took place in New York City on June 28, 1970—the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. 500 people gathered for a demonstration in Washington Square Park, followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. Leonard Freed, known for his photos of the civil rights movement and post-war Germany, captured this quiet moment at the start of the struggle for gay rights in America. #Pride #Pride2019 #Hcontemporary #Stonewall #FromOurCollections #HarvardArtMuseums

Leonard Freed, “Men resting and embracing at a gay pride demonstration, NYC,” 1970. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Gift,
2014.456. © Leonard Freed/Magnum Photos.

Sarah Mirseyedi came to Harvard with an interest in the relationships among 19th-century media, and was immediately draw...
06/27/2019
Drawn to Art Reproduction | Index Magazine | Harvard Art Museums

Sarah Mirseyedi came to Harvard with an interest in the relationships among 19th-century media, and was immediately drawn to a peculiar drawing by Edouard Manet.

A curious drawing by Edouard Manet provided graduate student Sarah Mirseyedi with a rich and rewarding avenue of research—as well as inspiration for a Materials Lab workshop.

Midweek malaise? He gets it. A stroll through our lovely galleries should help!
06/26/2019

Midweek malaise? He gets it. A stroll through our lovely galleries should help!

Last week, artist Joan Snyder (right) sat down with curator Mary Schneider Enriquez and the #SITSA2019 cohort to discuss...
06/25/2019

Last week, artist Joan Snyder (right) sat down with curator Mary Schneider Enriquez and the #SITSA2019 cohort to discuss her practice. That’s her magnificent painting, “Summer Orange,” behind them! #Hcontemporary #JoanSnyder #ContemporaryArt #ArtistVisit #NowOnView #HarvardArtMuseums

06/24/2019
Light Prop for an Electric Stage: Past and Present

Is it an experimental lighting device, the subject of New Vision films and photographs, or a motorized kinetic sculpture? One of the most significant works in the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s collection, László Moholy-Nagy’s “Light Prop for an Electric Stage” has expanded our definition of art for 90 years. Here, curators Lynette Roth and Melissa Venator explain the sculpture’s fascinating history and lively presence in our galleries today.

Looking to get more out of your museum visit? Take a student guide tour this weekend! Tours run Saturday and Sunday at 1...
06/23/2019

Looking to get more out of your museum visit? Take a student guide tour this weekend! Tours run Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 3pm. https://bit.ly/2Hjg9iv

Looking to get more out of your museum visit? Take a student guide tour this weekend! Tours run Saturday and Sunday at 1...
06/22/2019

Looking to get more out of your museum visit? Take a student guide tour this weekend! Tours run Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 3pm. https://bit.ly/2Hjg9iv

Looking to get more out of your museum visit? Take a student guide tour this weekend! Tours run Saturday and Sunday at 1...
06/21/2019

Looking to get more out of your museum visit? Take a student guide tour this weekend! Tours run Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 3pm. https://bit.ly/2Hjg9iv

Boston Weddings has named the Harvard Art Museums as Best Museum Venue! 🥂
06/21/2019
Best of Boston Weddings 2019

Boston Weddings has named the Harvard Art Museums as Best Museum Venue! 🥂

Our annual guide to the area’s top wedding professionals.

Take a closer look at our fall 2019 special exhibition, “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging i...
06/20/2019

Take a closer look at our fall 2019 special exhibition, “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art,” opening September 6! https://bit.ly/2IsfASy

Thanks @fullspectrumumn for these beautiful shots of @porfirio_gutierrez_y_familia’s return visit to our Materials Lab! ...
06/20/2019

Thanks @fullspectrumumn for these beautiful shots of @porfirio_gutierrez_y_familia’s return visit to our Materials Lab! Porfirio led a session on traditional textile dyes from Oaxaca for SITSA, an intensive workshop for future art historians taking place now at the museums. #sitsa2019 #harvardartmuseums @ Harvard Art Museums

Any way you look at it, Hans Arp’s “Constellations II” is a must-see! On view for the first time in 15 years, this room-...
06/19/2019

Any way you look at it, Hans Arp’s “Constellations II” is a must-see! On view for the first time in 15 years, this room-sized wall relief has become a favorite among our visitors. #Bauhaus100 #Bauhaus #NowOnView #HansArp #HarvardArtMuseums

Boston's art scene is kicking into high gear this season. Now's your chance to attend a range of plays, concerts, and li...
06/18/2019
Summer arts — most no more than a train ride from Harvard’s campus

Boston's art scene is kicking into high gear this season. Now's your chance to attend a range of plays, concerts, and live shows, or take a leisurely visit to a museum — like the Harvard Art Museums!

Get out your calendar and start planning — this summer brings music, comedy, plays, spoken word, movies, and more to the Boston area.

"Most Thursdays at 10 a.m., you’ll find Joseph Westlund at the Harvard Art Museums. When he retired 20 years ago at 62, ...
06/17/2019
At Harvard Art Museums, they’ll bring the Rembrandt right to you — and this retiree has made a habit of asking - The Boston Globe

"Most Thursdays at 10 a.m., you’ll find Joseph Westlund at the Harvard Art Museums. When he retired 20 years ago at 62, it became his devoted weekly ritual." Read more in "The Boston Globe."

Most Thursdays, you’ll find Joseph Westlund, 82, at the museums’ remarkable Art Study Center. That’s because for more than 30 years, he’s been teaching himself to not just look, but really see.

Edward Waldo Forbes, former director of the Fogg Museum and a pioneer in art conservation, was never formally trained as...
06/17/2019
The Fruits of Forbes’s Travels | Index Magazine | Harvard Art Museums

Edward Waldo Forbes, former director of the Fogg Museum and a pioneer in art conservation, was never formally trained as an art historian. Yet his study alongside artists and experts in England and Italy provided a valuable education.

What began as an interest in painting led to Edward Waldo Forbes’s extensive travel in England and Italy and an education in connoisseurship, artists’ materials, and techniques.

Happy Father’s Day! —#FromOurCollections #Photography #FathersDay#HarvardArtMuseums—Lucian and Mary Brown, Untitled (fat...
06/16/2019

Happy Father’s Day!

#FromOurCollections #Photography
#FathersDay
#HarvardArtMuseums

Lucian and Mary Brown, Untitled (father and baby on blanket outside), c. 1950. Gelatin silver. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, American Professional Photographers Collection,
4.2002.16972.

It was truly wonderful to welcome Sophie Renoir—great-granddaughter of Pierre-Auguste Renoir—to the Harvard Art Museums ...
06/11/2019

It was truly wonderful to welcome Sophie Renoir—great-granddaughter of Pierre-Auguste Renoir—to the Harvard Art Museums today where she visited the Art Study Center. She’s pictured (left) with Barbara Ehrlich White (right), author of “Renoir: An Intimate Biography.”
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#harvardartmuseums #renoir #pierreaugusterenoir #harvardmuseums #sophierenoir

Madeline Corona, our former Objects Conservation Fellow, explains the research and treatment she conducted on Hans Arp’s...
06/11/2019

Madeline Corona, our former Objects Conservation Fellow, explains the research and treatment she conducted on Hans Arp’s “Constellations II,” currently installed in our 3rd floor research gallery. Madeline’s work on “Constellations II” involved delving into the history of the piece, including its commission for the Harvard Graduate Center 1950 by Walter Gropius, and studying Arp’s work process. She also analyzed the variety of colors the piece had been painted over the years, eventually deciding to return the wood to its original hue. #Bauhaus100 #NowOnView #HansArp #HarvardArtMuseums @ Harvard Art Museums

Portraits by Kerry James Marshall and Nicolas Régnier peek through the arches lining our courtyard. #NowOnView #HarvardA...
06/06/2019

Portraits by Kerry James Marshall and Nicolas Régnier peek through the arches lining our courtyard. #NowOnView #HarvardArtMuseums

A visitor engages with Renoir’s portrait of Blanche-Marie Blanc, his brother’s wife. Pay her a visit in our second floor...
06/04/2019

A visitor engages with Renoir’s portrait of Blanche-Marie Blanc, his brother’s wife. Pay her a visit in our second floor arcade. #Renoir #NowOnView #Impressionism #HarvardArtMuseum

Mahnoor Ali, who graduates today, spent three years here as a student guide, introducing visitors to objects such as the...
05/30/2019

Mahnoor Ali, who graduates today, spent three years here as a student guide, introducing visitors to objects such as these Islamic tiles. Read more about her via the link in our stories, and congratulations to all of our graduating student guides! #Harvard19 #HarvardArtMuseums

Mahnoor Ali, who graduates today, spent three years as a student guide at the Harvard Art Museums, introducing visitors ...
05/30/2019
Engaged at the Intersections | Index Magazine | Harvard Art Museums

Mahnoor Ali, who graduates today, spent three years as a student guide at the Harvard Art Museums, introducing visitors to objects such as Islamic tiles.

Graduating senior Mahnoor Ali has been devoted to exploring intercultural relations and expanding dialogue throughout her time at Harvard.

Looks like visitor Thomas Wycheck met his match in our galleries with John Singer Sargent’s palette! 🎨😉
05/29/2019

Looks like visitor Thomas Wycheck met his match in our galleries with John Singer Sargent’s palette! 🎨😉

Graduating Harvard senior Mahnoor Ali has worked as a student guide at the Harvard Art Museums since sophomore year, lea...
05/25/2019
Harvard grad considers inclusivity in exploring the arts

Graduating Harvard senior Mahnoor Ali has worked as a student guide at the Harvard Art Museums since sophomore year, leading talks in the galleries for members of the public. Her tour, “Exploitation and Reclamation,” prompts visitors to think about some of the same issues that she cares about so deeply.

Throughout her time at Harvard, Mahnoor Ali has been devoted to exploring intercultural relations and expanding dialogue.

Here’s our team installing the sculpture of Prince Shōtoku, the centerpiece of our new exhibition, opening today! See “P...
05/25/2019

Here’s our team installing the sculpture of Prince Shōtoku, the centerpiece of our new exhibition, opening today! See “Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within” in our 3rd floor University Teaching Gallery. #NowOnView #InstallinAction #BehindtheScenes #HarvardArtMuseums

Our new exhibition, “Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within,” opens tomorrow. It centers on a 13th-century sculpture of lege...
05/24/2019

Our new exhibition, “Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within,” opens tomorrow. It centers on a 13th-century sculpture of legendary prince Shōtoku Taishi, considered the founder of Buddhism in Japan. When the sculpture was opened after 700 years, more than 70 objects were found inside. #OpeningSoon #HarvardArtMuseums @ Harvard Art Museums

Over more than a century, the connections between Harvard and Germany have spanned everything from curriculum reform to ...
05/24/2019
The deep connections between Harvard and Germany

Over more than a century, the connections between Harvard and Germany have spanned everything from curriculum reform to art collections to trans-Atlantic fellowships.

In advance of Angela Merkel’s visit, the Gazette looked at a number of key episodes between Germany and Harvard throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Bauhaus weaving workshop was one of the most inventive and commercially successful departments of the pioneering 20t...
05/23/2019
Women and Weaving at the Bauhaus | Index Magazine | Harvard Art Museums

The Bauhaus weaving workshop was one of the most inventive and commercially successful departments of the pioneering 20th-century school of art and design. Notably, most of the artists involved were women.

The female-dominated Bauhaus weaving workshop continues to inspire artists and researchers today.

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