We’re really excited about a recent addition to our website: a database of 3,000 photographic objects by photojournalist and combat photographer Gordon Ward Gahan. Full story
Those of you following the blog already know about the progress we’ve made on our renovation and expansion project: the steel and glass roof is complete and the building is weathertight. We are now in new phase of construction, focused on building out the interior.
This shift to the interior of the new facility has gotten us thinking about, well, what will happen inside the museums. Full story
Harvard Art Museums conservator Susan Costello recently completed restoration work on Virgin and Child in Majesty (“Seat of Divine Wisdom”), a French wooden sculpture from the 12th century. Full story
Congratulations to curator Mary McWilliams on the opening of In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art. Opening night festivities included a lecture by Oya Pancaroğlu, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Boğaziçi University in Turkey, on the history and cultural signiﬁcance of ceramic production in eastern Iran. Oya’s presentation, which was received by a packed auditorium, referenced her essay in the exhibition’s catalogue. Full story
Last month, Harvard Art Museums members enjoyed a Harvard Treasures Tour of the Culinary Collection at Radcliﬀe’s Schlesinger Library. Marylène Altieri, Curator of Books and Printed Materials at the library, discussed the origins and breadth of the collection, which focuses on the history of women in America, before taking guests on a guided tour of Siting Julia: A Julia Child Centenary Exhibition. Full story
After completing its run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bernini: Sculpting in Clay recently traveled down south to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. The exhibition, which displays 40 terracotta “sketches” and 30 drawings, illuminates the creative process behind the great baroque sculptor’s colossal marble and bronze works. The exhibition was co-curated by Anthony Sigel, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums, and features 16 works from our collection that have never been loaned before. Full story