circa 1963


In May 2013, our neighbors at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts will celebrate the big 5-0 for their Le Corbusier-designed building, the one and only in North America. But with a campus buzzing with new and returning students, who wants to wait eight months to get the party started? Cue circa 1963, an exhibition of iconic works from the early to mid-1960s that paints a picture (no pun intended) of the contemporary art scene in the building’s beginning years. Some artists represented in the exhibition even taught or were associated with the center in its formative years and contributed to a vision of “Cambridge Modernism.”

Curated by David Rodowick, Director of the Carpenter Center, the exhibition presents selections from the collection of the Harvard Art Museums, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Estate of Peter Moore and includes works by Josef Albers, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, Ben Shahn, and Aaron Siskind, among many others.

circa 1963 is on view through October 7 with a reception on Thursday, September 13, from 5:30–6:30pm.

Image: Bridget Riley, Untitled (Fragment 5), 1965, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum.