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 a 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. As the building takes shape, we’re starting to visualize the space as not only a complex construction site, but as the future home of our three museums—the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum—together under the same roof for the ﬁrst time. With our three museums together, we will be able to present their collections in wholly new ways, breaking down traditional boundaries of culture, time period, and medium.
The new Harvard Art Museums, opening in fall 2014, will not only feature expanded permanent collection galleries, but also galleries programmed in consultation with students and faculty, galleries for teaching exhibition-making, art study centers where visitors can intimately view works of art, and ﬂexible spaces that will incorporate the use of technology for diﬀerent kinds of installations, programs, and performances. There will be many new ways for visitors to access our world-class collections.
We can hardly wait!
See more images from the renovation on Flickr.
Read more about the renovation and expansion project in the Harvard Gazette.
Images (top to bottom): Harvard Art Museums rendering from Broadway and Prescott Street. Photo: courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop; Harvard Art Museums. Aerial by lesvants.com.