As we settle into the new year, the team here at the Harvard Art Museums is preparing a dynamic and wide-ranging slate of new exhibitions and programs for the winter and spring months. Opening in February, the special exhibition Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55 examines the highly charged artistic landscape in Germany immediately following World War II. Building on our particular strength as a site for original research and critical conversations, this exhibition and its related programs help uncover a lost decade in the history of modern art, bringing to light artists and movements that emerged amid the devastation of war and in its aftermath. The show chronicles the experience of individuals who, despite turmoil and uncertainty, managed to go on creating remarkably diverse and ingenious works of art.
In addition, we are partnering with 12 arts organizations throughout Greater Boston this winter on an ambitious project exploring the relationship between art and technology. This exciting cultural collaboration offers a range of exhibitions, performances, film screenings, and other special events across the region, all spurred by the ICA Boston’s exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. At Harvard, we are presenting a new installation by JODI, the pioneering artist collective formed in 1994 by Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans. One of the most influential artist duos working in the information age, JODI has produced a new project, OXO (2018), for our Lightbox Gallery, a collaborative space for digital projects on the museums’ uppermost level.
The year 2018 also marks the 500th anniversary of an ecclesiastical site in Montepulciano, Italy, that served as inspiration for our own Calderwood Courtyard. In 1927, architect Henry Richardson Shepley created a replica for the courtyard interior based on the facade of the 1518 canon’s house in Montepulciano. We will join our Italian sister city in celebrating this occasion by offering special tours, lectures, and performances as well as by publishing a commemorative book, available in our shop this fall.
With so much activity animating our beautiful building, I hope you will find an opportunity to join in. You are warmly invited to visit an exhibition, attend a program, or simply explore the galleries to see what’s new.
Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director