Director's Message

Here in Cambridge, the arrival of fall brings fresh vitality as the new academic year gets underway. At the Harvard Art Museums, we have spent the summer preparing for a dynamic program of new exhibitions, installations, programs, and other experiences for our visitors. In our dual role as a laboratory for teaching and learning and as a public museum with rich and global collections, we offer a place where inspiring ideas, original works of art, and diverse points of view all come together to spark conversation and debate.

For me, one of our most distinctive and exciting features is the spirit of collaboration we promote with colleagues across Harvard—faculty, visiting artists and scholars, students, and experts in a wide array of disciplines. Take, for instance, the engaging presentations in our University Galleries, where Harvard faculty partner with our curators on installations that provide unique perspectives on the collections. These galleries currently will take you from the art of Iran in the Qajar era (1779–1925), to considerations of gender issues inflected by historical images of women in South Asian art, to the role of modern artists in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917. As a way to further enrich your experience, I invite you to participate in the wide-ranging programs—gallery talks, lectures, films, and more—that complement these installations.

Please join us for these and other regular programs, including hands-on workshops, musical performances, and our popular student guide tours. And do check our calendar of events and join our mailing list to keep up to date on the latest offerings. We hope that you will visit soon to take advantage of this exciting lineup of events.

While our beautiful building is bustling with activity each day, you are sure to find a place here as well for quiet contemplation and close looking. We look forward to welcoming you as, together, we strive to create community through art.

Martha Tedeschi
Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director