Collections

Truth or Fiction? Homer as Witness

Our exhibition Winslow Homer: Eyewitness, drawn almost entirely from the permanent collections, links seemingly disparate chapters of the American artist’s career.

In the Galleries with Our Chief Curator

Chief curator Soyoung Lee shares some of her favorite objects and a few projects she’s excited about.

Creating Art, Amid the Art

Visitors of all ages are welcome to sketch in the galleries. Find out the stories behind some of the works they’ve created.

By Allyson Tompkins

Light Prop for an Electric Stage: Past and Present

Watch as curators Lynette Roth and Melissa Venator explain the fascinating history and lively presence of László Moholy-Nagy’s Light Prop for an Electric Stage.

Drawn to Art Reproduction

A curious drawing by Edouard Manet provided graduate student Sarah Mirseyedi with a rich and rewarding avenue of research—as well as inspiration for a Materials Lab workshop.

By Sarah Mirseyedi

A History of Collecting on Display in Japan on Paper

Learn about the incredible generosity of the individuals who, over many years, have shaped our collection of Japanese woodblock prints, highlighted in Japan on Paper.

The Fruits of Forbes’s Travels

What began as an interest in painting led to Edward Waldo Forbes’s extensive travel in England and Italy and an education in connoisseurship, artists’ materials, and techniques.

By Michelle Interrante

Reunited with a “Transcendent” Figure

Childhood summers spent getting to know the sculpture Prince Shōtoku at Age Two left a lifelong impression on Harvard graduate Walter C. Sedgwick.

Women and Weaving at the Bauhaus

The female-dominated Bauhaus weaving workshop continues to inspire artists and researchers today.

The “Time is Now” for Teaching about Art

Curatorial fellow Jen Thum shares her experience of introducing a recent photography exhibition to elementary school kids.

By Jen Thum