Collections

Celebrating Our Stories—Together

We look back at some of the stories we’ve shared at the Harvard Art Museums in 2019.

A black and white photograph depicts Werner Kramarsky, wearing a striped shirt and a tie, holding a pair of glasses.

Remembering Drawings Collector Werner H. Kramarsky (1926–2019)

Drawings curator Joachim Homann pays tribute to the late Werner Kramarsky, a collector who generously supported contemporary artists and who donated outstanding works on paper to the museums.

By Joachim Homann

Woman standing beside the Forbes Pigment Collection cabinets handles materials with gloved hands and has a tray of pigments and materials in front of her.

Pigment Collection Colors All Aspects of the Museums

Only a small portion of our famous Forbes Pigment Collection is on display. But its influence is felt throughout the museums every day.

Global Displacement at the Center of Crossing Lines, Constructing Home

Our new exhibition—featuring important contemporary works from our collections—explores issues around displacement and belonging.

An oil painting of a boy atop a horse pulling a harrow made of short branches with another young boy sitting atop the harrow.

Clarity on Homer’s Brush Harrow

Paintings conservation fellow Anne Schaffer shares how a simple treatment revealed a critical detail in Winslow Homer’s The Brush Harrow.

By Anne Schaffer

A group of people look toward a display case of art as Jen Thum, holding notes in her hand, talks to the visitors

In Gallery Talks, Creativity and Collaboration on Display

From “Introduction to the Dark Arts” to “Red, White, and Blue,” unconventional gallery talks showcase our fellows’ creativity.

Crossing Lines, Constructing Home — An Introduction

In this video, curators Makeda Best and Mary Schneider Enriquez introduce our new special exhibition.

A watercolor of a man standing in the ocean, his back the viewer, holding up a piece of coral towards a person in a nearby boat.

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.

Lee discussing some of her favorite works in Harvard Art Museums. A sculpture and a painting are on display behind her.

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.

Two young children draw in front of Herbert Bayer's

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