Exhibitions

Two people, whose backs are to us, are in front of a large-scale abstract painting. The person on the left is standing and is applying a long cotton swab to the painting. The person on the right is wearing a visor and sitting on a stool. The painting consists of interlocking ribbed curves in shades of green against a lighter green background, punctuated with smaller red shapes.

Art Talk: Lifting the Veil from Herbert Bayer’s Verdure

In celebration of the Bauhaus centennial, one of the largest paintings in the Harvard Art Museums collections was cleaned and restored while being studied alongside preparatory works in the collections.

Painting Edo — An Introduction

In this video, curator Rachel Saunders introduces our new special exhibition.

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

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.

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

Woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai of nine figures in front of Mount Fuji.

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.

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.

A video still featuring 11 women's faces peering out from behind a weaving loom at the Bauhaus.

Women and Weaving at the Bauhaus

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