Modern Art

Poetry Pop Up

What is pop? What is poetry? What is today? These questions—along with Corita Kent’s art—inspired one-of-a-kind verses.

Thomas Crow Talks Pop Art

Before his 12/10 lecture, Crow spoke with us about New Zealand artist Colin McCahon, Corita Kent, and pop art. Article snippet:  “Kent and McCahon count as about the only artists you can put forward as credibly addressing theological questions.” 

A Couple of Collectors

Summary: With the opening of the exhibition The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States on May 23, 2015, the Harvard Art Museums will become the final venue to display art from the world-renowned Vogel Collection. Among the artists represented in the exhibition are Stephen...

Up for Debate

During two days of programming at the Harvard Art Museums, scholars, students, and the public explored the significance and innovative conservation of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals. The events highlighted the murals’ return to public discourse and their new role as potential models for the treatment...

A Peek into Our Collections: Torso of a Young Girl

A Peek into Our Collections offers a window on what is on view in the new Harvard Art Museums, which opened to the public on November 16. Here’s a look at a sculpture by Constantin Brancusi.

Edvard Munch Works Enrich Our Collections

Lynn Straus first discovered the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s work on a trip to his homeland in 1948. It was In 1969 that she and her husband, Philip A. Straus (Harvard Class of 1937), purchased their first print by the artist—an acquisition that marked the start of one of the leading collections...

Artist Letters: Alexander Calder

To keep the Harvard Art Museums collections in tip-top shape, we rely on a team of experts: curators, conservators, scientists, and when possible, we work directly with the artists who created the objects we’re caring for. Alexander “Sandy” Calder was one of these artists, as we discovered through h...

My Favorite Object: Jessica Arista

In this series, Index asks our colleagues “What is your favorite work of art in our collections and why?” This is a tall order, given that we have about 250,000 works in our collections. At a recent weekly coffee hour, our intrepid reporters posed the challenging question to unsuspecting staff.

Training at the Harvard Art Museums: Jessica Morgan

The Harvard Art Museums have trained scores of museum leaders who have gone on to make remarkable contributions to the curatorial, conservation, and education fields. We offer a number of opportunities for emerging graduate and postgraduate scholars interested in the production and presentation of o...

My Favorite Object: Jason Koczela

In this series, Index asks our colleagues “What is your favorite work of art in our collections and why?” This is a tall order, given that we have about 250,000 works in our collections. At a recent weekly coffee hour, our intrepid reporters posed the cha...