Director's Message

With the academic year now complete, we at the Harvard Art Museums are turning our attention to the lively summer months and to welcoming even more visitors from around the corner and across the globe. Wherever you call home, we know that you will find something here to inspire you.

We invite you to explore our four new exhibitions, each with something special to offer—from Harvard’s mysterious “lost” collection, to rare ceramics from the Forbidden City in Beijing, to Persian paintings on view for the first time in the United States, to the poetic work of 20th-century artist Christopher Wilmarth. And with an active schedule of new installations planned in our Collections Galleries as well, you are certain to discover something new every time you visit.

Located at the heart of Harvard University, we offer unprecedented access to world-class collections for both students and the larger community. Our commitment not only to teaching and innovation, but also to the sheer joy of personal experiences with art is one we gladly extend to all visitors. Come see for yourself at one of the many exciting programs in our summer lineup.

Even if you have just a few minutes to spare, stop in to marvel at the magnificent Italian travertine Calderwood Courtyard, recently restored and expanded during our renovation by architect Renzo Piano. Open to all, regardless of whether you visit the galleries, the courtyard functions as our town square—a kind of “piazza,” as Renzo liked to call it, for this global institution. Here you can enjoy breathtaking views up through the glass roof and into the surrounding galleries, have lunch or a cold drink in the cafe, pick up a unique gift in the museum shop, and most important, you can become part of the community we are building every day at the Harvard Art Museums.

I hope that we can welcome you to the museums very soon.

Martha Tedeschi
Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director