Harvard Art Museums will open its renovated and expanded facility in the fall of 2014. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the project will create new spaces and platforms for the Harvard Art Museums to foster teaching and learning across disciplines and engage the public in its research, conservation activities, and exhibitions.
The new facility will provide opportunities for the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums to exhibit their collections in new ways - with dialogue and juxtapositions between objects from different cultures, time periods, and media - and will provide a flexible and innovative model for multidisciplinary study and learning. The expansion will strengthen the Harvard Art Museums' role at the forefront of visual arts research and scholarship, while providing broader public access and a dynamic cultural space for the Cambridge and Greater Boston communities.
The close, intimate viewing of works of art has long been central to the Harvard Art Museums' role as a preeminent training ground for arts professionals. The new exhibition galleries are being designed specifically to create places for the unhurried examination of and engagement with individual works of art-for both the Harvard University community and the general public. wHY Architecture, a design architecture firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York, is designing the interiors and casework for these new spaces.