The HBS Art Collection & Program consists of over 1,000 original works and serves as a key teaching and learning resource for the HBS community. The Collection is especially remarkable in terms of its international, global scope and diversity, and contains many works in a wide range of media by modern and contemporary artists of color, and women artists. Many works in the Collection have direct ties to archival collections in Baker Library and the collecting efforts of the HBS Business Historical Society.
Highlights of the HBS Art Collection include a 4th-century AD Roman mosaic, marine paintings by Fitz Henry Lane and James Buttersworth; 19th-century landscape paintings by Thomas Doughty and Alvan Fisher; a group of Currier and Ives hand-colored lithographs; tapestries and prints by Joan Miró; prints by Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Helen Frankenthaler, and Roy Lichtenstein; contemporary sculptures by Joel Shapiro, Mary Frank, and Jaume Plensa; mixed media works by Radcliffe Bailey, Nam June Paik, and Doris Salcedo; and photographs by Marina Abramovic, Martha Rosler, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Carrie Mae Weems, and David Wojnarowicz.
The Schwartz Art Collection forms a significant portion of the contemporary art collection at HBS and consists of over 300 objects. It is displayed throughout the campus to inspire students to think creatively and incorporate art into their lives.
The C. Ludens Ringnes Sculpture Collection was established in 2018 through the generosity of Christian Ringnes during the Harvard Business School Campaign. This gift enables the acquisition of contemporary sculpture and supports the School's public sculpture loan exhibition program. These permanent and temporary works enrich the experiences of all who reside on and visit the HBS community, and serve as a catalyst for discussion. Click here for a downloadable map of the sculpture currently on view on campus.
The Stamps Reading Room in Baker Library also houses the HBS Art & Artifacts Book Collection, which contains books about artists that are represented in the HBS Art & Artifacts Collection, including artists who have works in the Schwartz Art Collection, as well as artists who have been featured in exhibitions and in the contemporary sculpture program at HBS.
October 2019–December 2020
Spangler Center, Harvard Business School
Organized in conjunction with the Business & Environment Initiative at Harvard Business School, Art, Nature, and Business: Perspectives on the Environment presents works of art from the HBS Art and Artifacts Collection and the Schwartz Art Collection that address a range of environmental topics. This exhibition looks at how various artists have engaged with dialogues on nature, industry, science, ecology, and the environment, from the nineteenth century to the present. The eighteen works in this exhibition explore themes such as the Romantic landscape tradition and the sublime; the artist’s experience of nature; constructed environments and ecological systems; innovation, industrialization, recycling, and natural resources; changing weather patterns; the resilience of nature; and the human impact on the planet. Installed throughout the first floor of Spangler Center, this exhibition features art in a variety of media—from paintings and photographs to works that incorporate recycled and industrial materials—in order to bring new perspectives to conversations on campus about climate change.
Exhibition curated by Melissa Renn, Collections Manager, HBS Art and Artifacts Collection.