Harvard Art Museums to Reopen in September, ‘Free Sunday’ Pilot Initiative | News

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More than a year after its abrupt closure, the Harvard Art Museums plans to reopen Sept. 4 at reduced capacity and offer free admission on Sundays.

The Harvard Art Museums – which includes three galleries and four research centers and holds one of the largest art collections in the country – will offer Harvard students the chance to visit earlier, with a student-only day the first day of classes on September 1.

They will also hold two preview days for members and supporters on September 2 and 3, according to a Tuesday press release.

All visitors will need to make reservations, which will be offered three weeks in advance from August 20. The museums will also accept a “limited number” of daily visitors.

The “Sunday Free” initiative will begin when museums reopen, but only for visitors who can obtain a reservation in advance.

This program is in addition to the many free admission programs at Harvard Art Museums, which include free admission for Harvard ID card holders, students, museum members, minors and all residents of Cambridge.

The museums will host four new exhibits this fall, according to the statement.

The “Devour the Land: War and American Landscape Photography since 1970” exhibit, according to the museums, will highlight “the unintended and often hidden consequences of militarism on habitats and well-being in the United States.”

Meanwhile, “States of Play: Prints from Rembrandt to Delsarte” will display the “revision, correction and adjustment” that underlies the finished works of art.

The installation “A Colloquium in Visual Arts” will complement the College’s Humanities 20: “A Colloquium in Visual Arts” course, which aims to study the humanities through art and architecture around the world.

Finally, the museums’ “ReFrame” initiative will include a collection of installations intended to “inspire, challenge and connect museum visitors” and encourage visitors to consider “which artists, which groups of people and which cultures are visible or invisible “.

In the press release, Museums Director Martha Tedeschi thanked the “talented and dedicated staff” of the museums for their work during the closure and expressed her “great joy” for their reopening.

“We see reopening as an opportunity to provide additional access points that make it easier to visit,” she said. “Our online museum community has grown exponentially while we were closed due to the pandemic, and now we want to focus on extending the warmest possible invitation to every museum visitor, whether new or returning. return.”

—Editor James R. Jolin can be reached at james.jolin@thecrimson.com.

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