GABC YP’s Afternoon at the Museum

Saturday, Apr 14, 2018

The GABC Young Professionals Group organized this informal tour of the Harvard Art Museums. Art historian Brian LeMay provided a guided tour for non-specialists of the Museums’ European and American art galleries. The visit concluded with an introduction to the special exhibition, “Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55”. Afterwards, participants gathered at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House (33 Dunster Street) for drinks and early dinner.

When: Saturday, April 14,  2018 at 3pm
Where: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge. Meeting point in the central courtyard of the museum.

Surrounded by German Expressionists. Photo: Nicole Connolly

Intro to the museum. Photo: Marian LeMay

Contemplating a Renoir

Reading up on the exhibit. Photo: Marian LeMay

An exhibit on the little-known works of art from Germany, post WWII. Photo: Marian LeMay

Brian W.J. LeMay leading the tour. Photo: Marian LeMay

Starting off with Gauguin, Manet, Renoir and Cezanne. Photo: Nicole Connolly

The courtyard of the Harvard Art Museums, designed by Renzo Piano. Photo: Marian LeMay

Though the traditional exterior of the Fogg Museum and the interior courtyard were retained in the massive museum renovation, the rest of the museum is completely modernized. Photo: Marian LeMay

Photo: Ines Boehnert


About our personal Tour Guide

Brian W J LeMay
studied the history of art at the Johns Hopkins University and at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art. He served for 25 years as an official at the Smithsonian Institution, and for the past 12 years as director of the Bostonian Society History Library and Old State House Museum.

About the Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums are part of Harvard University and comprise three museums: the Fogg Museum (Western European and North American art), the Busch-Reisinger Museum (art from German-speaking Europe) and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum (Asian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean art).  The museums started closing in 2008 in anticipation of a major renovation and merging. In 2014 the three museums, identities more or less intact, FINALLY re-emerged as the one-title Harvard Art Museums. They’re together at the former Fogg site on Quincy Street, but while the marvelous and impressive Fogg facade and courtyard have been preserved, nearly everything else is brand new.  This is the result of bringing world-famous architect Renzo Piano on board. He pushed the original building’s back wall through to the next street and raised the roof to add a new full story. The roof, a bifurcated glass pyramid, is all but invisible from Harvard Yard and covers the interior courtyard. This is where the YP Group will meet.

Fee for joining the tour is $10.  Limited to 15 people.
Admission to the museum is at your own cost (see admission fee table below). Please bring your relevant Harvard ID or proof of Cambridge residence to the event to receive a discount.
Drinks and food at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House are at your own expense.

Harvard Art Museums Admission Prices – Pay at the door
$15 Adults
$13 Seniors (65+)
$10 Non-Harvard students (18+)
Free Harvard faculty, students, and staff (plus one guest)
Free Youth under 18
Free Cambridge residents (proof of residency required)
Free Massachusetts K-12 teachers (valid teaching ID required)
Free Massachusetts residents, Saturdays from 10am–noon (proof of residency required)
Free Active duty military personnel, plus up to five family members, in collaboration with NEA Blue Star Museums (year round)
Free Individuals with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, plus up to five family members