“The arts offer each of us a special kind of insight and connection to the world. They free us from what we thought we understood—what we thought was possible—and challenge us to reconsider our assumptions.”
Drew Gilpin Faust
President and Lincoln Professor of History, Harvard University
We believe museums should be spaces for not only quiet contemplation, but also energetic conversations, a site for forging new connections within art space and our greater communities. As a result, Sightlines is inspired by the goals the new Harvard Art Museums: create an interconnected web of stories about art that is contained in the museum collections. It is a tool that enables greater access to these stories by engaging the viewer with information not available in wall-text and object descriptions alone, challenging us to slow down with our technology to absorb art’s deeper materiality, context, and position in curated space. Sightlines is a digital construction of the questions posed when art is assembled in authored spaces, the interconnected web of ethical and philosophical propositions with which we confront art objects.
“Great art, like science and the humanities, can never remain as the possession of one individual, creator or collector… great art and all culture belongs to all humankind.”
Arthur M. Sackler
Benefactor of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum
“[A work] cuts across cultures by asking questions of us.”
Diana Eck, speaking on Krishna, Radha and the Gopis with a Young Prince (c. 1650)
Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies; Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society; and Lowell House Housemaster, Harvard University
When we learn a new way of thinking, we make ourselves better able to see the world around us openly, making us better global citizens connected with each other. We each have our own stories, ignited by art—when we tap into the stories that art works tell, they can become our own. And from here, art, new understanding, and storytelling proliferate: art’s energy reverberates across the gallery space, from the gallery space to the viewing public and to other museums, and from the viewing public and other museums to the rest of the world. Imagine a world where we connect all museums—a collection of works for all humankind.