Art has the potential to cut across boundaries and to help us understand who we are and what we hope for in the world. For us, it was Sightlines.
Created by Harvard Art Museums Student Guides Ned Whitman '15 and Dylan Perese '16, this selection of artworks and audio produced for the student opening of the new Harvard Art Museums has served as the basis for our work on Sightlines since the very beginning. Inspired by Harvard’s Chief Curator Dr. Deborah Kao, Director of Student Programs David Odo, Jessica Levin Martinez, Head, Division of Academic and Public Programs.
We have selected ten works to guide you through one experience a visitor might have with light in the new Harvard Art Museums across the collections of the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Arthur M. Sackler collections. As a gallery aide, these works selected for Sightlines' conceptual launch will build your toolbox for engaging with art. Drawing on one’s native visual observational skills, this app highlights a user’s understanding of range, contrast, sharpness, and diffuseness in a given work. Light is one of many ways of looking. We encourage you to think about geometry, form/line, and materials as well.