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Last month saw the opening of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery at the Hutchins Center, the first museum on Harvard’s campus dedicated solely to African and African American art. The inagural exhibition, creatively entitled Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy, seeks to capture the multifaceted components that make up African city life through modern art. Equipped only with the knowledge of this title—which itself, I have to admit, wasn’t especially descriptive—I decided it was time to check out the new installation, located next to Peet’s Coffee in Harvard Square.
Now that the Museums have officially opened to the public, administrators hope to make the Museums accessible and attractive to Harvard’s youngest affiliates.
“It’s like visiting old friends,” said longtime Cambridge resident Ellen Kramer as she viewed the museum’s old collections rearranged in remodeled galleries during a community reception Saturday
The event, jointly coordinated by the Extension School and Lowell Institute, focused on the development of art museums in the 21st century.
We are not at a gallery in New York. We are at the student opening of the newly renovated Harvard Art Museums. Whoever is in charge of the event has gone all out. An art museum employee clips on a cleverly crafted paper bow adorned with Harvard H's as we enter. Swirly dance music pulses. I ask a caterer what the vision was for the event.