The Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, pioneer sponsor of modern art here at Harvard, has received a tribute that is in no way a trivial one. The announcement in this morning's CRIMSON that some of the members have been elected to the advisory committee of the Museum of Modern Art, in New York is not only an individual honor for those men chosen but also a distinction for the society. The Harvard society is little more than a year old and the mere fact that its founders--three of the men elected--have won for their organization national recognition is proof that their work in the field of modern art has been of a high standard.
Whether or not contemporary painting, sketching, and sculpture appeals to the individual is a matter of personal taste and one that gives rise to many points of difference. It is a cultivation of this taste that finally brings to most people a distinct liking for modern art and an admiration for the work that the Paris school artists and their contemporaries produce.
Besides presenting numerous exhibitions that are pleasing to the connoisseurs this group of sponsors of the modern tendencies in art has also done much for the novice and has aided him in his education in the fine arts. The men honored this morning are going to an institution that realized the scope that modern art had attained, appreciated its beauty, and broke away from the conservative Metropolitan Museum. The efforts of the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art are indicative of the healthy state of modern artistic tendencies and the recognition that it has received is deserved.