Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is dedicated to the synthesis of art, design, and education.
Exhibition. 2018–19 Visual and Environmental Studies Visiting Faculty. Next, Aug 30–Sep 23, 2018.
Exhibition. Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America. Next, Sep 13–Dec 30, 2018.
Carpenter Center bookshop in collaboration with Motto Books. Summer hours Thu–Sat 12–5 pm.
Open to the public
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University is housed in the only building in North America designed by Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier. It hosts the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, exhibition spaces, and the Harvard Film Archive.
Summer in the Bookshop
For the month of July and August, join us in the Carpenter Center Bookshop for lunchtime workshops. Through a series of conversations and hands-on activities, we’ll learn about publishing projects and printed material.
Exhibitions and Programs
All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.
The Carpenter Center’s bookshop is a collaboration with Motto Books, a bookshop based in Berlin. The bookshop is one of the only places in the Boston-area that carries small press contemporary art books, magazines, and journals, with an emphasis on international publications and limited-edition projects.
Department of Visual and Environmental Studies is home to a range of studio and theoretical studies in the arts at Harvard University. It offers courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video and animation as well as photography, film history and theory, and contemporary art.
Harvard Film Archive
Harvard Film Archive presents films each week in a 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection, regularly hosting filmmakers to discuss their work. The archive holds over 25,000 audio and visual items from around the world and almost every period in film history.
The Complete Visconti, or Luchino Visconti, Architect of Neorealism