Battle At Harvard Over Museum Project

When Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1895, museums were far less popular than they are today. But even in recent decades, as other institutions pulled in crowds, the Harvard art collections had a somewhat secluded feel. “There was a sense of those things being locked away,” says Harvard Art Museums chief curator Deborah Martin Kao. All that will change on November 16, when Harvard opens an ambitious renovation and expansion by Italian architect Renzo Piano. But not everyone is happy about how the project turned out. Details. Pictured are the Harvard Art Museums, with the new addition.

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