Art Is...(Star East Monuments)
Lorraine O’Grady
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School. © 2017 Lorraine O’Grady / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School. © 2017 Lorraine O’Grady / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School. © 2017 Lorraine O’Grady / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

This photograph is from O’Grady’s Art Is... series, which are documents of her performance piece of the same title. In 1983, O’Grady entered a float in the African-American Day Parade in Harlem. She wrote the words “Art Is...” on the float's gold skirt, and on top of the float, she mounted a 9 x 15-foot gilded frame. As the float moved down Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, O’Grady’s 15 collaborators, seen here dressed in white, invited people to pose in the empty gilded picture frames they carried. Onlookers became participants in both the parade and the work of art, many exclaiming, as the frames and float passed by: “Make me art!” and “We're the art!” These photographs are not only documents of the event, but also compelling reminders of the power and joy of art.

 
 

About the collection

Gerald Schwartz believes the presence of provocative art promotes creative thinking, remembering that "artistic presence was the only thing missing at HBS when I went there. I wanted to change that." In 1995, Gerry Schwartz and a team from HBS together began purchasing contemporary art for the HBS buildings most frequented by students. Inspired by the growing collection, a small group of MBA students founded the HBS Art Appreciation Society in 2001. It quickly grew into one of the largest student clubs on campus, sponsoring events in Boston area galleries and museums, as well as an annual weekend in Manhattan to meet artists, tour exhibitions, and attend theater. The club's co-presidents accompany Mr. Schwartz on his annual buying trip to purchase additional art for the School's collection.

About Gerald Schwartz, MBA '70

Gerald Schwartz, MBA ’70, is the Founder and CEO of Onex Corporation. He has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Gerry Schwartz is Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital, a director of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, a trustee of The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Chairman of its Canadian Friends, and a governor of Junior Achievement of Metro Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba, a Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, and several Doctor of Laws (Hon.) degrees. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music.