Neighbors #5
Arne Svenson

For my subjects there is no question of privacy. They are performing behind a transparent scrim on a stage of their own creation with the curtain raised high. Some time ago a birding friend passed away and I inherited his telephoto lens. Having no interest in birds, I turned to the residents of a glass-walled apartment building across the street from my studio. The Neighbors don't know they are being photographed; I carefully shoot from the shadows of my space into theirs. I am not unlike the birder, quietly waiting for hours, watching for the flutter of a hand or the movement of a curtain as an indication that there is life within. As the Neighbors move into and out of their prosceniums, divergent narratives are created in the segmented windowpanes. Day and night, obstructed only by reflections, the patina of dust on glass and occasional pulled curtain, I am at the window, waiting for those curtains to part again for the tableaux to materialize, for the performance to begin.
—Arne Svenson


​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 1998, 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.