MacArthur Park
Gary Carsley
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

Daguerreotypes were a radically new medium when they were introduced in the first half of the 19th century. "Draguerreotypes" is a term Carsley uses to describe his series of digital images that are also photographic monoprints. He starts by taking photographs of important international parks. He proceeds to schematize these tonally, and from a vast archive of scanned adhesive laminated faux wood grain motifs, he elaborates a collaged image fragment by fragment. The results are images that look like highly complex pieces of intarsia, but which in reality exist only as digitalized faux copies of nature. —Thatcher Projects

"Draguerreotypes" conform to a type of landscape painting, a mechanical remix of a two-fold representation. Carsley represents parklands by replacing the real tonal color scheme (predominately varying hues of green) with digital copies of wood grain veneers, purchased from hardware stores around the world. The veneers are dropped into the landscapes at a scale of 1:1, allowing the eye to read the wood grains as recognizable domestic surfaces. —Sally Breen


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.