Flooded Hallway
James Casebere
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

Since the mid 1970's James Casebere has been making photographs of table-top constructions of the built environment. The subject of these images ranges from suburban interiors to institutional structures. Each image is a photograph of a model of a building that has been stripped of its color and details to evoke a sense of emotional place rather than the physicality of a place's forms.

Casebere is interested in the point at which photography, architecture and sculpture intersect. He was one of the first "post modern" artists to become known for creating images for the camera. Casebere is interested in the memories and feelings evoked by the architectural spaces he represents. Carefully constructing table-top models using plaster, styrofoam and cardboard, he maximizes the dramatic effects of the lighting before making his monochromatic photographic image. The resulting works are both surreal and remarkably realistic. -Jody Zellen


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.