The Chain, No. 4
Chien-Chi Chang
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

The Chain is a photography project that consists of 45 black-and-white images taken between 1993 and 1999 in a private mental institution in Taiwan, where patients were chained together in pairs. Chang's photographs reveal the complex nature of alienation and connection that the chained men experienced and explore the relationship between the individuals in each bonded pair. As one critic noted, "It can be said that the series probes beneath the surface of the complicated dialectical relationship among viewers, the viewed, and the photographer: viewers as subjects, the artist as an observer, the subjects as artist." Indeed, as Chien-Chi Chang has stated: “At the moment I press the shutter, I (the artist) am in control of the situation, but so are they (the subjects).” This series was exhibited at the Taiwan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2001 and the São Paulo Biennial in 2002.


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.