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Jim Dingilian
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

Much of my work involves the gentle modification of found objects which function as indicators of history, chance and memory. I draw, etch or erase images onto the surfaces of these ordinary objects resulting in fragile or ephemeral works of art that never overshadow their commonplace origins.

The drawings done with permanent marker on school desktops are meant to be both nostalgic and a slight transgression. The medium suggests the wayward doodling and daydreaming of youth. The locations depicted (the edges of lonely parking lots) transform the fringes of suburban spaces into unsettling or slightly menacing vignettes. Under typical circumstances these are the banal empty areas through which we pass heedlessly each day. Only a slight change in perception is required to recall a distant summer night when a similar space seemed quietly and powerfully charged with potential and mystery.
-Jim Dingilian


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.