Fountain LES
David Molander
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

Swedish photographer David Molander’s mission is the pursuit of the essence of urban centers. In video and still images, he depicts the dark energy of New York in a series of moody, lurid and fragmented images that bend and warp architecture, people, and time. Using photo-editing software, he combines digitally captured images together with M.C. Escher-like complexity, weaving roads and bridges together with buildings to make impossible compositions.

Fountains LES was captured while on a residency at Location One in New York in 2012 and is part of a body of work called High Rise which was later shown at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, NY in the summer of 2013. This image was shot in the Lower East Side, a gritty neighborhood known for its lively nightlife. Molander encapsulates an urban frenzy in a still image: an exploding fire hydrant, construction zone and the surrounding buildings are all thrown into his high-contrast, high-octane composition to evoke a physical and psychological sense of this downtown street-corner.


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.