Portrait (on Stage)
Jessica Weiss
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

For the past ten years, Weiss has been questioning notions of memory and how they permeate present experiences. Forms and patterns inspired, re-interpreted or directly culled from vintage wall coverings are insinuated in fairy tale narratives. The iconography of the artist�s vocabulary and choice of bright pop colors is part of a collective all-American domestic and cultural familiarity. However, primary sources of inspiration for these 20th century codified or standardized images, are clearly obscured. Traveling through both paintings and works on paper is a surreal narrative. The artist�s language is evocative of childhood imagery yet distinctive in its rejection of a style associated with comic-book illustrations. Bold patches of painterly abstractions paired with delicate curtains of paint drips present and layers a dichotomy of form and content. Through crayon hues and glittered surfaces a playful innocence is staged in a subtly dark scenario.
—Catalog excerpt


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.