Untitled (Time/Money) from the Ant Series
David Wojnarowicz
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

Writer and critic Lucy Lippard draws a parallel between the works of Wojnarowicz and those of Robert Smithson, the sculptor and photographer. She notes that both artists were accomplished writers and photographers, and shared a mutual fascination with imagery related to science fiction, geological time, the industrial landscape and industrial decay. In Wojnarowicz's art there are frequent and ominous references to clocks and time, and he uses cut-up maps and money repeatedly to suggest the artificiality of geographical, social and political boundaries.

Natural subjects like insects and tornadoes are employed to suggest the biological forces of nature and mankind's present disharmony with those forces. The "Ant Series," (1988) in which plastic ants are placed on the surface of photos that are then rephotographed, plays with sexuality, art, death and religion in an almost carefree manner. It is Wojnarowicz's refusal to be silent that imbues the work with such power. His heavily documented life and the art he produced have become examples of one man's attempt to awaken social consciousness and transform the world's disdain into a powerful indictment against intolerance and apathy.
-Dan Cameron, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Books in the collection

Fever: the art of David Wojnarowicz


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.