The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art is one of the first of its kind: a university gallery space dedicated to the exhibition of African and African American art. Our current exhibition, Luminós/City.Ordinary Joy puts 98 extraordinary pieces of art in startling conversation: contouring and refashioning the “city” in its joyous universalities and confounding complexities.
Recently opened in fall 2014, the newly established Ethelbert Cooper Gallery features contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art organized by the gallery and will often feature guest curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished visiting scholars. It hosts a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances that engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, the gallery provides a stellar site of intellectual engagement for the research institutes and archives of the Hutchins Center; interdisciplinary arts initiatives across Harvard University; and artistic inquiry and engagement of the public art communities of Cambridge, greater Boston and beyond.
The new gallery, designed by renowned architect and innovator David Adjaye, of Adjaye Associates, includes 2,300 square feet of exhibition space, and state-of-the-art auxiliary spaces for seminars, conferences, and educational programming. The gallery has been made possible by the generous support of Liberian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ethelbert Cooper.