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Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts Review

This gravity-defying mass of concrete and glass, built in 1963 to contrast with the now-defunct and more traditional Fogg Art Museum next door, is the only building in North America designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. The open floor plan provides students with five stories of flexible workspace, and the large, outward-facing windows ensure that the creative process is always visible and public. The center regularly holds free lectures and receptions with artists on Thursday evenings. At the top of the ramp, the Sert Gallery plays host to changing exhibits of contemporary works and has a café. The Main Gallery on the ground floor often showcases work by students and faculty. The Harvard Film Archive downstairs screens films nightly, often accompanied by discussions with the filmmakers.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 24 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138 | Map It
  • Phone: 617/495–3251
  • Cost: Galleries free, film screenings $9
  • Hours: Main Gallery Mon.–Sat. 10 am–11 pm, Sun. 1 pm–11 pm; Sert Gallery Tues.–Sun. 1–5. Exhibits closed in the summer.
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  • Location: Cambridge
Updated: 11-11-2013

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