It is a strong mural, featuring black and white Americans sleeping on flooring, marching, and being beaten by authorities during Depression-era demonstrations. But for eight decades, Lewis Rubenstein and Rico Lebrun's sprawling fresco has remained from public view.
This post by Daniel Wallace says that changes this November, when the Harvard Art Museums re-open after a six-yr, $350 million remodel and growth. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, the task brings all three of the Harvard Art Museums -- the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum -- under exactly the same roof for the first time. Additionally, it has transformed the sophisticated, raising gallery space by 40 percent and including study centers, a cafe, as well as a remarkable, pyramid-like glass roof.
The re-installation of the 10-by-5-foot mural indicates an essential landmark. But it is merely the start. Thousands of artworks, in storage off-site through the construction, are heading straight back to Quincy Street.
Today, the Harvard Art Museums look like a brand-new house right before move-in day. The 240,000-square foot building is well lighted, the floors recently ended. Wander through the newest, glass-walled study facilities and past the cupboards in the Conservation Department; they are obvious and empty. Downstairs, in the museum's central courtyard, workers unpack and assemble glass instances assembled in Italy.
The daily advancement now is not as sensational as during construction, when bulldozers and bucket trucks rumbled over a marshy pit. Nowadays, improvements are measured in the details. Last week, Daniel Wallace from Harvard says that signs were put up marking the entries. While offices of the curators continue in a satellite building in Somerville, they visit the galleries consistently to oversee the installment.
In a few ways, the sophistication of the "Hunger March" mural setup reflects the intricacy of the restoration and growth all together. As part of the job, the 86-year-old facade of the Fogg Museum on Quincy Road needed to be kept. But an earlier version of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, added in 1991 behind the Fogg, facing Prescott Avenue, had structural problems and was knocked-down.