Opened in the fall of 2014, the 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.
Designed by renowned architect and innovator David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, the Cooper Gallery includes 2,300 square feet of exhibition space and state-of-the-art auxiliary spaces for seminars, conferences, and educational programming. The gallery is made possible by the generous support of Liberian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ethelbert Cooper.
The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research supports research on the history and culture of people of African descent the world over and provides a forum for collaboration and the ongoing exchange of ideas. It seeks to stimulate scholarly engagement in African and African American studies both at Harvard and beyond, and to increase public awareness and understanding of this vital field of study. As the preeminent research center in the field, the Hutchins Center sponsors visiting fellows, art exhibitions, publications, research projects, archives, readings, conferences, and new media initiatives that respond to and excite interest in established and emerging channels of inquiry in African and African American research.