Art and Archives: Betye Saar and Isabella Stewart Gardner

Thursday, February 23, 2023 7 - 8:30 pm

Join us for a conversation with exhibition curator Diana Seave Greenwald and art historian Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, as they introduce Betye Saar’s evocative travel sketchbooks and Isabella Stewart Gardner’s elaborate travel albums. These rarely seen works reveal new insights into Saar and Gardner’s creative processes and how each transformed their personal experiences of travel into expressive assemblages and installations. Hear more about the affinities between these two remarkable women, separated by over a century and distinctly different lived experiences, and explore what connects and distinguishes their unique approaches to art and archiving.

This program is presented in response to the Gardner's special exhibitions: Betye Saar: Heart of a Wanderer and Fellow Wanderer: Isabella's Travel Albums.


Advance tickets are required and include Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, free for members and children 17 and under.

Seating in Calderwood Hall is first come, first served. Seating begins 45 minutes before the event. Late seating is not guaranteed.


  • Click on the GET TICKETS button
  • Call the Box Office at 617 278 5156, Wednesday-Monday, 10 am-4 pm*


Face masks, worn over the mouth and nose, are required for free and ticketed events in Calderwood Hall. In line with state and local guidance, we advise anyone who is unvaccinated, and encourage anyone who feels more comfortable, to wear a mask as they explore other areas of the museum.


To request accessible or companion seating, or to inquire about other accommodations, please call the Box Office at 617 278 5156 in advance of the program.

Betye Saar: Heart of a Wanderer and Fellow Wanderer: Isabella's Travel Albums are supported by the Abrams Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Wagner Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, and the Getty Foundation through The Paper Project initiative.

Additional support is provided by an endowment grant from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Media Partner: The Boston Globe

The Artist-in-Residence program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported by the Barbara Lee Program Fund. Funding is also provided for site-specific installations of new work on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade on Evans Way.

The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.