American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light

By Harvard Art Museums

Discover how American watercolorists from Winslow Homer to Hannah Wilke leveraged the imaginative and experimental capacity of the medium to create marvelously diverse works over more than a century.

Image of a watercolor drawing of a seascape featuring abstracted strokes of color in shades of blue, green, yellow, red, pink, and grey, layered over a white background.

.: Saturday, May 20 10am – Sunday, August 13 5pm.

Open 10am–5pm
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm

Closed on major holidays

All ages.


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400

No application or registration needed.


$20 Adults

$18 Seniors (65+)

Free Sundays—free to all!

Free All students with a valid ID

Free Harvard ID holders (plus one guest)

Free Harvard Art Museums Friends

Free Youth under 18

Free Cambridge residents (proof of residency required)

Additional free admission opportunities

  • Free for some residents


  • In-person only.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Neighborhood 9

Additional information

On view at the Harvard Art Museums from May 20 to August 13, 2023, the exhibition presents more than a hundred compelling and rarely seen watercolors by both well-known and historically underrepresented American artists. All works are drawn from the Harvard Art Museums’ deep and diverse holdings. Expanding the canon and including many new acquisitions on view for the first time, the exhibition seeks to inspire conversations and enrich today’s practitioners.