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Arts Department, Special Collections

Introductory guide to special collections in fine arts, music, photography, prints & drawings.

Recent Acquisitions


Abdoulnasser Mika (American, b. 1981)

Faithiah (2021)

Gelatin silver print 

Purchased through the Helen Slosberg Fund, 2022


Osheen Harruthoonyan (Armenian-Canadian, b. 1981)

 Starlings Over Ararat (2021)

Selenium toned gelatin silver print

Gift of Marlaine Noel, 2022

Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, b.1975)

 Indigenous Sign Initiative (2020)

Acrylic paint sprayed through stencil on white cotton rag paper

Gift of the artist, 2022


Duke Riley (American, b. 1972) 

The Enchafed Flood (2020-21) 

Composite tile mosaic

Purchased through the Merriam Fund, 2022  

On display on the 1st floor of the historic McKim building.


The Mass Gravesite at Wounded Knee from the Massacre of 1890_2002

John Willis (American, b.1957)

The Mass Gravesite at Wounded Knee from the Massacre of 1890 (2002)
Gift of Bill Press and Elana Auerbach, 2022

Bob Tomolillo (American, b. 1952)

Boston Massacre with Crispus Attucks (2020)
Gift of the artist and Artists of Humanity, Boston

On display in the Special Collections Reading Room Lobby

Bruno Zupan (Slovenian, b. 1939)

The Public Gardens at Twilight Boston Skyline (2019)
Gift of Galerie d'Orsay and Bruno Zupan

On display in the Newsfeed Cafe