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After 6 years, Harvard Art Museums reemerging

With the building complete, it’s time to fill the vastly expanded gallery space

CAMBRIDGE — It is a powerful mural, featuring black and white Americans sleeping on floors, marching, and being beaten by police during Depression-era protests. But for eight decades, Lewis Rubenstein and Rico Lebrun’s sprawling fresco has remained out of public view.

That changes this November, when the Harvard Art Museums reopen after a six-year, $350 million renovation and expansion. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, the project brings all three of the Harvard Art Museums — the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum — under the same roof for the first time. It has also transformed the complex, increasing gallery space by 40 percent and adding study centers, a cafe, and a dramatic, pyramid-like glass roof.

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