The Harvard Art Museums have received a gift of 70 sketchbooks by the late artist Otto Piene . A longtime Groton resident, Piene died in 2014. The donation was made by his widow, the poet Elizabeth Goldring . The notebooks will be part of the collection of Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum.
Piene came to Greater Boston from his native Germany in 1968, as a fellow at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. He served as director of the center from 1974 to 1994.
“Otto’s sketchbook practice informed our lives together,” Goldring said in a statement issued by Harvard. “He carried sketchbooks everywhere — on vacations, and to and from MIT. Every time he had a few minutes, he would sketch.”
Currently on display at the Fitchburg Art Museum is “Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014.”