Harvard University’s 9,000-SF Allston ArtLab to Open in September

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The ArtLab, a newly created center for arts innovation, is located on North Harvard St. in Allston. Photo: Kathryn S. Kuhar (Courtesy: The Harvard Crimson)

BOSTON, MA—Harvard University’s ArtLab in Allston, a facility devoted to artistic research and innovation, is expected to open in mid-September this year, The Harvard Crimson reported.

ArtLab’s building was designed by Harvard Graduate School of Design graduates Regine B. Leibinger and Frank A. Barkow and is in the final stages of construction. When finished, the 9,000 square foot space, which is designed to be carbon net-zero, will feature eight rooms for artistic use including an artist workshop and a recording studio, according to the Harvard Crimson.

The ArtLab is a space designed to foster creativity with the goal of attracting a variety of artists to Allston, according to ArtLab director Bree Edwards.

“This space is really designed to encourage collaboration, to encourage interdisciplinarity and to be a space for artists who cross boundaries between disciplines,” the Harvard Crimson quoted ArtLab director Bree Edwards as saying.

“One of the questions that we have is how can we think about a space like an artistic laboratory differently than we think about more traditional spaces which are performance spaces or exhibition spaces,” she told the Harvard Crimson.

While the ArtLab building is finishing construction, visiting artists will be testing out the space, according to Edwards. The ArtLab expects to host its official opening celebration in mid-September 2019, the Harvard Crimson reported.