Henry James & American Painting


Exhibition Consultant

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Digital Hashtag Mosaic

We worked with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to produce a digital activation poised to engage young and new audiences with the Henry James & American Painting Exhibition. The challenge was activating a connection between Isabella Stewart Gardner’s early 20th century art salon’s with contemporary creatives - in the gallery and on social. This digital “living” work of art reflects Isabella’s legacy and lifelong passion of surrounding herself with creatives and serving the public with art. Each pixel expresses a digital “brushstroke” generating a crowd sourced interpretation of John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Isabella. Guests of the museum contributed the mosaic by posting to instagram and using the #HenryIsabella hashtag.

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“Isabella Stewart Gardner’s bold vision for the Museum as an artistic incubator where all disciplines of art inform and inspire each other—from visual art to dance, literature, music, and the spoken word – is as relevant as ever in today’s fluid, multi-faceted culture,”

Peggy Fogelman

Norma Jean Calderwood Director




The novels of Henry James paint a vivid tableau of American expatriate social and artistic life at the turn of the last century. This exhibition, the first to explore in depth the intersection between James’s friendships with American artists and his writing, brings together nearly fifty works, including paintings on loan from museums across the United States and Great Britain, as well as a selection of photographs, manuscripts, letters and printed books from the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, where the exhibition originated, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s own art and archival collection.