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Nick Mauss, Dispersed Events , 2018 tin - glazed, hand - painted ceramic mural s An MIT Percent - for - Art Commission for the Landau Chemical Engineering Building. Photo: Peter Harris Studio

MIT List Center

MIT Campus Art and Architecture Tour


Your choice of dates:

FRIDAY May 5 at 5:30PM


SATURDAY May 6 at 11:00AM


Starts at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street

Wiesner Building (Building E15), Cambridge, MA 02139

Join MIT List Visual Arts Center as part of Boston Design Week on a public art tour showcasing art and architecture highlights across campus. View architecture highlights with accompanying artworks on this tour of the List Center’s public art collection of renowned contemporary artists featuring I.M. Pei, Sol LeWitt, Frank Gehry, and newly installed works by Alicja Kwade, Agnieszka Kurant and more. This event is free but registration is required. 

MIT’s Percent-for-Art Program, administered by the List Visual Arts Center, now allocates up to $500,000 to commission art for each new major renovation or campus construction project. The policy was formally instituted in 1968, but earlier collaborations between artists and architects can be found on MIT’s campus. When architect Eero Saarinen designed the MIT Chapel in 1955, sculptor Theodore Roszak designed the bell tower and sculptor Harry Bertoia designed the altar screen. In 1985, architect I.M. Pei and artists Scott Burton, Kenneth Noland, and Richard Fleischner collaborated on Percent-for-Art projects for the Wiesner building and plaza, home to the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Media Laboratory.


Olafur Eliasson, Northwest Passage, 2018An MIT Percent-for-Art Commission for MIT.nanoPhoto: Anton Grassl

Alexander Calder,La Grande Voile (The Big Sail), 1965© 2018 Calder Foundation, New York /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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