MIT Campus Art and Architecture Tour
May 5 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM
LOCATION: MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street Wiesner Building (Building E15), Cambridge, MA 02139
Join MIT List Visual Arts Center 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.
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.
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
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