I.M. Pei & Partners, Wiesner Building, 1985. Interior view of MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, 1985. Photo: Steve Rosenthal
Just as MIT pushes at the frontiers of scientific inquiry, the List Visual Arts Center, located on the campus of MIT, explores challenging, intellectually inquisitive contemporary art making in all media. The Center is highly respected as one of the most significant university art galleries in the country for its innovative, provocative, and scholarly exhibitions and publications.
In addition to its exhibitions and public programming, the Center maintains and develops a permanent collection that includes dozens of publicly-sited sculptures by such artists as Sarah Sze, Anish Kapoor, Pablo Picasso, and Alexander Calder, and hundreds of paintings, prints, and photographs located throughout campus. Each year over 500 works of art, primarily prints and photographs, are borrowed by students through the Student Loan Art Program.
MIT ’s Percent-for-Art program also enriches the Public Art Collection. Recent commissions include Sol LeWitt’s polychrome terrazzo floor in the new Physics Building, and Cai Guo Qiang’s Ring Stone, a fourteen-ton granite sculpture in the oval courtyard of the new MIT Sloan School of Management.
Residencies through MIT ’s Visiting Artist Program bring contemporary artists to campus to work with MIT researchers and students.