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Modern Painters Magazine Feb. 2014 Issue Features Article on Artist Kambui Olujimi


List Projects: Kambui Olujimi (Jan. 21 - Feb. 23, 2014) features A Life in Pictures an interactive exhibition where visitors and viewers have the opportunity to participate in a photographic exchange with the artist. For this project, Olujimi provides over two thousand of his own photographs to exchange with visitors’ pictures from their lives. Participants will be asked to record and share their thoughts about the personal photos that they have contributed and the ones they’ve exchanged from Olujimi’s archive.


In this Modern Painters Magazine article A Story Grows in Brooklyn, Kambui Olujimi finds incongruity in the every day, writer Thea Ballard provides a wonderful introduction to the artist's work.


To download a pdf of the article click here.



The MIT List Visual Arts Center names Henriette Huldisch as new curator


Paul C. Ha, Director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center announces the appointment of Henriette Huldisch as the List Center’s Curator. Ms. Huldisch, currently curator at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin, will relocate to Cambridge with her husband, artist Andy Graydon, and their 6 year old son in June 2014.

“I am delighted that Henriette is joining the MIT List Visual Arts Center as our new curator,” said Ha." She is recognized among our peers as an exceptional leader and has demonstrated great ability to mentor staff, engage donors and be accessible to the public. I look forward to Henriette, alongside our current staff members, developing the artistic vision of the institution and helping realize support from donors.”

Since 2010 as curator at the Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof, Henriette Huldisch organized major exhibitions focusing on art from the 1960s to the present, with a particular emphasis on time-based art and performative approaches. Exhibitions Huldisch curated include Harun Farocki (2014); Body Pressure: Sculpture since the 1960s (co curated with Lisa Marei Schmidt) (2013); and Anthony McCall: Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture (2012), the artist’s first solo exhibition in Germany.

In addition to her curatorial appointment at Hamburger Bahnhof, Huldisch has served since June 2010 as Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse, the respected visual arts center in Manchester, UK. As part of a team of four internationally based curators, she has been instrumental in redefining the space’s program in contemporary art and raising its profile. Her most recent exhibition projects at Cornerhouse include Playtime (2014); and Rosa Barba: Subject to Constant Change (2013).

From 2001-2008 Huldisch worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In her position as Assistant Curator she co-curated the 2008 Whitney Biennial with Shamim
Momin. She also curated or co-curated additional exhibitions such as Small: The Object in Film, Video, and Slide Installation (2004), which included works by John Baldessari, Sol LeWitt, and Michael Snow; and Full House: Views of the Whitney’s Collection at 75 (2006), the largest survey from the museum’s holdings to date spanning the early 1900s to the present in all media. She also produced a diverse range of large-scale art projects including off-site exhibitions, events, and performances. 

As curator at the List, Huldisch will be part of the leadership team. Her role will be to oversee the exhibition and public programs at the museum, in conjunction with the Director. “I’m thrilled to be joining the MIT List Visual Arts Center, and to work with Paul and his team in continuing to expand the List’s reputation for presenting bold new voices and supporting artists at a decisive point in their careers,” said Huldisch.  “It will be a new and exciting experience for me to be part of a university museum, connecting with MIT’s spirit of inquiry and experimentation and reaching out to its large and diverse audiences.” Philip S. Khoury, Ford International Professor of History and Associate Provost, who oversees the arts at MIT, stated, “Henriette Huldisch brings an international perspective to our already well-respected and dynamic programming in contemporary art, and her tremendous experience and skill will be a real  asset to the List and MIT.”

Huldisch was selected by a search committee comprised of David Freilach, Assistant Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center; Professor Renée Green, Head, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, School of Architecture & Planning; John Guttag, MIT Dugald C. Jackson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Paul C. Ha, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center; Geoff Hargadon, Chair, MIT List Advisory Committee; Marjory Jacobson, MIT List Advisory Committee member; Caroline A. Jones, Professor, MIT History, Theory, and Criticism Program; Leila Kinney, Executive Director of Arts Initiatives at MIT; Jeanne Stanton, MIT List Advisory Committee member; Alise Upitis, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center; and J. Meejin Yoon, Associate Professor, MIT Department of Architecture.

MIT List Visual Arts Center launches audio guide of 51 works of public art and architecture at MIT featuring artists speaking about their own work and an introduction by Leonard Nimoy


Visitors to the campus of MIT will now have an exciting new way to experience notable works of public art and architecture thanks to the development of a new audio guide by the MIT List Visual Arts Center and Acoustiguide. The Acoustiguide Audio Tour offers commentary by artists, architects, scholars, and curators, focusing on 51 works of art and architecture located throughout the campus. MIT’s public art and architecture will have signage with a number to call to listen, and audio can also be accessed through QR codes. For those unable to visit campus, audio will also be available on the List Center’s website. These multiple distribution platforms will ensure users have a great degree of flexibility in creating their own customized self guided tours. 


Through this guide viewers can hear artists speak on their own work on MIT’s campus. Featured artists include Martin Boyce, Victor Burgin, Petah Coyne, Dan Graham, Cai Guo-Qiang, Beverly Pepper, Jaume Plensa, Matthew Ritchie, Sarah Sze, and Lawrence Weiner, and architects Steven Holl and Kevin Roche. Additional voices in the guide include notable curators and scholars, such as MIT Professor Caroline A. Jones, who provides commentary on numerous modernist works in the collection, and MIT School of Architecture and Planning Associate Dean and Professor Mark Jarzombek, who speaks about MIT’s architectural history, including Eero Saarinen’s MIT Chapel and Kresge Auditorium. 


Click HERE to explore the audio guide on our website.





Geoff Hargadon to Chair MIT List Visual Arts Center Advisory Committee


The List welcomes new Advisory Committee members Karen Arenson, Brit d'Arbeloff, Carolyn Fine Friedman and Ellan Spero


The MIT List Visual Arts Center is pleased to announce that Geoff Hargadon, Senior Vice President at UBS Private Wealth, will chair the List Visual Arts Center Advisory Committee, effective July 1, 2013.  Brit d’Arbeloff, Karen Arenson, Carolyn Fine Friedman and Ellan Spero will join the Committee as new members.

The Advisory Committee is composed of members representing MIT, as well as local and national peer communities representing the museum and contemporary art. Advisory Committee members support the List in carrying out its mission, by reviewing and offering advice, guidance, and support to collection, conservation, exhibition, education, public programs and development policies of the List.

List Director Paul C. Ha commented, “We are delighted to welcome our new chair and four new members to our Advisory Committee. The Committee plays a vital role in helping the List to reach an even higher level of success.”


Download the full press release here.



Download pdf's of recent exhibition reviews:



In the Holocene, Frieze Magazine, April 2013.


Amalia Pica, Artforum, April 2013











Martin Boyce, Through Layers and Leaves (Closer and Closer),

Installation view, Couresty of the MIT List Visual Arts Center



The MIT List Visual Arts Center is pleased to announce that Scottish artist Martin Boyce has been awarded the 2011 Turner Prize. Boyce’s sculpture Through Layers and Leaves (Closer and Closer), completed in 2011, was commissioned for the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research through MIT’s Percent-for-Art program. The prestigious Turner Prize is given annually to a British artist under the age of 50 whose work over the past year has been judged particularly innovative and important. Other past winners include Anish Kapoor, whose Percent-for-Art commission Non-Object (Plane) from 2010 is installed in the Ray and Maria Stata Center.

Through Layers and Leaves (Closer and Closer) continues Boyce’s sculptural investigations into modernist design history while being simultaneously dense with site-specific meanings. The work, affixed to the west wall of the Koch Institute, is composed of a three-dimensional steel fence inset with colorful painted panels. Beneath the steel elements are three custom-made brass ventilation grills. Hidden in the design of each grill, which repeats the quadrilateral form of the wall screen, are letters that spell “closer” “and” “closer”. In order to discern the words etched in the grills viewers have to draw near and low to the wall, which shifts attention toward the threshold between the public space of the lobby and the inner workings of the building. Boyce connects his commission for MIT to the Koch Institute’s scientific investigations, relating his work to the significance of pattern recognition and relative scale in research.

MIT’s Percent-for-Art program is overseen by the MIT List Visual Arts Center. The program begun in 1968, allocates a portion of the budget from each new building project or major renovation to the purchase or commission of art for public space. Boyce’s commission was made possible by MIT’s Percent-for-Art program, the British Council, and the generosity of the Robert D. (MIT Class of 1964) and Sara-Ann Sanders Family.

Martin Boyce’s Through Layers and Leaves (Closer and Closer) is available for viewing by the general public during regular business hours in the lobby of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (Building 76), 500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139.

For more on the artwork please visit: http://listart-db.mit.edu/Obj3277

To book a tour of MIT’s Public Art Collection please visit: http://listart.mit.edu/tours









I'm incredibly excited to join the List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s contemporary art museum, as its new director.


The List is well recognized for presenting experimental, relevant, and scholarly exhibitions, and is known for outstanding educational programs and publications.  That a museum championing contemporary art is housed within one of the world's leading science, engineering, business, technology and new media research institutions makes surprising but perfect sense.  The List is, after all, a research and development laboratory for the visual arts, and with all the cutting-edge experimentation going on right now across this campus, we can be proud to know the List is contributing our share of the work.


Located in the heart of the MIT campus, housed in the iconic I.M. Pei building, and neighbors to the newly housed Media Lab, the List is part of a particularly innovative corner, even by MIT’s standards.  The List’s work isn’t only experienced within the gallery but also as you stroll our beautiful campus, where the List oversees MIT's Percent-for-Art program, truly one of the world-class public art collections on a university campus – or any setting for that matter.  You may also experience some of what the List does as you visit dorms or one of the MIT administrative offices, and see some of the large number of art works from our permanent collection or the innovative  Student Loan Art Program.  The List is proud that it oversees this delightful program where the students and faculty are given the experience and joy of living with art in their dorms or offices.  In addition, the List, through the artist-in-residence program, brings internationally significant artists to campus to collaborate with faculty and students in the distinctive culture of MIT.  Through these programs and more, the List acts as a catalyst for creating a vibrant and meaningful interaction with art at MIT and also within the greater community. 


MIT fosters a culture of collaboration and innovation.  We hope to challenge you through our inventive and timely programs and exhibitions – and at the same time making you feel welcome as you make repeat visits to the List.  If you see a staff member of the List, one of the 26 member Advisory Committee, a member of the Friends donor group, the Director of Arts Initiatives, a Creative Arts Council member, the Associate Provost responsible for the arts, one of our many volunteers, or the Institute’s administration and faculty – be sure to thank them for keeping art very much alive and vibrant in the MIT community.  As you can see, it takes a collective effort and involvement to bring you all the List offers.


I look forward to seeing you in the gallery and on campus, and I am delighted to be part of the List and the MIT family.


Paul C. Ha