Since 1985, the List Center has presented notable and renowned guest artists, curators, and scholars in a broad range of special public forums that engage in contemporary art and ideas. The List Center is committed to artist-centered and boundary-pushing programs.

List Center Digital Guide

Explore the List Visual Arts Center online using our new digital guide, available on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. The List Center Digital Guide gives you a chance to hear reflections from exhibiting artists and artists in our Public Art Collection through video interviews and audio tours. 

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Max Wasserman Forum

The 2023 Max Wasserman Forum: Altered Access brings together artists, educators, and curators to discuss current disability discourse within the arts and museum institutions. This two-day forum consisting a hybrid opening night and three panel discussions will be held April 21–April 22, 2023 in the MIT ACT Cube. All programs are free and open to the public but advanced registration is required. 

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Artist-Led Programs

Engagement with contemporary art is offered through artist-led experiences created to push creative thought. Artist-led programs allow the List Center to offer experiences that highlight a variety of artistic practices.

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Partner Programs

The List Center engages in partnerships with departments at MIT and area universities as well as local community partners and other national art institutions to create intentional relationship building and shared impact-focused programs. Recent partners include MIT’s Women and Gender Studies Department, Catalyst Conversations, and Boston Design Week. If you have suggestions for future partnerships, please contact listprograms [at] (listprograms[at]mit[dot]edu).

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Lavine Lecture Series

The Leroy and Dorothy Lavine Lecture Series was established to honor the Lavines, two prominent Boston art patrons and longtime supporters of the MIT List Visual Arts Center. This lecture series, featuring distinguished art world speakers and presenters, serves the Boston arts community through its focus on modern and contemporary art.

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Graduate Student Gallery Talks

Graduate Student Gallery Talks at the List Center present focused explorations of our current exhibitions and are led by an MIT graduate student. These interdisciplinary talks examine art through the lens of students’ research, backgrounds, and interests.

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Public Lectures and Talks

Public programs such as artist and gallery talks, panel discussions, lectures, film screenings, and tours encourage thoughtful and provocative exchanges that address the most current topics in contemporary culture and complement our current exhibitions. Since 2010, many talks have been recorded and can be viewed in our video gallery.

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