Boston Design Week 2019: Art and Architecture Tour

April 5, 2019
Event Types
Public Art Tour
An extreme close up of a yellow and white structure on the MIT Stata Center.

Frank Gehry, Ray and Maria Stata Center, 2005

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 Nick Mauss, Olafur Eliasson, 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.This event is free and open to the general public but RSVP required.