Indoor Public Art Tour

February 23, 2022
Event Types
Public Art Tour
Public Program
Sculpture made of thirty-three stainless steel polyhedrons reaching from the floor of the Simons Building to the skylight four stories above

Antony Gormley, Chord, 2015. Commissioned with MIT Percent-for-Art Funds. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker. Courtesy of the artist.


Join MIT List Visual Arts Center on an indoor public art walking tour showcasing the MIT public art collection art across campus. View select artworks and consider how art and the architectural environment have enhanced MITs campus design on this tour of works installed inside MIT buildings as we lead the discussion of works featuring Sol LeWitt, Antony Gormley, Nick Mauss 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.

Program is free, but registration is required.

Visiting Protocols

Guests from outside the MIT community are welcome to attend all in-person events. Information for contact tracing will be taken at the door and proof of vaccination will be required.  We will continue to follow MIT’s COVID protocols. Masks will be required inside the building and social distancing will be encouraged for all programs. Learn more about MIT’s policies.