MIT Campus Art and Landscape Virtual Tour

May 6, 2021
Event Types
Public Program
Virtual
Resting on a sunny lawn, two bands of coiled industrial steel, spiral into a large circular form, resembling a metal “spring

Bernar Venet, Two Indeterminate Lines, 1993, Gift of Elliot K. Wolk, MIT Class of 1957, © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Join MIT List Visual Arts Center on a virtual public art tour showcasing art and landscape highlights across campus. View select artworks and consider land how art and landscape have shaped MITs campus design on this virtual tour of the public art collection. List Center Public Program Manager will be accompanied by a MIT Student Guide as we lead the discussion of works featuring Mark di Suvero, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Richard Fleischner.

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.