Public Art and Architecture Tour

May 6, 2022
Event Types
Public Art Tour
Public Program
Large-scale animated LED sculptures that spell out a signature on the underside of a building overhang

Agnieszka Kurant, The End of Signature, 2021. 18mm Coated cobalt blue neon tubing, magnetic neon transformers, custom programmed sequencer controller, 193 x 580 in. (490.2 x 1473.2 cm). Collaboration with Katie Lewis, Divya Shanmugam, Jose Javier Gonzalez Ortiz and Professor John Guttag. MIT Collection Commissioned with MIT Percent-for-Art funds. Photo: Charles Mayer Photography

For more information, contact:

egarner [at] (Emily Garner)

Join MIT List Visual Arts Center as part of Boston Design Week 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 Alicja Kwade, Agnieszka Kurant and more. This event is free but registration is required. 

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.

We will continue to follow MIT’s COVID protocols