Public Art Tour

March 30, 2022
Event Types
Public Art Tour
Public Program
Matt Johnson's Untitled(Swan) sculpture of a warped bent metal train track is pictured in front of MIT campus buildings.

Matt Johnson, Untitled (Swan), 2016. Bent train track, 120 x 138 ½ x 34 2/4 inches (25.4 x 351.79 x 87.63 cm). Photo by Charles Mayer.

MIT List Visual Arts Center 20 Ames Street Wiesner Building (Building E15) Cambridge, MA 02139
Day & Time
Free but registration required

Join MIT List Visual Arts Center on a public art walking tour showcasing the MIT Public Art Collection across campus. View select artworks and consider how art and the architectural environment have enhanced MITs campus design on this tour featuring renowned contemporary artists.

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 program is free, but registration required. 

We will continue to follow MIT’s COVID protocols