Public Art Tour

June 21, 2023
Event Types
Public Art Tour
View from below of a glass building with an overhang that jets out and has a white LED sculpture of a signature hanging from it.

Agnieszka Kurant, The End of Signature, 2022. LEDs, acrylic lens, steel, paint, custom programmed controller, 234 x 697 x 16 in. (594.4 x 1770.4 x 40.6 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

Join MIT List Visual Arts Center on a public art walking tour showcasing the MIT Public Art Collection throughout campus.

View select artworks and consider how art and the architectural environment have enhanced MITs campus design on this tour featuring renowned contemporary artists such as Alexander CalderLouise Nevelson, and Olafur Eliasson.

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 Altarpiece. 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 weather dependent. Registered attendees will receive an email the day before the tour date if needed to cancel due to weather conditions.