The MIT List Visual Arts Center maintains one of the most active Percent-for-Art programs in the country. Over the years MIT’s campus public art collection has continued to grow with new commissions by important and critically acclaimed contemporary artists.
For 2018 we’re pleased to announce two recently completed projects by Olafur Eliasson and Nick Mauss. Olafur Eliasson’s Northwest Passage is situated on the ceiling of the breezeway of Building 12, MIT.nano. Eliasson’s installation, spanning 90 feet and comprised of 7 LED rings hanging from and reflected in 30 polished stainless-steel panels, welcomes visitors to the building and engages the pedestrian path on the north side of the complex devoted to the production and research of nanoscience and nanotechnology. More information on Elliason’s installation can be found here.
Nick Mauss’s Dispersed Events is comprised of seven ceramic tin-glazed murals of varying scales installed throughout the atria and stairways of I.M. Pei’s Landau Chemical Engineering Building (1976). Conceived as an ensemble of works spanning throughout multiple floors, these murals illuminate the concrete interiors of the historic building and activate the spaces of passage, engaging how a viewer moves through and pauses in this unique and complex building. Learn more about this work here.
These two new percent-for-artworks are significant permanent additions to the campus public art collection which includes other works by artists such as Mark di Suvero, Jackie Ferrara, Dan Graham, Antony Gormley, Cai Guo-Qiang, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Louise Nevelson, Jorge Pardo, Matthew Ritchie, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Sarah Sze, and Leo Villareal among others.