MIT List Visual Arts Center: 30 Years as MIT's Contemporary Art Museum

This 2015-16 season of programming marks the 30th anniversary of the List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s renowned contemporary art museum. In 1985 the Hayden Gallery was renamed the List Visual Arts Center in recognition of a gift from Vera and Albert List. In October, 1985,  the List opened its gallery spaces in the newly constructed Wiesner Building—a ground breaking collaboration between architect I.M. Pei, and artists Richard Fleischner, Scott Burton, and Kenneth Noland.

For over thirty years, the List has continued to present a dynamic program of special exhibitions and broad range of educational programs, events, and scholarly publications.  An archive of previous exhibitions dating back to 1985 can be found here.  You can also visit our history page for more info on the Center’s growth and development.

2015-16 Season of Exhibitions and Programs Dedicated to Jane Farver

We dedicate our 30th anniversary season of exhibitions and programs in honor of former List Director Jane Farver (1947-2015) , who passed away in April, while working on the catalogue for Joan Jonas’s Venice Biennale exhibition.

“Since opening our doors to the public in 1985, the List Center has exhibited, commissioned, and added to the MIT’s permanent art collection world’s leading cutting edge artists.  On our 30th anniversary of being MIT’s contemporary art museum, we are proud to present a small cross section of the artists that we were fortunate enough to exhibit.  We also wanted to remember Jane Farver, who led the museum from (1999-2011), who passed away while working with us on Joan Jonas’s catalog publication in Venice by dedicating our upcoming season’s exhibition program in her honor.  Jane always championed the artist community and we found this dedication a fitting tribute to someone who was so passionate in supporting the artists and the List Center,” said List Center Director Paul C. Ha.

Read Martha Buskirk’s moving tribute to Jane here.

The List Center is pleased to let you know that Jane Farver’s family, colleagues, and friends have planned a memorial service to celebrate her life.  

Jane’s memorial service will take place on Sunday, September 27, 3 PM, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, located at 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, in New York City’s East Village.  Jane touched so many people; all are welcome to attend.

30th Anniversary Print Portfolio

To commemorate the List’s rich history and programming excellence, the List Center’s four directors since 1985–Kathy Halbreich, Katy Kline, Jane Farver, and Paul C. Ha–invited fifteen of the many exceptional artists who have previously exhibited at the Center to provide work for a 30th Anniversary Print Portfolio that reflects the critically acclaimed programming presented by the List over the years.   The portfolio is available for purchase and funds raised will continue to support the List’s mission to serve as a creative laboratory that provides artists with a space to freely experiment and push existing boundaries.

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