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The Public Art Collection at MIT


With the continued growth of the Institute’s public art collection, MIT’s campus has become a destination for art lovers. In order to support the growing interest in the collection from the community at large, the List Center recently launched a new MIT student led tour program, and a new expanded public art map coupled with a mobile web app. You can visit listart.oncell.com for a GPS enabled self guided tour of the collection.

The public art collection and exhibitions at the List Center are always free and open to the general public.  To schedule a group tour contact Emily A. Garner, Campus and Public Programs Manager, (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

Public Art Update

In 2018 two percent-for art commissions by Olafur Eliasson and Nick Mauss were completed and added to the Institute’s Public Art Collection. 

Olafur Eliasson’s Northwest Passage is situated on the ceiling of the breezeway of Building 12, MIT.nano.  Eliasson’s installation spans 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. 

On February 26, 2019 Olafur Eliasson will present an artist talk as part of the formal unveiling of his project.  The talk is free and open to the general public but RSVP’s are required.  For more info and to RSVP visit 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.