Public Programs

Since 1985 the List has presented notable and renowned guest artists, curators, and scholars in a broad range of special public forums that engage in contemporary art and ideas. Public programs such as artist’s talks, panel discussions, conversations, lectures, and gallery talks encourage thoughtful and provocative exchanges that address the most current topics in contemporary culture.

MIT Graduate Student Gallery Talks
These interdisciplinary talks led by MIT graduate students present focused explorations of our current exhibitions.  This program provides visitors the opportunity to explore contemporary art through the lens of students’ research, backgrounds, and interests. 

Talks and Discussions
Innovative thinkers, makers, and field experts discuss ideas in relation to contemporary art.

 Public Tours
The List Center provides free public guided tours of the current exhibitions, or the public art collection and are led by museum staff or the Student Gallery Guides. During the summer we offer a Public Art Tour Summer series hosted the last Thursday of the month. Private tours are also available for groups of four or more.  To schedule a free, guided tour, contact (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

Film Screenings
The List Center regularly hosts film screenings in coordination with current exhibitions or partnerships with the MIT Community.

Lavine Lectures
The Leroy and Dorothy Lavine Lecture Series was established to honor the Lavines, two prominent Boston art patrons and longtime supporters of the MIT List Visual Arts Center. This lecture series, featuring distinguished art world speakers and presenters, serves the Boston arts community through its focus on modern and contemporary art.

Max Wasserman Forum
The Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art was established in memory of Max Wasserman (MIT Class of 1935), a founding member of the Council for the Arts at MIT. This biennial public forum was endowed through the generosity of the late Jeanne Wasserman and addresses critical issues in contemporary art and culture through the participation of renowned scholars, artists, and arts professionals.

Catalyst Conversations
Catalyst Conversations is an organization dedicated to presenting a dialogue between art and science. The List Center collaborates with Catalyst Conversations seasonally as they engage with the MIT community or enhance the ideas presented in current exhibitions.

 MIT Community
We are happy to work with faculty and students at MIT to host educational events aligned with a department’s mission.

 If you would like to partner with the List Center, please contact:

Emily A. Garner
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Learn more about upcoming lectures and talks by exploring our calendar of Events + Programs. Past offerings can be found in the Events + Programs Archive.

XGalleries Re-openingThe List Center galleries are now open to all. No appointments necessary. Learn more about our visit protocols.