MIT List Visual Arts Center

20 Ames Street, , Bldg. E15, Atrium level, Cambridge, MA 02139


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MIT's Permanent Collection holds more than 1,500 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and print media.  In 1951, the Collection was formally inaugurated, with a gift of 26 paintings and drawings from the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. With no gallery for the permanent display of artworks on campus, the decision was made to exhibit the works throughout the campus, setting the precedent for the way the Collection is displayed today.

The List oversees permanent and public art collections across the Institute. Public Art Map and Audio Guide provides a self-guided tour of public art and architecture across the MIT campus, with an introduction to MIT’s public art collection by Leonard Nimoy, followed by commentary by artists, architects, scholars, and curators, focusing on 51 works of art and architecture.

Exhibitions & Dates

  • The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

    May 2 2018 - Jan 1 2019

    19th-century neuro-scientist's drawings reveal the relationship between art and science

  • Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective

    Oct 18 2018 - Jan 6 2019

    Works from a 6-decade career challenge boundaries between artistic categories

  • Kapwani Kiwanga

    Feb 8 2019 - Apr 21 2019

    Considers the global impact of colonialism and how it permeates contemporary culture

  • List Projects: Mary Helena Clark

    Jan 8 2018 - Feb 10 2019

    Film, video, and installation use collage to explore disembodiment, hybridity, and sensation

  • Kathleen Ryan

    Feb 8 2019 - Apr 21 2019

    Sculpture in poured concrete, cast iron, carved marble, precious stones, and found objects

  • Ericka Beckman

    May 24 2019 - Jul 28 2019

    30 years of unique works engage profound questions of gender, role-playing, competition, power and control

  • List Projects: Rose Salane

    Apr 23 2019 - May 26 2019

    Uncover the personal stories of significant social and cultural moments through objects, images, and text