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.
19th-century neuro-scientist's drawings reveal the relationship between art and science
12 works take their point of departure from the French Revolutionary Calendar
30th Anniversary Print Portfolio of works by 15 artists documents the museum's creative leadership
Artworks drawn from the student loan and campus loan collections
Works from a 6-decade career challenge boundaries between artistic categories
Examines the conditional relationships between artist, artwork, and third-party agents
Considers the global impact of colonialism and how it permeates contemporary culture
Draws inspiration from a broad range of sources including surrealism, Greek mythology, and mystical traditions