List Visual Arts Center, Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995

List Visual Arts Center

Just as MIT pushes at the frontiers of scientific inquiry, it is the mission of the List Visual Arts Center to explore challenging, intellectually inquisitive, contemporary art making in all media.

The List Visual Arts Center also  maintains and develops a Permanent Collection that includes dozens of publicly-sited sculptures by such artists as Henry Moore, Anish Kapoor, Cai Guo Qiang, and Alexander Calder.

Open Tues-Sun
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm & Thurs 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Closed Monday

Building E15, Atrium Level
20 Ames Street

Free admission

MIT Museum. Credit: Judy Daniels.

MIT Museum

The MIT Museum invites you to explore invention, ideas, and innovation. Through interactive exhibitions, public programs, experimental projects and its renown collections, the MIT Museum showcases the fascinating world of MIT, and inspires people of all ages about the possibilities and opportunities offered by science and technology. Their collections include the Architecture & Design Collection, the Holography Collection and a digital collection of renowned MIT professor Harold “Doc” Edgerton‘s work.

Open daily

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

265 Massachusetts Ave.

Building N51

Cambridge, MA 02139

MIT Museum Studio.

MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery

Located in the heart of campus under the big dome, the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery is a changing exhibition space where visitors encounter a wide range of exhibitions that encompass the varied fields of science, technology, architecture, history, and art.

Open daily
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Building 10, Room 150

Free admission

Wiesner Student Art Gallery. Photo by Elizabeth Woodward

Wiesner Student Gallery

The Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Gallery was established as a gift from the Class of 1983 to honor the former president of MIT, Jerome Wiesner, for his involvement in and support of the arts at the Institute. The gallery is a place for students to express and exhibit their artistic endeavors, both academic and co-curricular. Additionally, the gallery serves as a major exhibit space for student artists who are supported by the Grants Program of the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Open daily

77 Mass Ave, Cambridge
Building W20, Second Floor

Tavares Strachan, Looney Mandala (from Histories, Libraries, and Mythologies series), 2015 Digital pigment, silkscreen, thread, Moab paper, Mylar 16 x 16 in.

Dean's Gallery

MIT Sloan School of Management continues its very effective working relationship with the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Through this relationship, the List compiles three exhibitions per year with artwork drawn solely from the List permanent collection. MIT Sloan School of Management sponsors the framing of artworks, and after display in the Dean’s Gallery, they are made available to the MIT community through the List art loan programs.

Open Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

30 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Building E60, Room 300

Keller Gallery. Credit: Judy Daniels.

Keller Gallery

As part of the continuing development of common spaces for the Department of Architecture, a new gallery opened this fall on the fourth floor of Building 7, close to the architecture design studios, the school’s new fabrication lab, the Steam Café and the Long Room, where all the department’s lecture series are held.

Open Monday – Saturday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Building 7, Room 408
Free admission

Koch Institute

Koch Institute Public Galleries

The Koch Institute Public Galleries were established to connect the community in Kendall Square and beyond with the work of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Within the Galleries, visitors can explore current cancer research projects, examine striking biomedical images, hear first-person reflections on cancer and cancer research, and investigate the historical, geographical and scientific contexts out of which the Koch Institute emerged.

Open Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Building 76, Ground Floor
500 Main Street

Free admission

Sol LeWitt, Bars of Color within Squares, 2007. Credit: Chris Harting.

Public Art Collection

MIT’s noted public art program administered by the MIT List Visual Arts Center may be enjoyed by MIT denizens and visitors alike.  The program began to take shape in 1961 when Mr. and Mrs Samuel A. Marx commissioned MIT’s first outdoor sculpture, Dimitri Hadzi’s bronze Elmo (MIT). This work inspired many subsequent gifts that have furnished MIT with numerous outstanding examples of work by major artists.


See MIT’s Public Art Collection in person or on the web via an interactive map on the List Visual Arts Center’s website.