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Gallery Roundup

  Thea Djordjadze List Visual Arts Center, October 10, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Combining traditional materials of sculpture such as plaster and wood with everyday objects like foam and linoleum, Thea Djordjadze (born 1971, Tbilisi, Georgia) creates installations of … Continued

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Scent of a Woman

In the months leading up to the show, Yi, currently a visiting artist at M.I.T.’s Center for Art, Science, and Technology, invited a hundred women she knows professionally—artists, writers, art historians, curators, dealers—to provide her with samples, collected with cotton … Continued

April 3, 2015

Joan Jonas: All at Once

For over half a century, the artist’s arresting, inventive and immersive performances and videos have conjured strange mythological landscapes that upend a viewer’s sense of time. Now, as she reaches the height of her creative powers, the art world is … Continued

April 5, 2015

Jane Farver (1948–2015)

Farver was head of the MIT List Visual Arts Center from 1999 to 2011 where she organized solo exhibitions and projects by such artists as Mel Chin, Michael Joo, Paul Pfeiffer, Runa Islam, and Tavares Strachan.

May 1, 2015

Missing Jane Farver

“Among her lasting contributions will be the many important exhibitions that she curated or otherwise helped bring to fruition, including the presentation of Fred Wilson’s work at the 2003 Venice Biennale, her artistic direction of the 2011 Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, … Continued

May 4, 2015

ANICKA YI: 6,070,430K of Digital Spit

Like much of Anicka Yi’s work, the artist’s current solo exhibition at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, “6,070,430K of Digital Spit,” manages both physical restraint and sensory overload.

July 13, 2015

List Projects

Lina Viste Grønli’s exhibition at MIT List Visual Arts transform ordinary pieces of furniture into the visual form of an E, the most common one in the English language.

August 07, 2015
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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Glassmaking began 4,500 years ago, in Mesopotamia. But ancient wisdom often still has value, and now a group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have had another look at the coiling method, pronounced it good, and modernized it.

August 22, 2015

Destination Unknown

Getting lost in Venice, they say, is half the fun – and it’s precisely the appeal of the Venice Biennale, which, at its best, upends our established coordinates and unmoors ours points of reference.

September 9, 2015

David Adjaye Wins MIT’s 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has selected architect and designer David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates as the recipient of the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts, which “celebrates individuals whose artistic trajectory reveals that they will achieve the … Continued

September 10, 2015

Memory and Mechanism

The sculpture Memory and Mechanism by Maiya Geddes in collaboration with Rebecca Geddes depicts the neuroanatomical underpinnings of memory. An anthropomorphic hollowed mahogany sideboard is cut open and its interior exposed.

September 29, 2015

55. Michael Render (aka Killer Mike)

As part of the national debate over race relations, Render has appeared on CNN and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and has guest-lectured at MIT—speaking out on #BlackLivesMatter, media stereotypes against African American males, and police brutality.

October 1, 2015
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Get Lectured: MIT, Fall ’15

Archinect’s Get Lectured is ready for another school year. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school’s lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term.

October 9, 2015

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wins $300,000 Gish Prize

Suzan-Lori Parks has reason to feel like a million dollars: On Wednesday she will be announced as the winner of the $300,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, organizers said, raising her total arts prizes from the last 10 years into … Continued

October 16, 2015

CD of the Week

In a collection of both solo piano pieces and arrangements of full orchestral works, pianist David Deveau offers a survey of Romantic works ranging from the strict classicism found in early Brahms to the incendiary grandeur of Wagnerian art, culminating … Continued

October 19, 2015

Dasha Zhukova Gives $1M to MIT to Start an Artist Residency

Russian philanthropist and art collector Dasha Zhukova will give $1 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to endow a brand new visiting artist program at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, it was announced today.

October 30, 2015

Crowd-sourcing a Symphony for Detroit

Have you ever thought about how the city you live in could be represented in sound? Or even in music? The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and composer Tod Machover decided to ask the citizens of Detroit this very question.

December 1, 2015

Tomás Saraceno: Aerocene

For COP21 Paris, Saraceno presents at the Grand Palais Aerocene, the first of a series of air-fuelled sculptures that will float in the longest, most sustainable journey around the world.

December 4, 2015


Best known for his elaborate copies of iconic images from pop culture and the Western art-historical canon, São Paulo–born artist Vik Muniz is now the recipient of a midcareer retrospective, consisting of 120 photographs and three sculptures, dating from 1989, … Continued

January 20, 2016

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige by Jessica Hong

Based in Beirut and Paris, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige are filmmakers, visual artists, and avid researchers who employ images they have captured or made to investigate our relation with history.

March 17, 2016

Joan Jonas: They Come to Us without a Word II

Developed in conjunction with her exhibition for the U.S. Pavilion at last year’s 56th Venice Biennale, Joan Jonas’s work features new compositions by her longtime collaborator, composer Jason Moran.

March 24, 2016


One person’s spam is another person’s literature—or so you might say about Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s 16-year-long project investigating scam emails, which culminated in “I Must First Apologize…” at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

April 17, 2016

Viktoria Modesta Talks Tech Style & Her Work at MIT

Performance artist Viktoria Modesta’s black prosthetic leg, which she wears during her music video Prototype, currently showing at MFA’s “#techstyle” exhibit, raises questions about “how a different body silhouette can provoke unexpected emotions,” says Modesta.

May 10, 2016

ANTONY GORMLEY with Allie Biswas

Antony Gormley’s career spans thirty-five years, beginning with his first solo exhibition, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, in 1981.

May 17, 2016

MIT mushrooms pop up in São Paulo

The 32nd São Paulo Biennale, due to open on 10 September (until 10 December), will play host to an installation of objects created by an unusual “designer”: the vegetative fungus mycelium.

August 8, 2016

String theory

Experience is both a book about design and a design experience – with bits of string and a heat-sensitive cover. Review by John O’Reilly.

December 13, 2016

A Voyage Round The Cello

London cello festival is launched; a prodigy is presented with a precious instrument.

January 3, 2017

Jacob Collier at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

Acclaimed British multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier rose to Internet fame with his split-screen YouTube videos, covering some classic songs in his own multi-faceted, original style.

February 14, 2017

The 15 Top Art Schools in the United States

The art world has become increasingly professionalized, which means a Master of Fine Arts degree is now often a necessary step on the road to gallery representation and critical acclaim.

August 29, 2017

Portrait of an Artist: Ken Urban

Ken Urban, playwright of “A Guide for the Homesick,” to premiere this fall at the Huntington Theater in Boston, has returned to New England to work as a senior lecturer in the department of Music and Theater Arts at MIT.

September 19, 2017
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Face-to-face with ‘The Enemy’

Walking by the MIT Museum is intriguing this fall — a quick peek through its Mass Ave windows shows patrons decked out in heavy goggles and backpacks meandering through a mostly empty space.

October 5, 2017
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Face-to-face with ‘The Enemy’

Walking by the MIT Museum is intriguing this fall — a quick peek through its Mass Ave windows shows patrons decked out in heavy goggles and backpacks meandering through a mostly empty space.

Oct. 5, 2017

Bang a Gong, Get It On

Violinist Johnny Gandelsman of Brooklyn Rider and Silkroad Ensemble; new-music piano luminary Sarah Cahill; and Evan Ziporyn, virtuoso clarinetist and faculty director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.

October 16, 2017

Tribute d’Amore

Last Saturday at Kresge Auditorium the annual Terry and Rick Stone Concert of the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST) and the MIT Music and Theater Arts celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Boston recital debut of Marcus Thompson,  … Continued

March 1, 2018

Q&A: Meejin Yoon

For the fourth consecutive year, America’s MIT has been ranked the top university for architecture in the world. What does head of architecture Meejin Yoon think is its secret?

March 16, 2018

Audra McDonald honored with artist residency at MIT

With her incandescent soprano, Audra McDonald is usually the one doing the dazzling. But the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning singer and actress says it was she who was awestruck by the talent she encountered on recent visits to the … Continued

April 5, 2018

Audra McDonald. Symphony Hall, Boston. April 13, 2018

The concert tipped off something of a special weekend for McDonald, who followed it on Saturday night by being honored with this year’s 2018 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

April 17, 2018

Audra McDonald honored by MIT

If something scares me, I have to do it,” says renowned actress and singer Audra McDonald in a short video that preceded her on-stage interview on Saturday at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has chosen McDonald as the recipient of … Continued

April 19, 2018

Post-Performance Future

Agnieszka Kurant, Assembly Line, 2017, which was created during her CAST residency at MIT was featured in an article about artists creating work in the theme of “post-performance future.”

July 5, 2018

Flash Art 322 September – October 2018

The cover of the September – October issue of Flash Art portrays Tony Conrad, an avant-garde filmmaker, pioneering musician, artist, theorist, philosopher, committed teacher, and activist.

September 12, 2018

Motion sculptures in 3-D

A system developed by CSAIL researchers that creates 3-D motion sculptures based off of 2-D video could help dancers and athletes learn more about how they move.

September 24, 2018

Top 10 Exhibitions for 2018

One of the finest moving-image gallery exhibitions in recent memory, curator Henriette Huldisch’s eye-opening show of video art from the cathode-ray era conveys the history of the medium with an all-too-rare precision, mingling canonical names with rediscoveries.

December 10, 2018

Imagined Communities: Photographs by Mila Teshaieva

Though her first East Coast solo exhibition is formally promoted as featuring three of her recent photographic series that explore the complexities of national identities and memories in former USSR territories, the brilliance of photographer Mila Teshaieva’s show lies not in the … Continued

February 5, 2019
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Art World News Today

Among the top visual arts headlines today: MoMA to close its doors for expansion and renovation from June 15 to October 21; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Microsoft, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to explore the impact of … Continued

February 7, 2019

Moon Over Dark Street Cabaret Comes to MIT

Pilgrim Theatre and MIT Theater Arts Program collaborate to bring the company’s acclaimed cabaret Moon Over Dark Street to Cambridge, at the Institute’s elegant new performance space, Theater W97 located at 345 Vassar Street for three performances only March 8-10, 2019.

February 26, 2019

A Rewarding Harbison Tribute

Boston has more than one fantastic orchestra, as Boston Modern Orchestra Project thoroughly demonstrated in a landmark concert honoring the 80th birthday of John Harbison on Sunday in Jordan Hall, BMOP presented four works which showed the range of the composer’s … Continued

April 10, 2019


Beckman’s first museum survey, covering some thirty years of work, will be accompanied by a catalogue with contributions by curator Henriette Huldisch, Marie de Brugerolle, Attilia Fattori Franchini, and Piper Marshall.

May 14, 2019


Alicja Kwade’s confounding sculptures challenge perceived realities and destabilize systems of measurement and value, unsettling viewers with mirrors and sculpted facsimiles that appear to transform objects and materials before our eyes.

September 3, 2019

Layers of Connection: Becca Albee

In Becca Albee’s work, the overlooked residues that escape conventional narratives are equally as important as the information coalescing in history.

October 24, 2019

The Polaroid Project

It’s one of the best origin stories ever: In December 1943, when his three-year old daughter asked her father why she couldn’t see—right away!—the photo he’d just taken of her, Edwin H. Land (1909–1991) thought, “Why not?”

November 5, 2019

Becca Albee

Because we are living in times of overwhelming, and daily, and sometimes unimaginable loss; because we are living in times when the extinction of species and the loss of certain ways of living are considered inevitable, and certain lives “ungrievable,” … Continued

February 10, 2020
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Survivance: Wet-on-Wet

Wet-on-Wet (2021) is a sonic toolkit for amplifying the waves of emotive molecules in domestic waters inspired by experimentalist Masaru Emoto’s ideas about water as a “blueprint for our reality,” and his work on how different emotional energies and vibrations can … Continued

June 21, 2021
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Caveh Zahedi Has So Many Stories to Tell

Each episode is nonetheless tightly crafted, down to the music that plays at the beginning. On recent episodes, Zahedi’s longtime friend, the composer Evan Ziporyn, has begun composing a short, distinct piece of opening music for each episode.

June 29, 2021

Boston Public Radio Full Show: 6/30/21

Jonathan Gruber explained the economics behind the music industry as more music venues reopen for live shows. He also talked about the lack of revenue musicians gain from streaming services and album releases. Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at … Continued

June 30, 2021
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Trained as an illustrator at the Rhode Island School of Design (2013), Cindy Ji Hye Kim came to painting a few years later, during her MFA at Yale University School of Art (2016).

September 7, 2021
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New InnovationHQ open to students

MIT’s new InnovationHQ (iHQ) — five newly renovated floors in E38 (Site 4) — opened in early September. The space, encompassing over 25,000 square feet of space “for innovation and entrepreneurship activities”… According to the iHQ website, the building is … Continued

Sep. 23, 2021

Caroline A. Jones on the art of Tauba Auerbach

Tauba Auerbach’s uncompromisingly abstract art has likewise always been premised on inducing a visceral reaction to abstruse ideas—from chirality to rotational symmetry to tetrachromacy and quantum states. The artist’s tacit, muscular ways of knowing and mark-making are what initially draw … Continued

Nov. 30, 2021
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MACHOVER Death and the Powers

Tod Machover’s science-fiction opera about robots and humans, set to a libretto by Robert Pinsky, was designed with a spectacular visual apparatus in mind, and after productions in Monte Carlo, Boston and Chicago, was nominated for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. … Continued

Jan 3, 2022

Interviews: Sreshta Rit Premnath

Sreshta Rit Premnath on finding hope at the margins and two related exhibitions, both titled “Grave/Grove” on view at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center.

Jan 17, 2022

Renée Green by Gloria Sutton

On the occasion of Inevitable Distances, a two-venue retrospective in Berlin, Green traces the serial forms and “ongoingness” in her research-driven, visionary films and installations.

Feb. 3, 2022

From ocean waves to sound waves

Composer Nina C. Young is working on The Glow that Illuminates, The Glare that Obscures for the American Brass Quintet. The music is paired with a 50-minute immersive audiovisual installation using wave field synthesis, which create 3D audio holograms.

Feb 23, 2022
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Lupe Fiasco To Teach Rap At MIT

Earlier this week, Lupe Fiasco announced via social media that he is going to be teaching rap at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

May 20, 2022
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A Life Worth Living

Azra Akšamija explores the complex role of culture in war and other crises.

May 24, 2022
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It Must Be Now! is a call for change

MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and some special guests came together to perform It Must Be Now! (IMBN!), a two-year endeavor combining music, spoken word, and interpretive dance.

May 26, 2022
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USA News Hub: Promesa Board Game

A new board game from Mikael Jakobsson and Rosa Colón Guerra that highlights the colonized experience in Puerto Rico.  

June 11, 2022
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Making art through computation

Master’s student Chelsi Cocking combines her love for computer science and design in her research and outreach efforts at the Media Lab.

June 26, 2022
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Lupe Fiasco Is On To His Next Chapter

Lupe Fiasco spoke with Okayplayer about his new album Drill Music in Zion, his forthcoming MIT course, rappers catching RICO cases, his friendship with Virgil Abloh, and more.

July 5, 2022
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MIT Museum Opening Oct. 2

The MIT Museum, which has been closed since 2020, reopens this weekend at a new location in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, which Bowen describes as being an apt space “in the heart of innovation.” The musem’s three-story building also allows for … Continued

Sep 29, 2022

A GOAT goes to MIT

Rap legend Lupe Fiasco adds “Visiting MLK Scholar” to his stacked resume.

Sep 30, 2022
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Matthew Ritchie

For compelling proof that painting is, in fact, alive and thriving in the age of A.I., see “The Garden in the Machine,” Matthew Ritchie’s new show at the James Cohan gallery (through Oct. 15).

Sep 30, 2022


The artist Chistine Sun Kim (born 1980) capitalises the word “Deaf” to render it into a proper noun and emphasise its “collective cultural identification” and “subjective consciousness” – much like national identity.

Oct 2, 2022

MIT Appoints Janet Echelman Distinguished Visiting Artist

Echelman’s time at MIT will be dedicated to the research and development of new work, shaped in collaboration with MIT faculty, students and researchers across the Institute, in fields that may range from fine art, architecture, and urban design, to … Continued

Oct 03, 2022

Cambridge welcomes back the MIT Museum

This museum is extremely versatile and welcoming to visitors of all ages. It is interesting and eye opening, even for those that are not science-oriented. The unique use of hands-on and auditory elements makes this Cambridge gallery viewer-friendly and engaging, … Continued

Oct 4, 2022

10 things to do in Boston this holiday weekend

On Saturday, the two festivals will present “Science + Fashion,” an all-day exhibit at the Kendall/MIT Open Space with shows and discussions featuring high-tech fashion like smart clothing and advanced fabrics.

Oct 5, 2022

Le MIT Museum fait peau neuve

Après deux années de fermeture, le musée a rouvert ses portes le 2 octobre au sein d’un bâtiment de 5 000 m2 situé dans un autre emplacement du campus, sur Kendall Square.

Oct 5, 2022
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A local science festival, a beer week in San Diego, and crafts across Maine: Travel news you can use.

Who says science is boring? Certainly not the organizers of the Cambridge Science Festival. Modeled on art, music, and movie festivals, the annual, weeklong, multicultural event is designed to make science accessible, interactive, and fun by showcasing the leading edge in fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Sep 18, 2022

The MIT Museum with John Durant

The amazing MIT Museum has just opened its doors in its brand new location in Cambridge, Massachusetts. John Durant, the director of the museum, sits down with unPlanned to tell us all about it.

Oct 18, 2022

If Any Museum Was Going To Go Heavy On Tech, It Would Be MIT’s

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is widely regarded as attracting many of the brightest young minds in the tech sector, so it makes sense that the school’s museum is filled with and driven by screens, interactive features and AI-based software.

Oct 27, 2022
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Crafting a New Platform for Cosplay

As the startup continued to gain traction, Kaye and Lowell began pitching Cosmosii to conventiongoers and investors alike. The pair visited the New York Comic Con, Fan Expo Boston, and many other comic-cons and cosplay gatherings to demo the new … Continued

Oct 18, 2022
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Open Studio: The MIT Museum reopens in Cambridge’s tech hub

The reimagined MIT Museum looks at all the advances in technology and their positive — and controversial — effects on society, from genetic engineering to the increasing role that artificial intelligence is playing in art and media.

Nov 18, 2022

Asia’s 2022 Heroes Of Philanthropy

Annual list that highlights the region’s top philanthropists who have demonstrated a strong personal commitment to causes such as education and the environment includes Ronnie and Gerald Chan, The Hong Kong billionaire siblings in October gifted $100 million to the … Continued

Dec 5, 2022

A Round-Up of New Design Monographs

The new MIT Museum is the latest project by Boston-based practice Höweler + Yoon. Their book’s exploration of recent work by the former Design Vanguard firm demonstrates how verification is an integral part of the design process, and how uncertainty … Continued

Dec 15, 2022

Welcome to the worst month of the year

Have a night at the museum with the MIT museum after dark. This month’s theme is ‘Making Memories,’ with dancing, games, and food and drink from local vendors.

Jan 9, 2023


Jan 21, 2023

Symbionts: Contemporary Artists in the Biosphere

The resulting conversation highlighted two strains of thought: innovative progress via design and the revelation of what is already present in interspecies connections—whether mutual, parasitic, or commensal.

Feb 1, 2023

Steampunk Met Multiverse

“The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage,” a graphic novel by Sidney Padua, offers a playful take on the lives of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, two seminal figures in the world of computer science. The novel follows their journey … Continued

Feb 7, 2023