“In high school I was always flying to robotics tournaments and then to jazz festivals in the same day,” says Garrett Parrish, the 2017 recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. Over time, his engineering projects and music … Continued
The Schnitzer Prize was established in 1996 through an endowment from Harold and Arlene Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon. Harold Schnitzer, a real estate investor, graduated from MIT in 1944 with a degree in metallurgy. The prizes—a first prize of $5000, … Continued
There is common misconception that all MIT students prioritize psets over practicing piano, performing Shakespeare, drawing, painting, dancing or designing lighting cues. The 2017 recipients of the Wiesner Student Art Awards—Jacob Gunter, Nathan Gutierrez, Rachel Osmundsen and Hallie Voulgaris—counter this … Continued
“The central story I was thinking about when developing the idea of ‘embodied montage’ [for my SM Thesis in Comparative Media Studies at MIT] was the myth of Orpheus. Eurydice dies and Orpheus goes back to hell to save her. … Continued
Adam Strandberg graduated from MIT in 2014 with a degree in physics. While a student, he was in 20 theatrical productions, from David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow to Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman to William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. He received the Wiesner Student … Continued
It’s a hard slog in the studio, battling with materials, suppressing self-doubts, cultivating a vision, destroying false starts, and ultimately creating something new. To emerging artists, seeing work outside the confines of their studios and in a gallery setting is … Continued
Renowned architect David Adjaye visited the MIT campus on several occasions in 2015-16, as part of his Eugene McDermott Award residency. On one of his visits, Adjaye spoke with CAST about a magnificent small building here on campus, the MIT … Continued
“It’s a tender portrait of a scary thing,” says Anna Kohler, describing her latest theatrical project, Mytho? Lure of Wildness. Kohler’s play explores the fearsome reality of getting old, in particular how aging transforms beauty and affects the senses: “It’s … Continued
The editors of Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense, Caroline Jones, David Mather and Rebecca Uchill, describe the unusual material features, artistic interventions and intellectual provocations that make this book object something more than a typical codex. … Continued
Celebrate the start of the 2016-17 academic year with MIT arts faculty, staff and administrators.
The Arts at MIT is pleased to announce that Rachel Bennett will assume the position of director of the Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) on September 19, 2016. Bennett has been at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in … Continued
Council for the Arts at MIT members are invited to venture to western Massachusetts for a weekend trip, Friday, November 4 through Saturday, November 5, 2016.
A payment of $350 per person is due at the time of registration. This cost includes meals and admission to the museums, but does not include hotel or transportation. The payment is non-refundable after Friday, September 30, 2016.
Please see below for group rates at the Orchards Hotel.
We can arrange roundtrip transportation by bus from Cambridge for an additional $140 per person if a minimum of 20 people sign up. Anyone wanting to park at MIT and take the bus would be charged an additional $25 for parking.
To register, visit arts.mit.edu/camit-mass-moca
Some mixture of encyclopaedic curiosity, revolutionary zeal and noblesse oblige gave rise to public museums in the 18th century. The first of this kind, the British Museum, opened in 1759 with free entry to “all studious and curious persons.” The … Continued
CAMIT Member Michael Koerner receives an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of British Columbia on Thursday, May 26, 2016. According to the university’s website, honorary degrees are conferred on deserving individuals who have made substantial contributions to society, such as: Leading … Continued
The Grants Committee met to evaluate grant requests on May 11, 2016 and awarded $44,350 to undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff. This newsletter provides details about those who will receive funding from CAMIT for their art projects.
Architect David Adjaye Awarded 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, MIT goes to Miami for Art Basel,Personais performed at MIT and in Brooklyn, and more.
Amphibian advances the field of VR while exploring the relationship between diving and disability “My diving bell becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly,” Jean-Dominique Bauby wrote in his agonizingly beautiful account of living with severe … Continued
David Adjaye and other experts explore the future of libraries “The future happens unevenly. It already exists somewhere,” said Ginnie Cooper. “Some piece of it is already happening. Who can you learn from?,” she counseled at a panel discussion about … Continued
Textile production historically has been a bellwether for innovations in manufacturing—from such technological improvements as the spinning jenny and the flying shuttle at the dawn of the industrial revolution to recent developments in electronic and reactive textiles by designers like … Continued
Michelangelo had the Medicis, Picasso had Gertrude Stein, and Pollock had Peggy Guggenheim. It is difficult to imagine art history without the support of its most celebrated patrons. For the artistic community at MIT, the vision and financial support of … Continued
CAMIT Member Ann Allen’s article, “Joan Jonas, the 2015 Venice Biennale, and the MIT Connection,” offers insights and serendipitous connections you won’t find in the mainstream press. Ann is a respected art historian and lecturer at Boston’s Museum of Fine … Continued
Influence is not thrust upon the follower from the side of the precursor. As art historian Michael Baxandall argues in his work Patterns of Intention, the later generation of artists or scholars influences the way the work of the former … Continued
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are Shakespearian in their iconicity. Every serious performer must subject them to study, memorizing a monologue or, in this case, a movement, tracing and retracing the familiar, fleet-footed phrases in the … Continued