Center for Advanced Visual Studies

Making Movement Visible

Nell Breyer’s installation “Where Lines Converge,” on view in Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, asks what it means for bodies to convene and perceive themselves as a collective.   The artist Nell Breyer ‘02 has long been fascinated by the relationship between … Continued

ReWildAR, augmented reality installation, Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2021. Commissioned by Ashley Molese for the 175th anniversary FUTURES exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution, at the Arts and Industry Building.

Unveiling the Invisible

The digital artworks of Tamiko Thiel ’83 expand perception of our immediate environment   Imagine walking in an urban setting, conjuring a spontaneous rewilding of the world around you; metro stations are dominated by native species, exotic invasives self-seed in … Continued

Small colorful illuminated cubes are arranged to spell "MIT."

Arts Alumni News

Amna Ansari ’12 and Marcus Martinez ’12, co-founders of Alloybuild, won an Honorable Mention/‘Best Unique City Infrastructure’ for their entry ‘Float House’ at reGEN Boston; they also presented their research ‘Shuffle City’ at the Architecture Boston Expo in November. Ann … Continued

A person on a balcony looks at a large reflective sculpture made of many squares of glass.
Jeff Lieberman, Patterned by Nature (Screen Shot)

Patterned by Nature: Kinetic Art by MIT Alum Jeff Lieberman

How does a gigantic glass LCD display represent nature? The 90-foot long “ribbon” that slices through the atrium of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences shows animated patterns inspired by nature, from flying birds to clouds floating across the sky.

Titled “Patterned by Nature,” the sculpture is an impressive crossover between engineering, art, and the natural world. Its creator, Jeff Lieberman ’00, SM ’04, SM ’06, has been studying the intersection of art and science for years and “Patterned by Nature” is the perfect manifestation of this belief.