Arts on the Radar

Friday, September 8, 2023 / 7:00pm / MIT Building E15

Get to know the arts at MIT! Explore resources, events, workshops, and connect with fellow MIT art lovers.

Join the Art, Culture, and Technology program, Arts Initiatives, Department of Architecture, Comparative Media Studies / Writing, List Visual Arts Center, Media Lab, Morningside Academy for Design, and Music and Theater Arts for an evening of art, food, and fun.

Check out the List Center galleries and enter the lottery to borrow a work of art, meet student artists, and learn more about MIT’s robust arts community. The evening culminates with a dance party in the E15 ACT Cube.

Register in advance or on site (E15, first floor/Atrium Level). This event is open to the MIT community. Capacity is limited; re-entry will be permitted as space allows.

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Arts on the Radar Schedule: Friday, September 8, 2023

7 – 9pm

Food + Registration + Info Fair

Building E15, Atrium Level Lobby

Stop by info tables to learn more about arts opportunities at MIT and pick up swag! 

Burritos available while supplies last.
Passport or government-issued ID required for 21+.
Re-entry will be permitted until the event reaches capacity.

7 – 8pm

Student Lending Art Program Exhibition

Building E15, Atrium Level

Since 1977, the SLAP Exhibition and Lottery has provided MIT students the enviable opportunity to borrow, appreciate, and live with a museum quality work of original art for the academic year.

This program is free for all current MIT undergraduate and graduate students. 

Join the Conversation: fields harrington and Nancy Valladares

Building E15, Atrium Level Lobby

Join the Conversation is an interactive activity linked to fields harrington and Nancy Valladares’ collaborative exhibition on view.

7 – 11pm

ACT Gallery Exhibition

Building E15, Lower Level

Explore work by students and faculty in the Art, Culture, and Technology program at MIT.

8 – 9pm

Chill Out DJ Set

ACT Cube, MIT Building E15, Lower Level

Start the evening off with some slow beats by MIT DJs before the dance party kicks into full gear at 9pm.


Art Project Demos

Building E15, Lower Level

Explore interactive artistic work by students and faculty, and learn more about the many resources available to help make your art project ideas a reality.


Dance Party

ACT Cube, Building E15, Lower Level

The evening culminates in a dance party hosted by ACT, featuring MIT DJs and interactive art.

Attendees must show either a passport or state ID, as well as their MIT identification to be served alcohol.

Friday, September 4, 2020


Info Booth / Arts Lounge

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Do you want to learn more about opportunities in the arts at MIT? Do you have specific questions about a program or opportunity you’re interested in pursuing? Having technical difficulties with one of the Arts on the Radar activities? We’re here for you! Drop in any time during the Arts on the Radar events to speak to arts staff from across the institute, get your questions answered, or just hang out.


Creating Successful Virtual Events

Transitioning to virtual events presents many challenges, but it also opens up many opportunities. Hear from Peter Godart G and Tiandra Ray ‘15 about how they have been creating engaging online events, including Space for Action: Rebuilding a Sustainable World, a 90-minute performance-conversation in April that brought together leading musicians, scientists, politicians, and activists to reflect on how the pandemic is reshaping our relationship with the earth. 


Artist Tour: Who Feels at Home in the Visible World

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Join ACT students for a walk-through and conversation about Who Feels at Home in the Visible World, the current exhibition in the virtual ACT Student Art Gallery. Exhibiting artists include: Casey Tang, Luíza Bastos Lages, Matthew Ledwidge, Nancy Valladares, Rae Yuping Hsu, Ryan Aasen, Aarti Sunder, Chucho Ocampo, Emma (Yimeng) Zhu, Faruk Sabanovic, and Po-hao Chi.

Participate in an Art Activity

Drawing on Love and Justice

Hosted by the List Visual Arts Center
Share your art from September 1 – November 3 (Election Day)

Drawing on Love and Justice, a project by artist Evelyn Rydz, is an open call for participation, a call for change. Create art addressing what you see in the world and what you want to see in the future.

Postcard Mail Art Exchange: Works in Progress

Hosted by the List Visual Arts Center
Sign up deadline: Friday, September 11, 2020

MIT List Visual Arts Center invites community members to participate in a mail art exchange and share “Works in Progress.” We hope to overcome physical distance with an offline project that encourages a dynamic conversation on how we keep afloat projects that have been interrupted or put on hold because of COVID-19.  

Proof of Concept

Conceived and performed by Stratton Coffman (M.Arch ’20) and Isadora Dannin (M.Arch ’21), with support from the Transmedia Storytelling Initiative, the NuVu Research Fund, and Lord Jim

On view for two weeks starting on September 4th, the north-facing facade of the MIT Wiesner Building (E15) will display selected footage and documentation of Proof of Concept, an ongoing series of guerilla performances staged in the various halls, conference rooms, labs, and lobbies belonging to the nebulous phenomenon called design thinking. The projection will be visible at night throughout this period, with special programming four nights a week (Thursday-Sunday), weather permitting.

Explore More Opportunities in the Arts at MIT

Whether aiming to make, experience, or study art, or simply seeking to connect with others who share a passion for the arts, there are many opportunities to explore the arts for MIT students.

More about the Hosts

Art, Culture, and Technology program (ACT)

Academic program in the School of Architecture + Planning

ACT fosters a rigorous, research-based, and transdisciplinary approach to art practice. The program is headed by distinguished artist-professors and supported by a dynamic cast of practitioner graduate students and staff, visiting artist-lecturers, affiliates, and guests.

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Arts Initiatives

Student art programs offered by the Provost’s Office, home to the Council for the Arts at MIT and the Center for Art, Science & Technology

Extra-academic opportunities and resources for students, staff, faculty, and the general public. Offers funding, equipment, work space, instruction, connections, discount tickets, awards, workshops, lectures, and more.

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Comparative Media Studies / Writing (CMS/W)

Academic program in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Developing thinkers who understand the dynamics of media change and use critical analysis, collaborative research, and design across a variety of media arts, forms, and practices, applying their insights to contemporary problems.

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Architecture Department

Academic program in the School of Architecture + Planning

With a group of active practitioners composing the core of the design faculty, the MIT Architecture Department is centered on contemporary practice and actively pursues interdisciplinary collaboration while addressing contemporary conditions such as climate change, globalization, technology, and urbanization.

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List Visual Arts Center

The contemporary art museum at MIT

A creative laboratory that provides artists with a space to freely experiment and push existing boundaries. The List presents exhibitions, gallery talks, and more, and manages the Student Lending Art Program and the public art spread throughout the MIT campus.

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Media Lab

Research and academic organization in the School of Architecture + Planning

Unconstrained by traditional disciplines, Media Lab designers, engineers, artists, and scientists strive to create technologies and experiences that enable people to understand and transform their lives, communities, and environments.

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Morningside Academy for Design (MAD)

An interdisciplinary hub for design-focused education, research, thinking, and entrepreneurship, home to Project Manus and MITdesignX

Weaving together science, engineering, architecture and planning, the humanities, and business to create an environment where design becomes a catalyst for positive change.

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Music and Theater Arts

Academic program in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Music and Theater Arts invites students to explore these disciplines as artistic practices and as cultural, intellectual, and personal avenues of inquiry and discovery.  Students may pursue concentrations, minors, or majors in either music or theater, as well as joint majors with engineering or science.

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Current Art Exhibitions on Campus

ACT Student Exhibit

ACT Gallery, E15, Lower Level

Work by undergraduate students in the Art, Culture, and Technology program at MIT.


ACT Corridor, MIT Building E15, second floor
On view June 13, 2022 – September 6, 2022

Works by twelve MIT artists created in reflection on Professor Emeritus Krzysztof Wodiczko’s essay “Un-War” and a call to put an end to perpetuating the culture of war we live in.