MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery
A space for students to exhibit their artistic endeavors, both academic and co-curricular
2022 Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts Recipients Exhibition
An exhibition of work by Christopher Joshua Benton (Graduate Student in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT), Kwan Q Li (Graduate Student in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT, and Irmandy Wicaksono (PhD Candidate in Media Arts and Sciences)
Each year, the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize recognizes excellent student work in the visual arts at MIT. Working across geographies, disciplines, and materials, the artistic practices of the three recipients of the 2022 prize demonstrate the diversity of creative work taking place at the Institute at the highest levels.
May 19 – June 12, 2022 in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery, open 9:00am – 9:00pm daily
Thursday, May 26, 2022 in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery from 5:30-7pm
Previous Exhibitions + Happenings
Lodgers: Friction Between Neighbors
An exhibition of work by Zhicheng Xu (M.Arch ‘22), Mengqi Moon He (SMArchS ‘20), Calvin Zhong (B.S. ‘18, M.Arch ‘24), and Wuyahuang Li (SMArchS ‘21)
neighbors who have been keeping a fine balance for thousands of years.
The Lodgers are a set of temporary “living” structures to enable symbiotic relationships between the land, humans, and other living things. They are shelters for all inhabitants and temporary guests themselves on the land. They will come, go, or decay, returning to the land as the seasons change.
The exhibition showcases the two-year research on Fly Ranch and reflection on the process of coping with friction. It opens on March 31, followed by a mapping workshop in the second week of April and a closing reception on April 29.
On Display: March 31 – April 29, 2022 in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery, open 9:00am – 9:00pm daily
An exhibition of work by Ziyuan Zhu and Sheng-Hung Lee
In DESIGN: INCLUSIVE, designers Sheng-Hung Lee and Ziyuan Zhu share how inclusiveness shapes design humanely and environmentally in the creative process. In this exhibition, they explore two topics: Humanity: Inclusive Footwear for an Aging Population and Design for Environmental(ity): Speculative Circularity.
Life and behavior in this fast-paced society have been rapidly transformed by emerging technology, the political environment, advancing healthcare, social justice issues, climate change, and much more. In the midst of these large, complex, and systemic challenges, DESIGN: INCLUSIVE invites reflection, asking: Whose voice is (and continues to be) missing? Who in our society has been deemed vulnerable or less powerful? Which groups of people are confronting the largest degree of exclusion?
On Display February 9–March 12, 2022 in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery
An exhibition of prints curated by ppppress, a student and alumni-run publishing project within the Art, Culture, and Technology Program at MIT (ACT).
ppppress was founded by Chucho Ocampo Aguilar, Emma Yimeng Zhu 朱艺蒙, Aarti Sunder, and Po-Hao Chi.
In an effort to bring printed-media back into the ever-growing presence of the virtual and the screen, ppppress presents a collection of prints created using a risograph, perfect binding machine, guillotine, silkscreen, press, and a digital duplicator (a mimeograph married to a xerox machine with a scanning bed on top).
Dancing between the digital and the analog, high tech and craft, and silkscreen and photocopy, the exhibition features content from the MIT Center for Visual Studies (CAVS) archive and work submitted by scholars, designers, artists, and scientists at the Institute.
In addition to the exhibition of prints in the Weisner Gallery, workshops in book making, printing, and storytelling using the CAVS archives are offered to the MIT community throughout January 2022.
Exhibition on display December 6, 2021 – January 21, 2022 in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery
The PPPPRESS exhibition is supported by the MIT Architecture Department; Art, Culture, and Technology Program (ACT); CAVS Special Archive, Council of the Arts at MIT (CAMIT), and the MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative (TSI).
Special thanks to Thera Webb and Graham Yeager.
Unbounded: Transmedia Storytelling @ MIT, 2019-2021
An exhibition of virtual productions by students across MIT engaged with the Transmedia Storytelling Initiative from 2019-21
Celebrating two years of operation (one and a half of them in a global pandemic), the Transmedia Storytelling Initiative (TSI) of the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) presents an exhibition of student work; beginning with the cellphone video made in the first subject taught with TSI curriculum development funds to the latest AR production that engages the dramatic street demonstrations during the Black Lives Matter protests, bringing these events “home” during the pandemic. Spatialized storytelling brings SA+P’s research into architecture and urbanism together with the expanding technologies of virtual production while TSI students push the boundaries of these tools into new directions and urgent current events.
On display October 18 – November 23, 2021 in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery. Virtual exhibition ongoing.
superpose – A connected experience of sound and space
Karsten Schuhl, MIT Media Lab, Opera of the Future Group, Graduation 2021
superpose is a water-based multi-sensory interactive installation. It offers a glimpse into how sound and music operate as physical phenomena in space and how humans perceive them. The experience is in constant aural and visual flux, influenced by the presence of the people in its surroundings: an audible and visible choreography of perturbations. Mechanically created circular waves are the audience’s “agents” in the experience, propagating through the water, mixing and interfering with one another. The installation allows the audience to explore sound and its relationship to space by interacting with a metaphor of sound waves through the water.
On display September 7 – October 6, 2021 in the Wiesner Student Art Gallery
The superpose project was supported in part by a grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT.
Image: superpose waves, Dyed water, polypropylene, 3D printed mechanisms, painted MDF, aluminum extrusion frame, sound, custom electronics & software, 102 x 55 x 36 inches.
Installation at west lobby at MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, 2021. Photo: Karsten Schuhl.
Learning from reality: artistic exploration and forming understanding
Wednesday, September 29 at 5:00 EST / Virtual Event
A conversation about the relationship contemporary “media art” has with both the idea and reality of technology. How can artistic work include as well as continuously exclude experience, perception, and connection?
Featuring Karsten Schuhl, MIT Media Lab ’21 and Wiesner Gallery exhibiting artist; Verena Bachl, artist and founder of Studio Verena Bachl; and Benjamin Maus, who operates allesblinkt: a bureau for art and invention in Berlin, Germany.
The 2021 Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts
Featuring work by the 2021 award recipients: Po-Hao Chi, ACT; Chucho Ocampo, ACT: Carolyn Tam, Architecture; and Nina Lutz, Media Lab.
Each year, the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize recognizes excellent student work in the visual arts at MIT. Portfolios span almost every imaginable medium and theme; many, if not most student artists bridge diverse disciplines and departments, drawing on MIT’s broad knowledge base and its culture of collaboration. Please note, the exhibition remains open virtually.
Work by Elaheh Ahmadi ‘20, MEng ‘21
Elaheh Ahmadi is a visual and performance artist and computer engineer from Tehran, Iran, currently based in Boston. She utilizes photography, performance, and writing to raise awareness of contemporary social issues, particularly problems of women’s rights, voices and identities around the world. She is currently studying in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, while independently developing her artistic practice and finding her creative voice.
In 2020, Ahmadi received a Bachelor of Science from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a concentration in Photography and Visual Arts. Her research area is mainly focused on robotics and autonomous vehicles.
Ahmadi’s mission is to provide a space in which everyone, especially women, feel comfortable expressing different dimensions of their personality.
Work by Nancy Valladares, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology ’20
Botanical Ghosts traces the transatlantic voyage of the ackee tree (Blighia Sapida), and its encounter with British botanist Dorothy Popenoe in Honduras. This project stages a fictional exchange between Dorothy, the ackee fruit and the artist, as they pull on a thread that unravels the history of Lancetilla Botanical Experimental Station. This website collects a film, fictions, letters, photographs, and documents into a speculative archive that reanimates the specters behind Lancetilla and the worlds that emerged from this site. Please note, the exhibition remains open virtually.
The Loss of Green: Imaging Vegetal Worlds
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
A cross-disciplinary conversation where botanical exchanges, medicinal practices and culinary history intersect to unearth the legacies of our ecological present.
Featuring Nancy Valladares, ACT ‘20 and Wiesner Exhibiting Artist; Shireen Hamza, PHD student in History of Science at Harvard and a filmmaker; and Semine Long Callesen, MIT HTC ‘20 and part of the MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative.
Work by Dalma Földesi, M.Arch 2020 and Jung In Seo, M.Arch 2020
Misalignments resists the urge to optimize, orthogonalize, mathematize, and discipline matter. Instead, the hybrid ceramic fabrication processes explored in the galleries apply precision to the design of tools and actions. The artifacts emerge from this new approach to shaping clay. Here, the material is the performer; its qualities result from a balancing act between geometric specification and physical behavior. Controlled moments of instability play from an open score that allows different manifestations. Hands and machines equally involved, this process reintroduces authorship and foregrounds labor in an increasingly automated process. It is a risky endeavor. Please note, the exhibition remains open virtually.
2020 Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts Exhibition
May 27 – June 30, 2020
Featuring work by the 2020 award recipients: Nicole L’Huillier, Media Lab; Rae Yuping Hsu, ACT; Jonathan Zong, CSAIL; Elaheh Ahmadi ’20, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Siranush Babakhanova ’20, Physics
Each year, the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize highlights student work in the visual arts at MIT. Portfolios span almost every imaginable medium and theme; many, if not most student artists bridge diverse disciplines and departments, drawing on MIT’s broad knowledge base and its culture of collaboration. Please note, the exhibition remains open virtually.
January 15 – February 27, 2020
Featuring work by Jonathan Zong, Ph.D. Computer Science, MIT
BODY TEXT is reading as gazing as reading as writing; is a contest of control; is an imperfect way of rendering people and systems legible to each other.
Additional Past Exhibitions
The Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Gallery was established as a gift from the MIT Class of 1983 to honor the former president of MIT, Jerome Wiesner, for his support of the arts at the Institute. Since then, the gallery space located on the second floor of the MIT Stratton Student Center has exhibited a wide range of both academic and co-curricular artwork by MIT students.
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Established as a gift from the MIT Class of 1983, the Wiesner Gallery honors the former president of MIT, Jerome Wiesner, for his support of the arts at the Institute. The gallery was fully renovated in fall 2016, thanks in part to the generosity of Harold (’44) and Arlene Schnitzer and the Council for the Arts at MIT, and now also serves as a central meeting space for MIT Student Arts Programming including the START Studio, Creative Arts Competition, Student Arts Advisory Board, and Arts Scholars.
Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT)