MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery

A space for students to exhibit their artistic endeavors, both academic and co-curricular

Current Exhibition

Circular waves in a water basin created by human movement around the installation.


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 8, 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.

Current Happening

Learning from reality: artistic exploration and forming understanding

Wednesday, September 29 at 5:00 EST / Virtual Event

Join us for 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 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.
 

Past Exhibitions + Happenings

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.

Trapped

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.

Botanical Ghosts

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.

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.

Misalignments

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.

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.

BODY TEXT

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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All current MIT students, both undergraduate and graduate, are eligible to apply for an exhibition in the MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery. Applications are accepted annually in the spring for the following academic year.

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MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery
Stratton Student Center, MIT Building W20, Second floor
84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Open 9:00am to 9:00pm daily; Hours for general public may be restricted.

Contact: Sarah Hirzel, Gallery Coordinator, shirzel@mit.edu

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)