Image: Credit: Julia Sokol, G, Mechanical Engineering

Exposures II

Exposures II
Work by Members of the MIT Student Art Association
Exhibition on view November 7 – 30, 2019

Exposures II is the second exhibition organized by student photographers working in the Student Art Association darkroom. It features silver gelatin prints made by nine photographers, each experimenting with their own darkroom printing style and technique.

On Display: November 7 – 30, 2019

Image: Courtesy of Ohyoon Kwon'20.

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks
Work by Ohyoon Kwon ’20
Exhibition on view October 1 – 29, 2019

Ohyoon Kwon ’20 presents prints, paintings, and mixed media art created during her time at MIT.

A Brain and Cognitive Science and philosophy student, Kwon uses visual metaphor to evoke memories and emotions. She explores states of mind and mental health and hopes to provide emotional consolation for viewers.

On Display: October 1 – 29, 2019

Image: Courtesy of Yangyang Ynag

Surrounded by Digitized Faces and Bodies

Surrounded by Digitized Faces and Bodies
Works by recent MIT Integrated Design Management alumni Kamin Phakdurong ’16, Yangyang Yang ’16, Pushpaleela Prabakar ’16, Jenson Wu ’18
Exhibition on view July 15 – September 15, 2019

Surrounded by Digitized Faces and Bodies is a collection of interactive installations that mirror visitors’ own images in unexpected ways. Using immersive sound, video recording, and projection, faces and bodies of gallery visitors become part of works which reflect the skepticism and irony of postmodern life. The artists use vivid optimism to urge viewers to look inside and befriend their inner selves.

On Display: July 15 – September 15, 2019

Image: Guillermo Bernal. Courtesy of the artist.

The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts 2018 Recipient Art Exhibition

Featuring work by the 2019 award recipients:

Guillermo Bernal, G, Media Lab (Fluid Interfaces Group)

Erin Genia G, Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Emily Toomey, G, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dipo Doherty, G, Integrated Design and Management

Read more about the 2019 Schnitzer Prize recipients.

On Display: June 5-July 5, 2019

Image: Participatory Self-Portrait: art, environment, and community. Credit: Jorge Valdez.

Participatory Self-Portrait: art, environment, and community

Participatory Self-Portrait: art, environment, and community
Works by Laura Perovich and Community Collaborators
Installation on view April 22-May 23, 2019

Participatory Self-Portrait is a collaborative exhibit investigating art, environment, and community in our past and present. It includes community-based environmental art from Chelsea, MA, and Cambridge, MA, and explores the intertwined systems that form our collective decisions about how to create our future. You are invited to shape and be shaped by this interactive installation.

Laura Perovich is a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab

On Display: April 22-May 23, 2019

Image: Origami cartoon. Courtesy of OrigaMIT Officers.

OrigaMIT Wiesner Show

OrigaMIT Wiesner Show
Work by OrigaMIT community
Exhibition on view March 18-29, 2019

The exhibit showcases submissions from this spring’s origami competition and other models created by or donated to the OrigaMIT community.

About OrigaMIT
OrigaMIT is MIT’s origami club. They promote, practice, and teach origami folding, analysis, and design through their events such as weekly foldings, annual conventions, and origami competitions.

On Display: March 18-29, 2019

The February School, An experiment in peer-to-peer learning.

The February School

The February School
Work by ACT students
Exhibition on view February 2019

The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology graduate students will set up a temporary school as an intervention into the nested ecosystem of education at MIT. This school will be a subsystem of education where students and the general public will be invited to participate in ACT student-led classes, exhibitions, discussions, workshops, construction, and celebrations throughout the month of February.

More information about The February School
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On Display: February 2019

Image: "Hormone Controlled." Credit Molly Humphreys.

Where's the Male Equivalent?

Where’s the Male Equivalent?
Work by Molly Humphreys ’21

Molly Humphreys’s pieces explore the consequences of derogatory labels on the overall female psyche. Works on view are from the portfolio entitled “Where’s the Male Equivalent?” and other selected pieces. “Where’s the Male Equivalent?” received a Scholastic Gold Key.


On Display: January 2019

Image: Credit Cole Hoffer.

Where is Here and Leave No Trace

A dual exhibition featuring work by Gary Stilwell and Cole Hoffer

Where is Here?
Gary Stilwell, a Fellow in MIT’s Advanced Study Program, creates art inspired by ancient astronomers and navigators. His work presents astrolabes constructed for future use on Mercury, Venus … and even Neptune, taking into account each planet’s unique obliquity to orbit, orbital period and rotational period. The project was initiated within the course EC.050/EC.090 Recreate Experiments from History.

Leave No Trace
Cole Hoffer ’20 presents a collection of pristine landscape photographs documenting summers on the trail. From the waterfalls along the Fimmvörðuháls Pass in Iceland, to the glacier lakes spotting the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington. Featured locations include Landmannalaugar, Shi Shi Beach, Mt. Rainier National Park and The Enchantments.

On Display: December 2018

One man's journey on the MeltingGlacier. Credit Neil Gaikwad.

Assemblies, Nature and Human Societies

Work by Neil Gaikwad and Isabel Moya Camacho

Decoding the Complexity of Assemblies, Nature, and Human Societies: A photography exhibition showing the contrast between the synthetic and the organic, from a nature-inspired design to a design-inspired nature.

Neil Gaikwad, a MIT Arts Scholar, captures the complexities of our planet, including glacier landscapes, cultures and burning societal challenges across the world.

On Display: November 1 – 30, 2018

Installation view of exhibition of art work by members of the Student Art Association at the MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery.

Art Show! An MIT Student Art Association Contemporaspective

Work by Members of the MIT Student Art Association

Experience work created by members of the MIT Student Art Association.  This show is presented in honor of Mimi Luft, the founder and inaugural director of the MIT Student Art Association. Mimi is remembered fondly for her humanitarian spirit and her dedication to supporting the artistic practice of the MIT community. Mimi passed away in 2017 and as a tribute to her years of dedication to the SAA, we present this exhibition in her memory.

On Display:October 4 – 29, 2018

Exposures: Explorations of Darkroom Printing

Exposures: Explorations of Darkroom Printing

Work by Megan Fu, Adam Jost, Yamini Krishnan, Javier Alejandro Masis, Nina Petelina and Julia Sokol

A black and white photograph is a sheet of paper tinted with shades of gray. Yet, despite the simplicity of the medium, the manifestations it offers are virtually limitless. In this group show, we explore some of these possibilities through variations of the developing and printing process. Experimenting with everything from subject matter and composition to film, paper, and exposure, each photographer is guided by his or her preferences and experiences.

Megan Fu and Yamini Krishnan capture the beauty in elements of our day-to-day lives that go unnoticed, each with her own unique approach. Adam Jost focuses on abstract shapes in natural and man-made landscapes, particularly where the two meet. Julia Sokolcaptures the ways in which light shapes our surroundings. Nina Petelina demonstrates how overlaying multiple images on the same photograph adds detail and strengthens the idea of the photograph. Javier Alejandro Masis explores the nature of perception and portraiture.

On Display: September 1 – 30, 2018

Javier Alejandro Masis Obando, "Montreal 2," 2017. Tricolor gum print.

700 470 530

Work by: Nathan Tyrell & Javier Obando

“In visual perception, a color is almost never seen as it really is – as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art” ~ Josef Albers

Our retinas contain three color sensitive cells that capture light at wavelengths that roughly correspond to red, green and blue (700, 530, and 470 nm). These cells turn the red, green and blue photons into electrical impulses, effectively encoding the color world around us into three separate color channels. It is not until these separate streams reach our brains, and our brains decipher the channels based on where they came from, that we actually “see” in color. Even though color seems like such a natural and immediate part of our experience, it is in this sense artificial. The notion of color arises in our neural circuitry, where many factors come into play when perceiving a color, and it is not an external, immutable attribute of the objects we see.

Using a complex, home-made color projector, we seek to make this process tangible. Along with the mechanisms of color perception and reproduction, we are interested in machines that are both arbitrary and purposeless in the conventional sense. Such machines seem to rebel against their identity: they self-consciously defy the purposefulness inherent in the definition of a machine. This underscores a certain dialectic tension within machines: a machine is always idiosyncratic—it always loses something (information? understanding?) and thus cannot be perfect. True to form, our color projector is not perfect—in fact, it is the least efficient color projector we can think of—and it certainly loses information at almost every step of its process. But the truth is that so do our eyes and brain, which begs the question: what is real color, and what isn’t, and does it actually matter?

On Display: July 1 – 31, 2018

Exhibition in the MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery, 2018 Schnitzer Prize Recipients.

The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts 2018 Recipient Art Exhibition

Featuring work by the 2018 award recipients:

Andrea Ling, Graduate Student, Media Lab

Nicolás Kisic Aguirre, Graduate Student, Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Brian Huang ’18, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Gary Zhexi Zhang, Graduate Student, Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Read more about the 2018 Schnitzer Prize recipients.

June 1 – 30, 2018

Painting by Jessie Wang, displayed in the Wiesner Gallery as part of the exhibition Euryhaline


Paintings by Jessie Wang, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people.
Time to say things to them.
And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.
-Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

Orpheus said the mind is a slide ruler.
It can fit around anything.
Show me your body, he said.
It only means one thing.
-Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice

Now I’m not artistic.
I saw it was of a fellow with no clothes on –
I always wonder why it’s Art to take your clothes off:
they never put in the goose pimples.
– Diana Wynne Jones, Homeward Bounders

May 11-30, 2018

Murals of the Senior Haus. Courtesy of the artists.

Murals of Senior Haus

Work by Residents of the Senior House

MIT’s oldest residence hall has long been a home for counterculture, people of color, minorities and LGBTQ folk. In the past 20 years, residents painted more than 450 murals in the building and used the internal architecture to create an immersive experience.

Last summer, the residence was closed and converted to graduate student housing. A group of students, alumni, staff and local artists joined together to document, preserve and share these murals beyond the walls of 70 Amherst Street.

April 21 – May 7, 2018


Work by Nicole L’Huillier, Yasushi Sakai and Thomas Sanchez Lengeling

Diastrofismos is a sound installation with a modular system that sends images through rhythmic patterns. The installation changes depending on its context. The last version was done in the context of the Media Arts Bienal in Santiago, Chile, where it was built on a set of debris from the Alto Río building that was destroyed by the 27F earthquake in 2010 in Chile. For this occasion, the piece is built with the detritus of MIT, where the production of things is extremely fast, the landscape is in a constant shift, and there is constant tension between the new and the obsolete, the future and the past.

March 2018

The February School, An experiment in peer-to-peer learning.

The February School

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology graduate students  set up a temporary school as an intervention into the nested ecosystem of education at MIT. This school is a subsystem of education where students and the general public are invited to participate in ACT student-led classes, cinema cycles, exhibitions, discussions, conferences, fellowship, workshops, construction and celebrations throughout the month of February. The intervention uses the structures and conventions of a typical university to explore other ways of learning, sharing and building knowledge and community.

This student-organized exhibition is part of ACT’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the internationally renowned MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS). You can read more about the anniversary festivities on the ACT website.

February 2018

Vidhya, Aurelien van Hollebeke. Courtesy of the artist.


Work by Aurelien van Hollebeke, Visiting Graduate Student in Aeronautics and Astronautics

Kerala showcases the work of Aurelien van Hollebeke through his photographs taken during his 2015 stay in the south Indian state of Kerala.


January 8 – 31, 2018

Detached, Ivy Li.


Work by Ivy Li, Sophomore, Physics
On Display: December 8-30, 2017
A series of works contending with emptiness while finding tranquility amidst the silence.

December 2017

Shelter, by Ohyoon Kwon, Sophomore, Brain and Cognitive Sciences.


Work by Ohyoon Kwon, Sophomore, Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Pistachios are a great snack. What happens to their protective crusts after the nuts are consumed? Their journey thereafter.

sheltered feelings, fragility, decadence

joy, craze, confusion, expression, explosion, chaos, celebration, consolation, acceptance

A series of mixed media works.

November 2017

“Suffocated” by Allan Gelman. Courtesy of the artist.

Success and Failure

A group show curated by Kate Weishaar, Architecture ’18.

The pressures of MIT have a tendency to distort students’ definitions of “success” and “failure”. Faced with the high expectations of family and friends and the high standards set by highly successful peers, many MIT students self-identify as failures. This show, composed of art from several current undergraduate students, shares a few student definitions of “success” and “failure”, while challenging viewers to redefine these words for themselves.

October 2017

briar, installation view. Credit: Katherine Paseman and Maxine Beeman.

MIT in Flight + briar

MIT In Flight is a photographic project created by Landon Carter to explore the fleeting moment of a leap, the twist of a ribbon and the beauty of traditional Chinese dance at MIT. Featuring dancers from the MIT Asian Dance Team, lighting collaboration with Jake Gunter, and assistance from Rachel Wu. Funded in part by a Director’s Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT.

briar is a small pavilion intended to evoke a sense of comfort, curiosity and wonder created by Katherine Paseman and Maxine Beeman.

February – March, 2017

Paper Curiousities

What happens when we make circuits for self-expression? This exhibition featured interactive creations by artists and engineers to explore this question.

April-May 2016

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Glover's Reef Research Station in Belize photographed by student Sasha Chapman, MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow.

Visiting Artist Class, Underwater Photography

Visiting Artist Keith Ellenbogen and theoretical physicist Allan Adams created and co-taught “Underwater Conservation Photography,” a cross-disciplinary course. The class spent several intensive weeks in the MIT pool honing their diving and photography skills and testing equipment and techniques, before heading to the Wildlife Conservation Society on Glover’s Reef off the coast of Belize. They documented damselfish, parrotfish, seafans, Christmas tree worms, sponges and eels, among other creatures, and then exhibited their photographs in the Wiesner Gallery, accompanied by text explaining the technological, biological and ecological stories behind the images.

March 2016