Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit

Just as MIT pushes at the frontiers of scientific inquiry, it is the mission of the List Visual Arts Center to explore challenging, intellectually inquisitive, comtemporary art making in all media. The purpose is to not only enjoy art's traditional focus on aesthetics, but also to explore art that examines the cultural, social, and sometimes scientific or ecnomic contexts that surround us, exposing, rethinking, and representing aspects of our world. Artists of national and international stature, as well as emerging artists, are featured.
Although best known for presenting five to eight changing exhibitions annually, most accompanied by catalogues, the LVAC is active in many areas. An Artist-in-Residence program permits contemporary visual artists to work with MIT's most remarkable asset - the extraordinary intellectual richness of its students and faculty.
The LVAC administers MIT's Percent-for-Art Program, which was formally instituted in 1968. The program is developing at an extraordinary rate, including artists of national and international stature. The most recent of the Perecnt-for-Art projects is Dan Graham's Yin/Yang Pavilion, which was installed in Simmons Hall, designed by Steven Holl Architects. Other projects include ceiling murals by Jorge Pardo for MIT's graduate Dormitory on Albany Street, designed by S/L/A/M Collaborative, and Matthew Ritchie's aluminum wall mural, Games of Chance and Skill, for the Albert and Barrie Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, designed by Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates.
The LVAC maintains and develops a Permanent Collection that includes dozens of publicly sited sculptures, and hundreds of paintings, prints, and photographs located throughout campus buildings and offices. The LVAC also maintains a MIT Public Art Collection Map, which keeps track of all the public art, including Percent-for-Art pieces and various gifts and commissions. The LVAC also administers the highly popular Student Loan Art Program, which allows MIT students to borrow works of art, primarily prints and photographs, for the academic year. Some of the most recent acquisitions for the Student Loan program are currently on view in the Stratton Building.
A wide range of educational programs are offered to enhance visitor appreciation of the visual arts, including free public art tours and the gallery tours, artist talks, and film/video screeningsd that often accompany the exhibitions. The MVAC also administers and organizes the Leroy and Dorothy Lavine Lecture Series and the Max Wasserman Forum, an annual event where a panel of nationally renowned speakers explore issues in contemporary art.

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Cultural Nonprofit
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Visual/Crafts - General
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Museums - Art