The MIT List Visual Arts Center is pleased to announce its fall program of exhibitions and events. This year’s exhibiting artists use film, sculpture, photography, and installation to engage with issues such as the material qualities of cinema, the internet ‘s effects on popular culture, and the online portrayal of women. This year the MIT List Center dedicates it’s exhibition season in honor of former director Jane Farver, who sadly passed away last April.
Student Loan Art Program Exhibition
September 1 – 13, 2015
Through this annual loan program, individual students and student groups may borrow original works of art from the List Center’s Student Loan Art collection for their private rooms and communal spaces. A highlight of this year’s exhibition is the addition of the MIT List Center’s 30th Anniversary Print Portfolio which features artists: Adel Abdessemed, Nairy Baghramian, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ping Chong, Ralph Cobrun, Robert Cumming, Ann Hamilton, Runa Islam, Gyorgy Kepes, Michiko Kon, Ken Okiishi, Otto Piene, Kay Rosen, Tavares Strachan and Sarah Sze. These artists were selected by the List Center’s four directors – Kathy Halbreich, Katy Kline, Jane Farver, and Paul C. Ha as a small example of the many exceptional artists presented at the List over the last thirty years. MIT students are eligible to borrow a work of art from this portfolio for the first time this year.
Rose Kennedy Greenway Dewey Square Park
Mural Project featuring Lawrence Weiner
Opening Reception: September 24, 2015
The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy partnering with the MIT List Visual Arts Center commissions a new temporary mural by Lawrence Weiner for the Greenway Wall in downtown Boston. Weiner’s mural titled A TRANSLATION FROM ONE LANGUAGE TO ANOTHER will open this September.
Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space
October 23, 2015-January 3, 2016
Rosa Barba’s works encompassing sculptures, installations, text pieces, and publications are grounded in the material qualities of cinema. Her film sculptures examine the physical properties of the projector, celluloid, and projected light.
Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art
Featuring keynote speaker Thomas Hirschhorn
November 13-14, 2015
The biannual Wasserman Forum addresses critical issues in contemporary art and culture. This year’s focus is contemporary public art. The Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn will deliver the keynote address on November 13. In addition to the keynote, three panels of practitioners from art history, critical theory, and political activism will consider public art from three distinct perspectives: it’s role in recent revolutionary contexts, including the Arab Spring; it’s intersection with digital culture; and the status of public art in an increasingly privatized urban context.
List Projects: Ann Hirsch
January 5-February 22, 2016
Ann Hirsch’s work in video and performance explores the diverse effects of technology on popular culture and how women are portrayed in the media. Hirsch–who often characterizes her work as research–has started a YouTube channel for one of her personas which gained a cult following, appeared as a contestant on a reality television show, and created a series of works loosely based on her pre-teen experience in an online chat room in the 1990s.
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige: I Must First Apologise…
February 19- April 17, 2016
This exhibition presents the culmination of a major project by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige looking at the history of online spam and scamming through film, sculpture, photography, and installation.