List Visual Arts Center
List Visual Arts Center, established in 1985, is the contemporary art gallery of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The LVAC is internationally recognized for the 4-6 exhibitions it presents each year in its 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) galleries. The LVAC organized Fred Wilson's installation for the US Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale. The LVAC is housed in the Wiesner building, an I.M. Pei-designed, fully accessible facility that incorporates the work of painter Kenneth Noland, sculptor Scott Burton, and environmental sculptor Richard Fleischner, commissioned through MIT's Percent-for-Art program. The Percent-for-Art program, administered by the LVAC, allocates funds for the commission of art in connection with each new campus construction or major renovation project. Past commissions include Louise Nevelson's Transparent Horizon in front of the Landau Building, Sol LeWitt's polychrome floor in the Green Center for Physics, and Anish Kapoor's untitled stainless steel piece in the Stata Center.
The LVAC maintains a permanent collection primarily sited throughout campus of over 3,000 prints, photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, textiles, collages, and other objects of contemporary art. The public sculpture collection includes major works by such artists as Alexander Calder, Jorge Pardo, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Sarah Sze, and Mark DiSuvero. An interactive map of all publicly situated art is available here. The Center also maintains the Student Loan Art Collection, consisting of 500 original works of art. Through this popular annual loan program students may borrow original works of art from the collection for their private rooms and communal spaces.