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Piene and Haacke at the List

Revisiting MIT’s early contributions to contemporary art
The exhibit at the List highlights Piene’s pioneering exploration of light as an artistic medium, bringing together several sculptures from the 1960s and ‘70s along with two new works created especially for this exhibition.
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The exhibit at the List highlights Piene’s pioneering exploration of light as an artistic medium, bringing together several sculptures from the 1960s and ‘70s along with two new works created especially for this exhibition.
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Photo: Gunter Thorn

Two simultaneous exhibits at the List Visual Arts Center — both on view from Oct. 21 through Dec. 31 — focus attention this fall on MIT’s historical contributions to contemporary art.

One of them showcases light-based sculptural work by Otto Piene, internationally noted artist and director of the School of Architecture + Planning’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 1974-94. The other exhibit, revisiting Hans Haacke’s solo show at MIT in 1967, presents a particularly cogent look at this artist’s largely undocumented early work and casts new light upon the development of his later, better-known oeuvre.

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