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Art in MIT Libraries: Hayden Library


Use this menu to explore the art in this guide by Library, floor location, and medium. 

Welcome to the Guide


                1992 Five-color serigraph on Lennox 100 28 x 28 x 1 1/2 in. Purchased with funds from the Alan May Endowment


In collaboration with MIT List Gallery, the Hayden Renovation Art Selection Team curated this collection to reflect the diversity of the MIT community and to cultivate a sense of belonging within the Libraries’ space. The broad theme centers on human expression in many forms – words, symbols, music, numbers, representation of physical self, and more. The selection of work embraces diversity, acknowledging human experience, including both hardship and celebration. 

These pieces would not be visible for the MIT Community's enjoyment if it were not made possible by the generosity of artists, collectors, and donors. Art may be found on display throughout the library's second and second floor mezzanine floors. 



Image: Let's Talk by Adrian Piper, 1992, Five-color serigraph on Lennox 100, 28 x 28 x 1 1/2 in., Purchased with funds from the Alan May Endowment

Hearts on a Wire

Art for Philadelphia collaborated with Hearts on a Wire, a grassroots organization to support transgender people incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons, to create a portfolio of prints to fund their outreach efforts. All with the exception of one of the participating artists are hanging in Hayden Library, which can be found on both the second and second floor mezzanine floor.

Gallery of the images and textual background of the artists/works are here.

The artists in the collection are included below with links to images and descriptions within this guide. Sections of the guide are identified below. Scroll through the sections to locate the artists: