I was speaking the other day to my colleague — and increasingly friend — Rebecca Uchill, who is headquartered at MIT, and she told me that one of the perks of being at MIT is that you can take real art home (or to the dorms, anyway) as part of some glorious art lottery known as the Student Loan Art Program. WHAT?!?! Really? Yes, it’s true. MIT offers works by John Baldessari, Richard Artschwager, Ida Applebroog, Louise Bourgeois, Romare Bearden and others for students to love in the privacy of their rooms. All in all there are 500 framed works, primarily prints and photos, to be had and the institution adds 15 more each year.
“My first year in the lottery I received my first choice — a Sol Lewitt wall drawing. A friend and I executed it by hand in my bedroom,” Uchill said. This year she grabbed an Oldenburg at the annual event where students can submit their names for an opportunity to choose a work.
When I told another friend about the project with amazement, his response shocked me. “Yeah, our college had that too,” the Oberlin College alumnus said. Was I the only person not to have gone to a college with a windfall of art to loan out? Was the University of Toronto really that art poor? Who else has this unusually wonderful perk for students?
Join Hyperallergic for an online conversation with cultural organizer and curator La Tanya S. Autry on February 1 at 7pm (EST).
This week, the Tonga eruption as captured from space, Boston gets a big gift of Dutch and Flemish painting, 30 years of New Queer Cinema, an important Marcel Breuer house is demolished, and much more.
At this free online summit, hear from architects Tadao Ando and Lesley Lokko; artist Himali Singh Soin; author Amitav Ghosh; design studio Formafantasma; and more.
Being bowled over by an unknown artist’s first one-person show does not happen often but when it does, it renews your faith that the art world is not just about buzz and hype.
Surrealist images of a Rice Krispies box or Yukon Gold potato explore how data is transformed into the visual language called art.
This immersive video installation utilizes waterscape scenes to speak about concepts such as existence, intimacy, healing, and aquatic ecology.
What is wonderful about the online photography exhibition What Have We Stopped Hiding? is that one is given entrée to the internal monologue of the artists featured in the show.
Self-taught artists were invited to exhibit, and sell, their fuzzy stacks of pancakes and tasseled tapestries.
Curator, educator, and transdisciplinary artist Jova Lynne is coming from MOCAD to lead Temple Contemporary exhibitions and public programs.
Our culture seems obsessed with the artist/model relationship, portrayed in countless movies and narratives as a relationship that is lustful and scandalous.
Creator Art Spiegelman said he was “baffled” by the decision and called the school board’s behavior “Orwellian.”
The winners of this year’s Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest prove that life is indeed better under the sea.