In Our Present Condition… Recent work by MIT Visual Art Alumni on Exhibit in Dean’s Office Gallery


SA+P Dean’s Office Gallery

MIT Building 7-231

Featuring works by Haseeb Ahmed, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Giacomo Castagnola, Alia Farid, Sohin Hwang, Marisa Jahn, Jae Rhim Lee, Pia Lindman, Jill Magid, Matthew Mazzotta, Lauren McCarthy, Hiroharu Mori, and Michael Rakowitz.

Earlier this spring, the ACT-curated exhibit In Our Present Condition… opened at the Dean’s Office Gallery in the School of Architecture + Planning. Co-curated by ACT Consulting Curator Laura Knott and ACT Research Affiliate Nomeda Urbonas, the exhibit features work by alumni whose diverse practices have received numerous awards and recognitions in international art circuits.

Over the course of the summer, ACT will profile the participating artists, taking a closer look at their contributions to the exhibit and their recent honors and activities.

About the exhibit

When Professor György Kepes founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) in 1967, he provided a home at MIT for “artistic tasks that have authentic roots in our present condition.”

Fifty years later, the CAVS lineage continues in SA+P’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology, an academic and research center for the visual arts. In celebration of the founding of CAVS, the work exhibited in this exhibition illuminates a new and complex “present condition,” engaged with civic life and creating alternative models of contemporaneity.

Special thanks to ACT’s Seth Avecilla for his assistance with the exhibit.

The Dean’s Office Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9-5, but may occasionally be closed for meetings and events. To arrange viewing, please contact Makeela Searles:

More details about the artists and their work is available here.