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Current Exhibits

MMaihaugen Gallery Exhibit

China Comes to Tech: 1877-1931

In 1877, the first student from China matriculated at MIT. By 1910, China was sending more students to MIT than any other foreign country. From these beginnings, the Institute became one of the most popular...

February 10, 2017 - November 30, 2017
RRotch Library Exhibit

Book Marks

Artist & Curator: Thomas Gearty Location: Main Gallery & Reading Room In old books, time and pressure cause ink from engraved portraits to seep into the surrounding pages and imprint a copy of the original...

January 16, 2017 - April 2, 2017

Upcoming Exhibits

RRotch Library Exhibit


In Lowell, Massachusetts, the old brick buildings often loom large in the background. Hidden behind the Lowell National Historical Park, a former generator room and machine shop has sat shuttered for three decades. Its machines...

Opens June 14, 2017

Past Exhibits

RRotch Library Exhibit

Retrospective: 15 Years of AKPIA Posters

Curated by Dr. Sharon C. Smith Location: Reading room walls & columns Joint reception with “Tangier”: November 17, 2016 at 7:30pm Description coming soon

Ended December 15, 2016
RRotch Library Exhibit

International Tangier

Curated by Dr. Michael A. Toler Location: Main gallery Joint reception with “Retrospective”: November 17, 2016 at 7:30pm An exhibition of prints from the glass negatives collection of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan...

Ended December 15, 2016
MMaihaugen Gallery Exhibit

The Great Stride: MIT Moves to Cambridge

MIT was one of the initial occupants of Boston’s Back Bay in the 1860s, but within 40 years there was little vacant acreage for the maturing Institute to acquire in the rapidly developing neighborhood. By...

Ended November 30, 2016
RRotch Library Exhibit


Location: Main gallery Opening reception: September 9, 2016 Curated by Dr. Sharon C. Smith A studio photographer by trade, Mike Walker approaches subjects with the intention of drawing something out that one might not see...

Ended October 9, 2016
RRotch Library Exhibit

Yards of Faith

“Living on the Somerville/Medford line, I have been fascinated by the statues of the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and various saints that often decorate the yards in the neighborhood. In an era where one’s religious conviction...

Ended May 31, 2016
RRotch Library Exhibit

Once More, With Feelies

When talking about digital games, we often forget the materials that surround them – and the fact that playing those games always happens by means of interacting with physical objects. This exhibition is to remind...

Ended May 29, 2016
RRotch Library Exhibit

Grasping Necessity: A Rodeo Portrait

Location: Rotch Main Gallery + Reading Room Columns “For these rodeo photographs, I concentrate on moments of strength, of spirit, of tenacity, wild. Most important to me are emotions that arise from interconnected relationships —...

Ended April 1, 2016
RRotch Library Exhibit

Window Shopping: Learning from Kigali, Rwanda

This photography series highlights the advertising methods used for retail shops without large display windows in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. In the context of Rwanda’s “Vision 2020” of becoming a knowledge-based middle income...

Ended February 28, 2016
RRotch Library Exhibit


DRESSES is a series that turns “digital collages into objects that can be seen, worn, and felt instead of living on a computer screen.” Special thanks to Derek Palmer Photography and Nadya Peek. Location: Reading...

Ended January 26, 2016
RRotch Library Exhibit

Lê Lam

For nearly ten years (1966-1975) Hanoi artist Lê Lam risked his life and lived in South Vietnam recording, in paint, the war which raged all around him. This exhibition contains more than twenty of the...

Ended January 25, 2016
MMaihaugen Gallery Exhibit

Quadrupedia: The Animal Kingdom Considered

Humans interact with animals in many different ways. We see some as friends, others as mortal threats. Animals plow our land, pull our wagons, feed us and clothe us. They serve as mascots for sports...

Ended November 30, 2015
MMaihaugen Gallery Exhibit

Wired: A World Transformed by the Telegraph

Long before telephone or text, instantaneous messages travelled by telegraph. Explore the historic significance of this technological triumph of the 19th century through an exhibit featuring books, telegrams, photographs, and ephemera from the Libraries’ Peterson Telegraphy Collection....

Ended June 19, 2015
MMaihaugen Gallery Exhibit

Maihaugen Gallery Exhibits Archive: 2008-2014

This page lists the exhibits from 2008-2014 at the MIT Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery. Thanks for the Memory: 50+ Years of Computing at MIT March 10th – July 2014 MIT has a long history of working...

Ended July 31, 2014
RRotch Library Exhibit

Rotch Library Exhibit Archives: 2010-2013

Photographs of Boston by Richard Yee November 22 – December 20, 2013 Richard Yee is an award-winning local photographer who has had several one-man exhibitions and whose work has been published in “China: Fifty Years...

Ended December 20, 2013
RRotch Library Exhibit

Rotch Library Exhibit Archives: 1999-2010

An Uncertain Moment Laura Rushfeldt December 1, 2009 – January 29, 2010 This exhibition provides a photo chronicle of contemporary life in Kosovo. Kosovo’s political condition and its effect on the Kosovar people is complex,...

Ended January 25, 2010