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MIT Libraries Exhibits

A window into MIT’s remarkable special collections and archives

MIT Libraries Exhibits

The MIT Libraries hosts a variety of exhibitions and displays throughout the year at our exhibits spaces, the Maihaugen Gallery and the Rotch Library exhibits spaces. Exhibits include historical documents, photographs, rare books, maps, artwork and artifacts from Libraries’ Distinctive Collections, as well as artwork from the community. Themes cover many disciplines including history, science, music, art & architecture, culture and current events.


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RRotch Library Exhibit

Irrawaddy River: People, Landscapes & Boats

The Irrawaddy River is the major waterway and largest river in Myanmar. It flows from north to south and it is used by Burmese people daily to take baths, do laundry, wash vegetables, and transport goods for trade and other commercial purposes.

Camila Chaves Cortes has taken three trips along the Irrawaddy watching the life, landscapes, and boats along the way. These inspired her to show these color photographs, cyanotypes, paintings, and a three-dimensional sculpture of one of the boats.

October 9, 2019 - November 29, 2019
RRotch Library Exhibit

A Theater Without Theater

The design studio “A Theater Without Theater” invited students to explore the architectural potentials of the theatrical. Discovering productive intersections with theater, students acquired a better understanding of architecture and the city.

Ended October 4, 2019
RRotch Library Exhibit

Vermeer Through a New Lens

This exhibition is by Boston-based writer and artist and 2007 MIT alumni Will Dowd. These thirteen prints use the paintings of Vermeer—those paragons of visual perfection—to explore issues of sight and optics.

By manipulating these iconic artworks, Dowd allows viewers to see through his eyes—and visual impairment—thereby offering a fresh look at an old master.

October 12, 2019 - November 29, 2019
MMaihaugen Gallery Exhibit

Mens et Manus

MIT Libraries’ Distinctive Collections seeks not only to help hold history for all, but also to inspire the new. In Mens et Manus: Making the Book at MIT we showcase some of the ways in...

June 7, 2019 - December 20, 2019
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