5000 Moving Parts

The exhibition looks at the wide range of kinetic art being made now: from work that's concerned entirely with motion and unpredictability, to sculptures that engage with contemporary political topics, to work that brings ancient myth into contemporary life.

Explore new works by Arthur Ganson (in collaboration with sound artist Christina Campanella) and Anne Lilly, and sculptures by John Douglas Powers, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Arthur Ganson, whose work has long been exhibited at the MIT Museum, collaborated with sound artist Christina Campanella to include an audio component, entitled BREATHE, in his piece titled Machine with Breath.

Anne Lilly shows three sculptures, including To Conjugate, To Caress, and Eighteen Eighteen, which are carefully engineered and elicit a connections between visitors' exterior physical space, and their own private psychological domain.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's piece Please Empty Your Pockets asks visitors to do just that while they contemplate the meaning of captured imagery, memory and political interference with some of the most basic aspects of one's life.

John Douglas Powers created Ialu and Haliades, with beautiful waves of moving parts that mesmerize viewers with their accuracy and simplicity.

Takis makes invisible physical forces visible in his influential work, Electro-Magnetic I, created in 1968 while he studied at MIT.

This “year of kinetic art” at the MIT Museum—in addition to the exhibition, includes robust public programs including: meet the artist events, the 16th annual Friday After Thanksgiving chain reaction extravaganza led by Arthur Ganson, yoga in the gallery, demonstrations and more.


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  • MIT Museum
  • 265 Massachusetts Ave
  • Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Kendall Square
  • 617 253 5927

Date & Time

  • Thu, November 21, 2013
    Sat, May 24, 2014

Location Hours

Every Day 10 am - 5 pm


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