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Campus Picks: Accessible galleries of the Institute, gay fiction reading

The Image of Boston

Compton Gallery (10-150).

Ongoing exhibits

Hart Nautical Gallery (Building 5).

Student Loan Art Exhibition

List Visual Arts Center.

All the Ways Home reading

MIT Humanities Library: Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

By Craig Chang
Associate Arts Editor

Around the many corners of the Institute, numerous mini-galleries remain nearly undiscovered. Displayed for several lonely months, these collections serve guided tourists more than students, who repeatedly walk by for the instant of a glance.

Off Lobby 10 in the Infinite Corridor, the Compton Gallery will this Thursday open an exhibition titled "The Image of Boston: Perception and Change in the Modern City." Photographs by Nishan Bichajian and Peter Vanderwarker frame forty years of change in Boston. Side by side, Bichajian's photos from the 1950s and those of Vanderwarker from this decade reveal sometimes astonishing transformations, accentuating the dynamic nature of urban life.

Together with a study by Gyorgy Kepes and Kevin Lynch, the older photos have actually contributed much to our understanding of how city dwellers perceive their urban habitat.

Visitors will recognize current versions of such popular areas as Back Bay, Copley Place, and Washington Street, to name a few. The photos stimulate the perception of evolutionary layers beneath even the most familiar landmarks. Images from decades past suffuse even newcomers with a curious familiarity, while long-time residents can revisit intimate shadows from their youth.

Another veteran of the ignored corridor exhibits is the Hart Nautical Gallery. A popular stopping point for tour groups, the exhibit continues to feature MIT's role in the shipbuilding of World War II. Also included is an interesting look at how technology bridged the span of the Atlantic Ocean.

If anyone has ever imagined in his or her lowest moments to walk away with a museum piece, look no farther than the List Visual Center's Annual Student Loan Art Exhibition. Student may enter a lottery to borrow from MIT's permanent collection of contemporary prints and photographs when the show closes on Wednesday. The lottery will be held the same day; call 253-4680 for details. Among the works are some by Berenice Abbott, Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.

Four local authors will read selections from the new book All the Ways Home at the MIT Humanities Library this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Published by the New Victoria Publishers, this ground-breaking collection of short fiction explores the usual and unusual pleasures and pitfalls of parenting and families through the unique lens of the lesbian and gay communities. All the Ways Home was recently nominated for the 1995 American Library Association Lesbian-Bisexual-Gay Fiction Award.

Join authors Judith Stein, Lynne Levine, Scott Campbell, and Jo Schneiderman in the Humanities Reading Room, 14S-200. Call 253- 5683 for more information. Reception with light refreshments will follow the reading.