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List Center Hosts Exhibit for Student Loan Program

By Erik S. Balsley

Registration Day marked the beginning of the the annual Student Loan Art Exhibition and lottery at the List Visual Arts Center, the first of many exhibitions scheduled for the term.

During the course of the exhibition, which runs until next Friday, students can view about 350 contemporary works of art on paper from international artists. After viewing the exhibition, students can enter the art loan lottery to obtain one of the displayed works on loan for a year.

The program "serves a means to introduce [students] to contemporary art and give them a work of art for a year on loan to hang in their room or workspace," said Jennifer Riddell, a curatorial assistant at the List Center. It also introduces students to the center to possibly "get them involved," she said.

All full-time students are eligible to enter the lottery. After viewing the works, students can fill out a card listing their three favorite works and deposit it in the box at the entrance of the gallery to enter the lottery.

Students whose cards are drawn are then matched up with one of the three works they listed. If all three works have already been assigned, they are placed on a waiting list for unclaimed or unassigned works.

Students must bring back the works of art at the end of the year or fill out an extension card for the summer, Riddell said. The extension card allows a loaned work to be kept during the summer only if the student will be living in the Boston area.

Collection created for program

MIT's art program is one of the few of its kind, said Jennifer G. Aszling, the Fine Arts Registrar for the List Center.

The Student Loan Art Collection was created specifically for the loan art program, which was inaugurated in 1968. The collection has expanded through purchases and gifts over the years.

The collection grows by about eight to 10 works a year. The most recent acquisitions are currently on display on the third floor of the Student Center and will be included in next year's lottery.

As the collection has grown it "has moved away from poster editions to contemporary works of art," Riddell said. These works are of a variety of print media including lithography, aquatint, and photography.

Information about the process used to create a work and information about the works and the artists is provided when a student picks up a work from the lottery.

For many students the ability to own an actual piece of art rather than a poster of it, is a main reason to enter the lottery.

"I personally enter the lottery to have the chance to look at a beautiful work of art for a year that I otherwise wouldn't be able to afford," said Maria S. Redin G. "The chance to have one of these would make my year."

"It's nice to have real art instead of a poster or a reproduction," said Jennifer Glos G, another student at the exhibition. Another benefit of participating in the lottery is that "you get to know some of the art," she said.

The exhibition is open during weekdays until next Friday, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays. The lottery will be conducted the day after the exhibition closes, and results will be posted by 6 p.m.

Center prepares for artists

Visitors to the exhibition will notice that the walls are painted pink. This is in preparation for a major retrospective of the artist Louise Bourgeois.

Although Bourgeois is best known for her sculptures, a variety of drawings in different media will be presented at the retrospective. In addition a large sculpture entitled Spider will be installed specifically for the exhibit. The retrospective will open on October 4.

In addition to the Bourgeois exhibit, the List Center will be presenting a work by artist in residence Joseph Grigely entitled Ordinary Conversations.

The works of Grigely, who is deaf, deal with issues of communication. This makes him an excellent choice for the artist in residence program, which provides "an opportunity for an artist to create a work on site, and allow visitors to the center to be part of the creative process," Riddell said.

Visitors to the List Center will be able to meet and converse with Grigely through the use of written notes. These pieces of paper will then become part of the project.

These papers, along with ones from previous exhibitions by Grigely, will be posted on the wall on the study-type environment he is creating. Visitors can then examine these notes along with the contextual background of previous conversations written by Grigely.

Grigely will be at the List Center from Sept. 12 to 20 and Oct. 2 to 5. The finished project will be on display until Dec. 29.

Hours for both exhibitions are noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; and from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays. A public opening reception for Ordinary Conversations, and the Louise Bourgeois retrospective will take place on Friday, October 4, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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This story was published on 9/6/96.
Volume 116, Number 39.
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