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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore the Creative Side of Cambridge

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4. Insider’s Tip

Contemporary art and architecture by the likes of Frank Gehry and Alexander Calder at MIT.  

Harvard’s three art museums—the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Arthur M. Sackler—comprise one of America’s finest collections, boasting more than 250,000 pieces from antiquity through today. But if you visit Cambridge this year, you won’t see any of them: All three galleries are closed as they await unification in a brand-new facility designed by Renzo Piano, expected to debut this fall. Until then, head across town to MIT for your art fix. The I.M. Pei–designed List Visual Arts Center houses a rotating slate of contemporary exhibits, including Brooklyn-based photographer Kambui Olujimi’s current interactive installation, in which visitors are asked to trade personal photos with the artist (January 21 to February 23; free). Outside, the MIT grounds offer a surprisingly stellar public-art collection, starting with Henry Moore’s bronze Reclining Figure (1963) right outside the center, plus Alexander Calder’s 40-foot-tall steel La Grande Voile (1965) in nearby McDermott Court and Pablo Picasso’s cast-concrete Figure découpée (1975) on the southeastern corner of campus. Pick up a map at the List for a self-guided stroll or call ahead to schedule a free curator tour.

Published on Jan 24, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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