noted collection of outdoor sculpture, which may be enjoyed
by MIT denizens and visitors alike, began to take shape in
1961. At that time, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Marx, commissioned
MIT's first outdoor sculpture, the familiar bronze piece on
the plaza of the Hayden Library that is entitled Elmo-MIT.
This first work inspired many subsequent gifts that have furnished
MIT with numerous fine examples by major artists. Funds offered
by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McDermott in 1964 made possible the
commission of MIT's signature sculpture, Alexander Calder's
La Grande Voile (Big Sail) (McDermott Court). Additional
loans, gifts and purchases have expanded, and continue to
augment the Permanent Collection. Michael Heizer's Guennette
(1977), is on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York. Several major bronzes by Jacques Lipschitz
(Hayden Library courtyard, Building 14) have been acquired
from Yulla Lipschits and other benefactors. Notable gifts
include Jennifer Bartlett's enameled steel painting Overhill
Road, Shawnee Mission (1977) located in NW30, and
two large bronze reclining figures by Henry Moore (Killian
Court and Wiesner Plaza).
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Three-Piece Reclining Figure, Draped, 1976
bronze 8'83/4" x 15'7" x 8'8"
Gift of the Eugene McDermott Family and Other Friends of MIT
Photo by Regis de Silva