5000 Moving Parts
November 21, 2013 through January 19, 2015

John Douglas Powers, Ialu

John Douglas Powers
Ialu; Wood, steel, plastic and electric motor; 2011.

Melding art, science, history and technology, 5000 Moving Parts features sculptures by Anne Lilly, John Douglas Powers, Takis, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Arthur Ganson in collaboration with sound artist Christina Campanella.

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.

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.

This exhibit closed on January 19, 2015.

Related Programs:

  • Art That Moves You: May 22, 2014
    Cap your day with an after-hours yoga session amid kinetic artworks in the MIT Museum's exhibition, 5000 Moving Parts. $10; By pre-registration only. Please bring your own yoga mat.
  • Chain Reaction Contraption: April 21, 2014
    All ages are welcome for this Rube Goldberg-style hands-on building session held during the Cambridge Science Festival.
  • Engineering + You: February 17-22, 2014
    Spend February Vacation Week at the Museum with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students.
  • Second Fridays: December 13, 2013
    Join exhibition curator Laura Knott, artist Anne Lilly, and the Gamelan Galak Tika musicians for an evening of moving art and music.
  • Breathing Movement into Art: December 3, 2013
    Practice yoga after hours at the MIT Museum and find out how kinetic art together with breath can help people achieve a sense of harmony.
  • Friday After Thanksgiving: November 29, 2013
    MIT Museum's annual family event - a large-scale chain reaction hosted by sculptor Arthur Ganson.
  • Second Fridays: October 11, 2013
    Plan your Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction with Arthur Ganson.

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