The Arts | Selected Works

Music, literature, theater, and other creative works that offer contemplative space, meaning, and uplift
 

Man in pandemic mask

PERSPECTIVES FOR THE PANDEMIC

Series | The Meanings of Masks
 

As The Washington Post has reported, "at the heart of the dismal US coronavirus response" is a "fraught relationship with masks." In this series of short commentaries, MIT faculty delve into the historic, creative, and cultural meanings of masks, offering new ways to think about, appreciate, and practice protective masking — currently a primary way to save lives and to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yuya Mask, Noh Theater

THE MEANINGS OF MASKS

The expressive power of masks | Sara Brown
 

MIT professor and theater designer on masks as archetypes, protection, the performance of self, and care for others

hands on piano

THE ARTS

Arts from Anywhere
 

During this time of physical distancing to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Arts at MIT offer ways to stay connected to the MIT Arts Community from wherever you are.

Young man in the MIT Orchestra

THE ARTS

The Listening Room
 

A curated collection of outstanding works from MIT's Music Program

illustration of a Norse Viking ship

EDUCATION | THE ARTS

Partiing advice from MIT historian Eric Goldberg to the students in his Vikings class

Based on the advice from Odin in the Old Norse poem Hávamál (Sayings of the High One)

potrait of Jia Hui Lee

THE ARTS | EDUCATION

"An Index for the Time Being" | Poetry by Jia Hui Lee
 

In 21W.771 (Writing Poetry Workshop), taught by acclaimed poet Erica Funkhouser, Lee creates a work for this moment of isolation.

photo of Kyle Markland

THE ARTS

Quaranteen | by Kyle Markland '22

A pandemic anthem written and produced by scientist/engineer/musician/composer Kyle Markland '22, who also plays in the MIT Symphony Orchestra.

portrait of Oprah Winfrey

DAILY LIFE

A Conversation: Alan Lightman and Oprah Winfrey
 

In this conversation, part of Winfrey's 2020 Vision Tour, Oprah talks with MIT physicist and writer Alan Lightman about the presence, authenticity, and meanings of spiritual experience. 

THE ARTS | LITERATURE

MIT Reads
 

MIT Reads is an all-MIT reading experience that aims to build community and foster understanding. Events and discussions are open to the entire MIT community.

starry night

THE ARTS | MUSIC FROM MIT

D'amor languire, balatta a due voci
 

A gorgeous, stirring work from 1405, reconstructed by MIT musicologist Michael Cuthbert; composed by by Antonio Zachara da Teramo; and performed by Ensemble Micrologus.

MIT students in the Playwrights Lab

THE ARTS | MIT THEATER ARTS

Playwrights Lab Festival
 

Student playwrights see their works performed on stage, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between MIT students and theater professionals.

portrait of Miguel Zenon, saxophonist

THE ARTS

En Pie De Lucha (Getting back up for battle)
 

In the wake of the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, MIT’s Festival Jazz Ensemble joins forces with acclaimed musician Miguel Zenón to provide aid. 

the word jazz in neon

THE ARTS

Illuminating Passion: 50 Years of Jazz at MIT
 

​MIT has a vibrant arts scene, and the jazz music program is one of its shining stars.

MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble

THE ARTS

The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble
 

The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble performs "Feeling Good," arrangement by Garrett Parrish

3 Questions with M. Amah Edoh
On Africa and Innovation
 

"Africa today is seen as the future of global innovation and entrepreneurship in areas from technology to the arts. Important questions about Africa’s new visibility include: Who is recognized as an expert? What is seen as innovative, and what knowledge is considered worth carrying forward? Who gets to be the face of this 'New Africa'?"