MIT Museum Exhibitions

Studio: Studio Joseph

Architect / Designer: Wendy E Joseph

Design Team:

Design Team: Alexandra Adamski, Alice Tallman, Charlotte Kasper
Connie Wu, Daniel Toretsky, Jose Luis Vidalon ,Monica Coghlan
Sharon Li, Shriya Sanil,Shuo Yang,Wendy Joseph,Wonwoo Park, Albane Jerphanion

Consultants: Pentagram: Graphics
Bluecadet: Interactive Media
Tillotson Design Associates: Lighting
Kubik Maltbie: Media Integration
Object Mounts: Mounts
Photography Credits: Alex Fradkin

Country: United States

Copyright: Alex Fradkin

Housed for over two decades in a converted warehouse, MIT’s Museum’s educational mission, collections, and community programming had outgrown their facilities. The construction of a new campus in Kendal Square provided the opportunity to create a new multifaceted cultural institution with more than five times the exhibition space as well as other facilities for workshops, lecture, and events.

The scope includes four permanent exhibition spaces each over 4,000sf and a changing art gallery of 1,500sf located on two floors. Three of the spaces have a specific narrative based in a specific scientific discipline and the fourth displays signature items from the museum’s collections telling stories of pivotal moments in discovery from MIT’s history of innovation.

The director asked that the galleries each have their own display concept, materiality, and spatial layout related to the curatorial premise. What links the different spaces is a strong visual coherence backed by highly resolved detailing and a consistent graphic overlay.

AI Gallery
The irony of artificial intelligence is that it inspires new perspectives on human intelligence. The display armature alludes to the internal structure of computers. When you arrive, the field of vertical steel posts seems impenetrable field, yet once you enter the field, the simplicity of the plan with clear circulation paths brings you through a clear story of human and AIA collaboration. Visitors. Have the opportunity to write a poem with an AI. They can draw a simple face on a screen and be shown a life-size active film of how the computer’s black box uses neural networks to decipher the image. And other areas allow people to understand the potential of social companionship and recognize the risks of deep fake.

Collections Gallery
MIT is not a place so much as it is a unique collection of exceptional people. The gallery features a display of hundreds of inventions along a 90-foot long wall. The casework is rear illuminated and the wall itself is made of translucent material. Animated diagrams show the visitor how these objects work. The gallery layout features a series of specific themes each displayed on platforms that have an articulated structure that invites exploration and allows for change over time.

Exploration Gallery
Whether encompassing global issues, ventures into space, or efforts to improve our daily lives, stories told in this exhibit showcase the process of discovery that sits at the heart of MIT. Explore a wide array of models and actual artifacts that talk to discovery, from the galaxies to nanotechnology.

Life Sciences Gallery
Focusing on “Gene Culture” this gallery explores technological advances in the field of genetic discovery and the ethical and moral questions that arise the manipulation of life. The gallery incorporates both dramatic breakthroughs technologies and artworks—witty, provocative, absurd, and profound—that prompt us to consider our future – now.


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Studio Joseph is an integrated practice focused on architecture, exhibitions, and community spaces.