GET YOUR GANSON ON! November is Ganson Month at MIT MUSEUM

MIT Museum Announces Opening of Newly Expanded Exhibition

Arthur Ganson at the MIT Museum. Photo by Joshi Radin

Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson

The MIT Museum is proud to announce the opening of the newly expanded Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson exhibition featuring the kinetic artwork of sculptor Arthur Ganson.  One of the MIT Museum’s most popular exhibitions, the newly expanded exhibit space is now double in size, providing visitors with a more gracious and contemplative area in which to view the moving artwork.  The exhibition will also include two additional Ganson sculptures titledFaster! and Inchworms.

A modern-day creator of “twittering machines,” Ganson uses simple materials to build witty mechanical sculptural pieces that have been shown throughout the world.  Press a pedal or turn a crank, and one puts Ganson’s machines into motion.  The exhibition examines the quiet drama of physical motion, whether driven by a motor or by the actions of the viewer.  Notions of balance, of rising and falling, of action, reaction and consequence, all play themselves out in wire, steel and plastic while the visitor, regardless of age, is mesmerized.

“The Gestural Engineering Exhibition has always been one of the most popular exhibits at the Museum,” said Don Stidsen, Exhibition Manager at the MIT Museum.  “By expanding the exhibition space and adding sculptures, we’ll be giving our visitors the opportunity to have a more relaxed and personal experience with the largest collection of Ganson’s sculptures on exhibit anywhere in the world,” said Stidsen.

“The Mona Lisa” by Arthur Ganson at the MIT Museum

“Throughout the month of November we will be hosting several programs that we hope will provide a better understanding of Arthur Ganson’s artistic style and his influence here at MIT,” said MIT Museum program director Brindha Muniappan who invited Arthur Ganson to lead talks and tours during November’s special “Second Friday” evening program on November 9th.  The MIT Museum will offer free admission from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on this evening, and the chance to meet and talk with Ganson.

Ganson will also host the 15th annual Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event on November 23rd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium at 120 Vassar Street in Cambridge. 

The event, which attracts people from all over the country, will feature approximately 25 teams who each create a unique and fanciful mini-chain reaction machine using a variety of materials.  Ganson helps link each contraption together and once all the teams’ contraptions are connected, the mega-chain reaction is set off, culminating in a special surprise ending designed and executed by Arthur Ganson himself.  Teams can register to participate until November 16th at

FAT! Friday After Thanksgiving ROCKS! Photo by Mark Ostow

Check the MIT Museum website and social media feeds for more information on the opening of the newly expanded Gestural Engineering Exhibition and the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction Event.

Ganson Sculpture currently on display at MIT Museum. Photo from MIT Collection

MIT Museum – General Information

The MIT Museum is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admission –  Adults: $7.50; Under 18, Students, Seniors: $3.00; MIT ID and children 5 and under: Free.  The Museum also offers free admission on Sundays between 10:00 am – noon and on the second Friday of each month from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The MIT Museum’s mission is to engage the wider community with MIT’s science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21stcentury.


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