In past 20 years, Senior House residents painted over 450 murals– on walls, ceilings, doors, bathrooms, floors, stairwells — and used the internal architecture of the building to create an immersive experience. Check out the exhibit in the Student Center from now until May 7, and check out coverage in The Tech:
“_____ I agree to allow Project Staff to apply anti-graffiti clear coat to protect the completed Mural from future damage.”
DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, “MuralsDC Wall Donation, Application, and Agreement Forms,” February 2017.
“Student Life will be putting together a review group of students … and staff who will work with the new student house government to determine our next steps with the murals.”
Barnhart, “Senior House Decision Process FAQ,” Chancellor’s Office, July 26, 2017.
we need you — to help with the murals!
we need help identifying who painted what and when. you can go wild on this. (you can now edit). If you’re not sure, please put a ? after the entry.
The MIT museum plans to hire a photographer to take archive quality photos of up to 10 of the most significant murals. Instead of pointing a camera at a mural and taking one photo, the photographer would take many, many photos, stitch them all together, and come up with one very large data file. it’s not so much # of murals as it is “hey we have x number of hours to accomplish this task.” so it will be a ranked top 10 with the expectation that not all would get this extra special treatment.
we’re looking for people to fill in what their preferences are, and then a group of us (sh–mural) will rank the top choices. you can vote for your top 10 murals. The instructions are in the upper left hand corner. don’t screw it up (Yeah yeah, i know its not the best method for ranking, but you know what they say — life sucks and then you die). After everyone votes, Katy Gero, Gabe Cira, and I will look at the results and talk about it, and then let you all know what we think the top 10 should be ranked at.
- Original works of art. many of the murals in the house which we love dearly aren’t original to the house. because of copyright stuff, we want to capture works by the house, not copies. interpretations of other people’s art is fine. some of the ones in the voting list are not originals. deal with it.
- Cultural significance to the house. interpret as you will.
- Likely to be painted over. This is a bit tricky cause we don’t know which hallway murals will be painted, but basically anything behind or on a door is going to be painted as far as we know at this point. so — all suites, all rooms, all doors, and towers (is towers a suite???). my best guess that anything that isn’t “wholesome” or has sport death will also be painted.
- well executed. we’re taking super high res photos. if the mural itself is not of the best execution, then the photos we have now might suffice to document the photo.
Here are all the photos in case you want to nominate some others I haven’t listed yet.
Here are murals we haven’t photo’d yet, but you might want to remember.
Several Alumni are archiving and cataloging the hundreds of murals in Senior House before they are slated to be whitewashed. You can view them here:
So much thanks to those doing the work.
Mural Veeps: Paula Marie Countouris, Katy Ilonka Gero
Video: Tara Ebsworth, Julian Lemus
Preservation: Gabe Cira
Editing: Logan Williams
Photography: Jenn Marcos, Katy Gero, Emile Daigle, Elisa Young, Paula Marie, Jessica Adams
More Thank Yous: Josh Gordonson, Seph Aliquo, Quentin Smith, Helen McCarthy, Matt Weston, Andrei Ivanov, Milena Pagán, Ike Feitler, Sabrina Madera, Gabriel Teixeira, Abraham Quintero