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The heyday of Hans Haacke

At MIT, a fascinating look at artist’s ’60s exploration of relationships between phenomena

In this installation view from the exhibit “Hans Haacke 1967,’’ a balloon floats in place, held by gravity and a jet of air, and the cone is a mound of growing grass. In this installation view from the exhibit “Hans Haacke 1967,’’ a balloon floats in place, held by gravity and a jet of air, and the cone is a mound of growing grass. (MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER)
By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / December 16, 2011
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Over the course of this year, as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology celebrated its 150th anniversary, the List Visual Arts Center has mounted a series of four solo shows devoted to artists who were associated with MIT in the ’60s and ’70s. Each show has resuscitated a figure who rose to prominence in that time, be it Stan VanDerBeek and Juan Downey, both now deceased, or the still living and working Otto Piene and Hans Haacke. The latest is a fascinating show by Haacke.

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HANS HAACKE 1967 At: MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, through Dec. 31. 617-253-4680. listart.mit.edu