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Press Release

Contact:
Josie Patterson
617-253-4422
josiep@MIT.edu

Date: November 4, 2008

MIT Museum Announces 3D Exhibition on the Street
Luminous Windows: Holograms for the 21st Century
December 5 – March 31, 2009

This exhibition of public art will be visible from outside the Innovation Gallery,
on the street and sidewalks of Massachusetts Avenue, every evening from dusk until 2:00 a.m.

CAMBRIDGE, MA — October 30, 2008 – The MIT Museum announced today the opening of its newest exhibit titled Luminous Windows: Holograms for the 21st Century. This exhibition of public art, which opens on December 5th and runs through March 2009, will be an evening exhibition of contemporary, three-dimensional holographic artworks displayed in the windows of the MIT Museum’s Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery. The exhibition will be visible from outside the Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery, on the street and sidewalks of Massachusetts Avenue, every evening from dusk until 2:00 a.m. The exhibition features works by six artists from five countries and represents artistic and technical advancements in the field of display holography.

"The MIT Museum holds one of the most significant collections of holography in the world and is committed to communicating and educating about this fascinating 3D imaging technology," said John Durant, MIT Museum Director. "The MIT Museum’s Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery, with floor-to-ceiling windows right on Mass Ave., provides an excellent opportunity to excite the public about holographic art and technology, while filling the street and winter nights with the colorful luminosity of 21st century holography," said Durant.

The MIT Museum extended a call to the international holography community for works that demonstrate the most recent artistic and technical advancements in holography and which would inspire a new generation of artists and scientists to further explore the potential of holography. The six artists who were chosen to display their work in this exhibition include Michael Bleyenberg from Germany with a piece titled Insights; Betsy Connors from the United States with Light Rain; Paula Dawson from Australia with ANN; Pearl John from England with The Good Medicine Cabinet; Ikuo Nakamura from Japan with Thera; and Sally Weber from the United States with Laccolith.

On a recent visit to MIT, Australian artist Paula Dawson, whose large scale laser-created holograms are well known throughout the world, said, "This is the most exciting exhibition that I have been involved with in a long time. The collection of holograms at the MIT Museum is amazing and inspiring. It represents some of the most cutting edge advances in holographic technology."

Seth Riskin, organizer of the exhibit, said "The Luminous Windows exhibition is a bright, evocative, urban-scale offering of light through the nights of winter that will re-ignite holography in the public imagination as a medium of expression and a vehicle of communication."

A grand outdoor opening celebration will be held at the MIT Museum on Friday, December 5th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include an official window lighting at 5:30 p.m., street festivities and refreshments. Holography-related program activities will be held throughout the winter for the general public, as well as for artists and scholars in the field.

What is a hologram? The holographic imaging process uses laser light to store and reproduce three-dimensional images. Invented in the late 1940’s, holography is best known for industrial and commercial applications ranging from credit card security to product packaging. Many artists have experimented with holography’s creative properties since the late 1960’s.

The MIT Museum’s collection chronicles the history of the art, science and technology of holography, capturing both new and unusual expressions in medium as well as holography’s research, industrial and commercial applications. Today, individuals all over the world work in the medium and extend its imaging capabilities beyond solely replicating three-dimensional objects.

For more information regarding the MIT Museum and the Luminous Windows exhibition go to http://web.mit.edu/museum or for more information about the holography collection at the MIT Museum go to http://web.mit.edu/museum/exhibitions/holography.html.


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