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Press Release

Josie Patterson

MIT Museum Schedule of New Exhibitions and Programs
Spring 2009

Cambridge, MA—New ideas, innovation, contemporary art, photography and interdisciplinary research mark the spring season at the MIT Museum beginning February 10, 2009. The Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery on the first floor of the MIT Museum is dedicated to featuring some of the latest research at MIT, and kicks off a gallery renewal with a new installation from the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Upstairs, on the second floor, a significant change takes place in April when the long running exhibition, Flashes of Inspiration: The Work of Harold Edgerton closes to make way for a fascinating review of the work of master builder and structural artist Félix Candela. An interesting forum will take place as well, in March, highlighting some of MIT’s current work in holography including an introduction by former MIT President Dr. Charles Vest.

The next few months showcase MIT’s cutting-edge science; in addition to Museum exhibitions, the the public is invited for receptions, talks, a nine-day science festival, and hands-on learning for a variety of age groups. The MIT Museum welcomes all - in person and on the web! Please call ahead for group reservations and check the web site for up-to-date calendar information about programs, registrations, fees and webcasts. Exhibition photographs available upon request.

An exhibition of selected works by the Sociable Media Group at MIT
February 10 - September 13, 2009
Public Reception/ Meet the people who created this exhibit! February 26, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

This fascinating exhibition at the MIT Museum explores the social potential of new communication technologies. Art installations and research projects by the Sociable Media Group challenge visitors to think about the rapidly changing world of social interaction and the ramifications for the future. Avatar chairs, data portraits and an immersive information cityscape are just some of the exciting aspects of this new exhibition. Visitors may choose to become part of Metropath(ologies) the Sociable Media Groups latest research project about living in a world overflowing with information and non-stop communication.

For more information: http://web.mit.edu/museum/exhibitions/connections/

Ports And Ships: Photographs By Andrea Frank
Compton Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge
Opening Reception February 10, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
February 10 - June 14, 2009
Artist talk: February 24 at 2:00 p.m., and March 31, 2:00 p.m.

Ports and Ships illuminates the invisible global network of vessels crisscrossing the seas, delivering goods, and connecting continents. These colossal ships, signed by time and their rough maritime environment, radiate a multi-faceted beauty and melancholy. These beautiful and unusual photographs by Andrea Frank, who teaches photography at MIT, explore how, in the wave of globalization, shipping has forced ports to adapt to the growth of volume and speed in the sea trade.

Andrea Frank's book, Ports and Ships, will be available for purchase at the MIT Museum store.

An exhibition of selected works by Shada/Jahn (Steve Shada and MIT
Media Lab Artist in Residence Marisa Jahn) and Cati Vaucelle.
March 19 - September 13, 2009

This art exhibition reflects MIT’s ongoing commitment to working with contemporary artists whose work often examines the relationships between science, art, technology and humanity. Shada/Jahn's work — and in their collaboration with Media Artist Cati Vaucelle — “explores, constructs, and intervenes natural and social systems. Ranging in practice from deeply personal to highly participatory, their work often relies on the collaborative authorship and distributive intelligence of surrounding people and situations.” For more information: http:// www.marisajahn.com, http://www.steveshada.com, http://web.media.mit.edu/~cati/

Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist
April 2 - September 20, 2009

This exhibition organized by The Princeton University Art Museum and the Princeton University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is devoted to the work of Spanish-born master builder and structural artist Félix Candela (1910-1997.) Recognized as one of the great structural artists of the twentieth century, Candela designed and built innovative thin shell concrete roof structures, mostly in Mexico, using the hyperbolic paraboloid geometric form (hypar). The exhibition, accompanying book, and related Web site portray, for the first time, Candela’s remarkable concrete buildings as pure engineering works of art.



Focus on Robotics
National Engineering Week, February 16 - 21
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Activities are held daily, free with Museum admission.

Explore robotics at MIT through drop-in activities, films, demonstrations, and impromptu tours.  See real robots - old and new - created by MIT students, researchers, and alumni. Learn what robots can do today and may be able to do tomorrow like frowning and smiling, driving a car, and cleaning your house.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Photos, Neurons and Bits: Holography for the 21st Century
March 6 and 7, 2009
Registration required: http://web.mit.edu/museum/forum/

The MIT Museum presents an interdisciplinary forum at the leading edges of holography and potential partner fields. Highlights include the keynote talk by Dr. Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus, MIT, and presentations by Michael Bove, Aude Oliva, Elizabeth Goldring and Sean Johnston.

Soap Box
The Salon-style early evening program returns in March and April with a focus on energy. Check the MIT Museum web site for details.


The Cambridge Science Festival
Presented by the MIT Museum
April 25 - May 3, 2009
Programs and activities held at the MIT Museum, MIT Campus, and at sites throughout the City of Cambridge.

Nine jam-packed days showcasing Cambridge as an internationally recognized leader in science, technology, engineering and math. A multifaceted, multicultural event every spring, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun! Daily events are held at the Museum - this year look for: workshops with MIT students on writing a science book; LOOPS - a dance and technology project with the Boston CyberArts Festival; a scavenger hunt, robotics workshops for curious adults, and daily talks and other specials. For program information see: http://cambridgesciencefestival.org or the Museum web site calendar.

MIT 150 Exhibition
The public is invited to join the MIT Museum in creating MIT 150, an exhibition that will be among the major celebrations of MIT’s 150th anniversary in 2011. Whether a student, faculty member, alum, staff or community member the public is also encouraged to nominate or later vote on a favorite piece of MIT history. Launching in early February, this novel approach to creating a celebration of teaching about science and technology will be the basis of an MIT Museum exhibition - both physical and virtual.

Beginning Feb. 11 go to http://museum.mit.edu/150/ for more details.


@ the MIT Museum

Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist
April 2 - September 20
Reception: April 23

Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery in the Museum
Connections: work by the Sociable Media Group, MIT Media Lab (Feb. 10 - Sept. 13)
      Hollowed: A collaboration with MIT Media Lab visiting artist Marisa Jahn and partner Steve Shada
     (March 19 - Sept. 13)
     Low Rez HI FI, an installation designed by Prof. Meejin Yoon, MIT   (opens April 2)

Ongoing Displays
     MIT and The Sea: Pioneers in Ocean Exploration
     Klein Side Scan Sonar: A World Leader in Ocean Exploration
     8 Einsteins: Professor Aude Oliva’s hybrid images that challenge perception

New Exhibition at the Compton Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Ave. 
Ports And Ships: Photographs By Andrea Frank
Opens February 10, 2009 - June 14, 2009
Artist talk: February 24 at 2:00 p.m., and March 31, 2 p.m. free admission

Exhibition photographs available upon request


February 15: Chantey Sing in the Museum
February 16 - 21: Drop-in robotics programs celebrating National Engineering Month. Daily 1:00-4:00 p.m.
February 24: Artist talk with Andrea Frank in Compton Gallery: 2:00 p.m.
February 26: Public Reception for Connections; Meet Judith Donath, Director of the MIT Sociable Media Group and the researchers who developed the exhibition
March 6 - 7: Photos, Neurons and Bits: Holography for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Forum. Pre-registration required: http://web.mit.edu/museum/forum/
March 31: Artist talk with Andrea Frank in Compton Gallery: 2:00 p.m.
Cambridge Science Festival: April April 25 - May 3, 2009

Watch this space for information about a new Soap Box Series about energy.

The Felix Candela exhibition has been made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mildred Clarke Pressinger von Kienbusch Memorial Fund, the Friends and Partners of the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Joseph L. Shulman Foundation Fund for Publications.  Additional funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Office of the President, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the James L. Green Endowment Fund, the Department of Art and Archaeology, the School of Architecture, and the Council on Science and Technology, Princeton University.  Additional support for the project has come from the Randolph Evans Fund, Alan Goodfellow, the National Science Foundation, the American Concrete Institute, Z Corporation, and INTECH Construction, Inc.  Above all, the generosity and support of Dorothy Candela have been crucial to the entire project. Funders for the MIT Exhibition include: the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and the Dept of Civic and Environmental Engineering.


The mission of the MIT Museum 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 21st century.

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Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Compton Gallery @ 77 Massachusetts Ave., Building 10, Rm 150
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Hart Nautical Gallery @ 55 Massachusetts Ave, Building 5
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Adults: $7.50
Youth under 18, students, seniors: $3
MIT ID and children under 5: Free.
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Compton and Hart Nautical Galleries: Free
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Press Contact:
Josie Patterson
Director, MIT Museum Public Relations & Marketing
617-253-4422/ josiep@mit.edu

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