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Press Release

December 3, 2010

MIT Museum Announces the Opening of Luminous Windows 2011

The exhibition will be visible from outside the MIT Museum's windows along
Massachusetts Avenue, every evening from dusk until 2:00 a.m.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The MIT Museum's 3rd annual "Luminous Windows" winter holography exhibition featuring works by seven pioneering artists and scientists opens on December 10, and will run through April 1, 2011. The holograms will be visible every evening in the Museum's Massachusetts Avenue windows from dusk until 2:00 a.m. and is free to the public.

The technical achievements are considerable: the holograms on view represent historical breakthroughs and state-of-the-art techniques. In addition to developments in computer-generated holography and digital holographic printing, the exhibition also highlights innovations in analog holography, including large-scale and high-resolution images with dramatic depth and clarity.

Seth Riskin, manager of the MIT Museum's Emerging Technologies and Holography/Spatial Imaging believes that "holography is the most advanced means of imaging we have. It is "real" virtual reality—true 3-D—and it represents how the human brain, and light information interact to create the experience of three-dimensional space.

"We're proud of the MIT Museum's support of holography and our yearly exhibition that is uniquely ‘open" to the public during the darkest time of winter," said John Durant, director of the MIT Museum. In addition to the holograms exhibited to people walking past the Museum, the MIT Museum's exhibition Holography: The Light Fantastic features an inspiring sampling of twenty-three historic holograms from the Museum's collection.

The MIT Museum is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 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 a.m. – noon and on the second Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. – 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 21st century.

For more information on Luminous Windows 2011 and on holography at the MIT Museum go to http://web.mit.edu/museum/collections/holography.html.

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