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5000 Moving Parts

A note from MIT Museum Director, John Durant

The end of the calendar year finds the MIT Museum, as always, balancing elements of past, present, and future in the work that we do. Our collections are in better shape than ever, and, thanks to our passionate supporters and inventive staff, so are the range and quality of the services that we can offer to our visitors.

In 2013 we were proud to present Net Works: MIT and the Internet, a multimedia exhibition developed and produced by MIT students involved in our Museum Studio. Also on view during this busy year: the often unusual history of everyday objects revealed in Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things, and the striking landscapes recorded in JoŽl Tettamanti: Compass Points. Our latest must-see special exhibition is 5000 Moving Parts, a display of contemporary kinetic sculpture featuring five guest artists, including our own much-loved Arthur Ganson, who has been commissioned to create a new work specifically for this show.

5000 Moving Parts launches the Year of Kinetic Art at the Museum, including public programs, student art work in the Museum Studio, and a hands-on gallery about the processes involved in working creatively at the interfaces between science and art. These activities come on top of an expanded array of new educational workshops, and of course our very own Cambridge Science Festival. Now in its 8th year, the festival continues to expand—most recently with the purchase of a dedicated Science on the Street van, splashed with Cambridge Science Festival graphics and coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

With the generous support of our Friends, we continue to showcase the important and intriguing work of MIT faculty, researchers, and students—and to explore new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing. As we round into 2014, we hope you will take the time to join or renew your membership in the Friends of the MIT Museum. We appreciate all that you do to help sustain this unique and special place.

With thanks,

John Durant

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