Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
To commemorate its 50th anniversary, the MIT Club of Boston has organized a celebration on Saturday, May 4, at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts featuring presentations by several MIT alumni/ae who have achieved recognition in the arts and an exclusive showing of their works.
Participants in the event include holographic artist Betsy Connors '92 (currently installing a Holographic Rain Forest at the MIT Museum); television film producer, writer and director David Espar '67 (senior producer of PBS's Rock and Roll documentary and Emmy Award winning writer for The Kennedys); interactive architecture artist Chris Janney '78 (inventor of the acoustic staircase at Boston's Museum of Science); fabric artist Ruth B. McDowell '67 (creator of over 250 quilts); painter Susan E. Schur '60 (abstract and semi-abstract works on canvas and paper); film producer/director Andrew Silver '64 (currently preparing In the Loop, a caper-comedy set at MIT and another in virtual reality) and photographer John Wawrzonek '63 (gallery owner, fine arts publisher and creator of large format natural landscape photographs). Paintings, sculpture, quilts, photographs and holographic art by these artists will be on view and their presentations will feature film and video screenings and performances.
The event also includes a private viewing of the MFA's Winslow Homer exhibition and the Paine Webber Collection of Contemporary Masters, a pre-dinner cocktail reception, dinner in the Fine Arts Restaurant and dancing with live music by Mood Swings (featuring rock from the 1950s to 1990s) and a swing band.
Tickets are $75 and are available from the MIT Club of Boston, c/o Jim Murray, 2 Sunnyside Ave., Canton, MA 02021. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. In keeping with the evening's theme of creativity, attendees are encouraged to be creative in their attire; black tie is optional. For more information, call Mr. Murray at 826-1506.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 1, 1996.