'Heart of MIT' opens in Compton Gallery

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Donna Coveney of the MIT News Office has photographed the daily routines, special celebrations, noted visitors and community events of the Institute for the past 20 years. Her images of MIT have appeared in Tech Talk, on the News Office web site and in countless publications around the world.

"The Heart of MIT: Twenty Years of Photography by Donna Coveney," a retrospective showing both black and white and color photographs, opens on Monday, Jan. 29, in the Compton Gallery.

"I really like having the opportunity to spend time with some of the most interesting people on the planet and having them invite me to come play in their sandbox," said Coveney.

Faculty, students and staff are doing "great things--designing inexpensive water filters and better wheelchairs or discovering a way to stop bleeding in 15 seconds. People all over MIT are doing amazing things to make life better for all of us and having fun meeting the challenges in the bargain," the photographer said.

The gallery is located in Room 10-150 and the exhibition will be on view Jan. 29 to Sept. 30. Hours are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 24, 2007 (download PDF).

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