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Hologram exhibit to illuminate MIT Museum windows at dusk
The MIT Museum's newest exhibit opens Dec. 5, but don't go looking for it during the day; you'll never find it.

From dusk until 2 a.m. every night, the pieces of contemporary, 3-D holographic artwork will be projected through the windows of the museum's Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery. Titled "Luminous Windows: Holograms for the 21st Century," the exhibition features works by six artists from five countries and represents artistic and technical advancements in the field of display holography.

Seth Riskin, manager of the MIT Museum, discusses the museum's upcoming hologram exhibit.

"The MIT Museum holds one of the most significant collections of holography in the world and is committed to communicating and educating about this fascinating 3-D imaging technology," MIT Museum Director John Durant said. "The MIT Museum's Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery, with floor-to-ceiling windows right on Mass. Ave., provides an excellent opportunity to excite the public about holographic art and technology, while filling the street and winter nights with the colorful luminosity of 21st century holography."

The MIT Museum extended a call to the international holography community for works that demonstrate the most recent artistic and technical advancements in holography and which would inspire a new generation of artists and scientists to further explore the potential of holography. The six artists chosen to display their work in this exhibition comprise Michael Bleyenberg of Germany; Betsy Connors of the United States; Paula Dawson of Australia; Pearl John of England; Ikuo Nakamura of Japan; and Sally Weber of the United States.

Seth Riskin, organizer of the exhibit, said, "The Luminous Windows exhibition is a bright, evocative, urban-scale offering of light through the nights of winter that will re-ignite holography in the public imagination as a medium of expression and a vehicle of communication."

A grand outdoor opening celebration will be held at the MIT Museum from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. The event is free and open to the public and will include official window lighting at 5:30 p.m., street festivities and refreshments. Hologram-related activities will be held throughout the winter for the general public, as well as for artists and scholars in the field.

The exhibit is scheduled to run through March 31, 2009. For more information regarding the MIT Museum and the "Luminous Windows" exhibition visit the MIT Museum website or for more information about the holography collection at the MIT Museum go to

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 3, 2008 (download PDF).

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