MIT Museum Announces Fall Lineup of Exhibitions, Programs, and Events

September 2, 2015

MIT Museum Announces Fall Lineup of Exhibitions, Programs, and Events

Cambridge, MA —September 2, 2015 — The MIT Museum is a place that explores invention, ideas, and innovation. This fall is no exception — especially during the last week in September with Art week, and continuing through the end of Hub Week on Oct. 10. Featuring changing and ongoing exhibitions, unique hands-on activities, and engaging public programs for all ages, the MIT Museum with its focus on cutting edge research, has a full line-up of ‘only at MIT’ styled events and opportunities to meet the people who will change our world.

“It is our goal to inspire people of all ages about the possibilities offered by science and technology,” said John Durant, The Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director of the MIT Museum. “Our fall programing is unique and exciting, and promises to do just that,” said Durant.

The MIT Museum kicks-off the fall season with its family-friendly Second Friday public programs featuring performances, demonstrations and short talks on the second Friday of every month from 5:00-8:00pm. The schedule includes:

  • September 11th: Living in the Future - Humanoid robots? Bouncing cameras? Find out if science portrayed by Hollywood is fiction or today's reality! Pizza and popcorn will be served. Fun for the whole family.
  • October 9th: Chain Reaction Meets the 18th Century - Get ready for the 18th annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction event and jump-start your contraption construction. Other contraption construction days include September 20th and October 18th from 10-12 p.m.
  • November 13th: Exploring the Five Senses - “hands-on” will be just one of the themes!

Mark your calendar!

Also continuing this fall is the MIT Museum's evening Soapbox discussion series for students and adults. The discussion topic for the fall series is synthetic biology and the title of the series is Re: Making Lifewith each evening themed. These interactive talks feature speakers from MIT, The Broad Institute, and Harvard University—all chosen for the ability to communicate about this new field of study. Time: 6:00 -7:30 p.m. in the Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery.

Soapbox speakers include:

  • September 30th - From DNA to Designer Genomes Christopher Voigt, MIT Professor of Biological Engineering, and John Doench, Broad Institute Research Scientist
  • October 7th - Breaking the "SynBio Barrier" Pamela Silver, Harvard Medical School Professor of Systems Biology
  • October 14th - Engineering Organisms Kristala Jones Prather, MIT Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Ron Weiss, MIT Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • October 21st - Social Impact and Policy George Church, Harvard Medical School Professor of Genetics, and Kenneth Oye, MIT Associate Professor of Political Science and Engineering Systems Design

New Exhibitions

Opening September 5 (through Jan. 3, 2016) in the Kurtz Gallery for Photography is Public and Private: East Germany in Photographs by Ulrich Wüst. In his first solo exhibition in the U.S., Ulrich Wüst's evocative views of the former totalitarian state and the transformations of Berlin, before and after reunification, are on display. To underscore the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, there will be related programing at the Museum throughout the fall including:

  • Gallery Talks: “Wüst Wednesdays. Noon - 1:00 p.m. on September 16th, October 21st, November 18th, and December 16th
  • Wüst Exhibition Tour. September 29th, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (during Art Week)
  • Curating East German Photography. Panel discussion October 2nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • East German Film Night at the MIT Museum. November 5th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Halloween! The MIT Museum celebrates this holiday in true “nerd” style with the popular science-themed Halloween event Fright Factors on October 30. For 21+ especially!

Other exhibits opening this fall are Projects and Prototypes: MIT Student Work on September 27th, featuring a range of innovative inventions created by MIT graduate and undergraduate students andHolography Dimensions of Light on November 3rd, featuring selected works from the MIT Museum's holography collection, the largest and most comprehensive holography collection in the world. Interactive stations will deepen visitor experiences with the concepts and the artistic nature of holography.

On November 7th the MIT Museum celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields with Girls Day from noon - 4:00 p.m. It's Not Magic. It's Science! will celebrates women in chemistry with talks and demonstrations for young people of all ages. Visitors can hear about the career paths of women chemists and explore a variety of interactive activities in the Museum's galleries.

Rounding out the fall schedule is the 18th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction Event taking place on November 27th at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium on the MIT campus. Local artist Arthur Gansonwill mastermind the choreography of this collectively built Rube Goldberg machine. It's an exciting day for the whole family. Come as a team or as a spectator! FAT tickets include admission to the MIT Museum and store which will be open until 6:00pm on November 27th. Register your team here.

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.

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