The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology

Opening Fall 2019

In its heyday, Polaroid and its products were loved by millions of amateurs and embraced by countless professionals. ThePolaroidProject tells the fascinating and instructive story of the Polaroid company, and presents all aspects of Polaroid photography, including the technology that made it possible. Fittingly, after traveling around the world, this critically acclaimed exhibition will make its final stop at the MIT Museum, approximately a block from where instant film was first invented.

This unique exhibition explores various dimensions of the art-technology relationship through the exhibition of both art and artifacts. There will be over two hundred photographs by 120 artists, including Ansel Adams, Chuck Close, Barbara Crane, Harold Edgerton, Walker Evans, Hans Hansen, David Hockney, Dennis Hopper, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman.  The exhibition also showcases more than 75 artifacts--including cameras, prototypes, experimental films and other technical materials--from the MIT Museum’s own collection of historical Polaroid artifacts.

Accompanying the exhibition is ThePolaroidProject: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, a richly designed catalog with over 300 illustrations.


The exhibition was developed by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne. The MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA, is a co-producer of the exhibition, along with WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna.

Guy Bourdin (1928–1991) 
Charles Jourdan, 1978, 1978 
C-Print on Fujiflex paper
© The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery