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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science

Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012

The Week in Geek April 4-11: Laugh while you can, monkey boy

And now, for some nerd-inspired slam poetry:This is for the nerds who want to get involved with humanoid robots but never had a chance to...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 04, 2011

The Week in Geek 2.28.11 - 3.7.11: Bees, Beer, Bullitts, Boffers and Mecha-Warfare

THE WEEK IN GEEK: Now with 100% more shockingly bad CGI dragons!It's time for another Week in Geek: a rundown of cool stuff to do...
By Alec Ernest  |  February 28, 2011

The Week in Geek, 2.21.11 - 2.28.11: Assassins, Stephen Fry, and The Googlization of Everything

Welcome back, humans, for another episode of THE WEEK IN GEEK! You may have thought this so-called "President's Day" would stop us, but oh no....
By Alec Ernest  |  February 21, 2011

MIT blows out 10010110 birthday candles

When a whole sector of the MIT Museum goes under wraps for months, it's a surefire sign that mad science is brewing.
Sesquicentennially yours
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 14, 2011
FAIL: Lady GaGa pulls a bait and switch

FAIL: Lady GaGa pulls a bait and switch

Gaga Polaroid unveiling at the MIT Museum. Photo: Scott M. Lacey One of our staffers is currently working on a conspiracy theory that Lady GaGa...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 01, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Lady Gaga spotted at Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge [3 photos]

EXCLUSIVE: Lady Gaga spotted at Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge [3 photos]

  Turns out, Cambridge is crawling with spies these days -- and not just of the Russian variety. Last night, Phoenix contributor Melissa Pocek got...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010

This is your summer . . . on drugs

Ah, those weird Lazy Summer Days (LSDs) in Boston. What to do on them, so as not to go out of your head with boredom?
Nine ways to take the high way out of Dullsville
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 18, 2010
2010 Cambridge Science Festival (April 24-May 2): The Highlights

2010 Cambridge Science Festival (April 24-May 2): The Highlights

Don your protective eyewear -- it's time, once again, for the third annual Cambridge Science Festival: nine straight days of geek wizardry atom-smashed together into...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  April 23, 2010

2009: The year in Dance

You could say there were two tremendous forces that propelled dance into the world of modern culture: the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev and the choreography of Merce Cunningham.
Milestones and memories
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 25, 2009
MIT Innovation Sunday 2009

MIT Innovation Sunday 2009

Holograms, robots, and bioengineering, oh my! Check out these fantastical feats of science and more at MIT’s Innovation Sunday, a celebration of the museum’s latest...
By webteam  |  October 02, 2009

Sampling MIT at the MIT Museum

Sampling MIT at the MIT Museum

Ever wanted to figure out what happens in your brain when you make moral judgments? (You know, so that we can grow ever nearer to...
By webteam  |  September 25, 2009

Architecture of Heaven and Earth

Looking at the wavy roofs of Félix Candela's most iconic structures, like the restaurant Los Manatiales (1958) in Mexico City, I think of pinwheels or the fluttering dress of a spinning dancer.
Félix Candela's curves, Walter Gropius's boxes
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2009


Merce Cunningham has used computers as co-creators for his choreography since 1991, and it was his evolving dance Loops that inspired the six works shown Friday night at the MIT Museum to open the sixth Boston Cyberarts Festival.
'Merce' at MIT
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 01, 2009

Play by Play: March 13, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 10, 2009

Play by play: March 6, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays from A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 03, 2009

Through March 31: Holograms for the 21st Century

We’ve long turned to MIT for the skinny on the latest advancements in robotics, computer science, neuroscience, and aeronautics, but lately the university’s museum has gripped us with a science we never even considered a science: holography. The public art exhibit “Luminous Windows: Holograms for the 21st Century” showcases the radiant, 3-D, electron manipulations of six artists from five countries. Night owls, this one’s for you: it’s on display through the windows of the MIT Museum (Mark Epstein Innovation Gallery, Building N51, 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge, 617.253.5927) every night from dusk to 2 a.m. We’ve seen laser shows before, but this one makes those rock-show displays look like child’s play.

By Liza Weisstuch  |  January 06, 2009

Old trickster

On New Year’s Day 1980, telegrams sent from Utah arrived at the New York Times and the Daily News announcing that 50-year-old media hoaxter Alan Abel had suffered a heart attack at a ski resort near Orem, Utah. He left behind a wife, Jeanne, and daug
At age 78, able-bodied Alan Abel’s life is still one big joke
By IAN SANDS  |  October 09, 2008

Hot stuff

When we think of global warming, we picture glaciers melting, sunbathing polar bears, and The Day After Tomorrow .
Global-warming study looks local
By GREG COOK  |  April 18, 2007

Anybody can edit

Wikipedians postulate and congratulate their way into the future of the Internet.
A weekend of Wikimania

You’re history

No longer the exclusive domain of modern-day enthusiasts for mediæval faires and Civil War battlefields, the idea of historical re-enactment has captured the art world’s imagination lately, and small wonder.
“Ahistorical Occasion” at MASS MoCA, Members Exhibition at PRC, and “Asian Legacy” in Arlington
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 16, 2006


Blinded by the light

The pleasures of scenic seacoasts, lakes at dusk, farms in full fruit, and clam shacks by day or night have attracted artists to New England since at least the mid 19th century.
Painting Summer in New England at PEM, Pia Lindman at MIT, Julie Mehretu at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 14, 2006