About Holography"Holography" denotes the techniques and tools of capturing and "replaying" the three-dimensional light information that reflects from an illuminated object. In the making of a hologram, one laser beam is split into two beams—the reference beam and the object beam—and both meet on the holographic film where an interference pattern is recorded. To view the hologram, light (laser light or ordinary white light, depending on the type of hologram) is projected through the holographic film, which "structures" the light in the same way it originally reflected from the object. The eye sees the original object in three dimensions even though the object is no longer present.
Holography first captured the public imagination in the 1960s. A handful of artists and like-minded scientists soon began exploring the possibilities of this new visual medium. The groundswell of public fascination and artistic experimentation inspired the founding of the New York Museum of Holography. Holography's Enthusiasts celebrates the New York Museum of Holography. In 1993, its collections became the core of the MIT Museum's holography holdings. Rosemary "Posy" Jackson, director of the New York Museum of Holography from 1976 to 1983, created a vibrant home for holography practitioners to explore the fullest possible range of applications in art, science, and industry. In 2014, Jackson gave the MIT Museum her private holography collection. This exhibition features selections from that gift.