Polaroid Project Online:

At the Intersection of Art and Technology, Part II, Online

Presented by the MIT Museum

Online from September 3, 2020 - December 31, 2020

About the Exhibition

In its heyday, Polaroid and its products were loved by millions of amateurs and embraced by countless professionals. The Polaroid Project tells the fascinating and instructive story of the Polaroid company, and presents all aspects of Polaroid photography, including the technology that made it possible. After traveling around the world, this critically acclaimed exhibition opened at the MIT Museum in October 2019, approximately a block from where instant film was first invented.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Museum announced the closure of its doors to the public on March 13, 2020, just one week after it had opened Part II of The Polaroid Project. The museum would not open again before the gallery exhibition was set to close.

We are pleased to present this virtual exhibition online to showcase the remarkable Polaroid story through original works and artifacts. This 3D walkthrough includes audio annotation by curators Deborah Douglas, William Ewing, and Barbara Hitchcock.

We hope you enjoy it and visit often.

Listing of Artwork and Artifacts

Printed Exhibition Catalog: (Thames and Hudson, University of California Press, Amazon)


The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology was organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration with the MIT Museum, Cambridge, Mass., and the WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna.

The installation at the MIT Museum was designed by I-K-Design, fabricated by South Side Design and Building, with graphics by Olsen Imaging, and a digital interactive designed by CultureConnect. The virtual 3D interactive was produced by archimedes digital.