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Panel discussion this Sunday with artists, collectors and more!

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Sunday January 5, 2014 is the last day to see the exhibition New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas!  If you have not experienced this exhibition  come see us on Museum Hill!
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Brasil & Arte Popular
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"Memory, protest and experiments. The role of art in the making of public space today".

Monday 4 November at 12PM ET, join MAXXI Artistic Director Hanru Hou, Italian artist Rossella Biscotti, Turkish writer and researcher Pelin Tan, and Chinese activist, artist and curator Ou Ning for a conversation on the role of contemporary art in the face of  the challenges of privatization and gentrification of public spaces. How can Social Media be a platform to launch a larger debate on the issue?

MAXXI National Museum of the XXI Century Arts is a national museum devoted to contemporary creativity, designed by Zaha Hadid, as a multidisciplinary space, and committed to experimentation and innovation in the arts and architecture.

Join the conversation and ask questions to the speakers on this page, using the hashtag #arttalks !

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Bright future for us all
Reconstructing the World’s Museums

Everyday people use Google Maps, which uses an integration of satellite, aerial, and street imagery, as a useful tool to find directions as well as to explore the world. However, because it is impossible to take pictures of indoor environments from aerial viewpoints, indoor visualization is limited to ground level data, hampering effective and intuitive remote navigation of large scale indoor spaces. 

In the paper Reconstructing the World’s Museums (http://goo.gl/sLVaaY), one of the Google Excellent Papers for 2012 (http://goo.gl/PIyuT), Princeton Assistant Professor and former Google intern +Jianxiong Xiao (http://goo.gl/B7xvyg) present a 3D reconstruction and visualization system for large indoor environments. Along with Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and former Google Software Engineer +Yasutaka Furukawa (http://goo.gl/yFKKtM), Xiao describes how their system uses image and linear laser range sensor data from the +Google Art Project, and a new algorithm called Inverse CSG (Constructive Solid Geometry, http://goo.gl/LD7RIY), to create photorealistic aerial renderings of indoor scenes. 

Developed when Xiao interned at Google under the supervision of Furukawa, the algorithm first divides a three dimensional space into 2D “slices”, using rectangles as “geometric primitives” to solve a 2D CSG. They then stack the “slices”, generating 3D geometric primitives based on the 2D reconstructions, finally solving for a 3D CSG model and effectively reconstructing the free space volume of a room. By including image data with the 3D reconstruction, the authors demonstrate a method of producing texture-mapped 3D models that can be rendered from aerial viewpoints, allowing remote explorers to intuitively navigate a reconstructed floorplan and transition to Street View images to see fine detail.

To learn more, read the full paper (linked above), and watch Xiao’s presentation of the paper at the 12th European Conference on Computer Vision (http://goo.gl/3LCEQb), linked below 

Fall is enchanting here on Museum Hill!

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We value and appreciate differences as a method of supporting Tolerance
True tolerance requires the free flow of ideas, quality education for all, respect for human rights, and the sharing of cultures for mutual understanding.

On Friday, the International Day for Tolerance, you're invited to leave a comment here with your ideas for countering intolerance here. See more suggestions online: http://j.mp/vLqWVk
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Join us for an afternoon of lace and music this Sunday from 1 to 4pm.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Young Brides, Old Treasures, Macedonian Embroidered Dress

Working on our next public program on November 18 in conjunction with the exhibition Young Brides, Old Treasures Macedonian Embroidered Dress

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Wedding Dress. Miyak, Smilevo, Demir Hisar municipality
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