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Museum of Holography We're on a Mission to resurrect Chicago's Museum of Holography, assemble the world's largest collection of holograms, and share the wonders of holography.
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A tour of The Press Room Chicago, which just opened in the basement level of Chicago's Museum of Holography Building, fo...
08/29/2017

A tour of The Press Room Chicago, which just opened in the basement level of Chicago's Museum of Holography Building, former location of the MOH's HoloLabs, Workshop, and Administrative Offices.

We'll be hosting Holography Events here in the near future to keep the HoloSpirit alive, as we work towards a new home and the return of the MOH's collection of art and artifacts.

A tour of the Publishing House Bed and Breakfast (Floors 3 & 4 - Bob & Loren Billings' former residence in the MOH Building), can be found in this prior post:

https://www.facebook.com/holomuseum/posts/1671969499776005

One last tenant, Solo Salon, will be opening soon on the first floor where the HoloGallery was housed.

The rooftop deck along with the rooftop gardening system I created and donated to the building owners, will be up and running next year -- feeding guests of the Bed & Breakfast -- and continuing a long time gardening practice started by Bob & Loren Billings.

"The trouble with human beings is they take every incident much too seriously - and it's ALL NONSENSE - time passes TOO ...
08/24/2017

"The trouble with human beings is they take every incident much too seriously - and it's ALL NONSENSE - time passes TOO QUICKLY to mourn about these incidents that in the long run of life - don't mean a DAMN - what's love got to do with it - we seem to hate - prefer it to love and scorched feelings".

We recovered many of Loren Billings' Holographs, "documents handwritten by the person named as their author", during the rescue effort.

But it's this one that speaks so loudly to the current situation.

A small handful of bitter old men with hurt feelings, keeping grudges alive for more than four decades, who would rather keep the world's largest collection of holograms in the dark than let Loren Billings and her accomplishments be seen by the world, in a positive light.

That's "The trouble with human beings..."

08/14/2017
Photos from Museum of Holography's post

I had the honor and pleasure of welcoming Dr. Steven L. Smith (aka Lasersmith), one of the world's most accomplished Holographers, back to his old stomping grounds in Chicago's West Loop.

First, our hearts go out to Steven and his family on the recent loss of his Father. Our thoughts are with you.

On their drive west to spend time with his dad for the last time, they managed to catch a glimpse of 1000 W. Monroe in Chicago (Lasersmith's second HoloLab) -- which itself was demolished by the time they returned on their drive back East a few days later when we met.

Such is the nature of life and the things we love and think will last forever. Time is of the essence. The holograms never stop fading.

Steven has been a good friend, mentor and advisor on the Mission to resurrect Chicago's Museum of Holography. No small feat given the competitive nature of the relationship between the MOH and Lasersmith (they were located within a block of each other), and a powerful testament to the need and ability of true leaders to rise above personal differences in order to focus on the future. He sets a fine example for the HoloCommunity, and has been an inspiration.

We hope to see Steven and his family back in Chicago soon, hopefully heading up a next generation HoloLab and Photonics Incubator at Chicago's MOH, and doing what he's always done best -- The Impossible.

Now that would be an incredible way to close out this chapter of the Chicago MOH story.



You can learn more about the Holographic Histories of 114 N. Aberdeen and 1000 W. Monroe, here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/truewestloop/permalink/1844826892431171/

As well as view holograms Dr. Smith created for the McDonalds HQ, here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/truewestloop/permalink/1930315787215614/

08/08/2017
Museum of Holography

Happy 50th Birthday to Chicago's Picasso Sculpture! Here's the story of how it was immortalized in a Hologram created at Chicago's Museum of Holography.

On August 15, 1967, the Pablo Picasso sculpture at Chicago's Civic Center Plaza was unveiled, with Mayor Daley looking on.

The untitled sculpture combined images of an Afghan dog and a woman, instantly creating a controversy, with Col. Jack Reilly, the Mayor's Director of Special Events, demanding removal of the sculpture.

In and around 1980, the Chicago Museum of Holography's Director of Research, John Hoffman, recorded a hologram of Picasso's untitled sculpture in the MOH's HoloLab.

One version of that Hologram was discovered in a point-of-purchase display that John Hoffman had designed to exhibit holograms, as shown in this video.

John Hoffman's Picasso Hologram was shown for the first time in more than a decade, during the HoloRescue 1.0 Exhibition on December 4, 2014, much to the delight of the more than 400 attendees who came out to show their support for the resurrection of Chicago's Museum of Holography.

"Chicago wants its Museum back!"

The iconic front doors to Chicago's Museum of Holography were removed this week and will be preserved for future use at ...
07/22/2017

The iconic front doors to Chicago's Museum of Holography were removed this week and will be preserved for future use at a new location.

This week also marks the 97th Birthday of Florentine (Loren/Lui) Dobija Billings, born on July 21, 1919. She passed on April 28, 2015 at the age of 95.

Loren Billings was the Founder & Executive Director of Chicago's Museum of Holography, which operated from 1977-2009 before being lost to a tragic fraud.

The art and artifacts of the world's largest (2,100+ Holograms), longest running (32 years), and last Museum of Holography, are currently in the possession of a small group of Private Collectors.

We have repeatedly called on them to do the right thing and return everything removed from the building so that we can resurrect the original 501(c)3 nonprofit, in order to keep the collection intact, and on public display in Chicago's West Loop, forevermore.

The Mission Continues.

Dear Chicagoist, Avalon Regal Theater, and HologramUSA,What you're promoting are Pepper's Ghosts, they're not Holograms....
06/17/2017
Iconic Avalon Regal Theater Will Specialize In Hologram Shows, Starting This Fall

Dear Chicagoist, Avalon Regal Theater, and HologramUSA,

What you're promoting are Pepper's Ghosts, they're not Holograms.

Dennis Gabor coined the term Hologram, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics for the Holographic Method, the culmination of his life's work.

Pepper's Ghosts on the other hand, are turn of the century optical illusions, that have NOTHING to do with Holograms or Holography.

Holograms are Cool. What you're doing, is not.

Call yourselves Pepper's Ghosts USA. Be proud of who you are. Embrace your own history, instead of coopting someone else's for profit.

And don't expect to waltz into Chicago, home of the Museum of Holography, and expect us to let you misrepresent the Science & Art of Holography, without being challenged.

Best,

Moshe Tamssot

http://chicagoist.com/2017/06/16/a_chicago_theater_will_start_hostin.php

The famed South Side theater is getting outfitted with the same technology behind the Tupac hologram.

I love hearing stories from folks that visited the Museum of Holography as kids. Loren Billings had a tremendous positiv...
05/21/2017

I love hearing stories from folks that visited the Museum of Holography as kids. Loren Billings had a tremendous positive impact on children who came by the bus load on field trips organized by Chicago Public Schools.

I bought these at the Museum of Holography when I was a kid some 20 plus years ago. I must have been like 10 at the time. I still remember this place. I loved it. I thought about it a couple years back and wanted to see if it was still around only to find out what had happened and was devastated. I truly hope that you are successful in bringing it back to life in some form. I have fond memories.

Happy Mother's Day!Loren Billings, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chicago's Museum of Holography was a victim of E...
05/14/2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Loren Billings, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chicago's Museum of Holography was a victim of Elder Abuse -- perpetrated by strangers she entrusted and her estranged son from her first marriage.

Despite Loren Billings' death at the age of 95 in April 2015, the Abuse continues to this day by the few members of the Holography Community who are currently in possession of the art and artifacts that represent her life's work.

They have the opportunity to commit to returning everything removed from Chicago's MOH Building, to a soon to be resurrected 501(c)3 nonprofit Chicago Museum of Holography, housed in the recently announced West Loop Public Library -- a Public Institution that can keep the Collection intact and on public display, forevermore.

What's it going to take to make that happen?

A Change of Heart. That is all.

The National Center on Elder Abuse distinguishes between seven types of Elder Abuse, including those Loren Billings was a victim of:

1) Financial/Material Exploitation - Illegal or improper use of an elder’s funds, property, or assets.

2) Emotional Abuse - Infliction of anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or non-verbal acts.

3) Neglect - Refusal, or failure, to fulfill any part of a person’s obligations or duties to an elderly person.

Elder Abuse is conduct unbecoming of a Son, and the Private Collectors who profess to love Holography, as much as Loren Billings did.

This Abuse needs to end so that Loren Billings can Rest In Peace, and Chicago's Museum of Holography can rise again.

Thank you for listening.

"So -- "T" I raised you To Kill me. Story of real life. Ironic.", Loren wrote in a note to "T" -- Terry -- her one and only son from her first marriage, with whom she had a very troubled relationship.

Terry had legally taken control of his mother's affairs, shortly after he discovered the web of fraud that she had become entangled in. He cut Loren off from her family, and exiled her to a nursing home.

He would fight a court battle against Broadway Bank, trying to prove that Alexi Gianoulias was negligent for not properly investigating a third party fraud, during the $1 million dollar loan application process. All in an effort to recover his inheritance. The MOH be damned.

He would lose that case, and be handed a $1.6 million dollar judgement, that included interest and fees. That would set into motion a disastrous series of events which would result in the MOH building being sold in 2012, and the collection of art and artifacts, that Loren had curated over 32 years, scattered into the hands of Private Collectors.

Karma would catch up to the GnXpert fraudsters, and they would soon be indicted for defrauding more than 50 victims, out of millions of dollars.

We met Terry once over lunch in April 2015, and talked about our plans to resurrect the Museum of Holography, in honor of Loren. We knew he had taken at least 139 of the best MOH holograms with him, 39 of which he licensed out to an international exhibition company for tours in Europe and Asia. Those holograms currently sit in a shipping container in Hong Kong, at risk of being sold to a Chinese Museum.

When we asked if he would be interested in donating back the collection, in his mother's honor, his answer was not what we expected.

'I have no emotional attachment to my mother, or the holograms. I'm an old man. I have no long term plans. I want to sell everything.', he said.

It was all business.

He named his price. We chatted a bit, and I asked for his permission to reunite Loren with some of the holograms we had saved. He paused, composed himself, and said 'no, that won't happen'.

A few days later, Loren Billings would pass unexpectedly, at the age of 95. Terry never told us, despite our ongoing communications. The Volunteer team would find out in July, as phones vibrated across the MOH, triggered by a google alert that uncovered her tiny, nondescript obituary. It made no mention of holography. This was one of the hardest days of the Mission.

One of Loren's caregivers, who serendipitously had worked at the MOH more than 30 years prior as part of the CETA program, shared fond memories of Loren with us, and said everyone on the floor missed her.

If Loren couldn't spend the last few years of her life with the holograms she loved so much, at least she spent some time reminiscing with someone who was witness, to her life with holograms.

RIP Loren Billings. The holograms will see the light, again.

(Image: Loren Billings / MOH Collection )

The mission to resurrect Chicago's Museum of Holography continues. As previously communicated, the focus has been on fin...
04/27/2017
West Loop Library Planned Next To McDonald's Headquarters, Alderman Says

The mission to resurrect Chicago's Museum of Holography continues.

As previously communicated, the focus has been on finding the MOH a home in a local West Loop Public Institution, where Holograms can be displayed, lessons given, and archives preserved, catalogued and made accessible to the Public, forevermore.

Today, a new West Loop Public Library was announced, a block away from the original MOH Building, and on the same block as the Chicago Holography Collaborative's original HoloLab.

We'll be working with the Alderman, Chicago Public Library Officials, local Neighborhood Groups, the Holography Community, and the very generous Developer who donated the building, to explore the opportunity of securing space for a nonprofit MOH.

Thank you for your continued interest and support!

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170427/west-loop/new-west-loop-library-mcdonalds-headquarters-ald-walter-burnett-sterling-bay

Sterling Bay officials and Ald. Burnett are expected to announce the new library location Friday.

Sharing the story of Chicago's Museum of Holography Founder, Loren Billings, born Florence Dobija, with U.S. Senator Dic...
03/07/2017

Sharing the story of Chicago's Museum of Holography Founder, Loren Billings, born Florence Dobija, with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (IL) at the Polish Museum of America during Casimir Pulaski Day celebrations.

Chapter Two. A New Beginning.
02/18/2017

Chapter Two. A New Beginning.

Museum of Holography Building UpdateI want to begin this post by thanking Shawn Uldridge and Kimberly Lowery of the Publ...
02/16/2017
West Loop Wine Bar, Salon Join Bed & Breakfast In Old Holography Museum

Museum of Holography Building Update

I want to begin this post by thanking Shawn Uldridge and Kimberly Lowery of the Publishing House for all they've done to help save the contents of the Museum of Holography Building.

If it weren't for the combined efforts of hundreds of Volunteers, Benefactors, and Corporate Sponsors, all the art and artifacts would have been sold off piecemeal, or trashed -- as was threatened in 2014 by the former building owner.

I also want to thank all of you who've supported the Mission to keep the collection intact and on public display in Chicago, forevermore. It's been almost 3 years since officially launching the Mission, and we remain just as committed to the cause. More people than ever are now aware and supportive because of your efforts.

Thank You!

In working with the Publishing House, we always agreed that the MOH locating in the original building would be a commercial decision. We did not want to put them out of pocket for supporting the cause. They've already been very generous with their time and energy.

However, with rents in Chicago's booming West Loop skyrocketing to as much as $80 per square foot, it has become practically impossible for new small businesses to get established in our neighborhood, let alone a nonprofit Museum.

Yet the MOH is a unique piece of Chicago history that played out in the West Loop, and should stay in the West Loop. Rent shouldn't be the only deciding factor when making important Cultural decisions. What if we could eliminate rent?

Recall it was financial pressure, and the high cost of rent, that caused New York City's Museum of Holography to close in 1992. We didn't want to see a recurrence here in Chicago (especially after the tragic fraud that led to its closure in 2009) -- where the focus of the MOH would have to be on the neverending treadmill of fundraising to keep the doors open, versus sharing the wonders of Holography.

Informed by the desires of Members of the Holography community who are still hurting from that loss, and the fraud that brought down the MOH in 2009, it has become clear that there is a need for a Nonprofit Public Institution that will stand the test of time, be secure, properly preserve the collection, and that would be inclusive of all, not subject to the control of a small group of profit motivated Private Collectors.

To that end, we are now working with Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. (27th Ward), West Loop Community Organization executive director Carla Agostinelli, and other neighborhood groups, to find a permanent PUBLIC home for the Museum of Holography's collection in the West Loop -- perhaps as part of the Alderman's proposed new Library or other Community Spaces being planned for the West Loop.

A new West Loop location, in a heavily trafficked Public Space, would enable us to keep the collection intact and on Public display, forevermore.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

Thanks again for your continued interest and support!

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170214/west-loop/mcdonalds-headquarters-lodging-wine-restaurant-publishing-house-bb

The former publishing house and casket factory takes on new life as the Publishing House B&B this June.

A love story like no other.True Valentines.
02/15/2017

A love story like no other.

True Valentines.

"Robert W. Billings. My Eternal Love. Lui."

These were the words chosen by Loren Billings, affectionately known as Lui, to commemorate the love of her life. She was laid to rest beside him, in April 2015, in a still unmarked grave. Together.

Loren described Bob as the wind behind her sails, in everything that she did. He supported her love of Holography, to his last dying day. He passed in their home. Their museum. They were. Together.

They purchased the Museum of Holography building at 1134 W. Washington, in 1974. Together.

They broke sidewalks to plant trees. Together.

They knocked down walls and built up an institution dedicated to Holography. Together.

They amassed the world's largest collection of Holograms. Together.

I wish they were alive today, because I can imagine what they would have to say, and what they would do, TOGETHER, to get back their life's work from Private Collectors trying to profit off of their suffering.

Everything they did, together, was to be a gift to the citizens of Chicago, and the world, forevermore. That was the basis of Chicago's nonprofit Museum of Holography.

RIP Robert W. Billings

Cofounder of Chicago's Museum of Holography

November 22, 1931 - August 27, 1998

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I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a list of the holograms recovered from the museum. Of particular interest to me would be a list of any transmission master holograms, The reason I ask is I would like to know what became of a set of three masters I did in my personal lab, and had brought to the museum. The masters contained sharp gracile 2 dimensional geometric shapes at different planes. They would have been stored in an 8x10 Agfa plate box, and would probably have been in one of the labs. I am not expecting to get them back. I am just curious about their fate. Thanks in advance for any help!
hi, is the museum back open. i used to go as a kid and i loved it. id like to bring my kids. how much to get in and where are you located
I knew John hoffman before he got started with lasers.. yes I was present when John first started.. we were friends in our early twenties.. and sort of drifted away from one another..
So sorry to have heard this news. I took my now wife to the museum on our first date back in ‘94. I would love to be involved in the mission to save and resurrect the museum!
HOLOGRAMS ? ? ? Rolling out interviewed Chicago Regal Theater owner Jerald Gary, 31, about the theater’s progress and his hope for community support. Talk about what it’s like owning the Avalon Regal Theater (ART). Owning the Avalon Regal Theater has been a very exciting period in my life. ‎Every day, the project challenges me to think creatively about how performing arts can help develop the community and about how technology and finance can help make that development more accessible to residents of Chicago’s South Side. I grew up a few blocks from the theater and I consider myself to be “living the dream” as a steward of this important and historic Chicago landmark. As a musician who graduated from Chicago’s Merit School of Music and attended other arts programs in music, theater and dance I have an appreciation for the Regal and how it can provide access to the same arts programming I was part of as a child to more youth in the community. And as a young Black man from the South Side who is fed up with Chicago’s reputation for shootings and violence, I recognize my responsibility to be an example of what’s possible when youth from the community have access to the right opportunities. What projects are you currently working on? ‎Right now I am working on installing holographic projectors in the auditorium so that we can do some really interesting shows in addition to live content. Do you remember the Chief Keef hologram show that got canceled by the mayor of Chicago? I produced that behind the scenes with Hologram USA in Beverly Hills to show people how cool this technology is and the possibilities of what can be done with it. The Avalon Regal Theater will be the first theater in the United States to have holographic technology. Some of the artists that could debut at the theater in addition to regular live performers include Jackie Wilson, Redd Foxx, and Billie Holiday. You’ll have to come to a show to see who might show up. Why holograms? I think holograms are the future of entertainment. When you look at how media has evolved, you can see the trend toward 3-D. And whether it’s VR or AR, media consumption has become a more personal experience. I feel like the best form of entertainment is the kind you experience with others. If you have on 3-D goggles or anything else that takes away from your experience enjoying being part of a crowd, you’ve lost out on the best part of attending a show!
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I bought these at the Museum of Holography when I was a kid some 20 plus years ago. I must have been like 10 at the time. I still remember this place. I loved it. I thought about it a couple years back and wanted to see if it was still around only to find out what had happened and was devastated. I truly hope that you are successful in bringing it back to life in some form. I have fond memories.