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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Announces Art/Work and the Invisible Hand

Video still from In Comparison by Harun Farocki, 2009 at the Museum Fine Arts, Houston

Video still from In Comparison by Harun Farocki, 2009

Art/Work and the Invisible Hand
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
December 14, 2012 through February 24, 2013

Art/Work and the Invisible Hand at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston explores the impact of automation on various forms of human interaction—work, culture, war—in the work of Harun Farocki. The exhibition consists of a video installation, a two channel video and a single channel video, which investigates the implications of the increasing autonomy of machines.

Farocki’s work traces the history of some technological advances that have brought us to this juncture of man versus machine, but leaves open the question of where this might lead.

Organization

This exhibition is organized by Mary Leclère, associate director, Core Residency Program, and Gabriel Martínez, Core critical theory programming assistant.

The Core Exhibition Program merges the Glassell School of Art exhibition program with that of the museum’s Core Residency Program. Established in 1982, the Core Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art offers postgraduate residencies for art critics and visual artists. Visit www.mfah.org/fellowships/core-program for more information.

The Core Program at the Glassell School of Art receives generous funding from: The Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation; and The National Endowment for the Arts. 2012-2013 Core fellowships have been underwritten by The Dickson-Allen Foundation; Jill and Dunham Jewett; Hamptons Expo Group, LLC; the Scurlock Foundation; Joan and Stanford Alexander; Leslie and Brad Bucher; Barbara and Michael Gamson; The Francis L. Lederer Foundation; Meredith Long; McClain Gallery; The Powell Foundation; Karen S. Pulaski; and The Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation, Inc.

Harun Farocki is a filmmaker, critic, editor and curator who has lived and worked in Berlin for over forty years. Working primarily in television and cinema during the 1960s and 1970s, he subsequently turned his attention to video and installation and began exhibiting his work in museums in the 1990s. His development of the film essay and critical engagement as editor of the journal Filmkritik (1974–1984) have had a decisive influence on a generation of artists and filmmakers. Recent solo exhibitions have been mounted by the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Beirut Art Center, Lebanon; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is located at 5101 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas.

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