The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Vera Lutter: Inverted Worlds

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 – Sunday, Mar. 20, 2016

The mysterious, monumental photographs in this exhibition are one-of-a-kind negative prints by New York-based German photographer Vera Lutter (born 1960). To create these large-scale images, she transforms a darkened room, shipping container, or specially constructed box into an enormous pinhole camera. The exposures can last for days, weeks, or months. Lutter retains the negative form as the final work—a literal reflection of space and time as determined by the immediate visual environment.

Inverted Worlds presents an eerie parallel universe: images that are tonally reversed, laterally mirrored, and devoid of people because of the long exposures. The subjects range from postindustrial ruins, to the visual cacophony of Times Square, to the serenity of Venetian canals.

At a time when analog negatives are disappearing from photographic practice and process, Lutter finds new magic in the traditional materials of her medium.

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  • Wednesday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sunday , 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Monday (Except selected holidays) | Closed.
    • Tuesday | Closed.
    • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day | Closed.
  • General Admissions

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults (19+) $24
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $20
    • Military (with ID) Free
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $12
    • Youth (13–18) $20
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    *The Museum provides free admission to active members of the U.S. military and reserves with valid ID, as well as to military families with dependent cards. Available in person at any admissions desk.  General admission to the Museum is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell Oil Company.     Health & Safety Protocols: Before you arrive - The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is a private institution devoted to public service. We require health & safety protocols, which apply to the main campus, Rienzi, and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Please visit https://www.mfah.org/visit/tips-for-visiting to review our campus protocols.

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  • Beck Building, Ground Floor

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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