"Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made after 1960 from the MFAH Collection" reminds viewers of two things. One, in comparison to the other visual arts, photography is a relatively young medium. Two, movements in photography reflect the larger artistic movements of the time. "Ruptures and Continuities" is arranged according to the effects movements such as minimalism, performance art and conceptual art have had on photography, and it's organized according to the following five thematic sections: self-performance (think Andy Warhol photographing himself in drag); the transformation of the city (Robert Polidori's images of flood-destroyed New Orleans homes); new landscape (51 pictures from Lewis Baltz's series The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California); directorial mode and constructed environments (Bernhard and Hilla Becher's 1980 multi-image Water Towers); and memory and archive (Hatakeyama Naoya's Blast series with images of explosions in Japanese limestone quarries). The exhibit features more than 80 artists, or, as museum director Peter Marzio says in press materials, a "who's who of post-1960s photographers." 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through May 9. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 visit www.mfah.org. Free to $7.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 21. Continues through May 9, 2010