This exhibit is an installation that explores the intersection of the cinematic apparatus, utopian social thinking, industrial management, and modernism. The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff sets the eponymous cartoon alongside an investigation of productive and unproductive bodies. A set recreates a mid-20th-century film studio designed to produce industrial films; here, a three-screen projection presents a lesson in efficiency based on the Gilbreths' time-motion studies, a case of contagious paranoia, and an instructional film in which objects take on a life of their own, the camera refuses to stay hidden, and everything goes wrong.
The exhibit is in the first floor gallery of Byerly Hall at 8 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138.
There will be a reception for the exhibit at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.
From April 8 to May 3, the exhibit will be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.