Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to photography.
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Founded in 1976 as the Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, the museum collaborates with artists, photographers, communities, and institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. As the leading photography museum in the Midwest, presenting projects and exhibitions and acquiring works that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the museum offers students, educators, research specialists, and general audiences an intimate and comprehensive visual study center. The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is a stimulating and innovative forum for the collection, creation, and examination of contemporary imagemaking in its camera tradition and in its expanded vocabulary of digital processes. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum considers all elements of our mission to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and political implication of the image in our world today, within the context of public service and responsibility to the community and museum profession. The Museum is committed to broadening the visual arts by constantly searching for new national and international talent to exhibit rather than simply following suit established by larger institutions. To this end, the museum’s programming guides the public to a greater understanding of thought-provoking contemporary photography as well as an appreciation for traditional work that has not yet received critical acclaim. Admission is always free for visitors.

Tonight, is the night! Click the link https://bit.ly/38pFDEB to reserve your tickets Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction also ...
02/27/2020

Tonight, is the night! Click the link https://bit.ly/38pFDEB to reserve your tickets

Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction also closes tonight, so don’t forget to place your bids! View the auction and learn more about the work here: https://bit.ly/2wiulE1

Can’t wait to see everyone at #DARKROOMMoCP @paddle8

Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction is open for bidding!Check out some amazing works by some of our favorite photographers, li...
02/26/2020

Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction is open for bidding!

Check out some amazing works by some of our favorite photographers, like this piece by Oliver Godow. Godow’s images expose order and chaos, design and spontaneity, pushing us to consider a location through its less celebrated details and to use intriguing information to envisage a city transformed.

View the auction and learn more about this work here: https://paddle8.com/auction/mocp @paddle8

Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction is open, don’t forget to place your bids!Check out some amazing works by some of our favor...
02/25/2020

Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction is open, don’t forget to place your bids!
Check out some amazing works by some of our favorite photographers, like this piece by Beth Dow. Dow’s series Perception Error (2018) investigates two traditional subjects found within photography—the landscape and the still-life—and the various aesthetic and technical approaches employed for creating and viewing images. View the auction and learn more about this work here: https://bit.ly/2wiulE1

Image: Beth Dow, Pink Mountain, 2018

#DARKROOMMoCP @paddle8 @bethdow

Darkroom is only 3 days away! Don’t worry, there is still time to purchase tickets. Click the link to get your tickets n...
02/24/2020

Darkroom is only 3 days away! Don’t worry, there is still time to purchase tickets. Click the link to get your tickets now https://darkroom2020.eventbrite.com

View the auction and learn more about this work here: https://paddle8.com/auction/mocp

Image by this year’s Silver Camera Awardee Kenneth Josephson, Western, US, 2000

#DARKROOMMoCP @paddle8

Join us today at noon for an exhibition tour and gallery talk with exhibiting artist Leo Selvaggio
02/21/2020

Join us today at noon for an exhibition tour and gallery talk with exhibiting artist Leo Selvaggio

Today is Ansel Adams’ 118th birthday! 🎂 Born in San Francisco in 1902, Adams began working as an official photographer f...
02/20/2020

Today is Ansel Adams’ 118th birthday! 🎂 Born in San Francisco in 1902, Adams began working as an official photographer for the Sierra Club in 1928. In 1932 he and other California-based photographers, including Edward Weston, founded the group f64. The name f64 is a reference to the smallest standardized aperture setting on the camera's lens; photographs taken on this setting have the greatest depth of field meaning that nearly every object in the picture plane is in perfect focus.

Image by: Ansel Adams, Moonrise from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California, 1959 @anseladams

Tomorrow, join us for a fun filled teen night! Join exhibiting artist @leoselva for a special artmaking workshop. Space ...
02/19/2020

Tomorrow, join us for a fun filled teen night! Join exhibiting artist @leoselva for a special artmaking workshop. Space is limited. Reserve your spot at https://bit.ly/3aLoN4l

Image by Leo Selvaggio

Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction is now open! Check out some amazing works by some of our favorite photographers, like this...
02/18/2020

Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction is now open!

Check out some amazing works by some of our favorite photographers, like this piece by Penelope Umbrico. Umbrico appropriates various forms of found imagery—from online picture sharing websites to photographs in books and mail-order catalogs—to construct large-scale installations that comment upon the sheer volume and ubiquity of images in contemporary culture.

View the auction and learn more about this work here: https://bit.ly/2wiulE1

Image by Penelope Umbrico, Nanling Mountain with screen Moiré and Light Leak, Pop Art, End-of-Roll Camera App Filters, 2014

#DARKROOMMoCP @paddle8 @penelopeumbrico

Happy #PresidentsDay !Image by: @dawoudbey, Barack Obama, 2006, Collection of the MoCP
02/17/2020

Happy #PresidentsDay !
Image by: @dawoudbey, Barack Obama, 2006, Collection of the MoCP

Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction is open for bidding now!Check out some amazing works by some of our favorite photographers...
02/14/2020

Our #Paddle8 DARKROOM auction is open for bidding now!

Check out some amazing works by some of our favorite photographers, like this piece by Dawoud Bey. Bey returned to Harlem to photograph the neighborhood during a time of rapid change. The once iconic home of the Harlem Renaissance and explosive creative production by black artists, the neighborhood is now increasingly becoming homogenized and gentrified, and many of its long-term residents are being displaced.

View the auction and learn more about this work here: https://paddle8.com/auction/mocp

#DARKROOMMoCP @paddle8 @dawoudbey

Image: Dawoud Bey, Harlem Redux: Hats and Scarves, 2016

Join us tomorrow, Feb 13th, in Ferguson Hall at 6pm for a Lecture in Photography with @stephanie.dinkins. Stephanie Dink...
02/12/2020

Join us tomorrow, Feb 13th, in Ferguson Hall at 6pm for a Lecture in Photography with @stephanie.dinkins. Stephanie Dinkins is known for creating platforms for dialogue about artificial intelligence (AI) as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. #IRLMoCP
Image: Stephanie Dinkins, Installation view of Conversations with Bina48, 2015-ongoing

This week’s #MoCPCollection Image of the Week is by Maija Tammi.  One of Them Is a Human is a conceptual work that prese...
02/07/2020

This week’s #MoCPCollection Image of the Week is by Maija Tammi. One of Them Is a Human is a conceptual work that presents four photographic portraits: three picturing androids (human-looking robots) and one actual human . Do you think this photograph is of a human or android? We'd love to know what you think, so leave your comments below.

Image by Maija Tammi

Currently on view in #IRLMoCP

In the new episode of our @WCRXFM podcast Focal Point, Joanne Leonard and  Melissa Ann Pinney discuss the MoCP’s permane...
02/06/2020
Episode 5: Joanne Leonard and Melissa Ann Pinney — WCRX

In the new episode of our @WCRXFM podcast Focal Point, Joanne Leonard and Melissa Ann Pinney discuss the MoCP’s permanent collection. To listen to the podcast click here: https://bit.ly/2tyy4w8 #focalpointmocp

In this episode, mixed media artist Joanne Leonard and photographer Melissa Pinney are in conversation with MoCP’s curator of academic programs and collections, Kristin Taylor. Leonard and Pinney discuss works in the MoCP’s permanent collection by Elinor Carucci and Ruth Thorne-Thomsen as well a...

“Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change th...
02/05/2020

“Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.” - Garry Winogrand
#MoCP #WednesdayWisdom #quoteoftheday
Image by Garry Winogrand, Texas State Fair, Dallas, 1969

Tomorrow see artist Xu Bing, among many other wonderful speakers, at the US-China Forum https://bit.ly/2S75l9K Hope you ...
02/05/2020
US-China Forum 2020: The Matter of Art | 中美論壇-2020: 藝術這事

Tomorrow see artist Xu Bing, among many other wonderful speakers, at the US-China Forum https://bit.ly/2S75l9K Hope you can check out this excellent program from our friends over at @UChiGlobal

The US-China Forum 2020: The Matter of Art is convened by UChicago Arts in collaboration with the Smart Museum of Art, and explores how China and the United States intersect, interact, and overlap through the arts. The program features in-depth conversations between renowned Chinese artists and dist...

Join us and Xu Bing tomorrow at 6 pm at Film Row Cinema for a screening of his film Dragonfly Eyes (2017) which tells a ...
02/03/2020

Join us and Xu Bing tomorrow at 6 pm at Film Row Cinema for a screening of his film Dragonfly Eyes (2017) which tells a story deeply rooted in today's reality, revealing the "invisible" crises hidden in our mundane lives and the inexplicable turns of events that lie beyond our grasp. After the screening there will be a Q&A session with @xubingart #IRLMoCP
Tickets are free! Reserve here: https://bit.ly/2tLdiJT
Still from Dragonfly Eyes, 2017

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers...
01/29/2020

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” - Aaron Siskind #WednesdayWisdom
Image by Aaron Siskind

We’re officially a month away from the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s annual benefit auction and party, DARKROOM! ...
01/27/2020

We’re officially a month away from the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s annual benefit auction and party, DARKROOM! On February 27th, enjoy a glittering evening, with great music, specialty food and drinks, and one-of-a-kind artworks. All proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibitions, public programs, and education initiatives in 2020. For tickets go to: DARKROOM2020.eventbrite.com

#DARKROOM2020

This week’s #MoCPCollection Image of the Week is by Colleen Keihm. Colleen constructs imaginary spaces by deconstructing...
01/24/2020

This week’s #MoCPCollection Image of the Week is by Colleen Keihm. Colleen constructs imaginary spaces by deconstructing real spaces. In her Cuts and Structures series (2017-2018), she photographs the pages of art history textbooks that picture Richard Serra’s large-scale sculptures.

Image by Colleen Keihm, Primary Structure #3, 2018

Have you reserved your ticket yet for a special one-night screening on 2/4 of Dragonfly Eyes with director & world-renow...
01/23/2020

Have you reserved your ticket yet for a special one-night screening on 2/4 of Dragonfly Eyes with director & world-renowned artist Xu Bing? The film, composed of 10,000 hours of real surveillance footage, will be followed by Q&A. Reserve your free ticket: https://bit.ly/2vhhzVP

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” — Alfred Stieglitz Image by Alfred...
01/22/2020

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” — Alfred Stieglitz

Image by Alfred Stieglitz

#WednesdayWisdom #photo #photographs #photography #photoquote #Chicago #museum #PhotographyMuseum #quoteoftheday

Today we’re closed for Martin Luther King, Jr day and will reopen tomorrow. #MLKDay  Image: Danny Lyon, Dr. Martin Luthe...
01/20/2020

Today we’re closed for Martin Luther King, Jr day and will reopen tomorrow. #MLKDay

Image: Danny Lyon, Dr. Martin Luther King just before he speaks at Birmingham, 1963 https://bit.ly/2XD71u0

Sharing an event from our friends over at the Design Museum of Chicago. Their  event series brings prolific artists and ...
01/17/2020

Sharing an event from our friends over at the Design Museum of Chicago. Their event series brings prolific artists and designers from different fields together in conversation. Check it out! @DesignMuseumChi #CASM

In Real life opens today and we’re all so excited for everyone to see this one! 🤖 Join us from 5-7 for the opening recep...
01/17/2020

In Real life opens today and we’re all so excited for everyone to see this one! 🤖
Join us from 5-7 for the opening reception!

#IRLMoCP

Image by Jose Orlando Villatoro

The MoCP has begun accepting submissions for the 2020 Snider Prize, a purchase award given to emerging artists in their ...
01/15/2020

The MoCP has begun accepting submissions for the 2020 Snider Prize, a purchase award given to emerging artists in their final year of graduate study! More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Np4EHk

Image by 2019 winner Stephen Foster

Only 3 days until the opening of In Real Life, an exhibition that seeks to examine the real-world impact of computer vis...
01/14/2020

Only 3 days until the opening of In Real Life, an exhibition that seeks to examine the real-world impact of computer vision—from the murky ethics of data collection and surveillance to the racial & gender biases in facial recognition technology. https://bit.ly/2OEaAvN

This week’s image is a still from Liam Young’s film, Seoul City Machine, which depicts a city where machines and technol...
01/10/2020

This week’s image is a still from Liam Young’s film, Seoul City Machine, which depicts a city where machines and technology are the dominant inhabitants of space. You can see more work from Liam Young in our new exhibition, In Real Life, opening January 16th! #IRLMoCP @liam_y

01/08/2020

“Photography is a love affair with life.” - Burk Uzzle #MoCP #WednesdayWisdom

We are deeply saddened by the loss of MoCP Collection artist John Baldessari, whose work imparted a wit, irony, and topi...
01/07/2020

We are deeply saddened by the loss of MoCP Collection artist John Baldessari, whose work imparted a wit, irony, and topicality to conceptual art.

Image: John Baldessari, Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) (detail), 1973

We are only 10 days away from the opening of In Real Life, a new exhibition curated by MoCP executive director Natasha E...
01/06/2020

We are only 10 days away from the opening of In Real Life, a new exhibition curated by MoCP executive director Natasha Egan, examines the real-world impact of computer vision—from the murky ethics of data collection and surveillance to the racial and gender biases that abound in facial recognition technology.

@trevorpaglen, Behold these Glorious Times!, 2017, single-channel video.

@thoma_foundation

This week’s #MoCPCollection Image of the Week is by Ansel Adams. Ansel Adams's documentation of the western landscape ha...
01/03/2020

This week’s #MoCPCollection Image of the Week is by Ansel Adams. Ansel Adams's documentation of the western landscape has taken on iconic significance as one of the defining visions of both the American West and of the photographic medium. #AnselAdams #WintryMix #trees

Museum of Contemporary Photography's cover photo
01/02/2020

Museum of Contemporary Photography's cover photo

Wishing everybody a Happy New Years Day! #NewYear Image by : Melissa Catanese
01/01/2020

Wishing everybody a Happy New Years Day! #NewYear

Image by : Melissa Catanese

This week’s #MoCPCollection is by Melissa Ann Pinney. She photographs the everyday lives of girls and women to illustrat...
12/27/2019

This week’s #MoCPCollection is by Melissa Ann Pinney. She photographs the everyday lives of girls and women to illustrate the complex transformations in feminine identity.

Emma at Eight (snowsuit), From the “Cellar Door” series

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday! ☃️ #MoCPCollection #HappyHolidays Image by - Hyers + Mebane
12/25/2019

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday! ☃️
#MoCPCollection #HappyHolidays

Image by - Hyers + Mebane

We will be closed through Jan 15th for the installation of our new exhibition In Real Life. Stay tuned for updates! #IRL...
12/23/2019

We will be closed through Jan 15th for the installation of our new exhibition In Real Life. Stay tuned for updates! #IRLMoCP

Image by Maija Tammi

Third Realm closes on December 22nd! Stop by this weekend and enjoy the exhibition before it's over. #ThirdRealmMoCP
12/20/2019

Third Realm closes on December 22nd! Stop by this weekend and enjoy the exhibition before it's over. #ThirdRealmMoCP

12/18/2019

“Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.”- Bill Brandt

#wednesdaywisdom #photo #photographs #photography #photoquote #Chicago #museum #PhotographyMuseum #quoteoftheday

Look what caught our eye during our monthly portfolio review – here is a new photographer to watch! Heimir Björgúlfsson ...
12/16/2019

Look what caught our eye during our monthly portfolio review – here is a new photographer to watch! Heimir Björgúlfsson creates collages and assemblage-based works of art that seek to engage the viewer and initiate a dialogue. For more of Ohad’s work, check out his website - https://bit.ly/2Xe1bip # MoCPWatch

Image Credit: @heimir_bjorglfsson, Every stone is a judge

This weeks #MoCPCollection of the week is by Jompet  which is currently on view in Third Realm.  Stop by and check it ou...
12/13/2019

This weeks #MoCPCollection of the week is by Jompet which is currently on view in Third Realm. Stop by and check it out! #ThirdRealmMoCP

Third Realm closes soon (December 22), so if you haven't seen it yet, HURRY!    #ThirdRealmMoCP
12/10/2019

Third Realm closes soon (December 22), so if you haven't seen it yet, HURRY! #ThirdRealmMoCP

Join us this Wednesday, December 11th from 5-7 for a special celebration of photography books. Local publishers @skylark...
12/09/2019

Join us this Wednesday, December 11th from 5-7 for a special celebration of photography books. Local publishers @skylarkeditions and @candorarts will be here with their newly released books. #holidaybookfair #bookfair #photography #MoCP

Need more photo talk on your daily commute (or whenever)?  Check out our newest episode of #FocalPoint, MoCP's own podca...
12/06/2019
Episode 4: Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa and Leslie Wilson — WCRX

Need more photo talk on your daily commute (or whenever)? Check out our newest episode of #FocalPoint, MoCP's own podcast! This episode features Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa & Leslie Wilson, in conversation w/ @columbiachi MFA student Lindley Warren Mickunas https://bit.ly/36222Gm

In this episode, photographer and writer Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa joins scholar and curator Leslie Wilson in conversation with MoCP’s Curatorial Assistant, Lindley Warren Mickunas. Wolukau-Wanambwa and Wilson discuss works in the MoCP’s permanent collection by Rosalind Fox Solomon and LaToya Rub...

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Blue line to LaSalle or Jackson Red line to Harrison Brown, Purple, Orange, and Pink line to State/Van Buren Green line to Roosevelt

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Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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