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Workshop and Discussion: Mapping Petroleum Lives

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Led by exhibiting artist Rozalinda Borcilă, this mapping-from-below workshop uses prompts and facilitated exercises to develop a discussion of the various ways petroleum shapes our daily lives as an economy, a source of energy, and as a specific way of organizing the social world. Participants will work together to produce a...

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Excursion: Bubbles and Clouds

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

This field trip begins with a meet up at the MoCP for a briefing session and group viewing of the Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy exhibition with participating artist Rozalinda Borcilӑ.  Participants will then set off on a facilitated walking excursion to explore the geographic, social, and aesthetic impact of petrocapitalism by investigating...

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Artist Talk: Azadeh Akhlaghi

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Exhibiting artist Azadeh Akhlaghi will discuss her work, which focuses on high-profile deaths from Iran’s recent history. Akhlaghi received an MA in computer science from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and served as assistant director to acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami before switching her focus to conceptual photography.

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Video Playlist: Soheila Azadi

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Video Playlist is a recurring series of one-night public video screenings guest programmed by artists whose work engages with topics connected to MoCP exhibitions. Soheila Azadi will screen a selection of film and video works drawn from her dedication to an expanded discourse of transnational feminism. Azadi’s practice engages critically and sensually...

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MoCP Presents: Picture Me Student Exhibition

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Now in its fifteenth year, this annual student exhibition features works made by teens who participate in Picture Me, an afterschool photography program sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) at three Chicago high schools: Curie Metropolitan High School, Juarez Community Academy, and Nicholas Senn...

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Opening Reception: Burnt Generation and Midwest

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Join us for an opening reception for our new exhibitions, Burnt Generation: Contemporary Iranian Photography and Midwest Photographers Project: Hossein Fatemi. At 6 pm, hear a talk with Chicago-based photographer Hossein Fatemi and WBEZ Worldview analyst Narimon Safavi. Burnt Generation exhibiting artist Gohar Dashti will also be present at the opening...

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Lecture in Photography: Nadav Kander

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 618 S MICHIGAN AVE, Chicago, Illinois 60605

Nadav Kander travels the globe, documenting sites of environmental degradation and places of mass development. His work is held in the public collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, and the Société Générale, Paris, France and has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Palais De Tokyo,...

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Lecture in Photography: Mark Sealy

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Since 1991, Mark Sealy has served as director of Autograph ABP, the Association of Black Photographers, based in Shoreditch, London. He has written for a number of international photography publications, including Foam Magazine (Amsterdam), Aperture (New York), and in 2002, published Different, a book project focused on photography and identity....

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Symposium: The Unstable Image

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Discussion, the fading image: Binh Danh, Sylvie Penichon, and Nadine Wietlisbach   Museums work to preserve photographs because they are cultural artifacts, but they are also material objects. From distinct points of view, exhibiting artist Binh Danh, Conservator, Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago Sylvie Penichon, and Director...

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Opening Reception: MoCP at 40

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Join us for an opening reception in honor of our newest exhibition , MoCP at 40. Commemorating the MoCP’s 40th anniversary, this exhibition will highlight a diverse selection of works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 

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MoCP at 40

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

The Museum of Contemporary Photography turns 40 in 2016, so of course a celebratory exhibition is in order. Ours, MoCP at 40, showcases contemporary photographic art as we have always seen it: as a wonderful big tent of iconic photographers alongside talented lesser-known image-makers absent from the canonical history books.  All the...

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Lecture in Photography: Christian Boltanski

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Christian Boltanski is one of France's foremost artists whose installations challenge basic assumptions of what constitutes an artwork. Since the 1960s, he has worked with the ephemera of daily life and human experience, from obituary photographs to rusted biscuit tins, to examine the transitory nature of our life on earth. He employs lights, candles,...

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Conversation: Armin Linke and Lisa Yun Lee

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Two days prior to this program artist Armin Linke and cultural activist Lisa Yun Lee will walk through Chicago and observe the city’s built environment, paying close attention to the ways diverse publics and people interact with Chicago’s monumental architecture, as well as the urban, cultural and social structures that define our relationships....

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Lecture: Richard Mosse

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Richard Mosse’s photography captures the beauty and tragedy in war and destruction. His most recent series, Infra captures the ongoing war between rebel factions in the Congo. The Infra series is marked by Mosse’s use of Kodak Aerochrome, a discontinued reconnaissance infrared film. The film registers...

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Panel Discussion: Iman Issa, Basim Magdy, & Onur Öztürk

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Exhibiting artists Iman Issa and Basim Magdy will join Curator Karen Irvine and Onur Öztürk, professor of art history at Columbia College Chicago, for a discussion on monuments and monumentality, and their links to language and photography. Originally from Turkey, Öztürk focuses on art and architecture, and archaeology of Ancient Rome and the Islamic...

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