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Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

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3.9/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
The Museum of Contemporary Photography was founded in 1984 by Columbia College Chicago. It is well known for an active program and curating which discovers many emerging and mid-career artists. The museum houses a permanent collection as well as the Midwest Photographers Project, which contains portfolios of photographers and artists' work who reside in the midwestern United States.Permanent collectionThe MoCP’s permanent collection focuses on American and International photography of the 20th century and today. The collection features work by Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Irving Penn, Aaron Siskind, and Victor Skrebneski among the 10,000-plus photographs and photographically related objects, including gelatin-silver prints, color work, digital pieces, photograms, and various alternative processes.Selected exhibitionsOf the Museum's exhibitions since 2001, notable ones have included:Paul Shambroom: Evidence of Democracy, October 3 - December 5, 2003Michael Wolf: The Transparent City and Work/Place, November 14, 2008 - January 31, 2009Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba, January 10 - March 6, 2011
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  • I wandered in here a few years ago on a cold rainy day. Since then I make a point to stop in when I'm in Chicago. I've enjoyed some exhibitions more than others but I've always been pleased with how t...  read more »
  • Visiting the Museum of Contemporary Photography is on a donation basis and a great activity if the weather is not going in your favor. There were a large amount of photography on display but it was fr...  read more »
  • Good special exhibit in petcoal and the environment. Based on the website i expected to be able to see the permanent exhibit e.g. ansel adams, cartier bresson etc. ***for these you need to make arrang...  read more »
  • The museum is part of the Columbia College and host exhibitions which changes regularly. The exhibition in July 2016, "Petcoke, tracking dirty energy" was really interesting and a great tool to talk about a misknown problem. Visit only if you are into contemporary art.
  • A nice little free museum just at the corner. Spent a little time finding the entrance but really learned a lot during the trip
  • Small museum with free exhibitions of contemporary photography. Thought provoking and great quality of photographs.
  • One of the rare free museums in Chicago, contains approximately 4 small exhibitions at one go. Check for opening hours, as they are closed when the Colombia College Chicago is closed.
  • The 40th anniversary exhibition is a knockout, and the salon-style installation is just right. Free (and open late) on Thursdays -- as is the Art Institute up the street, if you're feeling energetic.
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