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Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
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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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  • Excellent to spend a day of rain in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy good photography. They could improve the layout and samples
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  • This is a great place to stop by when you're in Chicago. The exhibitions are temporary, so you are going to get something new and interesting. The work seems to reflect local life and culture, so that...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Even thought museum is located inside the Columbia building it is not affiliated with the college directly and I was told it only presents Columbia student produced photos in rarest exceptions. It's a comparatively small museum somewhat squeezed into the three floors, but staff finds creative ways to play around the architecture. Don't forget to check out their website and don't forget about the special feature: the museum holds lots of photo prints. If you would for example like to see Sally Mann's works stored there, just make an appointment on their website.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Small museum with free exhibitions of contemporary photography. Thought provoking and great quality of photographs.
  • Not much to see, bit a free local attraction that highlights art, photography, and ecological and social issues.