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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  • I'm judging the current exhibition. There was an installation of a room that was terrific. The photos were, I thought, childish, immature and shallow explorations of sexually. I'm willing to wager ten...  more »
  • This museum is located in a University setting, so I don't know if it is student work or not, but it was a very derivative. The only slightly interesting area was more about the written matter accompa...  more »
  • I enjoyed this museum which featured the photos of several photographers. Although the museum is free, they encourage you to leave a donation of $5 which was well worth it. The exhibit had photographs...  more »
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  • Free (donation suggested) gallery, visited an amazing exhibit centered around gender issues. A perfect respite for getting out of the cold after visiting Grant Park.
  • Very sad experience. It was my partner's birthday, and they are a photography student. We are only in Chicago for a few days. Surprised them with a trip to this museum, which was listed as being open until 5pm. We walked in the pouring rain to get there, just for the door to be locked. A young woman opened it and said it would reopen on Thursday because it's closed for a new exhibit. We leave Wednesday morning. We explained that we were visiting and that it was my partner's birthday and they still said they couldn't do anything to allow us entry. Although I understand that they need to renovate sometimes, we were extremely disappointed given it said it would be open online.
  • It is a small museum but has a very interesting collection. It is worth it the visit.
  • This place is not known well enough. A few nice galleries that are constantly changing. Often features local themed photographs
  • Nice, Interesting. Very small. Actually only one theme. Today, it was Ai Weiwei, who is not that interesting as a photographer, in my view.

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