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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  • This is a small free photo museum which changes exhibits every few months. Check it’s website for time and dates because it closes sometimes for exhibit set ups. It has 3 floors and you have to check ...  more »
  • Nice little museum with some very interesting photos on display. We made it in about 30 minutes. Practically it is free however I would encourage visitors to spare some coins as we did ;)  more »
  • I love this museum! I come here every time I'm in Chicago because I'm guaranteed of seeing photographs that are thought-provoking and technically well-done. Although the kind of photographs they exhib...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This place is a small and free museum with interesting pieces. It is what the title saids, contemporary photography. It was very interesting, but personally did not speak to me. I am not saying this to discourage anyone from going, but make sure that this is part of ty our interests. Sidnote, the girl at the desk was super nice and helpful.
  • 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.

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